The Hon. Mr Justice Nicol asked to agree to 4 further witnesses (Miss Vanessa Paradis, Miss Winona Ryder, Mr David Killackey and Miss Kate James) in Johnny Depp/The Sun Newspaper libel case

                                               

By John Brace (Editor)
and
Leonora Brace (Co-Editor)

Royal Courts of Justice, London, UK (resized). Picture credit sjiong, made available under the CC BY-SA 2.0 licence

Royal Courts of Justice, London, UK (resized). Picture credit sjiong, made available under the CC BY-SA 2.0 licence.

Please note that comments are turned off due to the ongoing nature of this case.

Thanks to Autumn on Venus for pointing out this application notice hearing was taking place.

Updated 18.5.2020 – The decision on this was handed down on the 18th May 2020 and can be read at [2020] EWHC 1237 (QB).
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How have councils been coping with virtual public meetings in the last month and what public meetings are happening locally in the week starting 11th May 2020?

                                      

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Cabinet (Liverpool City Council) 7th May 2020

Mayor Joe Anderson (Liverpool City Council) Cabinet 7th May 2020

Mayor Joe Anderson (Liverpool City Council) Cabinet 7th May 2020

As public meetings of local councils move online to virtual meetings, after a month of the new arrangements I thought it was time to write a piece about different council’s approaches including where things have gone wrong or well.
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Online tool started so UK self-employed can check eligibility for financial support but applications can’t be made yet

                                      

Money (the Chancellor announced a cash grant for some of the self-employed)

Money (the Chancellor announced a cash grant for some of the self-employed)

By John Brace (Editor) on 5th May 2020

Many moons ago, around the start of the lockdown due to the cornavirus pandemic in March 2020, financial support was promised by the UK government for some self-employed people (there are around 5 million in the UK and some of those won’t be eligible). I will declare an interest at this point as one of the self-employed people that are eligible. The below is not meant as accountancy or tax advice but is an update to a story published on the 26th March 2020 (Chancellor announces financial support for some of the self-employed impacted by Covid-19).
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Mayor of London argues that Harrow School planning application and associated costs order was wrongly decided at judicial review

                                               

By John Brace (Editor)
and
Leonora Brace (Co-Editor)

Royal Courts of Justice, London, UK (resized). Picture credit sjiong, made available under the CC BY-SA 2.0 licence

Royal Courts of Justice, London, UK (resized). Picture credit sjiong, made available under the CC BY-SA 2.0 licence.

ED – 12.5.2020 – The decision resulting from the hearing reported below and other later hearings in the same judicial reviews [2020] EWHC 1176 (Admin) has since been published and can be read by following that link.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the hearing was held (see Civil Procedure Rule Practice Direction 51Y) not in person but virtually as a video hearing. It was a two day hearing in a judicial review of a planning application and an associated costs order (linked cases CO/4849/2019 and CO/4851/2019) in Mayor Of London v Secretary Of State For Housing Communities And Local Government. It should also be pointed out that Harrow School was the applicant (for planning permission) and that during this long-running issue, the Mayor of London changed in 2016 from Boris Johnson (who is now Prime Minister) to Sadiq Khan.
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High Court Judges hear arguments for and against extradition of McDaid to the United States of America

                                               

By John Brace (Editor)
and
Leonora Brace (Co-Editor)

Royal Courts of Justice, London, UK (resized). Picture credit sjiong, made available under the CC BY-SA 2.0 licence

Royal Courts of Justice, London, UK (resized). Picture credit sjiong, made available under the CC BY-SA 2.0 licence.

Unfortunately as I was only sent the email to join the video hearing at 10.20am, I missed the first few minutes at the start as the hearing started at 10.30am and joined around 10.35am.

Helen Malcolm QC was for the United States Government and Edward Fitzgerald QC was for Mr Robert McDaid. At the time of writing instructing solicitors are unknown. The case was United States Government vs McDaid (CO/1024/2019).
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