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Parents of Alfie Evans apply to take son’s case back to supreme court

The parents of a 23-month-old boy at the centre of a life-support treatment battle have applied to the supreme court to appeal against a ruling that treatment should be removed from the child.

Court of appeal judges ruled on Monday that Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, could not take their son Alfie Evans abroad to receive treatment for a rare degenerative brain disease. The couple, from Liverpool, have so far lost cases in the high court, court of appeal, supreme court and European court of human rights.

The child’s parents insist they have seen improvements in their son’s condition and want to move him to a hospital in Rome where they believe he will receive better treatment. Judges have heard that Alfie is in a “semi-vegetative state” and that further treatment would be futile.

The supreme court confirmed on Tuesday that the couple had filed an application to appeal. “They wish to challenge the decision that Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust can withdraw artificial ventilation from their child,” it said.

“The application will be referred to the President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale, and two other members of the Court who will form the decision panel. The hospital and Alfie’s legal guardian (the person who provides the independent voice of the child in court) will then be asked to provide their views. The Court is aware of the urgency of this matter.”

The basis of the couple’s latest appeal is that their son is being wrongly detained by Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool. They have made a “habeas corpus” application, Latin for “you may have the body”. The Habeas Corpus Act 1679 allows anybody to have the legality of a detention examined.

On Monday, an appeal court panel of Lord Justice Davis, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Moylan upheld a ruling by the high court judge Mr Justice Hayden, who endorsed a detailed plan put forward by Alder Hey doctors for withdrawing life-support treatment.

The judge said the unanimous view of medical experts was that Alfie’s brain had been eroded by disease and further assessment was pointless.

Reading a statement outside the hospital two hours after the appeal court decision, Tom Evans thanked the supporters surrounding him and again asked for his son’s life not be terminated.

“They can’t break us, we are never going to back down,” he said. “Alfie, the family and all of our supporters are stronger than ever and we will keep fighting all the way. We will never give up on you Alfie.”

An Alder Hey spokesman said: “The Supreme Court will now consider the application for permission to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal. Our priority is to continue providing Alfie with the best care possible.”

Court to hear case of banker kept alive against family’s wishes

The case of an investment banker who suffered severe brain damage following a heart attack will be heard by the supreme court on Monday in a test of whether judges need to authorise the withdrawal of life support treatment.

The legal challenge by the official solicitor, brought in the face of opposition by the man’s family and his doctors, had been accelerated through to the UK’s highest court because of his condition. The man, “Mr Y”, has, however, since died.

His end-of-life dilemma is one faced by thousands of people every year. The case was brought because families not only have to endure the protracted trauma of seeing their relatives reduced to a vegetative state but must then undertake costly and time-consuming legal action to obtain judicial permission to turn off machines that sustain their lives.

In November, the high court ruled that the court of protection did not need to be consulted in cases such as that of Mr Y where clinicians and the patient’s family agree that it is not in the best interests of the patient to be kept alive in a coma.

The banker was 52 when had a cardiac arrest last June. Before then, he was very active despite working long hours in a stressful profession. He ran and skiied, regularly went to the gym and was said to have loved music and rock concerts. He had not left a living will or any instructions on what should happen to him in the case of sudden illness.

After the heart attack, he was said to be unaware of either himself or his environment. It was deemed highly improbable that he would regain consciousness.

His wife, their two children and his brother and sister, the high court heard, all accepted that Mr Y would not want to live in a vegetative or minimally conscious state with profound disabilities.

“He would hate to be helpless and dependent on other people for his daily needs,” the judgment said. “He would not want to live in a care home.”

The judge concluded there was no legal obligation “that all cases concerning the withdrawal of CANH [clinically assisted nutrition and hydration] from a person who lacks capacity must be sanctioned by the court”.

The high court judge, Mrs Justice O’Farrell, cited a landmark judgment in another case, saying it had clearly established that principle. There was no need to bring the matter before the court where doctors had obeyed the Mental Capacity Act and good medical practice, where there was no dispute with the family or others close to the patient, and there were no other doubts or concerns, she said.

But the official solicitor, who formally represents the separate interests of the patient, Y, disagreed. The official solicitor’s office has declined to comment on the case.

The original high court application was brought by Vikram Sachdeva QC on behalf of the unnamed NHS trust that had been treating the man.

