Public Interest in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Riddick v Thames Board Mills Ltd
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 11 Marzo 1977

    Compulsion is an invasion of a private right to keep one's documents to oneself. The public interest in privacy and confidence demands that this compulsion should not be pressed further than the course of justice requires. In order to encourage openness and fairness, the public interest requires that documents disclosed on discovery are not to be made use of except for the purposes of the action in which they are disclosed.

  • Ali v Secretary of State for the Home Department
    • Supreme Court
    • 16 Noviembre 2016

    Cases not covered by those rules (that is to say, foreign offenders who have received sentences of at least four years, or who have received sentences of between 12 months and four years but whose private or family life does not meet the requirements of rules 399 and 399A) will be dealt with on the basis that great weight should generally be given to the public interest in the deportation of such offenders, but that it can be outweighed, applying a proportionality test, by very compelling circumstances: in other words, by a very strong claim indeed, as Laws LJ put it in SS (Nigeria). The countervailing considerations must be very compelling in order to outweigh the general public interest in the deportation of such offenders, as assessed by Parliament and the Secretary of State.

  • R (Nadarajah) v Secretary of State for the Home Department
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 22 Noviembre 2005

    Where a public authority has issued a promise or adopted a practice which represents how it proposes to act in a given area, the law will require the promise or practice to be honoured unless there is good reason not to do so. The principle that good administration requires public authorities to be held to their promises would be undermined if the law did not insist that any failure or refusal to comply is objectively justified as a proportionate measure in the circumstances.

  • Secretary of State for the Home Department v MB [House of Lords
    • House of Lords
    • 31 Octubre 2007

    Part 76 of the Civil Procedure Rules gives effect to the procedural scheme authorised by the Schedule to the 2005 Act. Rule 76.1(4) stipulates that disclosure is contrary to the public interest if it is made contrary to the interests of national security, the international relations of the UK, the detection or prevention of crime, or in any other circumstances where disclosure is likely to harm the public interest. Part III of the Rule applies to non-derogating control orders.

  • London Artists Ltd v Littler; Grade Organisation Ltd v Littler; Associated Television Ltd v Littler; Grade v Littler
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 10 Diciembre 1968

    There is no definition in the books as to what is a matter of public interest. All we are given is a list of examples, coupled with the statement that it is for the Judge and not for the jury. Whenever a matter is such as to affect people at large, so that they may be legitimately interested in, or concerned at, what is going on; or what may happen to them or to others; then it is a matter of public interest on which everyone is entitled to make fair comment.

  • R v Derby Magistrates' Court, ex parte B
    • House of Lords
    • 22 Junio 1995

    It is a fundamental condition on which the administration of justice as a whole rests. It is a fundamental condition on which the administration of justice as a whole rests. Legal professional privilege is thus much more than an ordinary rule of evidence, limited in its application to the facts of a particular case. Legal professional privilege is thus much more than an ordinary rule of evidence, limited in its application to the facts of a particular case.

  • Patel v Mirza
    • Supreme Court
    • 20 Julio 2016

    In assessing whether the public interest would be harmed in that way, it is necessary a) to consider the underlying purpose of the prohibition which has been transgressed and whether that purpose will be enhanced by denial of the claim, b) to consider any other relevant public policy on which the denial of the claim may have an impact and c) to consider whether denial of the claim would be a proportionate response to the illegality, bearing in mind that punishment is a matter for the criminal courts.

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  • Chapter NMWM16100
    • HMRC Guidance manuals
    • Formularios de Derecho Civil, Mercantil y Registral
    • HM Revenue & Customs
    ...... prescribed circumstances, where such a disclosure would be in the public interest. This statutory authority:. replaces all previous arrangements ......
  • Chapter CH860200
    • HMRC Guidance manuals
    • Formularios de Derecho Civil, Mercantil y Registral
    ...... When an agent’s poor behaviour amounts to misconduct we can make public interest disclosures under Section 20(3) of the Commissioners for Revenue ......
  • Chapter IDG60100
    • HMRC Guidance manuals
    • Formularios de Derecho Civil, Mercantil y Registral
    • HM Revenue & Customs
    ...... where there is no appropriate statutory gateway, but where the public could reasonably expect HMRC to disclose information (for example, in ... concern, or to prevent harm to the public) - so called ‘public interest disclosures’. In the past, HM Customs & Excise exercised implied powers ......
  • Chapter IDG54030
    • HMRC Guidance manuals
    • Formularios de Derecho Civil, Mercantil y Registral
    ...... or Crime and Disorder Act (IDG54050), and you consider it is in the public interest for the police to obtain information you hold, see IDG60000 for ......
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