Uber has taken the ruling of three lower courts that its UK drivers are workers rather than self-employed, independent contractors to the Supreme Court (UKSC) on appeal.
Page 48 of the 2019 Conservative manifesto contains this promise: “in our first year we will set up a Constitution, Democracy & Rights Commission”. When it was first written, the promise was, debatably, a precaution that Conservatives wanted to take in order to ensure that they could “get Brexit done” in the face of legal difficulties. The previous government had been overruled twice by the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) in relation to triggering Article 50 and the attempted prorogation (suspension) of parliament. Now, however, with a large Conservative majority, it is unknown what form this Commission will take. Some fear that the government will use it as a move to take revenge on the courts for these Brexit legal difficulties. Others consider it a necessary change in testing times.
Revenue generated by the UK’s legal sector in May 2020 fell by 12% compared to the same month last year, marking the lowest-earning month in four years. According to figures released by the Office of National Statistics, industry revenue fell almost 30% between April and May 2020, with April’s turn over relatively unscathed by the impact of COVID-19.
After a marathon meeting, European leaders have agreed a €750bn package to help Europe recover economically from COVID-19. €390bn will be distributed in grants to member states that have been particularly hard hit and a further €360bn will be made available in low interest loans. Leaders also agreed a new seven-year budget which totals €1.074tn.
The UK High Court has denied the (contested) Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro’s access to $1.8bn worth of assets in gold held by the Bank of England (BoE), which had been sought by the Venezuelan Central Bank (VCB) due to dire economic circumstances.