Tuesday, 10 January 2012

You heard it here first on Scottish referendum.....and Lord Sumption hears his first case....Wales gets a seal and Greenwich a new coat of arms...

 I understand that HMG is to publish its legal advice on why only the Westminster Parliament can call or grant powers to call a referendum on Scottish independence....you read all about that here first....see my post on that question back in May

Plus Lord Sumption is going to hear his first case in the Supreme Court tomorrow - Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Respondent) v E.N.E. Kos 1 Limited (Appellant) which is something very boring about ships and charterparties.  He sits with Phillips P, Walker, Mance and Clarke JJSC.  Watch legal history (first direct appointee from the Bar to the UK's highest court since 1949) being made here from 10.30am .  Lord Sumption was sworn into the SCUK on 11th January - http://www.supremecourt.gov.uk/docs/pr_1201.pdf.

Lord Sumption was appointed to the Privy Council (he will also sit in its Judicial Committee) at a meeting on 14th December, when HMQ also handed over the new Welsh Seal to the First Minister of Wales so that he has something to seal new Acts of the National Assembly when Wales starts making its own primary legislation pursuant to Government of Wales Act 2006, a move which brings to an end the time honoured term - the law of England and Wales.

Plus the soon to be Royal Borough of Greenwich has got a new coat of arms.....will the excitement never end....

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