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Duncan Lewis:MainDuncan Lewis Public Law Immigration Department Fact finding trip to Bulgaria (23 October 2014)

 

Toufique Hossain and Sheroy Zaq of Duncan Lewis’ Public Law / Immigration Department have recently returned from Sofia, Bulgaria. This visit took place in order to obtain evidence for the case of R (oao) SSI v The Secretary of State for the Home Department (JR10504/2014).

 

 

Duncan Lewis:MainLegal 500 recommended Solicitor Adam Tear wins Law Society Solicitor Advocate of the Year 2014 award (13 October 2014)

 

Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that Legal 500 recommended Solicitor and Public Law Director Adam Tear has been awarded the Law Society Excellence Awards Solicitor Advocate of the Year award for 2014.

 

 

Duncan Lewis:MainPractitioners’ guide to criminal judicial review published (10 October 2014)

 

Criminal Judicial Review, a comprehensive guide to judicial review in the criminal justice system, has been published by Hart Publishing with a Foreword by the Rt Hon Lord Judge. James Packer, a director of Duncan Lewis contributed the chapter on costs.

 

 

Duncan Lewis:MainDuncan Lewis ranked by Legal 500 2014 as a leading law firm in Immigration & Civil Liberties Judicial Reviews with Toufique Hossain and James Packer recommended (7 October 2014)

 

Duncan Lewis have been ranked as a leading law firm by the Legal 500 2014 in the practice areas of Public Law Immigration & Civil Liberties Judicial Reviews with 2 individual lawyer recognitions.

 

 

Duncan Lewis:MainDuncan Lewis Immigration Department Members receive Law Society Level 2 Accreditation (5 September 2014)

 

Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that several members of the firm’s Immigration and Public Law Departments have received Law Society Immigration and Asylum Law Level 2 Accreditation status.

 

 

Duncan Lewis:Public LawDuncan Lewis Solicitors Adam Tear shortlisted for Law Society’s Solicitor Advocate of the Year for second year running (21 August 2014)

 

Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that Public Law Director Adam Tear has been shortlisted for the Law Society’s Solicitor Advocate of the Year for the second consecutive year running.

 

 

Duncan Lewis:Public LawDuncan Lewis challenge legality of SSHD’s ongoing failure to grant Claimant leave to remain in the UK under Article 8 ECHR (25 July 2014)

 

The case of Syed Shah sought to challenge the legality of the Secretary of State's historical and ongoing failure to grant the Claimant leave to remain in the United Kingdom, and additionally sought to claim damages for the Home Office's unlawful delay in reaching a decision upon his leave to remain application.

 

 

Duncan Lewis:Public LawDuncan Lewis challenges the SSHD for alleged breach of a consent order agreed in a judicial review claim (3 July 2014)

 

Court Judgement states that the SSHD is to publish further clarification whether her policy requiring asylum and Article 3 protection claims to be made in person includes claims for humanitarian protection after case of Sri Lankan National represented by Duncan Lewis Solicitors “addressed the issue of wider importance” following an alleged breach of a consent order agreed in a judicial review claim.

 

 

Duncan Lewis:Public LawSSHD found to have “insufficient resources” to monitor and review administrative detention of Sudanese torture victim (27 June 2014)

 

The Secretary of State for the Home Department was found to have “insufficient resources” to monitor and review administrative detention of a Sudanese torture victim represented by Duncan Lewis Solicitors.

 

 

Regina Oao Reis, Edgehill and Others -V- Director of Legal Aid CaseworkK (13 June 2014)

 

In 2012 the government made extensive and controversial cuts to legal aid for civil matters, which removed legal aid funding for many types of matters.

 

 

Duncan Lewis:ImmigrationAsylum conditions in Italy allegedly “not severe enough to prevent removal of refugees from the UK” (12 June 2014)

 

Duncan Lewis Immigration and Human Rights Solicitors are to appeal the High Court’s decision to remove 6 refugees from the UK to Italy as the conditions in Italy are allegedly “not severe enough to prevent removal”.

 

 

Duncan Lewis Immigration Solicitors prevent Theresa May deporting asylum-seeker back to “lawless” Somalia (5 June 2014)

 

Duncan Lewis Solicitors have prevented Home Secretary Theresa May from “unlawfully” deporting a Somali asylum-seeker to Somalia after Judge granted a last minute injunction halting his removal.

