Law and religion round-up – 8 May

“Honestly, those lawyers. Sustaining and defending the laws of our land, so that everyone can be fairly treated. Just like enemies of the people do.”

Paul Bayes

Treating children for gender dysphoria

The Supreme Court has refused permission to appeal in the matter of Bell & Anor v The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust [2021] EWCA Civ 1363 – a challenge to the operation of Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust’s Gender Identity Development Service and its practice of referring patients under the age of 18 for prescription of puberty-blockers. We noted the Court of Appeal judgment here. [With thanks to 39 Essex Chambers.]

Reservation of burial plots (again)

In the last round-up, we summarized two judgments of the Worcester consistory court in which open-ended periods of reservation for burial plots were sought (i.e. “until I die”); however, the periods of reservation were limited initially to 25 years: Re St Kenelm Romsley [2022] ECC Wor 3 and Re St Kenelm Romsley [2022] ECC Wor 4. The shortage of burial plots in the UK is well-known and is an issue which we first highlighted in September 2013, in a post entitled “Shortage of burial space? Surprise, surprise!Continue reading