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Free Movement review of 2017 and look ahead to 2018

The year 2017 was not one that much troubled the goats, at least those hircine heroes whose hirsute hides historicise immigration legislation; 2017 will see no major Act of Parliament written in vellum which directly affects immigration law, unlike th ...

2nd January 2018 By

Ever wanted to write for Free Movement? We’re recruiting!

There is a lot going on in immigration law at the moment and we are looking to recruit more specialist contributors to Free Movement. If you can write fluently, you are interested in being read by a wide audience and you are fascinated by immigrat ...

8th November 2017 By

Continuing professional development (CPD) training for immigration lawyers

What are the rules on continuing professional development (CPD) training for immigration solicitors, barristers and OISC advisers, and what CPD training is now approved by the legal regulators? How much CPD training can now be undertaken online? Here ...

26th October 2017 By

New Free Movement deputy editor appointed: Conor James McKinney

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Conor James McKinney as Deputy Editor for Free Movement. CJ, as he prefers to be known, joins Free Movement with a strong background in legal journalism and communication. He has written on legal affairs f ...

25th September 2017 By

Glasgow Brexitcon: report

Last week was Glasgow Brexitcon (don’t worry, no-one but me is calling it that), a whole day conference in Glasgow dedicated to the immigration aspects of Brexit. The idea and organisation was all the work of the wonderful Bilaal Shabbir of MBS ...

12th September 2017 By

Half price summer sale on all Free Movement group memberships

We’re running a summer sale until 11 August 2017 on all new group memberships of up to 50 members: half price for the first year. The codes to use are when making your purchase to apply the discount are: Small groups of 10 or less use code SUMME ...

21st July 2017 By

Job advert: Deputy Editor for Free Movement website

Closing date: 31 July 2017 5pm The Free Movement website has gone from strength to strength over the last 12 months. Readership has increased massively, to an average of over 300,000 page views per month. Ebook sales are going well and membership has ...

3rd July 2017 By

10 million page views later… Free Movement’s 10th birthday

The Free Movement blog has turned ten; the first blog post was published on 7 March 2007. In the last ten years the blog has received 9,572,432 page views (and counting…). It has been quite a ride, driven by the thirst for up to date, clear a ...

7th March 2017 By

Free Movement research assistant recruitment

I am looking to recruit a part time self employed research assistant or assistants to help with research and writing for Free Movement. Some work would be background research and likely to be uncredited. Some work would be in the form of drafts of con ...

9th January 2017 By

Free Movement review of 2016

2016 has not been a good year for free movement the concept. Non coincidentally, it has been a busy year on Free Movement the website. The response of migrants and their families to harsh rules that would break them apart is not simply to abandon thei ...

30th December 2016 By

Free Movement major redesign coming soon: sneak preview

There is a major redesign coming soon to Free Movement. You can take a sneak peak at the new design here. It is not finished yet but we are getting close. There are also changes coming to pricing, membership structure and the way the website works to ...

23rd November 2016 By

What are new CPD rules for solicitors, OISC advisers and barristers?

New CPD rules are being introduced for solicitors and barristers in England and Wales and OISC advisers across the UK. The new rules are broadly similar in nature but start at different times, so it is important to know which rules apply when. At the ...

19th October 2016 By

Immigration Act 2016 online course and more now available

The Free Movement online course on the Immigration Act 2016 is now available. Based on the text of the popular ebook, the course is enhanced with 32 minutes of key points videos and clear signposting of which sections of the Act are currently in force ...

2nd September 2016 By

EXTENDED TO MIDNIGHT 1/8/16: Free Movement online CPD training special offer for OISC advisers

The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner is making substantial changes to its CPD scheme with immediate effect. You can read about the changes on the OISC website. To help those affected, Free Movement is running a special offer of a 50% di ...

31st July 2016 By

Home Office “lines to take” are protected by litigation privilege

The First-tier Tribunal has allowed the Home Office appeal against the Information Commissioner’s decision that training slides used to inform Home Office Presenting Officers on the 2014 legislative reforms to human rights law should be released ...

27th April 2016 By

Free Movement’s 9th birthday

The Free Movement blog has turned nine; the first blog post was published on 7 March 2007. In the last nine years the blog has received over 6.3 million page views. The single most popular blog post was about Paddington Bear (109,429) but in a depress ...

10th March 2016 By

Review of immigration law in 2015

Here on Free Movement Here on Free Movement the year 2015 was the blog’s biggest so far, with 1,600,000 page views from 660,000 visitors. The total number of page views since the blog began in 2007 now stands at 5,900,000. Free Movement conte ...

31st December 2015 By

Garden Court Chambers “remains pre-eminent immigration set in the country”

The annual round of introspection, self-congratulation, envy and feigned indifference that is the publication of the Chambers and Partners lawyer rankings has arrived again. The immigration team at Garden Court has done very well once more, both coll ...

3rd November 2015 By

Free Movement eighth anniversary

It has been eight years since I first set up and began writing Free Movement. As usual, I only realised that the anniversary had passed some time after the event: the first Free Movement blog post was on 7 March 2007. I hope you will forgive me a mome ...

20th April 2015 By

New paywall on Free Movement

From today a ‘leaky paywall’ has been installed on Free Movement. Guest users can view 20 blog posts per month, after which they will find they are unable to access blog content. Inspired by the Points Based System, there are now two tiers ...

19th February 2015 By

New look for Free Movement

As you will have noticed if a returning reader to Free Movement, the site has had a visual overhaul. The intention is to present the material more clearly and cleanly and adopt more of a news or magazine layout to show more content more quickly. You w ...

23rd January 2015 By
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