The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council is the final court of appeal for many Commonwealth and Caribbean countries. Presided over by the same judges as those sitting in the UK Supreme Court, its decisions are highly persuasive in domestic UK proceedings as well as across the common law world.
Our members have been called to foreign jurisdictions, including but not limited to: Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Mauritius and Trinidad & Tobago.
Members regularly appear in the Privy Council representing individuals, public interest groups, foreign companies, governments and government agencies, local government departments and regulatory bodies amongst others. The appeals often concern difficult and interesting points of constitutional and human rights law, whether arising in the context of civil and commercial disputes, criminal appeals or appeals from domestic constitutional claims. Many of these cases have contributed to the development of key principles of the common law.
Recent cases of interest include: