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Weekly episodes planned with possible bonus episodes

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Weekly episodes planned with possible bonus episodes




Mills v Mills [2018] UKSC 38

Spousal maintenance has often been compared in the mainstream media to a 'meal ticket for life' but to what extent does that phrase hide a more widespread misogyny that underpins the way that we think about divorce law? In this episode we examine a case that involves a former wife not spending her money very wisely and then her subsequent request for more money from her ex-husband. This received a lot of attention in the press but we dive into the judgment and get to the real legal issue at...


Williams v London Borough of Hackney [2018] UKSC 37

When the state uses its power to take children away from their parents this has to be treated with a great deal of sensitivity. If consent is needed then that delegation of parental responsibility must be real and voluntary but does it also need to be informed consent so that parents are aware of their rights? In this episode we discuss the Supreme Court's response to that question and also consider how other factors can lead to a possible breach of the right to family life. Music from...


R v Sally Lane & John Letts [2018] UKSC 36

Funding terrorism has long been an offence even as the nature of terrorism has changed. The question that is being addressed in this case is what mental element (or mens rea) is required of the accused when it comes to this crime. Should we consider the viewpoint of that person or take a more objective stance based on society's standards? Music from


Commissioners for HMRC v Taylor Clark Leisure Plc [2018] UKSC 35

Companies can group together in order to pay VAT but the exact way that these are structured or operate in a practical sense can be quite confusing. This became a real issue when it turned out that the period for refunding overpaid VAT was too short and had to be extended. As new claims filed in more questions were asked about VAT groups and it was up to the Supreme Court to provide answers. Music from


Goldman Sachs International v Novo Banco [2018] UKSC 34

When a bank fails it is split up into a 'good bank' and a 'bad bank'. The assets and liabilities that pass to each can vary but after it was decided that a large debt owed by the former Portuguese bank 'Banco Espírito Santo' would not pass to the good bank this was challenged by Goldman Sachs who argued that the agreement's jurisdiction clause meant that the UK courts should decide. In this episode we find out the answer and consider the legal, political and business consequences of banking...


Belhaj v DPP [2018] UKSC 33

In 2004 Tony Blair struck the now infamous 'deal in the desert' with Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The assistance provided by the British Secret Intelligence Service in rendering political dissident Abdelhakim Belhaj back to his homeland in the run-up to that meeting was almost certainly a factor that contributed to getting the deal done. After years of torture Belhaj is now free and has been seeking justice from those involved. This case is part of that fight. Music from


R (Steinfeld & Keidan) v SoS for International Development [2018] UKSC 32

Ever since civil partnerships became available in the UK in late 2005 their status has been up in the air. Originally the only option available to same sex couples, they now have marriage as an alternative. In this case the Supreme Court considers whether civil partnerships should be available as an alternative to marriage for heterosexual couples. We also interrogate the religious arguments against civil partnerships as well as the state's involvement in this issue. Music from


SM (Algeria) v Entry Clearance Officer [2018] UKSC 9

Family law and in particular the law relating to adoption can vary between cultures but is that enough to deny the free movement of people under EU law? In this episode we explore that question in the context of the Islamic adoption system of kafala. Music from


In the Matter of C (Children) [2018] UKSC 8

Despite the rather dramatic name abduction cases are rarely clear cut and require a delicate balancing act between both parties while also ensuring that the welfare of the children involved is protected. In this case a mother, with the permission of the father, left Australia with her two children but never returned. In this episode we dive into the interesting facts surrounding this case but also examine more generally what happens when a parent leaves the country with permission but then...


HM Inspector of Health and Safety v Chevron North Sea Ltd [2018] UKSC 7

When a health and safety inspector issued a prohibition notice stating that Chevron's helideck in the North Sea was too badly corroded for use the company decided to get the metalwork tested for themselves. The results showed that it met British standards but the question for the Supreme Court in this case was whether those results could be used as evidence before the Tribunal. Music from


The Advocate General for Scotland v Romein [2018] UKSC 6

What does it mean to be British? The legal answer is not as simple as you might think. For years citizenship by descent could only be passed down the male line and in this case the Supreme Court grapples with Parliament's attempt to correct the discrimination in the British Nationality Acts. In this episode we also discuss how the Justices engage with Parliament and how the concept of nationality is at a crossroads in 2018. Music from


B (Algeria) v SoS for the Home Dept [2018] UKSC 5

Enforcing immigration rules can be difficult for the government when the country that a person is being deported to has a poor human rights record. In B's case there was no reasonable prospect of deportation back to Algeria but the government wanted to continue to impose bail conditions in the interest of national security even though there was no further right to detain him. In this episode we explore this situation and consider its implications beyond immigration law. Music from...


Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police [2018] UKSC 4

Mrs Robinson was 76 years old when she got between a drug dealer and two police officers attempting to make an arrest in Huddersfield town centre. She brought a claim for the injuries she suffered against West Yorkshire police but in this episode we do more than consider the basic tenets of negligence and ask how this area of law can and should intereact with society. Music from


R (Bancoult No. 3) v SoS for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2018] UKSC 3

The people of the Chagos Islands, a British Indian Ocean Territory, have suffered at the hands of UK foreign policy for nearly 50 years. In this episode we look at the decision to establish a marine protected area around the archipelago and in particular the implications of a WikiLeaks cable that implied that the real motivation for the marine reserve was to prevent any chance of resettlement. Music from


R (Gibson) v Secretary of State for Justice [2018] UKSC 2

Part payment of a confiscation order can lead to a reduction in the sentence for drug trafficking offences but how should the courts work out that reduction. Should it be based on the original amount imposed on the defendant or instead take into account interest as well? In this episode we go on to discuss the mixed approach that the Supreme Court appears to be taking towards personal freedoms. Music from


R (Haralambous) v Crown Court at St Albans [2018] UKSC 1

A police warrant to search and seize property normally contains all of the relevant details but in the case of Haralambous this was excluded on grounds of public interest immunity. A judicial review was made against this not only in relation to the decision in the Magistrates' Court but also looking at the equivalent decisions in the Crown Court and the High Court. In this episode we consider not only the decision in this case but also the wider implications of public interest immunity for...


C-42/17 Taricco II

In this episode we leave the UK and head to the Court of Justice of the European Union where a fraud case developed into questions about fundamental human rights, constitutional law and a potential threat to the primacy of EU law itself.


R (Black) v SoS for Justice [2017] UKSC 81

The smoking ban has now been around for more than a decade so it might seem obvious that everyone is affected but one unusual rule of statutory interpretation might mean that there is a surprising exception built into the law. Music from


O'Connor v Bar Standards Board [2017] UKSC 78

How strict should the courts be when it comes to time-barring human rights cases? While there is some flexibility built into the system there are important questions about how the Human Rights Act 1998 should be interpreted. In this episode we also dig into the allegations of racial discrimination made against the Bar Standards Board. Music from


Ivey v Genting Casinos [2017] UKSC 67

World famous poker player Phil Ivey walked into a London casino and won £7.7 million playing baccarat but the casino refused to pay out because they thought that Ivey had cheated. In this episode we not only discuss what it means to cheat but also the legal definition of dishonesty. Music from