There have been rumours over the last week that the number of hearing rooms for immigration, asylum and deportation cases is to be drastically reduced from August 2015. Well placed sources report that in London the total number of hearing rooms will be reduced to 7 at Taylor House, from around 25, and to 12 […]
Upper Tribunal Judge Jim Latter is retiring, it has been announced. Always pleasant, polite and compassionate, he will be much missed.
The new Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt, has announced his programme of inspections for 2015-16: An inspection of the effectiveness of the administrative review systemintroduced in 2014 to replace in-country rights of appeal. An inspection of Border Force operations at Manchester Airport. An inspection focussing on how intelligence is assessed, acted upon and disseminated across the […]
The Bar Council, Law Society and CILEX have published joint guidance for lawyers and clients and litigants in person on legal proceedings where one of the parties is a litigant in person. Solicitors should ensure they do not attempt to claim that which cannot properly be claimed. Which includes costs.
CHAYN have produced a guide for non-lawyers on How to build your own domestic violence case without a lawyer. The guide goes step by step through the types of evidence and how to construct the case. It is also useful for lawyers trying to demonstrate the domestic violence suffered by their clients and is available here.
Tribunal Judges Charles Adolphus Vaudin d’Imecourt and Gordon Denson are retiring from the First-tier Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber. The renowned Judge Vaudin d’Imecourt was, notably, Chief Justice for Vanuatu from 1991 to 1998 until reportedly being deposed in a coup.
The Law Society Gazette reports that Benny Thomas of Consilium Solicitors, an immigration lawyer who lied to court, has been struck off following a Hamid hearing and referral to the SRA. The original judgment is unavailable on BAILII but was reported at the time on Free Movement. Referral to the SRA in an unpublished judgment […]
The legendary Tribunal Judge Rosalind Clayton retires with effect from 13 May 2015: Tribunal Judge Clayton (70) was called to the Bar (M) in 1988. She was appointed a part-time Immigration Adjudicator in 1996 and a full-time Immigration Adjudicator in 2000 (now known as Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)).
Standing at the door to No 10, David Cameron stated that he would form a majority government and implement the Conservative Party manifesto “in full”. The moderating influence of the Liberal Democrats has been extinguished. The nationalist isolationism of the Scots and the SNP renders them irrelevant in UK politics for the next five years. […]
David Bolt, the new Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, started work on 1 May 2015. It is now quite some time since John Vine stepped down, and since any report was published. The last sentence of the announcement rather jumps out: Prior to 2001, for 25 years Mr Bolt was a member of the […]