The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee has recently launched a survey to gauge people’s views on what topics and issues the new Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission should focus on. This is a chance for the public to highlight the elements of the UK political system that were most in need of reform. The survey closes on 2 November. If you are interested in participating, please click here.

This follows the launch of an Independent Review of Administrative Law (IRAL) and the announcement of a possible independent review of the Human Rights Act as well.

The IRAL, chaired by Lord Edward Faulks QC, will consider “whether the right balance is being struck between the rights of citizens to challenge executive decisions and the need for effective and efficient government”, and specifically:

  • whether the terms of Judicial Review should be written into law;
  • whether certain executive decisions should be decided on by judges;
  • which grounds and remedies should be available in claims brought against the government; and
  • any further procedural reforms to Judicial Review, such as timings and the appeal process.

Bates Wells supported organisations from the third sector by arranging a roundtable with NCVO to discuss how civil society organisations could prepare a joint response to the IRAL’s Call for Evidence. The firm also submitted its own response and contributed to Public Law Solicitors’ Association’s response.

Earlier this month, it was also announced that the government is planning to commission an independent review of the Human Rights Act. This is in line with the Conservative Party’s manifesto for the 2019 General Election which stated that the government will look at the “broader aspect of the constitution including balance between rights of individuals and effective government”. Further detail on the independent review will follow in due course.

Many people are watching with great interest and in some cases real concern the agenda for constitutional reform in this country.  This is now moving apace and the latest developments are covered here. 

For more information please contact Melanie Carter, Head of Department, Public & Regulatory Law on [email protected].