Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Locus of Constituent Power in the United Kingdom

Part I of this paper analyses the current UK constitutional ‘torpor’, arguing that despite what appear to be a number of substantial constitutional reforms in recent decades, the persistent inviolability of parliamentary sovereignty is inhibiting deeper constitutional restructuring. The result is a constitutional law in ‘crisis’ and potentially at the precipice of a paradigmatic revolution. Read More …

Neale v DPP – the right to silence, citizens’ duties and Coronavirus Regulations

Today, Bindmans LLP client Keith Neale’s conviction for obstructing a police officer was quashed by the High Court, sitting at Cardiff. In an important judgment on the right to silence, the legal duties of citizens and the operation of Coronavirus Regulations, Mrs Justice Steyn and Lord Justice Dingemans held that justices at Newport Magistrates’ Court had erred Read More …

Is anyone in Australia exempt from the Treason Felony Act?

The author wrote to the Attorney General of Australia to establish if anything existed or was in place to exempt the courts, judges and people of every State and every part of the Commonwealth from the Treason and Felony Act in the practice of denying Her Majesty’s Rightful Title and to establish if anything existed Read More …

THE FOI ACT 1982 AND THE FOI ACT 2000 (UK): ARE THERE LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM EACH OTHER?

It is almost a quarter of a century since the Commonwealth’s Freedom of Information Act 1982 was enacted. At about the same time, similar legislation was passed in New Zealand (the Official Information Act 1982) and in Canada (the Access to Information Act 1985). More than a decade earlier the US had passed its Freedom Read More …