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No notice removals case

R (on the application of Medical Justice) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] EWHC 1925 (Admin) should be a wake up call to civil servants at UKBA and Ministers in the new Government. The High Court declared unlawful the Home Office po ...

30th July 2010 By

Right to work for asylum seekers confirmed

The Home Office appeal to the Supreme Court in ZO (Somalia) [2010] UKSC 36 has been dismissed. This confirms that in cases where a fresh asylum claim has been made and no decision was reached for a year, the asylum seeker obtains a right to work unde ...

28th July 2010 By

More big cases

I can’t keep up! If things ever quieten down I’ll do a few more weighty analysis posts but in the meantime these alerter ones must suffice. Firstly, the Medical Justice challenge to no-notice removals has succeeded: R (on the application ...

27th July 2010 By

New rules sidestep Pankina and English UK

The Government has laid a new Statement of Changes (HC 382) that incorporates the parts of the Points Based System policy guidance ruled unlawful in the Pankina and English UK cases. This reinstitutes the three month £800 requirement and the minimum ...

23rd July 2010 By

PBS decision not being appealed

The Points Based System test case, Pankina, is not being appealed by UKBA. This has been confirmed by Treasury Solicitors. Interim guidance has apparently been issued to UKBA caseworkers. More information and links if/when I get a chance. ...

21st July 2010 By

Domestic violence case

I’ve been so busy I forgot to post a link to this recent piece on The Guardian’s Comment Is Free site. I have an excuse to mention that now because the Court of Appeal has considered and rejected an appeal against findings by Immigration J ...

14th July 2010 By

Future behaviour and the Refugee Convention

HJ (Iran) and HT (Cameroon) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] UKSC 31 represents a fundamental change in UK asylum law. The previous settlement, established by the case of Iftikar Ahmed [2000] INLR 1, was a very British and pragmatic ...

12th July 2010 By

English UK challenge successful

Firstly, I am well aware that this blog is seriously behind with a lot of the developments that have taken place in the last fortnight. And a lot has happened. I’ve actually read more or less everything now (iPad + public transport to far flung ...

10th July 2010 By

Big Gay Case Allowed

UPDATE: see proper post here with analysis. Sorry for the headline, which is in fact an accurate description of what has happened. Although from the half of the judgment I’ve managed to read so far, their Lordships prefer to refer to ‘prac ...

7th July 2010 By

Points Based System appeal succeeds

The appeal against the Home Office interpretation of the Points Based System has succeeded in the Court of Appeal. Regular readers may remember I went along to and reported on part of the hearing. The case is Secretary of State for the Home Department ...

23rd June 2010 By

Withdrawing representation

I re-Tweeted this a few days ago but thought it was worth highlighting for those who (arguably sensibly) do not follow the Free Movement Twitter account. The Times reported a case called Richard Buxton (Solicitors) v Mills-Owens & Anor [2010] EWCA ...

8th June 2010 By

Challenge to new language requirements

UPDATE: challenge successful. Penningtons have dropped me a line with some interesting information about a challenge to the new English language requirements for foreign Tier 4 students. The challenge is being brought by English UK, a national associa ...

3rd June 2010 By

Points Based System hearing

[UPDATE: read about result here] I dropped into court this afternoon to see how the PBS challenge was going. Unfortunately I missed what sounds like a masterclass in the morning from Michael Fordham QC, who led the assault on the vires of the entire P ...

25th May 2010 By

Permanent right of residence

Attorney General Trstenjak has given his opinion in the Lassal case (referred to the ECJ by the Court of Appeal) and has concluded that five years of residence under previous Directives does impart a right of permanent residence under the Citizens Dir ...

25th May 2010 By

No notice removals suspended

No-notice removals have been suspended following a legal challenge brought by Medical Justice. The no-notice policy has been covered here previously and was the subject of a damning judgment by Mr Justice Collins when two children were taken from fo ...

23rd May 2010 By

ZN (Afghanistan) judgment handed down

Supreme Court press release here and judgment here. The reasoning is remarkably short: the Court simply disagrees with Laws LJ on the ordinary and natural meaning of the words ‘has been granted asylum’. ...

12th May 2010 By

Upcoming Supreme Court judgments

Quick alert courtesy of the Supreme Court website. Judgment in ZN (Afghanistan) is at last to be handed down tomorrow, and the Court is today starting a three day hearing of appeals against HJ (Iran) and HT (Cameroon) [2009] EWCA Civ 172, on the issu ...

10th May 2010 By

Stats

I’m up late this evening with plenty more work still do to, and like many bloggers (er, all of us, I suspect) will check my blog stats in idle moments. It’s all part of the narcissistic nature of the beast. An old colleague once teased me ...

30th April 2010 By

Misfeasance in public office

UKBA got away with an appeal against a finding of misfeasance in public office in the new case of Muuse v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] EWCA Civ 453, but lost on the award of exemplary damages. In the course of judgment Lord Justic ...

28th April 2010 By

Removals to war zones

The Court of Appeal has again revisited the vexed question of removals to war torn countries like Somalia in the major new case of HH (Somalia) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] EWCA Civ 426. The issues at stake have also been the su ...

