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R (HC) v. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2017] UKSC 73
Concerning whether and in what circumstances a non-EU citizen with a Zambrano right to reside in the UK as the primary carer of a dependant EU national is entitled under EU law to social benefits to which UK citizens and EU citizens with a right to reside in the UK are entitled.

Mirga v. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Samin v. Westminster City Council [2016] 1 W.L.R. 481
Conjoined appeals concerning the rights of EU nationals to claim benefits in the UK and whether a fact-specific proportionality assessment is required prior to refusing benefits to an EU national who does not otherwise qualify.

R (Cornwall Council) v. Secretary of State for Health [2015] 3 W.L.R. 213 
Concerning the assessment of a vulnerable person’s ordinary residence for the purpose of identifying which authority is responsible for funding their long term residential care and support under ss.21 & 24 of the National Assistance Act 1948.

R (Heathrow Hub Ltd.) v. Secretary of State for Transport [2014] 1 W.L.R. 324
Challenge to the Government's strategy for the High Speed 2 railway line, contained in the Command Paper HS2 - Decisions and Next Steps (Jan 2012), on the ground that the rejection of a through route via Heathrow Airport in favour of connecting to Heathrow via a ‘spur’ link should have been and was not subject to strategic environmental assessment pursuant to the SEA Directive.

R (HS2 Action Alliance Ltd.) v. Secretary of State for Transport [2014] 1 W.L.R. 324
Challenge to the Government's Command Paper HS2 - Decisions and Next Steps (Jan 2012) on the ground that it should have been and was not subject to SEA pursuant to the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive or, alternatively, that if the terms of the SEA Directive exempted a document of this nature from the requirement for SEA those elements of the Directive are contrary to Art 7 of the Aarhus Convention and should be invalidated.

R (New London College Ltd.) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] 1 W.L.R. 2358
Challenge to the legality of the sponsor licensing regime set up by the Government to regulate educational institutions that admit students from non-EEA countries.

Jessy St Prix v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2013] 1 C.M.L.R. 38
Whether a woman from an EU Member State who, having worked in the UK, gives up work due to the demands of pregnancy remains a “worker” for the purposes of Article 7 of the Citizenship Directive and therefore retains a “right to reside”, bringing with it rights to certain benefits.
                                                 
R (Munir) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department
[2012] 1 W.L.R. 2192
Whether the Secretary of State has power under the Royal Prerogative to regulate immigration control in ways not provided for by the Immigration Act 1971 or the Immigration Rules produced pursuant to it; and whether the Secretary of State may grant leave under the 1971 Act to a person whose application does not meet the requirements of the Immigration Rules.

R (Alvi) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] 1 W.L.R. 2208
Whether s.3(2) of the Immigration Act 1971, which requires that all changes to the Home Secretary’s practice in the administration of immigration control should be laid in Immigration Rules before Parliament, precludes her from imposing new requirements for leave to enter and/or remain in policy statements that have not been laid before Parliament.

R (Cart) v. Upper Tribunal [2011] 3 W.L.R. 107
Key constitutional case concerning whether the Upper Tribunal is amenable to judicial review in cases where no statutory appeal is available, as was the case with the previous tribunals that the Upper Tribunal replaced.

R (Patmalniece) v. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2011] 1 W.L.R 783
Whether the imposition of a “right to reside” test for social security benefits within the scope of Council Regulation (EC) 1408/71 is compatible with EU anti-discrimination law.

R (Edwards) v. Environment Agency [2011] 1 W.L.R 79
Interpretation of the requirement of Article 9 of the Aarhus Convention, as implemented into EU environmental law by the Public Participation Directive 2003/355/EC, that environmental litigation should not be “prohibitively expensive” (referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union).

R (Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd) v. Wolverhampton City Council [2011] 1 A.C. 437
Ruling on the scope of material considerations that may be taken into account by a local authority exercising compulsory purchase powers.

R (Baiai) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] 1 A.C. 287
Test case regarding the compatibility with Article 12 ECHR (right to marry and found a family) to the legislative and policy scheme set up to restrict non-EU/EEA immigrants’ ability to marry in the UK.

R (Al-Skeini) v. Secretary of State for Defence [2008] 1 A. C. 153
Landmark case regarding the extra-territorial effect of the ECHR and Human Rights Act 1998 in which the House of Lords ruled that the relatives of an Iraqi citizen who died whilst in British army custody in Basra in 2003 were entitled to bring proceedings in the English courts under the HRA.