 

 

‘The Untouchables, the Dead and Albert Venn Dicey’s Ghost’ (4 June 2014)

 

‘The Untouchables, the Dead and Albert Venn Dicey’s Ghost’
By Duncan Lewis Daniela Tringale was published in the Haldane Society Magazine in March 2014. Daniela discusses the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee Report on the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and on the killing of Mark Duggan and Christopher Alden.

 

 

Senior Immigration Public Law Advisor Sarah Latimer joins Duncan Lewis Cardiff Team (16 May 2014)

 

Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce that Senior Immigration Public Law Advisor Sarah Latimer has joined the firm's Cardiff Public Law team.

 

 

Duncan Lewis:Public LawPublic Law Solicitor Amee Patel joins Duncan Lewis Solicitors (8 May 2014)

 

Public Law Solicitor, Amee Patel joins Legal 500 recommended Duncan Lewis Solicitors Public Law Department.

 

 

Legal Aid Curtailed in Judicial Review Applications (26 March 2014)

 

Following a number of significant Government changes to Judicial Review from the 22nd April 2014 Legal Aid will be curtailed in the vast majority of Judicial Review cases.

 

 

Disputed Minors in Immigration Detention (19 March 2014)

 

Duncan Lewis Public Law Consultant Lucy Philps-Tate discusses the topic of disputed minors in immigration detention in her Public Law article.

 

 

Legal Aid Lives for Prisoners (18 March 2014)

 

Duncan Lewis Public Law Solicitor explores the topic Legal Aid Lives for Prisoners in her new Duncan Lewis Public Law article.

 

 

Procedural irregularity for support provided to asylum seekers (17 March 2014)

 

Whilst many articles may claim that asylum seekers lead a cushy life upon their arrival in the United Kingdom claiming benefits, being provided free accommodation and not having to work to earn a living, in reality it can be an incredibly tough life.

 

 

Removal under Dublin III, a Public Law perspective (12 March 2014)

 

With the ascension of the already infamous Dublin III Regulations, taking the reins on 1 January 2014, the European Council had the chance to clarify a number of issues surrounding the most contentious area of Immigration jurisprudence. Removal to a third country different from the original Eurozone country that a migrant entered.

 

 

SSHD Breach of Duty - Failure to Trace Challenge (10 March 2014)

 

Duncan Lewis solicitors currently represent a number of clients from Afghanistan, whom arrived in the United Kingdom. One such client arrived in 2009 as a minor from Afghanistan and claimed asylum and was placed in local authority care aged 17.

 

 

Costs in the Court of Appeal following JE (JAMAICA) V SSHD [2014] EWCA Civ 192 (4 March 2014)

 

Duncan Lewis Immigration and Public Law Solicitor Adam Tear discusses the issue of Costs in the Court of Appeal following JE (JAMAICA) V SSHD [2014] EWCA Civ 192

 

 

Refugees wrongly convicted (28 February 2014)

 

The Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees (Refugee Convention) allow for individuals to seek international protection on the basis of race, nationality, imputed political opinion, religion and membership of a particular social group.

 

 

EM (Eritrea) in the Supreme Court and Italy Third Country Returns (28 February 2014)

 

The Supreme Court in EM (Eritrea) and Others [2014] UKSC 12 was seized of the issue of the relationship between EU law and the ECHR in the context of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS).

 

 

Court Bundles Practice and Procedure (27 February 2014)

 

Duncan Lewis Public Law Solicitor Harbinder Kaur Singh discusses the best preparation practices and the benefits of preparing a solid trial bundle.

 

 

Duncan Lewis Immigration Solicitors win Poloko Hiri High Court Case in relation to British Citizenship Naturalisation- Refusal on Good Character Grounds- Judicial Review (18 February 2014)

 

Legal 500 recommended Immigration Solicitors Duncan Lewis today won the case of Poloko Hiri, a Botswanian "Sapper" in the British Army who was refused British citizenship due to a "minor speeding offence"- POLOKO HIRI v SSHD [2014] EWHC 254 (Admin).

 

 

Duncan Lewis Represent Iranian KDPI Musician and Blogger in Iran Country Guidance Case (18 February 2014)

 

Duncan Lewis Solicitors represented Iranian HS in pivotal Iran Country Guidance Case which was heard on 28-31st January 2014.

