It is plain to see why Lady Hale was president of the Supreme Court, says Jonathan Hodge
January 2020 marked a new decade for us all and the start of a new chapter for the Supreme Court – as it also sees the retirement of its first female president, Lady Hale. Looking back over a period marked by increasing awareness of women’s rights, and the recent centenary of their right to practise law in this jurisdiction, any retrospective on the Supreme Court’s decisions during its first decade should rightly focus on some given by its first lady, Lady Hale.
A notable case was that of Charlie Gard, who had a rare inherited disease and was kept alive artificially. Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital asked the court to override the parents’ wishes to resort to experimental treatment on the basis ...