Duke of Sussex’s Judicial Review claim dismissed – Aaron Moss instructed for Home Secretary

28 February 2024

Today, Mr Justice Lane handed down judgment in R (Duke of Sussex) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2024] EWHC 418 (Admin). Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex challenged by judicial review the decision of the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (RAVEC) to stop providing the same degree of publicly-funded personal protective security by the police upon his change in status in the Royal Family in 2020.

The claim was advanced on the basis that RAVEC allegedly failed to take into account material considerations, reached a decision on security arrangements which was unreasonable, was not adequately transparent, failed to follow a fair procedure and misapplied or irrationally followed its policy. Following a three day substantive hearing in December 2023, Lane J dismissed the claim in its entirety.

The substantive hearing having been conducted largely in private, the judgment is heavily redacted. A parallel private judgment has been handed down.

Aaron Moss acted for the Secretary of State for the Home Department, led by Sir James Eadie KC, Robert Palmer KC and Chris Knight. Aaron frequently acts in public law matters concerning security sensitive material.



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