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Local case - Disability Discrimination Act · Belfast County Court awards £2,000 to Diabetes sufferer

A Belfast student who has Diabetes was awarded £2000 by Belfast County Court after security guards employed by Eventsec Ltd confiscated a bottle of Lucozade from her at a concert at the Boucher Road playing fields.

Kayla Hanna was told that she was not allowed to bring the bottle of Lucozade into the concert despite explaining to security that the drink was needed to manage her condition. 

Disability, Local Developments

In the matter of an application by Siobhan McLaughlin for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2018] UKSC 48

An unmarried mother has won her legal challenge in the UK Supreme Court on the entitlement of unmarried couples to Widowed Parent’s Allowance.
Mother-of-four Siobhan McLaughlin lived with her partner, John Adams, for 23 years until his death in January 2014.  John had made sufficient national insurance contributions for Siobhan to qualify for bereavement benefits and Widowed Parent’s Allowance.  However, she was precluded from receiving these benefits due to the fact that the couple had not been married.

Local Developments, Social Security

An NHS Trust and others v Y (by his litigation friend, the Official Solicitor) and another (2018) UKSC 46

The United Kingdom Supreme Court has ruled that doctors may withdraw treatment from patients in a persistent vegetative state without seeking legal permission.  Provided that both the medical team and the patient’s relatives are agreed that the withdrawal is in the patient’s best interests, doctors will be able to remove feeding tubes without applying to the Court of Protection.


Richard v The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) & Anor (2018) EWHC 1837

The BBC has failed to persuade an English High Court judge to allow it to appeal its ruling on a privacy case involving Sir Cliff Richard.
Sir Cliff successfully sued the BBC over its coverage of a 2014 police raid on his home, following an allegation of child sexual abuse.  He was never arrested and did not face any criminal charges.
The High Court of England and Wales ruled that the BBC’s reporting of the incident represented a very serious privacy invasion and awarded Sir Cliff £210,000 in damages.

Buick's (Colin) Application as Chair Person of NOARC 21 (2018) NICA 26

The Civil Service will not appeal against the court judgment ruling that a permanent secretary lacked the power to approve a £240m waste incinerator in Mallusk.

The Court of Appeal ruled that only the full Executive could authorise the proposed facilities on the outskirts of north Belfast because they were so significant, controversial and cut across areas of responsibility.  The Court said,

Local Developments