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Belhaj v Straw: English Court of Appeal rules that state immunity and the act of state doctrine does not prevent claims against the British government for alleged involvement in unlawful rendition
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • November 17 2014

On 30 October 2014, the Court of Appeal in Belhaj v Straw and Others 2014 EWCA Civ 1394 ruled that state immunity and the act of state doctrine did


High Court in Belfast rejects Brexit challenge
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • October 28 2016

The High Court in Belfast dismissed two judicial review challenges to the Government's proposed invocation of Article 50 of the Treaty on European


Brexit: Sector and Legal Perspectives
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • September 19 2016

Businesses need to consider how to deal with the immediate effects, what analysis and planning they should undertake as a result and what


High Court sets out key principles to ensure a fair consultation process
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • April 10 2013

In the recent decision of R (on the application of Save our Surgery Ltd) v Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts 2013 EWHC 439, the court quashed


Timeline - a guide to the legal milestones ahead - May 2013
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • May 2 2013

This is a guide to key legal developments in the coming months and years ahead (UK perspective


Court of Appeal consolidates the requirements for substantive legitimate expectation
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • May 24 2013

The law of legitimate expectations relates to circumstances where a public body has in some way led someone to believe that the authority will act in


Budget 2014 - a budget for makers, doers and savers
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • March 20 2014

The Chancellor of the Exchequer yesterday handed down his 2014 Budget. He described it as a Budget for "makers, doers and savers". Certainly, there


The Unitary Patent Court and unitary patent - Brexit and beyond
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom, European Union
  • October 14 2016

In this introductory article we discuss the situation the proposed new Unified Patent Court and unitary patent system finds itself in with Brexit


English High Court says that a head of state who dies in office enjoys immunity only in respect of official acts
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • June 23 2014

In the recent decision of Harb v HRH Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz 2014 EWHC 1807 (Ch), the High Court found that the principles of


The Supreme Court considers proportionality and when public bodies must consult before taking decisions which impact on a person's business
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • July 17 2013

Bank Mellat (the "Bank"), an Iranian bank, appealed against the Court of Appeal's decision (2011 EWCA Civ 1) to uphold measures taken by HM Treasury