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Launch of a new webinar series on the Privy Council: Webinar 1 New developments in constitutional and public law cases at the Privy Council

21st October 2021

Registration is now open for the first in a series of three webinars exploring the work of the Privy Council.

The Commonwealth Lawyers Association  invites you to join us for a discussion chaired by Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill and led by Richard Clayton QC and Rowan Pennington-Benton, with a focus on  practitioners who bring (or wish to bring) appeals to the Privy Council.

Richard Clayton QC and Rowan Pennington-Benton will explore hot topics of interest in this first of the series, highlighting new directions and interesting developments which could give rise to Privy Council appeals. The first webinar in the series will concentrate on new developments in constitutional and public law cases.

We shall examine the impact of cases like:

  1. Commissioner of Prisons v Seepersad [2021] UKPC 13 where the Privy Council extended the scope of the right to “protection of law” to cover failures by the executive to implement legislation designed to create new regimes for children in custody in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  2. Silly Creek Estate and Marina Co Ltd v Attorney General of Turks and Caicos Islands | [2021] UKPC 9 which concerned a lease for development over land in a National Park.  The Board held that this did not constitute a grant of development permission for planning law purposes.  The lease was a private law dispute separate from the Government’s public law role in planning matters. Furthermore, the leaseholder had no right to obtain permission on the basis of legitimate expectation or its constitutional right to property.
  3. Archie v Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago | [2018] UKPC 23 which considered whether the Law Association power under the Legal Profession Act 1986 (Trinidad and Tobago) to set up a committee to inquire into allegations of misconduct against the Chief Justice. While the Commission could not make binding findings of fact, it could inquire into whether there were sufficient grounds to refer a complaint to the Prime Minister, and was not prevented from doing so by s 137 of the Trinidad Constitution.
  4. Barbosa v Minister of Home Affairs [2020] 1 W.L.R. 169
  5. Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago v Dumas [2017] 1 W.L.R. 1978 

DATE :  Thursday 21st October 2021


9.00 am EST

2.00 pm BST

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  • The Rt Hon Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill CVO

Opening remarks:

  • Brian Speers, CLA President


  • Richard Clayton QC
  • Rowan Pennington-Benton

We look forward to welcoming attendees to this first webinar in the series and there will be a Q and A opportunity following our panel discussion. Should you wish to submit a question prior to the session, please email info@commonwealthlawyers.com referencing this event. Questions can also be submitted using the Q&A function during the webinar itself.


The Rt Hon Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill CVO

Lord Robert Carnwath was a Justice of the UK Supreme Court from April 2012 until his retirement in March 2020. He has sat, and given leading judgments, in many cases in the Privy Council.

Before that he was a Lord Justice of Appeal from September 2001, having been a Judge of the High Court, Chancery Division, from 1994.

He was Chairman of the Law Commission for England and Wales from February 1999 until July 2002.

In July 2004 he was nominated as “Shadow” Senior President of Tribunals, to provide judicial leadership in the reform of the UK Tribunal system. In November 2007 he was appointed as the first statutory Senior President of Tribunals under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.

He was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple in 1968. From 1970 – 1994 he was a practising barrister in what is now Landmark Chambers. His main areas of practice were Local Government, Planning and Environmental Law, and Administrative Law. From 1980 – 85 he was Junior Counsel to the Inland Revenue. He took silk in 1985.

Between 1988 and 1994 he was Attorney-General to HRH the Prince of Wales (for which he was made a Companion of the Victorian Order).

Since 2004 he has worked as an adviser to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on judicial training and is a member of their International Advisory Council on Environmental Justice. He has spoken on environmental law and climate change issues at judicial conferences in many parts of the world. He has also spoken at a number of conferences of the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association and the Commonwealth Lawyers Association.


Richard Clayton QC

Richard Clayton QC practises from London, England.  He undertakes many Supreme Court/ Privy Council appeals, practising in public, constitutional and commercial law.  His four Privy Council appeals this year include a Bahamas constitutional challenge to security for costs for disproportionately restricting access to the Court and a compulsory purchase compensation appeal for the AG of Anguilla.  He very recently appeared in the Gibraltar Court of Appeal in the first case concerning its legislation against bullying.  Richard works in Anguilla, Bahamas, Belize, Cayman, St Vincent, Trinidad, Turks & Caicos, Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Hong Kong and Isle of Man and in cases before the European Court of Human Rights.  His Supreme Court and Privy Council appeals include Seepersad (2021) (detaining juveniles in adult prison  breaches constitutional rights against deprivation of liberty without due process of law and protection of law ),  Maharaj (2019) (freedom of information), Maharaj (2018) (Commission appointing Supreme Court judges must include lay people),  Kennedy (2015) (freedom of information and common law rights), Suratt (2008) (constitutionality of discrimination legislation) Toussaint (2007) (right of access to the court and parliamentary privilege), Huang (2007) (important human rights proportionality case), Greenfield (2005) (principles for human rights damages) and the first environmental case before the Privy Council from Belize, BACONGO (2003).

Richard successfully represented former Prime Minister, Basdeo Panday before the Trinidad CA and was lead Counsel in the 8 day Court of Appeal  case for the former Chief Minister of Turks & Caicos, Michael Misick and his cabinet.  He was recently instructed in Trinidad in the cartel case and successfully defended judicial review against a Commission of Inquiry.

Richard has been a Deputy High Court Judge since 2011.  From 2011-2019 he was the United Kingdom’s representative to the Council of Europe’s advisory body on constitutional law, the Venice Commission.  Richard is a former Chairman of the Constitutional and Administrative Bar Association, a Visiting Professor at University College, London and joint author of the Law of Human Rights (Oxford University Press)  cited by the Supreme Court about 45 times.


Rowan Pennington-Benton

Rowan Pennington-Benton practises from 3 Hare Court Chambers in London. Called in 2008, he has a busy commercial /chancery practice as well as extensive expertise in public and constitutional law. He has appeared in over 20 Privy Council/ UKSC cases, and regularly appears in the High Court as well as arbitration and other forums in the UK and abroad. He has particular offshore experience, advising on development, construction, commercial and public law matters in various jurisdictions in the Caribbean and closer to home in Gibraltar (where he is a consultant barrister at Hassans, the largest law firm on the Rock)