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A summary of major developments in key areas - General Counsel update - May 2014
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Australia, European Union, Germany, United Kingdom
  • May 23 2014

Scottish independence referendum - The referendum will take place on 18 September 2014. Scottish independence raises many complex legal and political


Will the mysteries of Parliamentary Committees finally be revealed?
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • July 22 2013

Parliamentary committees have broad powers and can relate to a wide range of industry sectors. Until now private organisations called upon to


Applications to restrict publication of evidence in an inquiry under the UK's Inquiries Act 2005
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • October 30 2012

The High Court has dismissed a claim for judicial review of a decision of the chairman of a statutory public inquiry to allow interim disclosure of surveillance evidence to the legal team of an interested party, in the context of an application by the police to restrict publication of that material


UK Court of Appeal considers the immunity from suit of the family of a head of state
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • July 9 2013

The Court of Appeal has examined the extent to which foreign heads of state and their families can claim immunity under the State Immunity Act 1978


Information Tribunal rules that contracts are not protected by FOIA exemption for confidential information
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • January 24 2007

The Information Tribunal has ruled that Derry City Council must disclose financial information relating to a contract with Ryanair


The extent to which public bodies can depart from the findings of fact of an adjudicative tribunal
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • April 25 2008

The Court of Appeal's judgment in R (on the application of Bradley and others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 2008 EWCA Civ 36 has clarified the circumstances in which Government departments and their agencies can lawfully decide not to accept the findings of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration (the Commissioner), otherwise known as the Parliamentary Ombudsman


Administrative court upholds judicial review challenge based on breach of substantive legitimate expectation
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • September 21 2007

A judge in the Administrative Court has found (in R (on the application of Corby Borough Council & Slough Borough Council) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 2007 EWHC 1873) that the Secretary of State, in deciding not to award a grant to 2 local authorities, acted in breach of their legitimate expectation


Network Rail is not a "public authority" under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • August 23 2007

The Information Tribunal ("IT") has recently considered the definition of a "public authority" for the purposes of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 ("EIR") in Network Rail Limited v The Information Commissioner: EA20060061 and EA20060062


Public authorities for the purposes of the Human Rights Act?
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • March 1 2007

In the recent case of R (on the application of Johnson) v Havering London Borough CouncilYL v Birmingham City Council and Others 2007 All ER 271, the Court of Appeal has considered again the difficult question of what will qualify as a "hybrid" public authority for the purposes of section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998 ("HRA"


Office of Government Commerce v Information Commissioner
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • May 2 2008

The recent High Court case Office of Government Commerce v Information Commissioner has shed some light on the interface between the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("FOIA") and the doctrine of Parliamentary privilege, and the High Court's interpretation of the exemptions in section 33 and section 35 of FOIA