Courts Move away from EU Law to Common Law

Courts move away from EU Law Brenda Hale

Supreme Court Vice President Lady Brenda Hale in a keynote address to the Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association Conference 2014 questioned whether there has been a move away from EU law to common law due to the rise of anti-EU sentiment.

After many years of the courts considering EU legal principles, Lady Hale has suggested that recent decisions highlights the fact that UK constitutionalism is ‘on the March’.

Lady Hale wished to classify this theme as ‘UK Constitutionalism on the March’ rather than Richard Clayton’s description ‘The Empire Strikes back’.

She described this theme as:

“after more than a decade of concentrating on European instruments as the source of rights, remedies and obligations, there is emerging a renewed emphasis on the common law and distinctively UK constitutional principles as a source of legal inspiration”

This renewed emphasis is documented in the list of cases that Lady Hale discusses in her keynote address to the Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Conference 2014. Cases such as A (No 2), HM Treasury v Ahmed, Osborn v Parole Board, A v BBC and the HS2 case according to Lady Hale demonstrates the move away from European principles and back to UK constitutional principles. It highlights Lady Hale’s argument that there is a growing awareness that ‘UK constitutional principles should be at the forefront of the court’s analysis’.

Litigants and litigants have been reminded to look ‘first to the common law to protect their fundamental rights’.

Hale questioned whether it was the anti-EU sentiment amongst MPs that has caused this development in Courts, or whether it was judges philosophies influencing the court, or simply that the law was returning to the traditions of UK Constitutionalism.

What are your thoughts? Is this trend a response from anti-EU sentiment amongst parliamentarians, or whether judges opinions are pushing this development, or it is just looking back to common law principles. Or is it even mix of the three, a mix of two or none of these responses.

You decide!

Wedding Guest


It is Summer. What does that mean? It means the Sun is out- barbeques, parties and getting out the pretty sandals out from your wardrobe that you’ve waited until the summer to wear. It also means there are weddings, after all summer is wedding season.

I love going to weddings, love is such a beautiful thing.  One thing that many struggle with is what to wear to a wedding. What is and what is not appropriate for the occasion? Of course you have to look drop dead gorgeous but you cannot overshine the bride. So what do you do? Please do not wear all white (creams are fine and as long its not a long white gown, just no white) unless the Bride has clearly told you so.

First of all you have to ask yourself is it a countryside wedding, is it a church wedding, is it a evening wedding, city wedding or a beach wedding. After you have asked yourself all these questions, it would be easy to whittle down your outfits (and make life much easier).

Here are a few ideas for your wedding guest outfits:

Countryside Wedding

Off to a countryside wedding? Think florals, lace, pastels. It is your chance to be girly-cute dresses and pretty accessories. If you want to be daring, you can pair a bright coloured pair of heels with you pretty dress-a hot red, or electric Blue will get everybody staring!

Countryside wedding
ASOS Sunflower Dress- Find here
Zara Pearl Headband- Find here
Topshop pearl earrings- Find here
L.K. Bennett red clutch- Find here
Kurt Geiger Red heels-Find here
Steve Madden red flats- Find here
Church Wedding
With a church wedding is all about looking like a lady. No low cut tops and respectable dress lengths please ladies! It’s all about the conservative and elegant look with a little of sass thrown in. Always wanted to wear a hat or fascinator- a church wedding is the perfect opportunity.
Church Wedding
Ted Baker Coral Dress-Find here
Zara Asymmetric Tan Leather heels- Find here
John Lewis Fascinator-Find here
Dune Black & Gold Clutch-Find here
Christian Dior Vintage Black & Gold Earrings- Find here
Gucci Gold Watch-Find here
Evening Wedding
Forget lace, pastels and florals its time for Sophisticated Glamour! Who said you can’t sparkle as a Wedding Guest? You can at a evening wedding. You can even wear a Black Gown if you wished. Embellished dresses, sophisticated maxis, cocktail dresses and anything with sparkles is welcome.

Evening Wedding
Virgos Lounge Navy Embellished Dress-Find here
Stuart Weitzman Gold Nudist heels- Find here
Warehouse Sparkle Gold Clutch-Find here
Topshop Blue Stone Open Cuff- Find here
Downton Abbey Gold Plated Drop Earrings- Find here
Folli Follie Blue Stone Cocktail Ring- Find here


City Wedding

Wedding in the city-anything pretty much goes. No need for a Wedding attire rule book! Embrace modern fashion forward looks, no need for the traditional. Opt for separates, co-ords, tux and tailored trousers. It’s your choice.

City Wedding
Topshop Curved Silver Ring-Find here
Topshop Twist Band Ring-Find here
ASOS Pink Blazer-Find here 
River Island White Crop Top-Find here
Zara High Heeled Sandals-Find here
John Lewis Silver Metal Box Clutch-Find here

ASOS Pink Cigarette Trousers-Find here

 Beach Wedding

Think light maxi dresses or summery dresses with statement headbands and oversized sunnies. Heels are not for the beach, so flat sandals are needed.

Beach Wedding
Dolce & Gabbana Gold Sunglasses- Find here
Warehouse Blue Maxi Dress-Find here
Dune Embellished Clutch-Find here 
Dune Embellished Sandals-Find here
John Lewis Gold Cuff-Find here
Accessorize Statement Studs-Find here

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