Category Archives: Sedley LJ

A Tale Of Two Colleges: Supreme Court Upholds Sponsorship Guidance But Questions The Immigration Act’s Efficacy

New London College Ltd, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] UKSC 51 (17 July 2013)  Only a year sets the R (Alvi) v SSHD [2012] UKSC 33 and R (New London College … Continue reading

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Asylum and the Purposes and Principles of the United Nations

Al-Sirri (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) DD (Afghanistan) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) [2012] UKSC 54   In handing down judgment in these cases on the law of refugee status, the … Continue reading

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Spectres of Pankina: The Rules, Fairness and Article 8

Ferrer (limited appeal grounds; Alvi) Philippines [2012] UKUT 304 (IAC) (01 August 2012) This is a recent Upper Tribunal (“UT”, Judges Storey and Lane) case involving the Alvi [2012] UKSC 33 and Pankina [2010] EWCA Civ 719 genre of cases. The … Continue reading

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Challenging the Restriction on Alvi’s Scope

Like its predecessor Statement of Changes Cm8423, the explanatory memorandum to Statement of Changes HC 565 expressed the government’s regret in relation to the fact that the changes to the Immigration Rules did not (yet again) comply fully with the … Continue reading

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Alvi: Every “Rule” Must Be Laid

R (on the application of Alvi) (Respondent) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant) [2012] UKSC 33 This case began as a “simple” Tier 2 (General) application under the points-based system (PBS). Yet the refusal of Mr Alvi’s application ended up … Continue reading

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Immigration and Stare Decisis

Patel & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 741 (01 June 2012) The Court of Appeal (Lord Neuberger MR, Lady Hallett Vice President QBD and Stanley Burnton LJJ) has decided that the SSHD was not … Continue reading

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Case Preview: Al-Sirri in Supreme Court

The extremely interesting of case of Al-Sirri (FC) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) UKSC 2009/0036 will be heard in the UK Supreme Court by Lady Hale and Lords Phillips, Kerr, Dyson and Wilson. The Court … Continue reading

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Case Preview: Alvi and Munir in Supreme Court

The latest post on Alvi is available here. For the impact of Alvi on the Immigration Rules see post here. The latest post on Rahman, Munir and DP 5/96 is available here. Original post continues below. Writing last week on the … Continue reading

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Automatic deportation and proportionality

Gurung v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 62 (02 February 2012) At times immigration cases have significant criminal elements. In this case, the respondent Rocky Gurung – a Nepali national whose father served as a Gurkha … Continue reading

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Constitutional cases in the points-based system

Although many facets of immigration control in the UK can be changed there are some matters of principle which executive power cannot vary without the consent of Parliament. Equally, the debate about the exercise of the home secretary’s discretionary powers … Continue reading

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Case Comment: SI (variation/curtailment – human rights ground) Pakistan [2011] UKUT 00118 (IAC)

This brief case makes a hulking legal point. Moreover, it illustrates the games which the UKBA “plays” with the objects of its control. Although the outcome was not in favour of SI (the appellant), the case is quite valuable because … Continue reading

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Case Comment: SO (imprisonment breaks continuity of residence) Nigeria [2011] UKUT 164 (IAC)

In this case, the issue before the UTIAC was whether time spent in custody is to be counted in the five-year period which an applicant requires to qualify as the family member of an EEA national in order to acquire … Continue reading

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Sedley said

Lord Justice Sedley has been a great influence on human rights law and lawyers alike. He is an example of an English judge who took a no-nonsense approach to interpreting the law. Equally, in performing his judicial duties, Sedley LJ … Continue reading

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