 

 

Migrants Left in Limbo On Appeals (4 February 2014)

 

James Packer interviewed by Associated Press over concerns about the appeals process

 

 

The rise of the litigant in person, and the loss of legal aid (29 January 2014)

 

A recent case of Chelmsford County Court v Ramet – Re: committal to prison [2014] EWHC 56 (Fam), highlights the growing concern among the Judiciary and the profession in respect to litigants in person, and proper administration of justice.

 

 

Public Law Solicitor Adam Tear article: The rise of the litigant in person, and the loss of legal aid (28 January 2014)

 

A recent case of Chelmsford County Court v Ramet – Re: committal to prison [2014] EWHC 56 (Fam), highlights the growing concern among the Judiciary and the profession in respect to litigants in person, and proper administration of justice.

 

 

Isa Muaza removed to Nigeria after out of hours court appeal refused (18 December 2013)

 

After a long legal battle, Isa Muazu has been removed by private charter to Nigeria following an out of hours court appeal being refused by Court of Appeal Judge.

 

 

Judgment handed down in country guidance case of BK (Failed Asylum Seekers) (16 December 2013)

 

Judgment today was handed down in the most important cases on the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC] since the country guidance case of BK (Failed Asylum Seekers) DRC CG [2007] UKAIT 00098. P(DRC) and R(DRC) [2013] EWHC 3879 (Admin) was the test case on whether it is safe to remove criminal deportees and failed asylum seekers to the DRC in light of the current evidence concerning these two categories of returnees.

 

 

Duncan Lewis Public law/Immigration law Director Toufique Hossain BBC South East Today Appearance (27 November 2013)

 

Duncan Lewis Public law/Immigration law Director Toufique Hossain appeared on BBC’s South East Today on the 26/11/2013.

 

 

Duncan Lewis Director Adam Tear appointed to the Committee of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates (21 November 2013)

 

Adam Tear, Solicitor Advocate and Director of Public Law at Legal 500 2013 leading firm Duncan Lewis was appointed to the Committee of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates in November 2013.

 

 

Duncan Lewis win human rights case of unlawful detention of Sudanese national (13 November 2013)

 

Legal aid solicitors Duncan Lewis won the case of the detention of a Sudanese national. The Court of Appeal held that the Home Secretary acted unlawfully in detaining the man, who is a foreign national criminal, for a period of 8 months

 

 

Civil Contempt not in the face of the Court following recent judgement (7 November 2013)

 

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Council v Bunning and the Legal Aid Agency [2013] EWHC 3390

 

 

James Packer of Duncan Lewis is recognised by Chambers UK 2014 as a Leader in his Field (1 October 2013)

 

We are very pleased to announce that Public Law Director James Packer is to be recommended by Chambers UK in Immigration & Human Rights as a ‘Leader in his Field’ in the forthcoming edition of Chambers UK 2014

 

 

Legal 500 2013 - 'Excellent' Immigration & Public Law Duncan Lewis Solicitors represent business and individual clients (1 October 2013)

 

We are very pleased to announce that the Legal 500 2013 UK Directory has recently praised Duncan Lewis' Business Immigration & Immigration & Asylum Department as 'excellent' and in particular have stated that: “the ‘excellent’ Duncan Lewis Solicitors represents business and individual clients.

 

 

Duncan Lewis write to the High Court to raise concerns about delays in judicial review cases caused by the Home Office (8 August 2013)

 

The Secretary of State for Justice justifies restricting access both to Court and to legal aid for judicial review challenges on the basis that judicial review challenges are taking too long to decide.

 

 

Duncan Lewis is running two cases in the Administrative Court challenging decisions to certify asylum claims and removal to France under the Dublin II Regulation (8 July 2013)

 

Duncan Lewis is running two cases in the Administrative Court challenging decisions to certify asylum claims and removal to France under the Dublin II Regulation. The Claimants in both cases are Non-Arab Darfuri Sudanese nationals.

 

 

Duties of the Secretary of State on returns to ‘safe third countries’ (24 June 2013)

 

Under the Dublin II Regulation, the United Kingdom can return asylum seekers to another Member State where the asylum seeker have lodged a claim for asylum, and that the Member State shall be obliged to take back the responsibility of determining the claim.

