In this Autumn edition of the Public and Regulatory Update:

  • While the possibility of a British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities ('the Bill') has been on the political agenda for some years, only recently has it moved towards becoming a reality, with a consultation promised by the government in 2016. Melanie Carter looks at Human Rights and where we are now.
  • As preliminary hearings into the Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry are now under way, Claire Whittle looks at the scope of the Inquiry and the impact on organisations working with children.
  • Alistair Williams looks at recent judicial review decisions that have considered the provisions in the context of the public sector equality duty.
  • The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information has found that the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is 'generally working well'. Melanie Carter reports on the Commission's findings as well as changes to the scope of freedom of information in Scotland and recent case law.
  • Despite the general presumption that public authorities should be free to carry out their duties without fears of claims against them, there are some circumstances in which claims for damages may be upheld. Rupert Earle and Andrew Wheelhouse outline some specific instances in which public authorities may be liable for damages.
  • Julia Salasky introduces CrowdJustice, an independent organisation finding new ways to open up access to justice.
  • The duty to act proportionately in the exercise of public functions has, to date, arisen in discrete areas of law within our unconsolidated constitution. Emma Dowden-Teale explains the duty and its development.
  • Alistair Williams and Molly Carew-Jones explain key points in recent cases.

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Melanie Carter

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Rupert Earle

Partner and Head of Media Litigation

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Emma Dowden-Teale


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Claire Whittle

Senior Associate

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Molly Carew-Jones


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Posted on 03/10/2016 in Legal Updates

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