About Free Movement

The Free Movement blog was founded by Colin Yeo in 2007. Colin continues to edit the blog alongside Abigail Smith, Bijan Hoshi and Taimour Lay. Other members of the immigration team at Garden Court Chambers also contribute to the blog.

Views expressed by individuals on the blog are the views of the individual concerned and cannot be taken to reflect the views of Garden Court Chambers or other members of the team.

About Colin

Colin Yeo

Colin speaking at Divided Families demonstration, June 2013

I have been practising in immigration law for thirteen years. My career began at two charities, the Immigration Advisory Service and Refugee Legal Centre, and I came to private practice at the Bar in 2006.

I founded Free Movement in 2007. Since then it has become a popular resource in the UK immigration law sector, widely read by lawyers, judges and members of the public. The blog receives over 20,000 unique visitors every month.

My intention in writing and editing the blog is to keep myself up to date in the incredibly fast moving world of immigration law and policy. It help me think through new developments. In doing so, I also aim to provide updates, pointers and links for the benefit of other immigration lawyers and for migrants and their families researching their own position.

I typically post two or three times a week and also publish some guest posts (see below). When there is a lot going on in the immigration world I may post more often.

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Contact us

Any of the Garden Court contributors to Free Movement, including Colin, can be booked for consultation or legal work through the family and immigration clerks at Garden Court Chambers.


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Guest posts

Guest posts from outside Garden Court are published from time to time. If you are interested in submitting a post for publication please email the editor. You should read the blog’s contributor guidelines.

Commercial guest posts by non immigration specialists are not accepted.

Reproduction of Free Movement content

By choosing to publish on the blog authors transfer non exclusive copyright to the blog for the purposes of syndication and re-publication. With this exception, the content on the blog is copyrighted in Colin’s name.

You are free to do the following without permission:

  • Link to my site or any specific post on my site.
  • Extract and re-post less than 200 words on any other site, provided you link back to my original post.
  • Print off my posts and photocopy up to 50 copies for internal distribution within your own firm or organisation.
  • Print my posts in any non-commercial publication (e.g. company newsletter, course materials, training materials, etc.), provided you include this copyright notice: “© Colin Yeo 2013. All rights reserved. Originally published at www.freemovement.org.uk.”

You must have express written consent to do any of the following:

  • Use this content in for commercial purposes, including selling or licensing printed or digital versions of my content.
  • Alter, transform, or build upon this work.

Re-posting of blog posts in their entirety is not permitted. This is because Google penalises websites for publishing duplicate content and cannot always tell which is the original version.

Take-down policy

If you object to material posted on the blog, please leave a comment or email the editor. Any assertion of copyright will lead to immediate withdrawal of the relevant item. Opinion or comment will not be so readily withdrawn but will certainly be reconsidered.