In 1993, in the case of Anthony Bland, a Hillsborough survivor who was left in a persistent vegetative state, the courts established that it was legal to stop providing treatment – including food and water – if it was deemed to be in the patient’s best interests.

The supreme court hearing on Monday and Tuesday will be heard by five justices, Lady Hale, Lord Mance, Lord Wilson, Lord Hodge and Lady Black. Judgement is likely to be reserved.

Court to hear case of banker kept alive against family’s wishes

The case of an investment banker who suffered severe brain damage following a heart attack will be heard by the supreme court on Monday in a test of whether judges need to authorise the withdrawal of life support treatment.

The legal challenge by the official solicitor, brought in the face of opposition by the man’s family and his doctors, had been accelerated through to the UK’s highest court because of his condition. The man, “Mr Y”, has, however, since died.

His end-of-life dilemma is one faced by thousands of people every year. The case was brought because families not only have to endure the protracted trauma of seeing their relatives reduced to a vegetative state but must then undertake costly and time-consuming legal action to obtain judicial permission to turn off machines that sustain their lives.

In November, the high court ruled that the court of protection did not need to be consulted in cases such as that of Mr Y where clinicians and the patient’s family agree that it is not in the best interests of the patient to be kept alive in a coma.

The banker was 52 when had a cardiac arrest last June. Before then, he was very active despite working long hours in a stressful profession. He ran and skiied, regularly went to the gym and was said to have loved music and rock concerts. He had not left a living will or any instructions on what should happen to him in the case of sudden illness.

After the heart attack, he was said to be unaware of either himself or his environment. It was deemed highly improbable that he would regain consciousness.

His wife, their two children and his brother and sister, the high court heard, all accepted that Mr Y would not want to live in a vegetative or minimally conscious state with profound disabilities.

“He would hate to be helpless and dependent on other people for his daily needs,” the judgment said. “He would not want to live in a care home.”

The judge concluded there was no legal obligation “that all cases concerning the withdrawal of CANH [clinically assisted nutrition and hydration] from a person who lacks capacity must be sanctioned by the court”.

The high court judge, Mrs Justice O’Farrell, cited a landmark judgment in another case, saying it had clearly established that principle. There was no need to bring the matter before the court where doctors had obeyed the Mental Capacity Act and good medical practice, where there was no dispute with the family or others close to the patient, and there were no other doubts or concerns, she said.

But the official solicitor, who formally represents the separate interests of the patient, Y, disagreed. The official solicitor’s office has declined to comment on the case.

The original high court application was brought by Vikram Sachdeva QC on behalf of the unnamed NHS trust that had been treating the man.

In 1993, in the case of Anthony Bland, a Hillsborough survivor who was left in a persistent vegetative state, the courts established that it was legal to stop providing treatment – including food and water – if it was deemed to be in the patient’s best interests.

The supreme court hearing on Monday and Tuesday will be heard by five justices, Lady Hale, Lord Mance, Lord Wilson, Lord Hodge and Lady Black. Judgement is likely to be reserved.

Court to hear case of banker kept alive against family’s wishes

The case of an investment banker who suffered severe brain damage following a heart attack will be heard by the supreme court on Monday in a test of whether judges need to authorise the withdrawal of life support treatment.

The legal challenge by the official solicitor, brought in the face of opposition by the man’s family and his doctors, had been accelerated through to the UK’s highest court because of his condition. The man, “Mr Y”, has, however, since died.

His end-of-life dilemma is one faced by thousands of people every year. The case was brought because families not only have to endure the protracted trauma of seeing their relatives reduced to a vegetative state but must then undertake costly and time-consuming legal action to obtain judicial permission to turn off machines that sustain their lives.

In November, the high court ruled that the court of protection did not need to be consulted in cases such as that of Mr Y where clinicians and the patient’s family agree that it is not in the best interests of the patient to be kept alive in a coma.

The banker was 52 when had a cardiac arrest last June. Before then, he was very active despite working long hours in a stressful profession. He ran and skiied, regularly went to the gym and was said to have loved music and rock concerts. He had not left a living will or any instructions on what should happen to him in the case of sudden illness.

After the heart attack, he was said to be unaware of either himself or his environment. It was deemed highly improbable that he would regain consciousness.

