Tag: Public law

Migrant victims of domestic violence fear losing everything because of hostile Home Office policies

While domestic abuse increases during the COVID-19 pandemic, inflexible and poorly applied Home Office policies are keeping migrant women in fear of accessing help and escaping violent and controlling relationships.

Why maladministration claims just got even tougher 🤨⚖️

At a time when coronavirus legislation has softened the duties on local authorities to meet adult social care needs, a recent decision of the High Court has made it harder for claimants to use human rights law to seek compensation for delays and maladministration.

[UPDATED]: How to appeal the refusal of primary school places: an intro for parents & carers

On National Primary School Offer Day, parents and carers across the UK find out whether their children have been offered a place at their preferred maintained Primary School. Here’s a quick introduction to appealing refusal decisions and an overview of the new COVID-19 rule changes.

Systemic challenge to the imprisonment of immigration detainees fails

In late March 2020 the Home Office released some 300 immigration detainees to avoid the risk of spreading coronavirus. Hundreds more remain in detention and some are held on the prison estate. The fairness of imprisoning immigration detainees was tested in a recent, unsuccessful legal challenge.

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.

Avoiding real injustices: re-opening finally determined civil appeals

In a rare step, the Court of Appeal has granted an application to re-open an appeal where the judge deciding it did not have the right documents and the appellant had nowhere else to turn for a remedy against a Home Office family visa refusal.

🎬 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.