Whitston (Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK), Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for Justice: Admn 2 Oct 2014

The claimants challenged the selection by the defendant of victims of meselothemia as a group were excluded from entitlement to the recovery of success fees and insurance premiums paid by successful claimants from unsuccessful defendants.
Held: The claim succeeded. The basis of the decision to exclude such claims was quite inadequate as a consultation: ‘The issue is whether the Lord Chancellor conducted a proper review of the likely effect of the LASPO reforms on mesothelioma claims. For the reasons given above I conclude that he did not. No reasonable Lord Chancellor faced with the duty imposed on him by Section 48 of the Act would have considered that the exercise in fact carried out fulfilled that duty. I do not find that a consultation exercise per se was an inappropriate means of fulfilling the duty. Rather, the nature of this consultation meant that it did not permit the Lord Chancellor to do so.’

William Davis J
[2014] EWHC 3044 (Admin)
Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, Access to Justice Act 1999
England and Wales
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Reference to Parliamentary Papers behind Statute
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The section in the 1985 Act created a power to prevent rent increases for tenancies of dwelling-houses for purposes including the alleviation of perceived hardship. Accordingly the Secretary of State could issue regulations whose effect was to limit . .
CitedThe Bard Campaign and Another v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Admn 25-Feb-2009
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An authority investigating an application for registration of rights of common over land has an implied duty to ‘take reasonable steps to acquaint (itself) with the relevant information.’ A mere factual mistake has become a ground of judicial . .
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The appellants each challenged alterations to the scheme for compensation of the victims of miscarriages of justice.
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Updated: 01 November 2021; Ref: scu.537244