 

 

Duncan Lewis:Public LawMinisters admit trying to forcibly remove tens of thousands of people (22 March 2013)

 

System 'in chaos' as nearly half of enforced removals are
cancelled, many of them after successful legal challenges

 

 

European Court of Human Rights splits on approach to disabled asylum seekers (11 February 2013)

 

Duncan Lewis represented SHH, a severely disabled Afghan who sought asylum in the United Kingdom. His application was refused and he appealed, unsuccessfully, to the First - Tier Tribunal. When he was also refused permission to appeal that decision to the Upper Tribunal Duncan Lewis appealed to the European Court of Human Rights (‘ECtHR’). The Court granted our application for an Order preventing the removal of SHH until they had decided his appeal.

 

 

Duncan Lewis Goes European with First Full ECtHR Judgement (30 January 2013)

 

Solicitors, Kat Hacker & James Packer deliver Duncan Lewis’ first full judgement in European Court of Human Rights as it tackles the issue of Disabled Persons and Article 3 ECHR Expulsion to Afghanistan. Press Release available shortly.

 

 

James Packer’s Law Gazette Article challenges the Government’s Judicial Review Proposals (30 January 2013)

 

James Packer’s Law Gazette Article challenges the Government to ensure Judicial Review proposals provide both an effective and lawful mechanism for individuals to challenge the decisions of public bodies

 

 

Duncan Lewis submits extensive response to the Ministry of Justice’s Proposals for Reform of Judicial Review Consultation Paper CP 25-2012 (24 January 2013)

 

Co-ordinated by Director & Senior Solicitor James Packer, the Public Law Department of Legal 500 and Chambers UK Law Firm Duncan Lewis has recently submitted its detailed response to the controversial Ministry of Justice’s Proposals for the Reform of Judicial Review.

 

 

Duncan Lewis Public Law team visit to Malta – Fact finding on returns to Malta for refugee (18 January 2013)

 

Asylum seekers who enter Europe and move from one country where they have sought asylum to another will, in general, be returned to that initial country. Duncan Lewis is currently challenging the UK’s decision to remove people to Malta. We challenge on the basis that removal would be breaching their human rights.

 

 

Detained Fast track, are the UKBA playing by the Rules (7 January 2013)

 

The Detained Fast Track (DFT) has always been controversial from the legal advisors point of view: does it allow for sufficient advice and consultation with the client, and thorough consideration and collation of evidence in light of the serious nature of the application: the request by the asylum seeker for international protection for example. DFT was subject to consideration by John Vine as Independent Chief Inspector of UK Border Agency, whose report was published in February 2012, as well as numerous other bodies.

 

 

Prisoner voting and human rights (22 November 2012)

 

In an ill-considered move, David Cameron threw some red meat to the Tory back benches by indicating at Prime Minister’s question time on 24th October that his government would not allow prisoners to vote notwithstanding the results of appeals to the European Court of Human Rights. Parliament is now due to vote on the issue. In this article, we examine the cases that have brought the question of prisoner voting to the fore and the implications of the decision for the United Kingdom.

 

 

Urgent Removals and the need for restraint by the judiciary (20 November 2012)

 

On the 30 October 2012, His Honour Sir John Thomas, President of the QBD, handed down judgment in R oao Hamid v SS Home Department [2012] EWHC 3070 (Admin) giving guidance in relation to urgent Judicial Reviews relating to removals.

 

 

Trafficking and Unlawful Detention (20 November 2012)

 

Following our article dated 20 April 2012, on the Unlawful Detention of Chinese Foreign Nationals, permission to seek Judicial Review has now been granted for one of these cases.

 

 

Update on Italy Cases following EM (Eritrea) and Others (19 November 2012)

 

The ‘Italy cases’ centre on the application of Article 3(2) of the Dublin II Regulations and whether the conditions on return to Italy are in contravention of Article 3 ECHR.

 

 

Duncan Lewis represented Tamils Against Genocide [TAG] in New Country Guidance Case on Sri Lanka (12 November 2012)

 

The new Country Guidance case on Sri Lanka is to be heard by the Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber early next year. Legal 500 and Chambers UK ranked Law Firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors are representing Tamils Against Genocide as an Interested Party in the proceedings.

