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September 2017

ECJ dismisses challenge to refugee quota scheme

C-643/15 Slovak Republic and Hungary v Council of the European Union


The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has dismissed complaints by Slovakia and Hungary against the provisional mechanism for the mandatory relocation of asylum seekers. 


Immigration & Asylum

ECtHR rules employee’s privacy breached in monitoring of personal communications.


Case of Barbulescu v Romania 61496/08  


The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has found that an employee’s right to a private life was breached by his employer monitoring his use of electronic communications.


Employment Law

Court permission no longer required to withdraw life-support

M (by her litigation friend, Mrs B) -v- A Hospital [2017] EWCOP 19

A landmark court ruling means that legal permission will no longer be needed before life-support treatment is withdrawn from patients with severely debilitating illnesses in England and Wales. 

ECHR Art. 8

Court rules environmental legal costs must be changed in England and Wales

RSPB, Friends of the Earth & ClientEarth v. Secretary of State for Justice [2017] EWHC 2309 (Admin)


Three non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have largely succeeded in a judicial review application against the UK government over variations to the rules capping costs in environmental cases.


Environment Rights & Planning Law

Legal challenge to confidence and supply arrangement

In June’s edition we featured an article on an anticipated legal challenge to the Conservative government’s parliamentary pact with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).


Local Developments

High Court dismisses recognition of same sex marriage petition

LGBT, Local Developments

Court of Appeal dismisses environmentalist’s A6 road challenge

On 19th September the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against the decision to proceed with a new road between Toome and Castledawson. 


Local Developments