His wife, their two children and his brother and sister, the high court heard, all accepted that Mr Y would not want to live in a vegetative or minimally conscious state with profound disabilities.

“He would hate to be helpless and dependent on other people for his daily needs,” the judgment said. “He would not want to live in a care home.”

The judge concluded there was no legal obligation “that all cases concerning the withdrawal of CANH [clinically assisted nutrition and hydration] from a person who lacks capacity must be sanctioned by the court”.

The high court judge, Mrs Justice O’Farrell, cited a landmark judgment in another case, saying it had clearly established that principle. There was no need to bring the matter before the court where doctors had obeyed the Mental Capacity Act and good medical practice, where there was no dispute with the family or others close to the patient, and there were no other doubts or concerns, she said.

But the official solicitor, who formally represents the separate interests of the patient, Y, disagreed. The official solicitor’s office has declined to comment on the case.

The original high court application was brought by Vikram Sachdeva QC on behalf of the unnamed NHS trust that had been treating the man.

In 1993, in the case of Anthony Bland, a Hillsborough survivor who was left in a persistent vegetative state, the courts established that it was legal to stop providing treatment – including food and water – if it was deemed to be in the patient’s best interests.

The supreme court hearing on Monday and Tuesday will be heard by five justices, Lady Hale, Lord Mance, Lord Wilson, Lord Hodge and Lady Black. Judgement is likely to be reserved.

Court to hear case of banker kept alive against family’s wishes

The case of an investment banker who suffered severe brain damage following a heart attack will be heard by the supreme court on Monday in a test of whether judges need to authorise the withdrawal of life support treatment.

The legal challenge by the official solicitor, brought in the face of opposition by the man’s family and his doctors, had been accelerated through to the UK’s highest court because of his condition. The man, “Mr Y”, has, however, since died.

His end-of-life dilemma is one faced by thousands of people every year. The case was brought because families not only have to endure the protracted trauma of seeing their relatives reduced to a vegetative state but must then undertake costly and time-consuming legal action to obtain judicial permission to turn off machines that sustain their lives.

In November, the high court ruled that the court of protection did not need to be consulted in cases such as that of Mr Y where clinicians and the patient’s family agree that it is not in the best interests of the patient to be kept alive in a coma.

The banker was 52 when had a cardiac arrest last June. Before then, he was very active despite working long hours in a stressful profession. He ran and skiied, regularly went to the gym and was said to have loved music and rock concerts. He had not left a living will or any instructions on what should happen to him in the case of sudden illness.

After the heart attack, he was said to be unaware of either himself or his environment. It was deemed highly improbable that he would regain consciousness.

His wife, their two children and his brother and sister, the high court heard, all accepted that Mr Y would not want to live in a vegetative or minimally conscious state with profound disabilities.

“He would hate to be helpless and dependent on other people for his daily needs,” the judgment said. “He would not want to live in a care home.”

The judge concluded there was no legal obligation “that all cases concerning the withdrawal of CANH [clinically assisted nutrition and hydration] from a person who lacks capacity must be sanctioned by the court”.

The high court judge, Mrs Justice O’Farrell, cited a landmark judgment in another case, saying it had clearly established that principle. There was no need to bring the matter before the court where doctors had obeyed the Mental Capacity Act and good medical practice, where there was no dispute with the family or others close to the patient, and there were no other doubts or concerns, she said.

But the official solicitor, who formally represents the separate interests of the patient, Y, disagreed. The official solicitor’s office has declined to comment on the case.

The original high court application was brought by Vikram Sachdeva QC on behalf of the unnamed NHS trust that had been treating the man.

In 1993, in the case of Anthony Bland, a Hillsborough survivor who was left in a persistent vegetative state, the courts established that it was legal to stop providing treatment – including food and water – if it was deemed to be in the patient’s best interests.

The supreme court hearing on Monday and Tuesday will be heard by five justices, Lady Hale, Lord Mance, Lord Wilson, Lord Hodge and Lady Black. Judgement is likely to be reserved.

Court to hear case of banker kept alive against family’s wishes

The case of an investment banker who suffered severe brain damage following a heart attack will be heard by the supreme court on Monday in a test of whether judges need to authorise the withdrawal of life support treatment.