 

 

Duncan Lewis is successful in another immigration unlawful detention case against the Home Secretary (18 October 2012)

 

High Court Judge finds Home Office's actions to be "strikingly ineffectual" and "contradictory" (18 October 2012)

 

 

Duncan Lewis’ receives Legal 500 2012 rankings in Family/Child Care; Immigration & Public Law (25 September 2012)

 

In the latest Legal 500 edition announced on 20th September, Duncan Lewis is pleased to announce rankings received in the practices of Family/Child Care; Immigration & Public Law. Published for over 20 years, the Legal 500 Service provides the most comprehensive worldwide coverage available on legal services providers in over 100 countries.

 

 

Duncan Lewis’ Family & Child Care Department receives Legal 500 2012 ranking (25 September 2012)

 

Following its lead representation in the 2011 reported cases of Re D and Re S, Duncan Lewis’ Family and Child Care Law Department is ranked in Legal 500 2012 with Tooting based Director/Solicitor Advocate, Laila Bhunnoo singled out and recognised as ‘a key contact’ for the second year in a row.

 

 

Duncan Lewis’ Public Law Team receives Legal 500 2012 ranking for its ‘significant Public Law practice’ (25 September 2012)

 

Following its lead representation in the landmark case of Bahta & Ors v SSHD [2011] EWCA Civ 89, the Legal 500 2012 edition announced on 20th September ranks the Duncan Lewis’ Public Law Department and regards it to have a ‘significant Public Law practice’ lead by ‘good solicitors’.

 

 

Duncan Lewis’ Immigration Department receives Legal 500 2012 ranking for its effective representation of vulnerable migrants in the Higher Courts (25 September 2012)

 

In the latest Legal 500 edition announced on 20th September, Duncan Lewis’ Immigration Team received an impressive Tier 3 ranking in Immigration. Published for over 20 years, the Legal 500 Service provides the most comprehensive worldwide coverage available on legal services providers in over 100 countries.

 

 

Sri Lanka Charter Flight (20 September 2012)

 

Duncan Lewis lead the way to stop removals of those with genuine Asylum and human rights claims

 

 

Why are there no recent delay cases, has the UKBA resolved the legacy (20 September 2012)

 

Delay: Why are there no recent delay cases, has the UKBA resolved the legacy?

 

 

Challenging the Treatment of Victims of Trafficking in Immigration and Criminal Proceedings in the UK (10 August 2012)

 

This article considers the current status of victims of trafficking under UK Immigration and Criminal law. It addresses the fact that, while significant progress has been made in terms of the identification of victims of trafficking by the authorities, and several guidance documents have been issued for the CPS and UKBA in relation to the identification and treatment of victims, trafficking victims continue to be detained, prosecuted and harshly punished for offences which arose directly from their situation of trafficking.

 

 

Contempt of Court – second strike for the Home Secretary (13 July 2012)

 

The recent furore surrounding Foreign National Prisoners (FNP) and the debate over the basis upon which their appeals against deportation are allowed has recently been overshadowed in an unrelated incident relating to an FNP held within Immigration Detention.

 

 

Unlawful Detention – Duncan Lewis secures damages from SSHD for a British citizen. By Seher Toguz (4 July 2012)

 

A British citizen who had been detained by the Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) for 42 days under Immigration Act 1971 powers has secured damages for his unlawful detention.

 

 

Unlawful Detention – Duncan Lewis secures damages from SSHD for a Somali national. By Seher Toguz (4 July 2012)

 

A Somali national who had been detained by the Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) for 14 months under Immigration Act 1971 powers has secured damages for his unlawful detention.

 

 

Returns To Malta Under The Dublin Convention (28 June 2012)

 

Duncan Lewis has challenged the Secretary of State’s practice to remove asylum seekers to Malta under the Dublin Convention. The Defendant’s decisions to return those who came through Malta en route to claiming asylum in the UK are pursuant to the Dublin II Regulation (343/2003).

 

 

Misapplication of the law in the consideration of the welfare and the best interest of children (26 June 2012)

 

As per the article of 20 April 2012 on the statutory breach of the Secretary of State’s duty under Section 55 Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009, Duncan Lewis have initiated several challenges to the Secretary of State in this respect. However, more recently, cases have involved the misapplication of Section 55 and established case law. Even though the Secretary of State claims to have applied Section 55 and considered the best interest of children involved in accordance with relevant case law when issuing a decision to refuse leave, it is clear that she has repeatedly erred in the application of the law itself.

