The Court of Appeal (Civil Division) – Live streaming of court hearings

Selected cases from the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) are now being live-streamed on the judiciary’s YouTube channel.

Live-streaming of selected cases began in November 2018 to improve public access to, and understanding of, the work of the courts. It is anticipated that every hearing in Court 71 (the Master of the Rolls’ court) will be live streamed.

View previous cases on the Court of Appeal video archive page.

Next Hearings:

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15th – 17th January 2020

Court 71


Secretary of State for the Home Department –v- Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants

The SSHD appeals the High Court order of Mr Justice Spencer dated 1 March 2019 which found in favour of the claimants to the effect that the right to rent scheme was unlawful; and, pursuant to s 4 of the HRA 1998, ss 20-37 of the Immigration Act 2014 (the scheme) (as amended by ss 39-40 of the Immigration Act 2016) are incompatible with Art. 14 of the ECHR in conjunction with Art. 8.

The purpose of the Scheme is to tackle and discourage illegal residence and reduce the number of tenancies available to those who are in the UK illegally, thereby easing pressure on the housing market for lawful residents as well as pressures on other public services and increasing employment opportunities for lawful residents, and to enable rogue landlords who deliberately exploit the situation of illegal immigrants to be penalised or prevented from doing so.

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21st – 22nd January 2020

Fearn & others –v- The Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery

The Claimants brought a case of nuisance and under the Human Rights Act 1998 to protect their rights to privacy in their flats in central London. The Claimants reside in flats in a development adjacent to the Tate Modern museum. The living areas of the Claimants’ flat interiors are overlooked to varying degrees by visitors to the museum in a new extension of the Tate Modern. The Claimants brought an action for an injunction requiring Tate Modern to close part of the gallery which gives the views into their respective flats, though screening was proposed as an alternative. Their privacy rights are said to arise via the law of nuisance and/or under the Human Rights Act 1998 on the basis that the Tate Gallery is a `hybrid’ public authority against whom the Act can be directly enforced.

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28th January 2020

 American International Group UK Ltd (AIG) –v- Giambrone & Law (a Firm) and various claimants

 AIG appeals against an order for costs made under s 51(1) Senior Courts Act 1981 against it (a professional indemnity insurer) which has the effect of imposing a substantial extra-contractual liability to pay costs incurred by various claimants to group litigation in a situation where the insurance cover contracted for by the insured defendants was limited and the unsuccessful defendants have not satisfied the costs orders against them.

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29th – 30th January 2020

Sports Direct International PLC –v- The Financial Reporting Council Ltd

Sports Direct International plc, appeals, with the part permission of Mr Justice Arnold on 11 September 2018, his decision of the same date whereby he ordered that it discloses to the Applicant previously withheld documents on the grounds of privilege. Sports Direct also appeal on the grounds refused by Arnold J, in respect to his order that it provides to the Applicant certain documents within the Document Pool and that it discloses previously withheld documents, on the basis of some of the findings on the ‘Communication Issue’ contained in the judgment.


4th – 5th February 2020

Maguire –v- Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Blackpool & Fylde and others

Appeal against the Order of Irwin LJ, Farbey J and HHJ Lucraft QC (sitting as a Judge of the High Court) (15 March 2019) that dismissed a claim for judicial review.

JM died in hospital of a perforated ulcer at the age of 52 on 22 February 2017. She had Down’s syndrome and moderate learning difficulties. By the time of her death, she suffered limited mobility, needing a wheelchair to move around outside.

She had lived for more than 20 years in a care home. A post-mortem concluded that her death was as a result of a perforated gastric ulcer with peritonitis and pneumonia. HM Senior Coroner for Blackpool and Fylde opened an inquest with a jury.

The proceedings sought to challenge two decisions made by the Coroner (1) the decision that Article 2 ECHR was not engaged (2) not to leave a determination of neglect to the jury.

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Court 71

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Court 73

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Court 76

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Previous Court of Appeal (Civil Division) hearings

You can view previous cases on the Court of Appeal video archive page


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