The legal challenge by the official solicitor, brought in the face of opposition by the man’s family and his doctors, had been accelerated through to the UK’s highest court because of his condition. The man, “Mr Y”, has, however, since died.

His end-of-life dilemma is one faced by thousands of people every year. The case was brought because families not only have to endure the protracted trauma of seeing their relatives reduced to a vegetative state but must then undertake costly and time-consuming legal action to obtain judicial permission to turn off machines that sustain their lives.

In November, the high court ruled that the court of protection did not need to be consulted in cases such as that of Mr Y where clinicians and the patient’s family agree that it is not in the best interests of the patient to be kept alive in a coma.

The banker was 52 when had a cardiac arrest last June. Before then, he was very active despite working long hours in a stressful profession. He ran and skiied, regularly went to the gym and was said to have loved music and rock concerts. He had not left a living will or any instructions on what should happen to him in the case of sudden illness.

After the heart attack, he was said to be unaware of either himself or his environment. It was deemed highly improbable that he would regain consciousness.

His wife, their two children and his brother and sister, the high court heard, all accepted that Mr Y would not want to live in a vegetative or minimally conscious state with profound disabilities.

“He would hate to be helpless and dependent on other people for his daily needs,” the judgment said. “He would not want to live in a care home.”

The judge concluded there was no legal obligation “that all cases concerning the withdrawal of CANH [clinically assisted nutrition and hydration] from a person who lacks capacity must be sanctioned by the court”.

The high court judge, Mrs Justice O’Farrell, cited a landmark judgment in another case, saying it had clearly established that principle. There was no need to bring the matter before the court where doctors had obeyed the Mental Capacity Act and good medical practice, where there was no dispute with the family or others close to the patient, and there were no other doubts or concerns, she said.

But the official solicitor, who formally represents the separate interests of the patient, Y, disagreed. The official solicitor’s office has declined to comment on the case.

The original high court application was brought by Vikram Sachdeva QC on behalf of the unnamed NHS trust that had been treating the man.

In 1993, in the case of Anthony Bland, a Hillsborough survivor who was left in a persistent vegetative state, the courts established that it was legal to stop providing treatment – including food and water – if it was deemed to be in the patient’s best interests.

The supreme court hearing on Monday and Tuesday will be heard by five justices, Lady Hale, Lord Mance, Lord Wilson, Lord Hodge and Lady Black. Judgement is likely to be reserved.

Court to hear case of banker kept alive against family’s wishes

The case of an investment banker who suffered severe brain damage following a heart attack will be heard by the supreme court on Monday in a test of whether judges need to authorise the withdrawal of life support treatment.

The legal challenge by the official solicitor, brought in the face of opposition by the man’s family and his doctors, had been accelerated through to the UK’s highest court because of his condition. The man, “Mr Y”, has, however, since died.

His end-of-life dilemma is one faced by thousands of people every year. The case was brought because families not only have to endure the protracted trauma of seeing their relatives reduced to a vegetative state but must then undertake costly and time-consuming legal action to obtain judicial permission to turn off machines that sustain their lives.

In November, the high court ruled that the court of protection did not need to be consulted in cases such as that of Mr Y where clinicians and the patient’s family agree that it is not in the best interests of the patient to be kept alive in a coma.

The banker was 52 when had a cardiac arrest last June. Before then, he was very active despite working long hours in a stressful profession. He ran and skiied, regularly went to the gym and was said to have loved music and rock concerts. He had not left a living will or any instructions on what should happen to him in the case of sudden illness.

After the heart attack, he was said to be unaware of either himself or his environment. It was deemed highly improbable that he would regain consciousness.

His wife, their two children and his brother and sister, the high court heard, all accepted that Mr Y would not want to live in a vegetative or minimally conscious state with profound disabilities.

“He would hate to be helpless and dependent on other people for his daily needs,” the judgment said. “He would not want to live in a care home.”

The judge concluded there was no legal obligation “that all cases concerning the withdrawal of CANH [clinically assisted nutrition and hydration] from a person who lacks capacity must be sanctioned by the court”.

The high court judge, Mrs Justice O’Farrell, cited a landmark judgment in another case, saying it had clearly established that principle. There was no need to bring the matter before the court where doctors had obeyed the Mental Capacity Act and good medical practice, where there was no dispute with the family or others close to the patient, and there were no other doubts or concerns, she said.