 

 

Legal 500 Firm Duncan Lewis expands its Public Law Team and welcomes Raja Rajeswaran Uruthiravinayagan (1 May 2012)

 

Expanding its Public Law Department in North London, Duncan Lewis welcomes Raja.

 

 

Unlawful Detention Of Chinese Foreign Nationals (20 April 2012)

 

The public law team have recently been working with a number of Chinese nationals who are being detained under Immigration Powers for excessive periods (ranging between 12 months to 24 months), where the client has no prospect of removal under the R(Hardial Singh) v Governor of Durham Prison [1983] EWHC 1 (QB) principles.

 

 

When is a refugee not a refugee? (20 April 2012)

 

Following the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of R oao Saba Tesfamichael v Secretary of State for the Home Department, [2012] UKSC 12, handed down on the 21 March 2012, the Supreme Court have given further guidance following Hoxha and B v Secretary of State for the Home Department, [2005] UKHL 19.

 

 

Breach of duty under section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 (20 April 2012)

 

The failure to consider the best interests renders a decision unlawful and challenges by way of public law need to address the breach of the SSHD’s statutory duty under Section 55.

 

 

Undocumented Asylum Seekers & s.2 Immigration and Asylum Act (Treatment of Claimants) 2004 by Kat Hacker (20 December 2011)

 

You’re fleeing your country, being persecuted for your political beliefs. You arrive in the United Kingdom to claim asylum: a place of safety and a firm advocator of human rights. You believe that you will be treated with dignity and respect.

 

 

Crown Court Bail – on what terms? By Kat Hacker (20 December 2011)

 

How do you prove after having made a successful bail application to the Crown Court, that your client has been granted bail? The answer, rather unbelievably, is ‘with great difficulty’.

 

 

Courtbusters (1 August 2011)

 

As set out in our earlier article Who you gonna call? we have previously written to the Administrative Court to express our concern about the difficulties in having an application for interim relief heard overnight by a duty Judge

 

 

The Law is the law – and it pays to remember that (1 August 2011)

 

The Court of Appeal in the case of Bahta, a case 'of general application', criticised the approach of Administrative Court Judges to relief and costs and forcefully restated the principle that their judgments represent the law until and unless they are overturned. The case also represents a landmark recognition of the duties of the courts to legally aided practitioners.

 

 

Who you gonna call? Getting an out of hours application heard (31 May 2011)

 

Duncan Lewis recently wrote to the Administrative Court raising concerns about recent restrictions on access to duty judges when seeking emergency injunctions out of hours. The Court has replied, and indicates that these applications should usually be heard.

 

 

Equivocal plea – ‘I did it but I’m not guilty’ (31 May 2011)

 

A recent prison law judicial review case dealt with adjudication charges against five prisoners. An incident took place in HMP Full Sutton in which the five claimants fought with another group of male prisoners. Hot oil was thrown and a number of prisoners and a prison staff were injured.

 

 

Mansoor v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWHC 832 (Admin) (31 May 2011)

 

The Claimant was a national of Yemen. She sought Judicial Review of the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s refusal to grant her indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom in order to continue to reside with her husband and children.

 

 

To count, to discount or the middle way: A modern day trilemma (21 March 2011)

 

The question before the Court of Appeal in the conjoined appeals of Secretary of State for the Home Department v Hassan Abdi and Afrah Khalaf v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWCA Civ 242 was "in deciding whether a foreign national (prisoner) facing deportation has been detained for too long, does time which he has spent appealing against deportation count?"

 

 

Court of Appeal to reconsider the principles applicable to awarding costs in the Administrative Court (21 March 2011)

 

Duncan Lewis were today granted permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal against decisions refusing to award costs to the Claimants in the High Court in a test case.

 

 

Dispatches from the front: the latest developments in permission to work litigation (21 March 2011)

 

The case of Negassi was heard as a test case on the question of whether the Secretary of State should be liable in damages for unlawfully refusing to grant permission to work to repeat asylum seekers who had not had their claim decided for a year.

 

 

Success in the ECtHR (2 February 2011)

 

Duncan Lewis’s application to the European Court of Human Rights for an injunction preventing the removal of our client ‘VG’ to Jamaica has today been granted.

