Did Jeremy Hunt act illegally by forcing a new contract on junior doctors?

The High Court is considering a legal challenge by the junior doctors against a divisive new contract. It has potential to be one of this Autumn’s key cases in the public law field.


New Home Office guidance on adults ‘at risk’ in immigration detention

New Home Office guidance on the detention of vulnerable adults comes into force today. [1] Read it here.


EU citizens aren’t “bargaining chips” in Brexit negotiations, warns Home Affairs Select Committee

On 11 July 2016, days after the Brexit vote, the Cabinet Office assured us that EU nationals in the UK would retain the same rights as they held prior to the Brexit vote and said: […]


I’m supposed to be on holiday. So what am I doing writing this?

La Concha, Spain. A photo posted by Ben Amunwa (@benamunwa) on Sep 6, 2016 at 5:13am PDT   I’m away on holiday this week with my family. We’re in Spain. Ironically, this has led to me blogging […]


When is it ‘necessary’ for a child with SEN to be given an EHC Plan?

Special Educational Needs (‘SEN’) law can be something of a bureaucratic labyrinth, navigated with equal frustration by parents, carers, young persons and Local Authorities. It often gives rise to unnecessary litigation before the Special Educational Needs […]


How should Judges weigh the public interest in applications to revoke a deportation order?

Non-UK nationals who commit serious criminal offences are subject to automatic deportation. The Secretary of State must make a deportation order unless it would breach a person’s human rights under the European Convention. [1] While around 4 out of […]


Asylum seekers don’t ‘play the system’: the system has crashed.

Immigration is a gift to every jaded journalist in post-factual Brexit Britain. Take some meaningless Home Office statistics from 2004 to 2015, season with quotes from xenophobic mouthpieces and sprinkle over cheap lines about bogus asylum seekers exploiting the UK’s soft-touch immigration system. […]

Migrants on a dinghy arrives at the southeastern island of Kos, Greece, after crossing from Turkey, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. Greece has become the main gateway to Europe for tens of thousands of refugees and economic migrants, mainly Syrians fleeing war, as fighting in Libya has made the alternative route from north Africa to Italy increasingly dangerous. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

On the frontline of the EU-Turkey Deal

This time next month, I will be on the Greek Island of Chios to assist with refugee work partnered with the solicitor’s firm Reed Smith and the Greek NGO, Metadrasi. I will be helping to provide legal assistance to refugees on the island, […]


Private life vs public interest: when does integration defeat deportation from the UK?

The short but significant Court of Appeal judgment in Secretary of State for the Home Department v Kamara [2016] EWCA Civ 813 concerned an appeal against deportation of a person convicted of serious drug offences who had […]


Home Office guidance on deportation of EEA nationals unlawful

The Home Office guidance (published on 20 October 2014) contained the wrong test. It is unlawful, imposes a higher test than that contained in the statute [1] and should not be followed, according to Mr […]