There are some detailed blog posts to come on some of the more important things that happened in the last fortnight, but for those who missed their beloved Free Movement updates here is a brief round up of ... Read more
Back from holidays but lots of catching up to do. Lots of immigration Stuff seems to have happened in the last two weeks!
Free Movement is now away on holiday for a couple of weeks. The blog has been a bit quiet the last week, for which I apologise – I’ve been poorly and anything more than Twitter has been a bit of a stretch. Better now, though. Dormant posts on private landlords being co-opted as immigration snoops, the consultation on new tribunal procedure rules (more exciting than it sounds), gender discrimination and the minimum income spouse rules and some of the more interesting recent cases all to be resurrected and published once I’m back.
Comprehensive list of LASPO resources
From the Legal Aid Handbook people, brand new edition available to buy now.
ACCA not a degree says High Court
Zane has suggested on Twitter he is appealing but this looks pretty authoritative, at least in cases that were decided before the Supreme Court decision in Alvi. Note that the claimant in this case, Syed, had to argue that non binding ‘policy guidance’ changed the meaning of the quasi-statutory immigration rules. For cases after July 2012, if there are any, the legal arguments are a little different.
Legal aid work has, paradoxically, always felt like both a duty and a privilege. A duty because the rates of pay are much lower than for private work and, arguably, even artificially depress private rates. The still ... Read more
Immigration detention dehumanises not only the detainee but also every person who deals with it. It is a poison that infects us all. The professionals who deal with detainees and their families develop coping ... Read more
The High Court has endorsed the controversial approach of the Upper Tribunal towards the new immigration rules on human rights. Mr Justice Sales, drawing on concessions made by the Home Office, has found that the ... Read more
Chen children and employment
Interesting new case on Chen children and whether income from the lawful employment of their parents can create self sufficiency for the purposes of EU law: Seye (Chen children; employment)  UKUT 178 (IAC). Tribunal suggests that it can, but unlawful employment or s.3C leave employment cannot.
Not a high number
In 2012, 0.48% of cases against the UK succeeded before the European Court of Human Rights. Interesting fact sheet from Strasbourg on UK cases.