 

 

Supreme Court to Rule on the Susceptibility of the Upper Tribunal to Judicial Review (14 January 2011)

 

In our earlier article Supreme Court for the "Superior Court"? we predicted that the issue of whether, and if so on what basis, the Upper Tribunal was susceptible to judicial review would have to be settled by the Supreme Court. That has proved to be the case.

 

 

Paving the Road to Hell (14 January 2011)

 

Only the cynical would doubt that the government had the best of intentions in raising the age of both parties to a marriage from 18 to 21 with the stated aim of tackling the acknowledged evil of forced marriage.

 

 

When the Tribunal has the Power of Judicial Review (14 January 2011)

 

It is envisaged that the Tribunal will exercises the power of the High Court when Section 15 of the Tribunal, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 comes fully into force. There has already been considerable resistance to this idea, and we wait to see when the time is chosen. In this article we consider some of the difficulties that this might give rise to.

 

 

Duncan Lewis Trainee offered Solicitors roles in Public Law team, Shepherds Bush Branch (26 November 2010)

 

Duncan Lewis is committed to providing training and has shown in the past that there are career progression opportunities at the firm. Sonia Lenegan recently completed her training contract at Duncan Lewis and has since been offered a solicitor role in the Public Law team at Duncan Lewis' Shepherds Bush branch.

 

 

Court slams Home Office attempt to stifle justice (11 November 2010)

 

Ms Pengayo was studying with Leave in the United Kingdom. She enrolled upon a course at an approved college in accordance with Home Office Guidelines. Later however the college was removed from the register because it had been found to be issuing some bogus qualifications.

 

 

Permission to Work – An update from the front (5 November 2010)

 

One important detail has already emerged. The Secretary of State is attempting to leave open the question of whether or not the failure to issue PTW was lawful, and attempting to argue that she was entitled to await the outcome of the ZO litigation before deciding to issue PTW. Needless to say, we do accept that view.

 

 

The impact of Section 96 in Judicial Review proceedings, or a catalogue of errors (5 November 2010)

 

A client of mine was removed in pursuance of a deportation order earlier this year, this could have been avoided. Her appeal against deportation was dismissed on the 4th November 2009, despite the fact that she was legally represented at this time, her previous solicitors failed to obtain key evidence of her subsisting relationship with her husband, a British national.

 

 

Interim Relief – order for release; bail by a different name? (5 November 2010)

 

Interim relief allows an applicant to seek a preliminary order in ongoing litigation. It is very often used to preserve the status quo. In an application for Judicial Review challenging unlawful detention of an immigration detainee it would be used to seek the Claimant’s release.

 

 

Permission to work – the battle continues (8 September 2010)

 

We at Duncan Lewis, considered our work done: that our clients with outstanding requests for permission to work and those with pending Judicial Review claims stayed behind ZO, would be granted permission to work and costs in these claims would be awarded in our favour given that the Claimants’ substantive case has proved good. Frustratingly, this was not the case.

 

 

Supreme Court for the ‘Superior Court’? (8 September 2010)

 

Governments generally appear unable to resist tampering with the justice system. The introduction of a unified tribunal system through the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (TCEA) which, broadly speaking gathered together a large number of tribunals and appeal processes under one roof, and then formulated common rules to govern them, has at least the surface virtue of simplifying and codifying the law.

 

 

Serve the Child (8 September 2010)

 

Duncan Lewis have been granted permission for judicial review in an important case that deals with the duty the Secretary of State has to safeguard the interests of minors in her custody.

 

 

In limbo, with no end in sight - Naim Rahman comments on the recent case law entitling 45,000 people the right to work (5 August 2010)

 

‘ZO’ was a lone, vulnerable, young single female who had suffered truly terrible treatment in her home country of Somalia. Refused asylum on an initial application, she submitted a second claim based on previously unavailable evidence. This claim, once considered, was highly likely to result in a grant of leave to remain in the UK.

 

 

Duncan Lewis wins right to work for 45,000 people (30 July 2010)

 

An estimated 45,000 will be entitled to work in the UK as a result of the Supreme Court ruling in “ZO” – in a case brought by Duncan Lewis solicitors.

Delays in the time it takes for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to process asylum claims causes hardship to thousands. These hardships were exacerbated by the inability to find lawful work during the time spent waiting for a decision.

