Tag Archives: Case Law

Defence of Illegality Inapplicable to Trafficked Nigerian Woman’s Discrimination Claim Says Supreme Court

Hounga v Allen & Anor [2014] UKSC 47 (30 July 2014) “A small claim generates an important point”, said the Supreme Court in this intriguing case regarding the circumstances in which the defence of illegality should defeat a complaint by … Continue reading

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Arden LJ on CSIC and Permanent Residence

Ahmad v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 988 (16 July 2014) Should the spouse of an economically inactive EEA citizen, i.e. a national of one of the member states of the EU or of one … Continue reading

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Death Row Grandmother’s Appeal Dismissed

Sandiford, R (on the application of) v The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2014] UKSC 44 (16 July 2014) This is a must know case for anyone representing British citizens in legal proceedings abroad. Mrs Sandiford (S), … Continue reading

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Deportation Order Terminates ILR

George, R (on the application of) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) [2014] UKSC 28 Theresa May, who has vowed to cleanse the UK of the malaise of criminal foreigners, must be delighted with the Supreme … Continue reading

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UK’s Afghanistan Detention Policy Unlawful

Mohammed v Ministry of Defence & Ors [2014] EWHC 1369 (QB) (02 May 2014) In the wake of the September 11 attacks, stability in Afghanistan became a priority for world leaders. But before all that happened, America, Britain and Saudi … Continue reading

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Resilience Rewards Congolese Asylum Seeker

SN, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 1111 (Admin) (24 February 2014) This decision involves judicial review, asylum seeking, fresh claims, certification and the politically plagued postcolonial country of the Republic … Continue reading

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MG and Onuekwere: Part 1

Secretary of State for the Home Department v MG [2014] EUECJ C-400/12 (16 January 2014) Onuekwere v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EUECJ C-378/12 (16 January 2014) In these punchy judgments, the Court of Justice of the … Continue reading

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No More Freewheeling Article 8

Gulshan (Article 8 – new Rules – correct approach) Pakistan [2013] UKUT 640 (IAC) (17 December 2013) This case is about spouses and relocation. It is also about Karachi which is my hometown and Pakistan’s largest and most dangerous city. … Continue reading

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The Immigration Bill

Make no mistake about it. Immigration is the burning issue in the UK’s political arena. In May 2013, in setting out the legislative agenda, Her Majesty had explained that the government will bring forward a bill – ensuring that the … Continue reading

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Court of Justice of the European Union on State Security, Notification of Decisions, Disclosure and Judicial Protection

Case C-300/11 ZZ v Secretary of State for the Home Department (4 June 2013) This is such an interesting case, which also involves Islam and the West, on Directive 2004/38/EC (the Directive). Some of the details in the Special Immigration … Continue reading

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Interesting Judgment On Deporting EU Nationals

A B C v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWHC 1272 (Admin) (22 May 2013) This is yet another interesting and useful judgment by His Honour Judge Anthony Thornton QC. The decision involves the Immigration (European Economic … Continue reading

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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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Fresh Claims and Freedom of Religion

ST v Secretary of State for Home Department [2012] EWHC 988 (Admin) (20 December 2012) Husayn ibn Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib, or Imam Husayn, was the grandson of the Prophet Muhammed (Peace Be Upon Him). Like the present predicament of … Continue reading

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Tribunal Unimpressed With New Rules Again: Part 1

Izuazu (Article 8 – new rules) Nigeria [2013] UKUT 45 (IAC) (30 January 2013) Lately a plethora of immigration decisions have descended upon us. All this sensational case law makes awesome reading. But it is impossible to read it all. … Continue reading

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The EU Dimension to Proportionality

Essa, R (On the Application Of) v Upper Tribunal (Immigration & Asylum Chamber) & Anor [2012] EWCA Civ 1718 (21 December 2012) Deportation is a hugely controversial issue. Unsurprisingly, opinion on it remains utterly polarised. Journalists and lawyers alike have tried … Continue reading

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New Syria Country Guidance

KB (Failed asylum seekers and forced returnees) Syria CG UKUT 00426 (IAC) (21 December 2012) Once the beating heart of Arab nationalism, Syria is a country in ruins. After achieving independence in 1946, dozens of constitutions and cabinets came and went … Continue reading

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Can Third Country National Stepfathers Derive Rights Of Residence From Union Citizen Children?: Part 2

O & S v Maahanmuuttovirasto v L [2012] EUECJ C-356/11 (06 December 2012) This post analyses the rationale espoused by the CJEU in relation to its ruling which is highlighted in Can Third Country National Stepfathers Derive Rights Of Residence From … Continue reading

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SSHD Required to Deal with Fresh Claims in Amended Grounds

ABC, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWHC 2825 (Admin) (25 September 2012)  It is no secret that the UK Border Agency (UKBA) makes mistakes. This case is about how the authorities breached … Continue reading

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Other Family Members: The Rationale

The last post had shed a little bit of light on the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) in relation to six questions which were referred to it by the Upper Tribunal (“UT”) in MR … Continue reading

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Article 8 and Polygamy

SG (child of polygamous marriage) Nepal [2012] UKUT 265 (IAC) (9 July 2012) The Upper Tribunal (“UT”, Justice Blake and Judge Dawson) has recently made it clear that in cases involving polygamy a child will not be able to join … Continue reading

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