UK Supreme Court to sit in Wales this summer

Goruchaf Lys y DU i eistedd yng Nghymru yn yr haf

Ty Hywel building, National Assembly, Cardiff

22 to 25 July 2019

A message from Lady Hale and Lord Lloyd-Jones on St David's Day, 1 March 2019.

1 March 2019

The UK Supreme Court will sit in Cardiff, Wales for the first time in July 2019.

The Court will sit in the Ty Hywel building in the National Assembly in Cardiff for four days of hearings from 22 to 25 July 2019, whilst the Assembly is in recess.

Lady Hale, President of the Supreme Court, will preside over the cases and she will be joined by the Deputy President, Lord Reed, as well as Lord Lloyd-Jones, Lord Sales and Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd (the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales who is a member of the Supreme Court's supplementary panel).

The Supreme Court previously sat in Scotland in 2017 and in Northern Ireland in 2018. Travelling to other parts of the UK has now become an established part of the Court's calendar and is seen to be a key way to promote access to the UK's highest court.

Talking about the visit, Lady Hale said: "As we celebrate St David's Day today, I am delighted to announce that the Supreme Court will sit in Cardiff this summer. This means that we will have sat in all four parts of the United Kingdom.

We will hear three very interesting cases during this time. This will provide an excellent opportunity for those living locally to come and see the Supreme Court in action and to watch cases of great importance being discussed. As usual, the cases will also be live-streamed so others can still watch too.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Supreme Court and we are all are very much looking forward to sitting in Wales this summer."

Provisional listings for the Supreme Court sittings in Cardiff (timings TBC)

Monday 22 July and Tuesday 23 July 2019:
R (on the application of Wright) (Respondent) v Resilient Energy Severndale Ltd (Appellant), UKSC 2018/0007

The question in this planning case is whether, on an application for planning permission for a wind turbine proposed to be undertaken by a community benefit society, the distribution to the local community of a community benefit fund derived from the operation of the turbine is a material planning consideration which the council could take into account when considering whether to grant planning permission.

Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 July 2019
Singularis Holdings Ltd (In Official Liquidation) (A Company Incorporated in the Cayman Islands) (Respondent) v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Ltd (Appellant), UKSC 2018/0039

The questions in this case are whether the dishonest state of mind of an individual who wholly owns and controls a company is attributable to the company in the context of a claim in negligence by the company against a third-party bank or broker and, if so, what defences may be available to the bank or broker in consequence of this attribution.

Thursday 25 July 2019
Edwards on behalf of the Estate of the late Arthur Watkins (Respondent) v Hugh James Ford Simey Solicitors (Appellant), UKSC 2018/0132

The questions in this solicitors' negligence case are in what circumstances is the principle of full compensation engaged and to what extent should a court admit evidence which was obtained after the date the original claim settled, when determining whether a claimant has suffered loss?

Details on how members of the public can attend the case hearings will be released nearer the time.


Notes to Editors

  1. For media enquiries, contact:

    Janet Coull Trisic
    Acting Head of Communications
    020 7960 1887

    Rebecca Lowson
    Media and Communications Manager
    020 7960 1894

  2. There will be opportunities for the media to attend hearings when the Supreme Court sits in Cardiff and we will also be able to share photos from the occasion too. More details of how to attend will be confirmed closer to the time, but if you wish to register your interest please contact Janet or Rebecca (details above).
  3. Lady Hale and Lord Lloyd-Jones have recorded a personal video message announcing the visit which is available on this page.
  4. For images of the Justices who will be sitting in Cardiff, please contact Janet or Rebecca. Media are welcome to use these images free of charge, but are kindly asked to acknowledge the image credits detailed in the image file names.
  5. The cases heard in Cardiff will be live streamed on the Supreme Court website, and made available our video on demand service.