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United Kingdom: Court Upholds Elephant Ivory Ban

(Jan. 8, 2020) On November 5, 2019, the High Court of the United Kingdom (UK) ruled against a claim filed earlier that year by a group of antiques dealers that the Ivory Act 2018 was unlawful. The Act had been enacted to prohibit commercial activities involving ivory in the UK. There were two primary grounds […]

United Kingdom: Two Banks Found in Breach of Overdraft Alert Requirement, Must Refund Customers

(Dec. 20, 2019) Two banks with headquarters in the United Kingdom, HSBC and Santander, recently reached an agreement with the Competitions and Market Authority (CMA) to refund customers’ overdraft fees that were incurred after the banks breached Part 6 of the Retail Banking Market Investigation Order 2017 (the Order). This Order was made by the […]

United Kingdom: Cabinet Office Details Government Actions to Tackle Public Intimidation Ahead of General Election

(Dec. 4, 2019) The Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom has issued an update detailing actions the government has taken to tackle public intimidation that candidates may face in the upcoming general election to be held on December 12, 2019. The experiences of many candidates during the 2017 general election resulted in the government commissioning […]

United Kingdom: First Successful Prosecution for Female Genital Mutilation

(July 31, 2019) Despite laws against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) being on the books in the United Kingdon (UK) since 1985, the first successful prosecution in the UK for FGM occurred in February 2019. The defendant in this case was convicted of carrying out FGM on her daughter when she was three years old, with […]

United Kingdom: Belfast High Court Quashes Warrants Against Journalists, Leading to Case Being Dropped

(July 24, 2019) On May 31, 2019, the Northern Ireland High Court in Belfast ruled that search warrants executed on two journalists for journalistic materials seized during an investigation into the suspected theft of confidential documents from the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman’s office were “inappropriate.”  The Court recommended that the journalistic materials be returned. (Loughinisland: […]

United Kingdom: Scottish Parliament Approves Opt-Out Organ Donation System

(July 23, 2019) Members of the Scottish Parliament have passed the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill (the Bill), introducing an opt-out system of organ donation. (SP Bill 32A Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill [as passed], Session 5 2019), Parliament website.) The members voted overwhelmingly for the measure on June 11, 2019, with 116 voting for […]

United Kingdom: Supreme Court Rules on Widowed Parent’s Allowance for the Surviving Unmarried Partner

(Sept. 18, 2018) On August 30, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom issued a ruling stating that “section 39A of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 [the Act] is incompatible with article 14 of the ECHR [European Convention on Human Rights], read with article 8, insofar as it precludes […]

United Kingdom: Supreme Court Rules on Heterosexual Civil Partnerships

(Sept. 14, 2018) On June 27, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom issued a declaration that “sections 1 and 3 of [the Civil Partnership Act 2004, (CPA)], to the extent that they preclude a different sex couple from entering into a civil partnership, are incompatible with article 14 of [the European Convention for […]

United Kingdom: Cliff Richard Wins Privacy Case Against BBC and South Yorkshire Police

(Sept. 11, 2018) On July 18, 2018, Sir Cliff Richard OBE was awarded £210,000 (about US$270,360) in general damages after the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was held liable for infringing his privacy rights over the filming and broadcast of a search of his UK property by South Yorkshire Police (SYP) in relation to allegations of […]

United Kingdom: Bill to Increase Penalties for Targeting Transport Operators with Lasers

(Jan. 4, 2018) A new bill before the Parliament of the United Kingdom is set to increase the penalties that can be imposed on individuals who target transport operators with laser devices. The bill encompasses operators of not just planes, but a variety of vehicles, including trains, motor vehicles, pedal cycles, boats, hovercraft, and submarines. […]