Tag Archives: ECHR

Failure to provide legal aid advice to immigration detainees in prison is unlawful

R (SM) v Bail for Immigration Detainees [2021] EWHC 418 (Admin) (25 February 2021) In these proceedings, Swift J held that the failure to give immigration detainees held in prison access to publicly funded legal advice to an extent equivalent … Continue reading

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Shamima Begum: SSHD strikes back in Supreme Court 

R (Begum) v Special Immigration Appeals Commission & Anor [2021] UKSC 7 (26 February 2021)  Ms Shamima Begum was born and raised in the UK. She was a British citizen at birth and at age 15 she travelled to Syria … Continue reading

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Upper Tribunal: ‘Historic injustice’ v ‘historical injustice’

Patel (historic injustice: NIAA Part 5A) India [2020] UKUT 351 (IAC) (25 November 2020)  The Upper Tribunal (Lane J and UTJ Norton-Taylor) has imparted guidance explaining the difference between “historic injustice” and “historical injustice” and it also gave guidance on … Continue reading

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Proof, expert evidence and credibility in trafficking cases

MN v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1746 (21 December 2020)  The Court of Appeal has decided that the two-stage procedure provided for by the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) to determine whether a person is … Continue reading

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An unlawful lacuna in policy is harming victims of trafficking

EOG (Anonymity Order Made) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWHC 3310 (Admin) (03 December 2020) Mostyn J has held that an unlawful lacuna in the government’s existing policy concerning the leave to remain of potential trafficking … Continue reading

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Strasbourg finds Nigerian man’s deportation violated article 8

Unuane v United Kingdom – 80343/17 [2020] ECHR 832 (24 November 2020)  In the case of Mr Unuane, a Nigerian national, who had been deported from the UK after a conviction for offences relating to falsification of immigration documents, the … Continue reading

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Procedural fairness fails skilled migrant in Court of Appeal

R (Topadar) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1525 The uncertain outcome in the Supreme Court in R (Pathan) v SSHD [2020] UKSC 41, discussed here, was swiftly put to the test in the case … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal refuses relief in “bad” paragraph 322(5) cases

R (Baldha & Anor) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1494 (10 November 2020)  In two tax discrepancy matters with some similarities, sitting alone Hickinbottom LJ decided to refuse permission to amend and permission to appeal in … Continue reading

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Supreme Court: Failure to promptly notify migrant of revocation of sponsor’s licence breached duty of procedural fairness

R (Pathan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] UKSC 41 (23 October 2020)  This case turned on the issue whether notice to an applicant of revocation of a sponsor’s licence in respect of his Tier 2 (General) … Continue reading

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“Unduly harsh” and “very compelling circumstances”: Court of Appeal signals simplified approach in deportation cases

AA (Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1296 (9 October 2020)  The Court of Appeal has yet again examined KO (Nigeria) v SSHD [2018] UKSC 53, discussed here, and the meaning of “unduly harsh” and … Continue reading

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Syria returnee’s proceedings do not breach right to fair trial

QX v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWHC 2508 (Admin) (21 September 2020) “QX” the claimant for judicial review was a British jihadi who had spent time in Syria. He aligned himself with a group that was … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal clarifies asylum bars in child abduction cases

G (A Child: Child Abduction) [2020] EWCA Civ 1185 (15 September 2020)  The Court of Appeal has held that Lieven J (the High Court Judge) had been wrong to stay proceedings on the basis that there was a bar to … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal reviews the meaning of “unduly harsh”

HA (Iraq) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1176 (04 September 2020)  The appeals of HA and RA, both Iraqis, concerned the terms of Part 5A of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (especially … Continue reading

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A look at the new Home Office adoption guidance 

The new guidance Adopted children and children coming to the UK for adoption (Version 1.0) was published by the Home Office on 23 July 2020. It informs decision-makers how to decide applications for leave to enter or remain in the … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal on Nikah and non-qualifying ceremonies

HM Attorney General v Akhter & Ors [2020] EWCA Civ 122 (14 February 2020)  This was an important judgment which was given earlier in the year. The Court of Appeal held that an Islamic ceremony of marriage which was not … Continue reading

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Tribunal’s guidance on paragraph 322(5) and accountants

Ashfaq (Balajigari: appeals) [2020] UKUT 226 (IAC) (17 June 2020)  In relation to paragraph 322(5), Ockelton VP has found that (i) if the SSHD’s decision of the carries a right of appeal, the availability of the appeal process corrects the defects … Continue reading

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Shamima Begum wins in Court of Appeal 

Begum v Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) [2020] EWCA Civ 918 (16 July 2020) The Court of Appeal has unanimously held that the only way Ms Shamima Begum, who left the UK for Syria aged only 15 along with her … Continue reading

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Pakistani with ‘sufficiently reprehensible conduct’ wins ILR

SSHD v MA Khan [2020] UKAITUR HU097412019 (12 March 2020)  Appeals falling within the dreaded paragraph 322(5) genre are usually quite controversial as Tier 1 (General) migrants were seen as an asset to the UK’s economy but many of them cooked up tax … Continue reading

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NAO report: Home Office is not delivering value for money

The report on Immigration Enforcement by the National Audit Office (NAO) makes poor reading for the Home Office because it “does not yet have a full understanding of how its activities affect the progress those people take through each part … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal interprets section 117D(2) of the NIAA 2002

Mahmood, R (on the application of) v Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) & Ors [2020] EWCA Civ 717 (05 June 2020) The Court of Appeal has held that when determining whether a person had been convicted of an offence … Continue reading

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