In an interesting example of the self defeating nature of the UK’s immigration rules, failure to follow Home Office policy and failure of basic common sense, the renowned Chinese artist Mr Ai Wei Wei has been refused a visit visa by a senior British immigration official. He has been granted entry outside the rules, but entry […]
I’m off on holiday for a couple of weeks. A few blog posts are set up and scheduled and I’ll also try and keep a vague eye on things in case anything important happens in the immigration world. Back from 27 July 2015.
The float list is dreaded by lawyers and hated by appellants. Basically, the immigration tribunal is already so under resourced (and that is before the coming cuts) and so utterly lacking in respect for immigrants and their friends, families and lawyers that a higher number of cases are listed to be heard on a given […]
There is to be a new Senior President of Tribunals: The Rt Hon Sir Jeremy Sullivan, Senior President of Tribunals, is to retire on 17 September 2015. Her Majesty The Queen is pleased to approve the appointment of The Rt Hon Lord Justice Ryder (Sir Ernest Nigel Ryder) as the Senior President of Tribunals with effect from […]
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 including 2 bail courts at Taylor House, from around […]
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.