Have a question?
033 3772 0409

In The Press

Virgin Atlantic still assisting Home Office with deportations after announcing it would stop (Independent) (4 July 2018)

Date: 04/07/2018
Duncan Lewis, InThePress Solicitors, Virgin Atlantic still assisting Home Office with deportations after announcing it would stop (Independent)

On 29 June, airline Virgin Atlantic announced that it would stop helping the Home Office carry out involuntary deportations of foreign nationals. In spite of this, the Independent have revealed that the airline will keep transporting foreign nationals as part of immigration removal proceedings until 1 August. The removal of a Nigerian national was due to take place just a day after they announced their plans. Hannah Baynes, assisted by Helen Seeger, of the Duncan Lewis Public Law department, is representing the Nigerian client who was due to be deported on Saturday’s flight. Helen called Virgin Atlantic on 30 June but was told that they would only stop assisting removals from 1 August. Our client’s removal was halted when Helen submitted further representations and additional medical evidence towards his asylum claim. Nonetheless, it is predicted that there will be more like him who will be removed this month before Virgin Atlantic stop removing foreign nationals on their flights. Helen states: “These are not always people who have had adequate legal representation or a chance to put their claims together properly. It’s great that [Virgin Atlantic are] changing their minds but I’m baffled as to why they have to do it in a month’s time.” Director of Immigration & Public Law, Toufique Hossain warns that because those served with a deportation notice are not given their flight details in advance it is impossible to know how many will be removed in the month of July. He comments on Virgin Atlantic’s decision: “It is somewhat unusual for [Virgin Atlantic] to put out a politically driven statement - as this was not a business decision, it was political - but for them to say that comes into effect in August is very strange.”

Call us now on 033 3772 0409 or click here to send online enquiry.
Duncan Lewis is the trading name of Duncan Lewis (Solicitors) Limited. Registered Office is 143-149 Fenchurch St, London, EC3M 6BL. Company Reg. No. 3718422. VAT Reg. No. 718729013. A list of the company's Directors is displayed at the registered offices address. Authorised and Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority . Offices all across London and in major cities in the UK. ©Duncan Lewis >>Legal Disclaimer, Copyright & Privacy Policy. Duncan Lewis do not accept service by email.