Category: Public law

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.

Supreme Court shakes up immigration law on the rights of settled children 👏🏽

Full analysis of this landmark judgment sets out fresh guidance for immigration cases on the law of children’s best interests, and the extent to which parental misconduct can be considered in human rights claims involving settled children.

Free resources on the rights of settled children ahead of landmark Supreme Court case

The UK Supreme Court case of KO (Nigeria) is expected to bring further clarity to immigration cases that involve the removal of parents of children who are settled in the UK. Here are some resources on the topic.

Tussle over £10 million Giotto painting ends in stalemate

A £10-million Giotto painting of ‘exceptional cultural and historical importance’ was not lawfully exported from Italy to London, according to the High Court in a judicial review case that arose from a lengthy dispute over the rules on exporting European cultural treasures.

Vulnerable EEA national unlawfully detained by the Home Office, High Court rules

The Home Office unlawfully detained an EEA national who spent over a year in immigration detention, after it emerged that there was no ‘realistic prospect of deporting the claimant within a reasonable period’.