 

 

Sex, Drugs & Refused Parole: The Impact of Gill (12 July 2010)

 

Offending Behaviour Programmes of various shapes and sizes are available to prisoners wishing to reduce their risk of reoffending and address their offending behaviour, but only under certain provisos – that usually deny places to those with mental disabilities.

 

 

Pre-permission cost disputes in Judicial Review on the rise (12 July 2010)

 

Costs issues regularly arise in the context of judicial review proceedings. Often, as the claimant is financed by the Legal Services Commission, the issue is not considered pivotal. However, given the significant financial costs in bringing the proceedings, this is problematic.

 

 

Remedies for detention in the fast-track process (12 July 2010)

 

Given that the right to liberty is accepted by all concerned as being at the very heart of the protection that the courts provide from the arbitrary power of the state, it is perhaps surprising that there is a dearth of authorities on the ambit of Saadi.

 

 

ZO (Somalia) and Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department: DT (Eritrea) (17 May 2010)

 

It is now generally well known that asylum seekers whose ‘further representations/fresh claims’ have remained outstanding for more than one year have the right to take employment. Currently the law stands in their favour, and applications for relief where the Secretary of State refuses or delays consideration of an application for permission to work are routinely granted following the judgment of the Court of Appeal in ZO (Somalia). This article considers recent developments in the case.

 

 

Too Many Cooks: The Dangers of Unsanctioned Third Party Action (17 May 2010)

 

Supervisors continually stess the importance of "maintaining control over one's clients". Initially, it may seem unclear as to what was meant by this; however the point is illustrated in this article during the course of one Judicial Review case.

 

 

Naim Rahman wins SAL Young Lawyer of the Year 2010 (12 May 2010)

 

Who says hard work and determination don’t pay off? Naim and colleagues attended the Society of Asian Lawyers 15th Annual Ball at the Mariott Grosvenor Square. The night was well attended and an enjoyable night was had by all. Naim who joined the firm in 2003 qualified as a solicitor in June 2006 was presented with the award for Young Lawyer of the Year 2010 by the Vice President of the Law Society of England and Wales, Linda Lee, and the Chairman of the Society of Asian Lawyers, Sundeep Bhatia. He is currently a Partner and Joint Head of the Public Law department, based at the Hackney office.

 

 

Pro Bono Committee (25 March 2010)

 

Duncan Lewis is proud to be able to deliver a high standard of legal advice across a wide range of areas whilst conducting its business in a socially responsible manner. Our day to day practice highlights to us the growing severity of the unmet legal needs of the disadvantaged in the communities we serve, and we are responding to it.

 

 

UK Border Agency’s Legacy Exercise in disarray (19 March 2010)

 

Delays on the part of UK Border Agency under the Legacy Exercise and to resolve priority applications lead not only to frustration and anxiety on part of the applicants but may also lead to loss of unique talent, as a promising football player’s career is jeopardised by the unreasonable hold up in determining his application.

 

 

Removal without notice in the 'best interests' of Claimants ruled unlawful (19 March 2010)

 

The linked judicial reviews of the decisions of the Secretary of State for the Home Department by T and M [2010] EWHC 435 (Admin) were heard before Collins J on 18 February 2010 and the judgement is now available on BALLI . This case will clearly be of great importance to Immigration and Public Law Practitioners in so far as it impacts upon the position of unaccompanied minors and the Dublin Convention. However the focus of this article is upon the findings of Mr Justice Collins in relation to same day removal.

 

 

Immigration Rules and the Date of Decision (1 October 2009)

 

Applicants for leave under the Immigration Rules must meet the terms of those rules at the time that the application is decided, not the rules in force at the date the application is made

 

 

Protective Costs Orders approved by the House of Lords (1 October 2009)

 

Protective Costs Orders are something of a constitutional novelty, and the principles that govern their award, their ambit and even their very existence have been controversial

 

 

Incarceration Does Not Bring Compensation (1 September 2009)

 

In an unusual case, the House of Lords has confirmed that a person cannot benefit from their own wrongdoing

 

 

Public Law Specialists (14 December 2007)

 

Public law is the name given to the branch of law that governs the relationship between the state and individuals. Although a little known practice area the workings of public law can be seen daily in some of the most high profile news items – for example in relation to the controversial powers with regards the detention of suspected terrorists.