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4 Mar 21

Report in the Magnox Inquiry published

Today sees the publication of the Report of the Magnox Inquiry: here. The Chair of the Inquiry was Steve Halliday, the former Chief Executive of National Grid. Jason Beer QC was Counsel to the Inquiry.

4 Mar 21

Alan Payne QC and Saara Idelbi appear in the Administrative Court for the Home Secretary in a case concerning the provision of accommodation to failed asylum seekers

On 11 February 2021, Alan Payne QC and Saara Idelbi appeared in the Administrative Court (Lewis LJ and Garnham J) for the Secretary of State for the Home Department in the case of KMI v SSHD [2021] EWHC 477 (Admin), where the claimant sought class interim relief on behalf of all failed asylum seekers.

4 Mar 21

Alex Ustych represents the Secretary of State for Justice in Divisional Court case on the management of transgender prisoners

On 2-3 March 2021, Alex Ustych, led by Sarah Hannett (Matrix Chambers), appeared in the Divisional Court (Lord Justice Holroyde and Mr. Justice Swift) in a significant case concerning the management of transgender prisoners.