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Blogs by Matthew Rees

  • Don’t Get Too Excited about the Benefits Tourism Ruling

    Don’t Get Too Excited about the Benefits Tourism Ruling

    | Economy
    On Tuesday the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down a widely-praised judgment limiting so-called ‘benefits tourism.’ The case concerned a Romanian migrant’s unsuccessful claim to the German equivalent of the Jobseeker’s Allowance. In short, the CJEU confirmed that EU member states are not obliged to grant ...
  • Legal Aid Cuts - A Penny For Chris Grayling’s Thoughts

    Legal Aid Cuts - A Penny For Chris Grayling’s Thoughts

    | General
    There have been a number of recent developments in the ongoing debate about cuts in legal aid. September saw the High Court rule that the consultation process for plans to cut criminal legal aid was unlawful on the grounds of procedural unfairness. Last Wednesday a retired judge joined the growing ...
  • Occupy London: giving civil liberties a bad name

    Occupy London: giving civil liberties a bad name

    | Politics
    Anyone who has walked out of Westminster tube station this week may well have been greeted with the sight of protesters, makeshift fences and a sizeable police presence in Parliament Square. Many of these protesters have responded to calls from 'Occupy London', a movement which describes itself as representing the “UK ...
  • “Accelerated Payment Notices” – HMRC as Judge, Jury and Executioner

    “Accelerated Payment Notices” – HMRC as Judge, Jury and Executioner

    | Tax
    In September 2014, HMRC issued the first wave of “Accelerated Payment Notices” (APNs) to around 2,500 individuals suspected of entering into what it calls “unacceptable tax avoidance schemes,” and will issue a further 43,000 notices over the next 18 months in an attempt to recover an estimated £7.1 ...