Category: Public law

Home Office to face negligence claim over visa document delays

A new decision by the Court of Appeal confirms that the Home Office may be held liable in negligence for unreasonable delays in providing visa documents and that the Upper Tribunal can award damages in such claims.

What the Upper Tribunal didn’t tell you about its new ‘e-decisions’🤫

A letter from HM Courts and Tribunal Service on behalf of the Upper Tribunal signals a shift to electronic service of its decisions, but doesn’t draw attention to shorter deadlines for appealing against them.

Free Q&A on recent EU children’s rights case in the Upper Tribunal

The Upper Tribunal has taken a significant step forward for the protection of the rights of undocumented EU children in the UK, in the reported case of MS (British citizenship; EEA appeals) Belgium [2019] UKUT 356 (IAC). Download my Q&A for LexisNexis here.

Court of Appeal to hear legal challenge to automated facial recognition technology

In a world first, the UK’s senior Court will hear Mr Bridges’ claim that police use of automated facial recognition technology infringed his right to privacy, data protection and discriminated contrary to the Equality Act 2010. Here’s an overview of this ground-breaking case.

Exclusive: first glimpse inside the First-tier Tribunal’s digital pilot appeals

Digitisation is coming to the civil justice system in England and Wales. The reform has significant risks and benefits. In this exclusive Q&A, I spoke with a solicitor who has been testing the new system of digital appeals in the immigration Tribunal.

🎬 New video with free tips for immigration lawyers ✅

Free tips for UK immigration lawyers in this short video, summarising a key point of procedure on Upper Tribunal appeals following a recent reported case.

Unlawfully detained EU national gets damages after legal challenge blocks removal

Bringing a judicial review claim which is unlikely to be dealt with quickly may render ongoing detention unlawful, according to a Court of Appeal decision.

Children’s challenge to Hackney SEN budget cuts fails

High Court dismisses an ambitious systemic legal challenge to special educational needs policies in the London borough of Hackney. Here’s why.

How NOT to cross-examine witnesses: a masterclass, by Johnny Mercer MP

Twitter video clips of Johnny Mercer MP questioning Martyn Day of Leigh Day solicitors show that the MP using a Parliamentary Select Committee hearing to attempt to distort the facts on UK military abuse of Iraqi detainees.

Free Q&A with LexisNexis on UK Supreme Court guidance in ‘private life’ cases

Download my Q&A infosheet on the UK Supreme Court’s latest decision on the right to private life in immigration cases.