On Tuesday 2 June 2020, Professor Andrew Burrows QC will be sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court.

On Wednesday 3 June 2020, the Supreme Court will hand down judgment in Serafin v Malkiewicz & Ors. This appeal will consider, inter alia, the breadth of the public interest defence in the Defamation Act 2013, section 4 and in particular whether the defence is available where the allegations complained of relate to an individual’s private conduct towards a body in relation to which there is a public interest, rather than to the running of that body.

On Wednesday 3 June 2020, the Supreme Court will hear the appeal of Sutherland (AP) v Her Majesty’s Advocate (Scotland). This appeal will consider whether prosecutions based on the covert string operations of “paedophile hunters” are compatible with the right to private life and correspondence.

On Thursday 4 June 2020, the Privy Council will hear the appeal of Byers & Ors v Ningning (British Virgin Islands). The central issue on this appeal is whether the Respondent acted in breach of any fiduciary duty when US$13 million was transferred from Pioneer Freight Futures Company Limited to a third party shortly before the Company entered into provisional liquidation.

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

Vedanta Resources Plc & Anor v Lungowe & Ors, heard 15-16 Jan 2019

Sevilleja v Marex Financial Ltd, heard 8 May 2019

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

Unwired Planet International Ltd & Anor v Huawei Technologies (UK) Co Ltd & Anor, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd & Anor v Conversant Wireless Licensing SARL and ZTE Corporation & Anor v Conversant Wireless Licensing SARL, heard 21- 24 October 2019

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

Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs v Parry & Ors, heard 31 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

Villiers v Villiers, heard 9- 10 December 2019.

R (on the application of Pathan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, heard 12 December 2019.

Lehtimaki & Ors v Cooper, heard 14- 15 January 2020

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd v Visa Europe Services LLP & Ors, heard 20-23 January 2020

R V C, heard 27 January 2020

Peninsula Securities Ltd v Dunnes Stores (Bangor) Ltd (Northern Ireland), heard 28- 29 January 2020

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc v Kymab Ltd, heard 11-12 February 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

Serafin v Malkiewicz & Ors, heard 17- 19 March 2020

Bresco Electrical Services Ltd (in liquidation) v Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd, heard 22-23 April 2020.

The Advocate General representing the Commissioners of HMRC v K E Entertainments Ltd (Scotland), heard 29 April 2020.

Stoffel & Co v Grondona, heard 5 May 2020.