Monday: The House of Lords reaches part 5 of the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill — which includes the clauses that the government admits are in breach of international law. Lord Judge (former lord chief justice and convenor of the crossbench peers, pictured), Lord Falconer of Thoroton (shadow attorney general) and Lord Howard of Lympne (former leader of the Conservative party) have given notice that they will seek to have the key clauses deleted from the government’s bill. There is every chance they will be successful: a “motion of regret” was carried by 395 votes to 169 on 20 October on 20 October. Well worth watching.
Also today, Mr Justice Zacaroli will deliver judgment (remotely, at 10am) in HM Attorney General v Zedra Fiduciary Services (UK) Ltd. The judge has been asked what to do with money donated in 1922 with the aim of paying off the national debt. Though the fund is now worth now worth some £500m, it would hardly make a dent in the UK’s borrowing. In 2018 Jeremy Wright MP, who was attorney general at the time, told me he hoped the money could be used to help reduce the national debt, even though others thought it should go to charities that might benefit the nation as a whole. Barbara Rich, a barrister specialising in disputed succession claims and decision-making for people who lack mental capacity, has all the details here.
Tuesday: Law in Action has an interview with Sir Andrew McFarlane, president of the High Court family division, in which he discusses remote hearings, domestic violence and family arbitration. We also examine the Law Commission’s proposals to replace leasehold flats with commonhold. And we celebrate the 50th birthday of the UK’s fist law centre.
Wednesday: I’ll be chairing the latest Oxford Putney Debate on parliamentary sovereignty, live at 4pm. The speakers are Sir Stephen Sedley, Professor Richard Bellamy, Helen Mountfield QC and Professor Geraldine van Bueren QC (hon). Watch the panellists’ pre-recorded propositions in advance if you can.
Thursday: Sir Stephen Irwin, treasurer of Gray’s Inn, will deliver a talk to mark the 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg war trials. The event is open to all but pre-registration is necessary for the Zoom link; bookings close the day before. You can also book for the Birkenhead lecture on Monday 16 November, when Sir Christopher Greenwood GBE CMG QC, former judge of the International Court of Justice, will be talking about the Nuremberg trials. A related panel discussion will be held by Gray’s Inn on Tuesday 24 November.