Hearings in the Supreme Court are now shown live on the Court’s website.

On Monday 26 October, the Supreme Court will hear the appeal of Hurstwood Properties (A) Ltd and Ors  v Rosendale Borough Council and Anor. This appeal will consider whether the respondents should still be liable to pay non-domestic rates (‘NDR’) for periods when they leased their unoccupied properties to special purpose vehicle companies (‘SPVs’) on the basis that: (1) the leases were prearranged tax avoidance schemes and the relevant statute should be interpreted accordingly; or (2) the SPVs can be disregarded by a piercing of the corporate veil.

On Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 October, the Supreme Court will hear the appeal of In the matter of T (A Child). This appeal will consider whether, in circumstances where insufficient places are available in registered secure children’s homes, the exercise of the inherent jurisdiction to authorise a child’s placement in unregistered secure accommodation is lawful.

On Friday 30 October, the Supreme Court will hand down two judgments. The first is Stoffel & Co v Grondona. The proposed panel for hand down is Lord Reed, Lord Hodge, Lady Black, Lord Lloyd-Jones, and Lady Arden. The appeal considered whether the Court of Appeal erred in its application of the Patel v Mirza guidelines.

The second judgment to be handed down is Ecila Henderson (A Protected Party, by her litigation friend, The Official Solicitor) v Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust. The proposed panel for hand down is Lord Reed, Lord Hodge, Lady Black, Lord Lloyd-Jones, Lady Arden, Lord Kitchin, and Lord Hamblen. The appeal considered whether a claimant who, during a serious psychotic episode, committed a criminal offence which she would not have committed but for the defendant’s negligence, can recover the damages for the consequences of having committed the offence, including her subsequent loss of liberty.

The hand-downs will be streamed on Supreme Court Live and will then be made available on the Supreme Court’s video on demand service.

The following Supreme Court judgments remain outstanding:

Keefe (by his litigation friend Eyton) v Hoteles Pinero Canarias SL, heard 7 Mar 2017

Arcadia Petroleum Ltd & Ors v Bosworth & Anor, heard 10-11 Apr 2017

Test Claimants in the Franked Investment Income Group Litigation & Ors v Commissioners of Inland Revenue, heard 27 June 2019

In the matter of an application by Anthony McIntyre for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland), heard 24 October 2019

Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd (Formerly known as Ace Bermuda Insurance Ltd), heard 12-13 November 2019

ABC (AP) v Principal Reporter & Anor (Scotland), heard 13- 14 November 2019

In the matter of XY (AP) (Scotland), heard 13- 14 November 2019

R v Hilton (Northern Ireland), heard 2 December 2019

MacDonald & Anor v Cambroe Estates Ltd (Scotland), heard 4 December 2019

The Law Debenture Trust Corporation plc v Ukraine (Represented by the Minister of Finance of Ukraine acting upon the instructions of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine) Nos. 2 and 3, heard 9-12 December 2019

R V C, heard 27 January 2020

Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake, heard 12- 13 February 2020

Shannon v Rampersad & Anor (T/A Clifton House Residential Home), heard 12-13 February 2020

Test Claimants in the Franked Investment Income Group Litigation & Ors v Commissioners of Inland Revenue (1) and (2), heard 18- 20 February 2020

Secretary of State for Health & Ors v Servier Laboratories Ltd & Ors, heard 9 June 2020

Okpabi & Ors v Royal Dutch Shell Plc & Anor, heard 23 June 2020

Asda Stores Ltd v Brierly & Ors, heard 13-14 June 2020

R (Gourlay) v Parole Board, heard 16 July 2020

Alexander Devine Children’s Cancer Trust v Housing Solutions Ltd, heard 20 July 2020

Uber BV & Ors v Aslam & Ors, heard 21-22 July 2020

Takhar v Gracefield Developments Ltd & Ors, heard 23 July 2020

Allykhan v Abdool (Mauritius), heard 23 July 2020

Evergreen Marine (UK) Ltd v Nautical Challenge Ltd, heard 5-6 October 2020

R (on the application of Friends of the Earth Ltd and others) v Heathrow Airport Ltd, heard 7-8 October 2020

R (on the application of KBR, Inc) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office, heard 13 October 2020

Manchester Building Society (Appellant) v Grant Thornton UK LLP (Respondent), heard 13-14 October 2020

SC, CB and 8 children (Appellants) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and others (Respondents), heard 20-22 October 2020.