But the official solicitor, who formally represents the separate interests of the patient, Y, disagreed. The official solicitor’s office has declined to comment on the case.

The original high court application was brought by Vikram Sachdeva QC on behalf of the unnamed NHS trust that had been treating the man.

In 1993, in the case of Anthony Bland, a Hillsborough survivor who was left in a persistent vegetative state, the courts established that it was legal to stop providing treatment – including food and water – if it was deemed to be in the patient’s best interests.

The supreme court hearing on Monday and Tuesday will be heard by five justices, Lady Hale, Lord Mance, Lord Wilson, Lord Hodge and Lady Black. Judgement is likely to be reserved.

Court to hear case of banker kept alive against family’s wishes

The case of an investment banker who suffered severe brain damage following a heart attack will be heard by the supreme court on Monday in a test of whether judges need to authorise the withdrawal of life support treatment.

The legal challenge by the official solicitor, brought in the face of opposition by the man’s family and his doctors, had been accelerated through to the UK’s highest court because of his condition. The man, “Mr Y”, has, however, since died.

His end-of-life dilemma is one faced by thousands of people every year. The case was brought because families not only have to endure the protracted trauma of seeing their relatives reduced to a vegetative state but must then undertake costly and time-consuming legal action to obtain judicial permission to turn off machines that sustain their lives.

In November, the high court ruled that the court of protection did not need to be consulted in cases such as that of Mr Y where clinicians and the patient’s family agree that it is not in the best interests of the patient to be kept alive in a coma.

The banker was 52 when had a cardiac arrest last June. Before then, he was very active despite working long hours in a stressful profession. He ran and skiied, regularly went to the gym and was said to have loved music and rock concerts. He had not left a living will or any instructions on what should happen to him in the case of sudden illness.

After the heart attack, he was said to be unaware of either himself or his environment. It was deemed highly improbable that he would regain consciousness.

His wife, their two children and his brother and sister, the high court heard, all accepted that Mr Y would not want to live in a vegetative or minimally conscious state with profound disabilities.

“He would hate to be helpless and dependent on other people for his daily needs,” the judgment said. “He would not want to live in a care home.”

The judge concluded there was no legal obligation “that all cases concerning the withdrawal of CANH [clinically assisted nutrition and hydration] from a person who lacks capacity must be sanctioned by the court”.

The high court judge, Mrs Justice O’Farrell, cited a landmark judgment in another case, saying it had clearly established that principle. There was no need to bring the matter before the court where doctors had obeyed the Mental Capacity Act and good medical practice, where there was no dispute with the family or others close to the patient, and there were no other doubts or concerns, she said.

But the official solicitor, who formally represents the separate interests of the patient, Y, disagreed. The official solicitor’s office has declined to comment on the case.

The original high court application was brought by Vikram Sachdeva QC on behalf of the unnamed NHS trust that had been treating the man.

In 1993, in the case of Anthony Bland, a Hillsborough survivor who was left in a persistent vegetative state, the courts established that it was legal to stop providing treatment – including food and water – if it was deemed to be in the patient’s best interests.

The supreme court hearing on Monday and Tuesday will be heard by five justices, Lady Hale, Lord Mance, Lord Wilson, Lord Hodge and Lady Black. Judgement is likely to be reserved.

Court to hear case of banker kept alive against family’s wishes

The case of an investment banker who suffered severe brain damage following a heart attack will be heard by the supreme court on Monday in a test of whether judges need to authorise the withdrawal of life support treatment.

The legal challenge by the official solicitor, brought in the face of opposition by the man’s family and his doctors, had been accelerated through to the UK’s highest court because of his condition. The man, “Mr Y”, has, however, since died.

His end-of-life dilemma is one faced by thousands of people every year. The case was brought because families not only have to endure the protracted trauma of seeing their relatives reduced to a vegetative state but must then undertake costly and time-consuming legal action to obtain judicial permission to turn off machines that sustain their lives.

In November, the high court ruled that the court of protection did not need to be consulted in cases such as that of Mr Y where clinicians and the patient’s family agree that it is not in the best interests of the patient to be kept alive in a coma.

