Paul Magrath gets ready to gasp and stretch his eyes as the veteran political commentator takes him on a guided tour of contemporary political mendacity.

Pinocchio’s lies had a rhinodistensive effect; to see if some politicians are lying, just watch their lips.

Every day we add new cases to our database and add new commentary to the index entries in our citator. We normally list the most recent new entries in our Weekly Notes roundup, but as that’s on hold till next term we’re offering them as a mid-vac taster on their own. Enjoy them with your morning coffee or afternoon tea.

Recent case summaries from ICLR

A selection of recently published WLR Daily case summaries from ICLR.3, listed by subject matter (something for everyone):

This week’s roundup includes vacation courts and extended operating hours, a pilot that has finally landed, and some other recent legal news and commentary, as well as the latest reported cases.

Vacation sittings in prospect. Photo by Leif Christoph Gottwald on Unsplash


Vacation sittings and extended operating hours

Given our 24/7, 365-day working culture, the idea of court sittings being organised into terms seems ever more remote. And given our remote working online culture, even the idea of sitting in court is beginning to seem rather quaint. Be that as it may, the fiction of Law Terms continues, and (as of 30 July) we have now ended the Trinity Term and must await the commencement of the Michaelmas Term on 1 October.

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes new legislation affecting courts, journalists, and judges; internet offences; justice data; failings in the criminal justice system; and some recent case law.

Photo by Sora Shimazaki from Pexels


Judicial Review and Courts Bill

The government has been talking about reforming judicial review ever since the idea was flagged up in the Conservative Party manifesto for the last general election, and gave the impression it would go further than the modest recommendations in the report of the Independent Review of Administrative Law (IRAL) chaired by Lord Faulks. See also the Lord Chancellor’s keynote speech on Judicial Review (given at Policy Exchange, home of the Judicial Power Project).

This week’s roundup of legal news includes the latest relaxation of coronavirus restrictions, annual reports on the courts and judiciary, data protection, plus recent cases and commentary.

Onwards and upwards. But will we ever get there? Photo by elCarito on Unsplash


Coronavirus regulations

The latest (step 4) relaxation of lockdown restrictions for England came into effect today (19 July: so-called Freedom Day), by virtue of, inter alia, the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps etc.) (England) (Revocation and Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/848) under which social distancing laws, the lockdown & face covering regulations cease to apply. See this thread by Adam Wagner on Twitter, who explains that these regulations revoke:

  • Steps regulations (lockdown/social distancing requirements)
  • Face covering regulations
  • Collection of contact details by businesses
  • Obligations and undertakings on/by businesses
  • Self-isolation regulations (requiring you to…

We resume our weekly roundup (after a short half-term holiday) with legal news and commentary on immigration, housing, data protection, courts and legal advice, plus recent case law.

Photo by Belinda Fewings on Unsplash


Nationality and Borders Bill

The government launched what it claims will be the cornerstone of its New Plan for Immigration, “delivering the most comprehensive reform in decades to fix the broken asylum system”. One of the ways in which its factsheet says the system is broken is that “the number of people with no right to be here being removed has been steadily declining for several years due to legal challenges”. As a result, they say, “there are now over 10,000 Foreign National Offenders circulating on the streets, posing a risk to the public” — but that appears to suggest that a person poses…

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes health data, algorithmic transparency, a cabinet resignation, media (un)regulation, a court user satisfaction survey and a bunch of recent cases.

No, not THAT kiss. Photo by Daniel Tafjord on Unsplash

Data protection

Health data

The Department of Health and Social Care published its draft strategy on health data, under the title Data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data (draft). It sets out the (previous) Secretary of State’s vision for how data will be used to improve the health and care of the population in a safe, trusted and transparent way. They department says it is gathering feedback via an online survey, which will close at 5pm on Friday 23 July: Have your say

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes police corruption and cover-up, a promise to do better with rape prosecutions, questions about the constitution, weddings in the open air, and a new home for judgments.


Daniel Morgan investigation report

Last week the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel published the final report of their inquiry into the murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan outside the Golden Lion public house in Sydenham, South East London on 10 March 1987, and the series of failed police investigations which have subsequently failed to result in any conviction. The report points out that

This first weekly roundup of legal news for the Trinity Term includes an international get-together on the beach, a pledge to build back better in the courts, concerns over the collection of health data, media regulation, plus recent case summaries and commentary.


G7: a long weekend in Cornwall

The leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies met in Carbis Bay, near St Ives in Cornwall. It was the first major international trip by the current President of the United States, after 120 days in office, but the change of mood since taking over from his predecessor has been widely remarked upon. “America is back”, said Joe Biden, underscoring his administration’s more positive global attitude.

We end the legal term with a roundup covering a range of institutional failures concerning the BBC, the Home Office, the Police, and the Post Office. Looks like they’re all going to need to pull their socks up and try a bit harder next term.

Media and communications

Dyson investigation report

Lord Dyson, former Supreme Court Justice (and a former member of the Council of ICLR) was asked to investigate the background to the “sensational” interview by Martin Bashir of HRH Diana, Princess of Wales that was aired on 20 November 1995, and in particular the way faked bank statements purporting to show payments by Penfolds Consultants and News International into the bank account of Alan Waller, a former employee of Earl Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother, were used to induce her consent to the interview.


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