New inspection plan announced for Chief Inspector for Borders and Immigration

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 […]

Immigration lawyer who lied to court struck off

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 Referral to the SRA in an unpublished judgment […]

Tribunal Judge Clayton retires

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)).

Conservative manifesto commitments on immigration, the EU and human rights

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. […]

New Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration

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 […]