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United Kingdom: General Election Soon to Occur, with New Constituency Boundaries

(May 6, 2010) On April 6, 2009, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that a General Parliamentary Election (also commonly referred to as a general election or national election) would be held on May 6, 2010. A significant legal development in this election is that new constituency boundaries will be followed. These boundary changes […]

United Kingdom: Anti-Terrorism Detention Provisions Called Into Question

(Jan. 26, 2010) The United Kingdom's rocky road with its anti-terrorism legislation has continued with the High Court ruling that in the case of two individuals subject to “control orders” – orders that impose conditions similar to house arrest aimed at disrupting and preventing terrorist activity – could claim compensation as the control orders had […]

United Kingdom: British National Party Member Arrested on Suspicion of Terrorism

(Jan. 25, 2010) A member of the British National Party, a far right political party, has been jailed for 11 years after pleading guilty to 22 offenses, including collecting information useful for terrorism and possessing explosives and firearms. Police had discovered a significant amount of explosive devices and firearms at his home. During sentencing, the […]

United Kingdom: New Supreme Court Opens for Business

(Oct. 9, 2009) The new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom began operation on October 1, 2009. Its creation is designed to increase transparency and further enhance the separation of powers between the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary in the UK and is provided for in the Constitutional Reform Act 2005. Prior to the […]

Liechtenstein; United Kingdom: Agreement on Exchange of Tax Information

(Oct. 6, 2009) On August 11, 2009, Liechtenstein and the United Kingdom signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Tax Matters. The Agreement provides for the exchange of information in tax matters in a manner that is expected to live up to the standards of transparency called for […]

United Kingdom: Ruling Requires British Offshore Accounts Be Revealed

(Aug. 25, 2009) A recent ruling by the Special Commissioners, the tax courts of the United Kingdom, requires over 300 UK and foreign banks to disclose the details of 500,000 British taxpayers' accounts. The UK's tax authority, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), estimates that this may enable them to recover over £500 million (approximately US$800 […]

United Kingdom: New Supreme Court

(Aug. 18, 2009) The last judgments of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom took place on July 30, 2009. This will be a significant date in Britain's constitutional history, as it will mark the end of the judicial function of the House of Lords. The House of Lords will from here on have only […]

Ireland; United Kingdom: British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body Recommends Improved Police Cooperation

(July 13, 2009) The British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body (BIIPB) was formed in 1990 to address issues of bilateral concern. The body consists of Members of the Parliament in London, the Oireachtas in Dublin, the Assembly of Northern Ireland in Belfast, and the legislatures for Scotland, Wales, and the Isle of Man. (CURRENT MEMBERS of the British-Irish […]

United Kingdom: Anti-Terrorism Laws Successfully Challenged Again

(June 22, 2009) The British government's anti-terrorism legislative regime has been challenged numerous times in the courts and has once again recently been dealt a near fatal blow by the House of Lords. The United Kingdom introduced control orders in 2005 after the House of Lords declared that its previous preventive detention regime was incompatible […]

United Kingdom: Blogger Loses Battle in Right to Privacy

(June 19, 2009) In one of the first cases in the United Kingdom to test Internet confidentiality rights, a police blogger, known under the moniker “NightJack,” recently lost his bid to obtain an injunction to protect his anonymity. The NightJack blog was pushed to the forefront of public attention when it won the Orwell Prize […]