27th April 2010 By

Sea change needed on detention

A sea change is needed on the detention of foreign nationals in the United Kingdom. Periods of detention have grown and grown in recent years. The Home Office never ask ‘should we detain this person’, they merely ask ‘can we detain this person. ...

22nd April 2010 By

Major Article 8 case law

There have been two interesting recent cases on Article 8. The most recent and far and away most important is SS (India) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] EWCA Civ 388, handed down yesterday. The Court of Appeal holds that the now wi ...

16th April 2010 By

Permission to appeal in MS (Somalia)

Just a quick alerter post. This actually happened a couple of weeks ago but I was insanely busy at the time, then forgot to mention it. Permission was granted by the Court of Appeal in MS and others (family reunion: “in order to seek asylum”) Soma ...

13th April 2010 By

Human rights claims and rights of appeal

  BA (Nigeria) [2009] UKSC 7 in the Supreme Court did not create a right of appeal against refusal of a human rights claim. A right of appeal to the tribunal can only ever exist where an ‘immigration decision’ is made, as exhaustively and (a ...

12th April 2010 By

Greek case dismissed

The Big Fat Greek Test Case has been dismissed. Read all about it here. Permission has been granted to appeal to the Court of Appeal, though. No news on what will happen to other cases stayed behind Saaedi but they’ll probably stay stayed. Read ...

31st March 2010 By

Greek third country cases

The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights has intervened in a Strasbourg case on Greek refugee protection – or rather lack of it: The Commissioner concluded that current asylum law and practice in Greece are not in compliance ...

18th March 2010 By

New Supreme Court judgement: exclusion clauses

Judgment is out in JS (Sri Lanka), an appeal to the Supreme Court from KJ (Sri Lanka) in the Court of Appeal. Judgment here, summary here. The Secretary of State’s appeal was dismissed and the Court of Appeal judgment largely upheld, other than ...

17th March 2010 By

Same day removals condemned

Further to my alerter post on this last month, the judgment is now available in the damning Third Country removals case on children. It is called R (on the application of T) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] EWHC 435 (Admin). As exp ...

12th March 2010 By

New long residence case

In the case of MD (Jamaica) & Anor v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] EWCA Civ 213 the Court of Appeal has dismissed two appeals against refusals under the long residence immigration rules. In both cases the immigrants had short g ...

11th March 2010 By

New fresh claims case

The Court of Appeal has re-visited the proper approach to deciding whether fresh asylum claims meet the rule 353 test. The case is R (on the application of YH) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] EWCA Civ 116 and it effectively superse ...

9th March 2010 By

Damning judgment on removal of children

Mr Justice Collins has given a scathing judgment in a grant of permission to a judicial review challenge to the practice of the Home Office’s Third Country Unit (TCU) in detaining and removing children to supposedly safe third countries such as ...

19th February 2010 By

Mandatory refusals and contriving to frustrate

I’ve just come across an interesting little judgment on mandatory refusal cases. It is only a permission decision so it has limited precedent value, but it is worth highlighting. The case is SA (Pakistan) v SSHD [2009] EWCA Civ 1510 and concerns ...

18th February 2010 By

ECO loses in Supreme Court

The appeal to the Supreme Court against the Court of Appeal judgment in DL (DRC) and ZN (Afghanistan) [2008] EWCA Civ 1420 succeeded yesterday, on the day it was heard. Judgment is to follow. The case turns on the question of whether a recognised ref ...

16th February 2010 By

3rd country cases

There were developments last week in the world of third country removal cases, and now seems like a good moment to review the current position. The Dublin II Regulation (not its official title) enables EU states to return an asylum seeker to the count ...

13th February 2010 By

Family life

I thought I’d highlight another case that came out before Christmas and which I didn’t have time to write up at the time. I’m sometimes asked where I find the time to write this blog. Today is a good example: I’ve prepped my ca ...

1st February 2010 By

Rule 320 case law

The first case I’ve seen dealing with the notorious Immigration Rule 320 no-return provisions came out shortly before Christmas, although judgment was actually handed down ages ago, in April 2009. The case is MA (Nigeria) v Secretary of State fo ...

28th January 2010 By

More long residence case law

I’m back and even have time on my hands to do some catching up, as a three day case just went very short on me. Quite a lot seems to have happened in the last month. I thought I would start with the case of JO (Uganda) v Secretary of State for ...

27th January 2010 By

Good news in an HIV/AIDS case

This is another from last week’s luggage carousel – I’m still catching up, I’m afraid. In the case of JA (Ivory Coast) & Anor v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] EWCA Civ 1353 the Court of Appeal has allowe ...

22nd December 2009 By

New removals policy

UKBA have changed their removals policy, and not in a nice way. The announcement letter to stakeholders is available here and does not really tell half the story. In essence, the 72 hour notice period for removals is to be waived in a wide range of c ...

21st December 2009 By

New country guidance case

The case of TK (Tamils, LP updated) Sri Lanka CG [2009] UKAIT 00049 is next on the carousel. As can be seen from the title, it deals with the current situation on the ground in Sri Lanka since the military defeat of the LTTE in May 2009. The country ...

16th December 2009 By

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