Case Blog

High Court refuses to make order to stop Serious Fraud Office conducting investigations

R (o.t.a Soma Oil & Gas) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office [2016] EWHC 2471

The High Court has dismissed a challenge from Soma, an oil and gas company, to stop the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) from conducting investigations.

Criminal Law, Disclosure

Court of Appeal refuses to re-open appeals for murder convictions based on new joint enterprise law

You may remember that in the March Edition of the Update, we reported the case R v Jogee, Ruddock v The Queen [2016] UKSC 8.  This case, which was decided in the Supreme Court, set aside murder convictions based on joint enterprise by overturning previous decisions.  It was ruled that the secondary party must intend to assist or encourage someone to commit the crime in order to secure a conviction.  Foresig

Criminal Law, Miscarriages of Justice

Home Office required to pay compensation as a result of publication online of a spreadsheet containing personal data of asylum seekers

TLT and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 2217

The High Court ordered the Home Office to pay six claimants damages to the total value of £39,500 for misuse of private information and breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), as a result of mistakenly publishing a spreadsheet online which contained the personal data of asylum seekers.

Private Information & Data Protection

Police ordered to pay damages for obtaining private information about absent officer

The Central London County Court awarded damages to a former police office, whose former employer, the Metropolitan Police sought personal information about her from the National Board Targeting Centre (NBTC) which is managed by the Greater Manchester Police.  The information sought concerned a trip Ms Brown had taken to Barbados with her daughter while she was on sick leave.

Private Information & Data Protection

Law prohibits cohabitee from claiming bereavement damages under Fatal Accidents Act

Smith v Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust [2016] EWHC 2208

The High Court found that while the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 prevented unmarried couples from claiming an entitlement to bereavement damages, the right to privacy and family life under the Convention was not engaged.  The Court indicated that it hoped the outcome of this case would provoke further discussion in Parliament about possible reform of the law.

Discrimination, ECHR Art. 8

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