The banker was 52 when had a cardiac arrest last June. Before then, he was very active despite working long hours in a stressful profession. He ran and skiied, regularly went to the gym and was said to have loved music and rock concerts. He had not left a living will or any instructions on what should happen to him in the case of sudden illness.

After the heart attack, he was said to be unaware of either himself or his environment. It was deemed highly improbable that he would regain consciousness.

His wife, their two children and his brother and sister, the high court heard, all accepted that Mr Y would not want to live in a vegetative or minimally conscious state with profound disabilities.

“He would hate to be helpless and dependent on other people for his daily needs,” the judgment said. “He would not want to live in a care home.”

The judge concluded there was no legal obligation “that all cases concerning the withdrawal of CANH [clinically assisted nutrition and hydration] from a person who lacks capacity must be sanctioned by the court”.

The high court judge, Mrs Justice O’Farrell, cited a landmark judgment in another case, saying it had clearly established that principle. There was no need to bring the matter before the court where doctors had obeyed the Mental Capacity Act and good medical practice, where there was no dispute with the family or others close to the patient, and there were no other doubts or concerns, she said.

But the official solicitor, who formally represents the separate interests of the patient, Y, disagreed. The official solicitor’s office has declined to comment on the case.

The original high court application was brought by Vikram Sachdeva QC on behalf of the unnamed NHS trust that had been treating the man.

In 1993, in the case of Anthony Bland, a Hillsborough survivor who was left in a persistent vegetative state, the courts established that it was legal to stop providing treatment – including food and water – if it was deemed to be in the patient’s best interests.

The supreme court hearing on Monday and Tuesday will be heard by five justices, Lady Hale, Lord Mance, Lord Wilson, Lord Hodge and Lady Black. Judgement is likely to be reserved.

Court to hear case of banker kept alive against family’s wishes

The case of an investment banker who suffered severe brain damage following a heart attack will be heard by the supreme court on Monday in a test of whether judges need to authorise the withdrawal of life support treatment.

The legal challenge by the official solicitor, brought in the face of opposition by the man’s family and his doctors, had been accelerated through to the UK’s highest court because of his condition. The man, “Mr Y”, has, however, since died.

His end-of-life dilemma is one faced by thousands of people every year. The case was brought because families not only have to endure the protracted trauma of seeing their relatives reduced to a vegetative state but must then undertake costly and time-consuming legal action to obtain judicial permission to turn off machines that sustain their lives.

In November, the high court ruled that the court of protection did not need to be consulted in cases such as that of Mr Y where clinicians and the patient’s family agree that it is not in the best interests of the patient to be kept alive in a coma.

The banker was 52 when had a cardiac arrest last June. Before then, he was very active despite working long hours in a stressful profession. He ran and skiied, regularly went to the gym and was said to have loved music and rock concerts. He had not left a living will or any instructions on what should happen to him in the case of sudden illness.

After the heart attack, he was said to be unaware of either himself or his environment. It was deemed highly improbable that he would regain consciousness.

His wife, their two children and his brother and sister, the high court heard, all accepted that Mr Y would not want to live in a vegetative or minimally conscious state with profound disabilities.

“He would hate to be helpless and dependent on other people for his daily needs,” the judgment said. “He would not want to live in a care home.”

The judge concluded there was no legal obligation “that all cases concerning the withdrawal of CANH [clinically assisted nutrition and hydration] from a person who lacks capacity must be sanctioned by the court”.

The high court judge, Mrs Justice O’Farrell, cited a landmark judgment in another case, saying it had clearly established that principle. There was no need to bring the matter before the court where doctors had obeyed the Mental Capacity Act and good medical practice, where there was no dispute with the family or others close to the patient, and there were no other doubts or concerns, she said.

But the official solicitor, who formally represents the separate interests of the patient, Y, disagreed. The official solicitor’s office has declined to comment on the case.

The original high court application was brought by Vikram Sachdeva QC on behalf of the unnamed NHS trust that had been treating the man.

In 1993, in the case of Anthony Bland, a Hillsborough survivor who was left in a persistent vegetative state, the courts established that it was legal to stop providing treatment – including food and water – if it was deemed to be in the patient’s best interests.

The supreme court hearing on Monday and Tuesday will be heard by five justices, Lady Hale, Lord Mance, Lord Wilson, Lord Hodge and Lady Black. Judgement is likely to be reserved.