Case archive



English Court of Appeal rules polygamous second wife of deceased Pakistani man not entitled to bereavement benefits

The English Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions against a decision that a widow of a formerly polygamous marriage was entitled to Bereavement Payment and Widowed Parent’s Allowance.

England and Wales Court of Appeal 17 September 2021

English court allows appeal by Sky in trade mark infringement action against email migration service provider

The English Court of Appeal has allowed part of an appeal by the broadcaster and broadband provider Sky after it had the use of its trade marks restricted following an infringement action against a cloud storage business with a similar name founded by former Microsoft employees.

England and Wales Court of Appeal 30 July 2021

Oxford don awarded nearly £1m in damages after law firm negligently drafted property trust agreement

A judge in the High Court of England and Wales has awarded an Oxford professor over £985,000 in damages after successfully establishing that the law firm that drew up the trust agreement governing his late mother’s estate had negligently failed to provide a veto over a proposed sale to the trustees. 

England and Wales Court of Appeal 4 February 2021

Family attacked in London hotel burglary loses breach of duty appeal in English Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has rejected an appeal by nine claimants, who were injured when a man broke into the hotel they were staying in, against a High Court decision that the hotel was not responsible in law for their injuries.

England and Wales Court of Appeal 24 December 2020

Court of Appeal rejects challenge to equalisation of state pension age between sexes 

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has rejected a challenge to the equalisation of the state pension age for men and women by two women who had their pension age increased to 66 as a result of legislative changes made between 1995 and 2011. 

England and Wales Court of Appeal 29 October 2020

Court of Appeal rules Upper Tribunal erred in remaking Nigerian citizen deportation decision 

A Nigerian citizen with no right to remain in the UK who was ordered to be deported following the end of a prison sentence has successfully appealed a decision of the Upper Tribunal that his deportation would not disproportionately interfere with the ECHR rights of his family. 

England and Wales Court of Appeal 22 October 2020

English Court of Appeal refuses appeal of decision to build school near airbase

The English Court of Appeal has refused an appeal of a decision to grant planning permission for a primary school near a United States Air Force base in the Lakenheath area.

England and Wales Court of Appeal 16 September 2020

Child abduction appeal allowed for child retained in England over Christmas

A father whose application under the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention was dismissed because the child’s habitual residence was held not to be in France has succeeded in appealing the decision in the English courts. 

England and Wales Court of Appeal 15 September 2020

German children who spent a year in England held on appeal to have acquired habitual residence

A mother who was found by the English High Court of Justice to have wrongfully retained her children in England after moving from Germany with them has successfully appealed the decision in the Court of Appeal (Civil Division). 

England and Wales Court of Appeal 2 September 2020

English Court of Appeal rules automated facial recognition technology an interference with ECHR rights 

A civil liberties campaigner who appealed a decision of the Divisional Court that the use of automated facial recognition (AFR) technology by the South Wales Police Force was compatible with Article 8 of the ECHR has succeeded in respect of three of the five appeal grounds. 

England and Wales Court of Appeal 12 August 2020

English child care judge found to have potential bias after leaving remote link open

The Court of Appeal (Civil Division) has remitted care proceedings in respect of a baby whose brother died to the Family Division after finding that the original judge may have expressed bias against one of the parties when she made a number of pejorative comments to her clerk about the appellant including that she had tried “every trick in the book” to avoid having to answer difficult questions. 

England and Wales Court of Appeal 30 July 2020

HMRC successfully appeals Upper Tribunal multi-purpose van classification decision

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has successfully appealed a decision of the Tax and Chancery Chamber of the Upper Tribunal in which it held that certain modified company vehicles were to be taxed as vans and not cars.

England and Wales Court of Appeal 23 July 2020

Court of Appeal orders rehearing for child abduction application

A Polish national who made a return order for his young child under the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention has had his application remitted for rehearing following an appeal by the child’s mother.

England and Wales Court of Appeal 21 July 2020

Campaigners win ‘climate change’ appeal against Heathrow Airport expansion policy

Controversial plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport have been thrown into doubt following a successful legal challenge by environmental campaigners.

England and Wales Court of Appeal 28 February 2020

Lawyers’ pub gossip about employment tribunal claim protected by ‘legal advice privilege’

An in-house lawyer who sued his former employer for disability discrimination and victimisation cannot rely on a leaked email or a conversation he overheard in a pub to support his employment tribunal claim, appeal judges have ruled.

England and Wales Court of Appeal 29 October 2019