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Trevor Hatton , Duncan Lewis , Immigration Solicitor , Croydon

Trevor Hatton

Director & Solicitor

Profile / Experience

Awards Recommendation for Trevor Hatton
Legal 500

Trevor Hatton is a Recommended Lawyer in The Legal 500, 2019 edition

Legal 500 2019 Edition.
Public Law / London

Ranked and recommended by Legal 500 2017 as a notable individual for Public Law.

Legal 500 2017 Edition.
Administrative & Public Law / London
I am a Director of Public Law and Immigration at Duncan Lewis, having joined in 2012.

Over the past fifteen years, I have amassed extensive experience in virtually every aspect of immigration law, and since 2012, I specialise exclusively in Judicial Review and Court of Appeal cases. Examples of my successful cases include the following:
  • Challenging the legality of a refusal to grant indefinite leave to remain to an adult claimant who resided in this country for more than seven years as a child prior to the expiry of Home Office policy DP5/96;
  • Challenging the legality of the Secretary of State refusing to exempt an individual from the knowledge of life in the UK test;
  • Challenging the certification of a Nigerian asylum claim as ‘clearly unfounded’ under section 94 of the Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002;
  • Challenging the failure to grant permission to work in the United Kingdom under Rule 360 of the Immigration Rules;
  • Challenging the failure to process a fresh asylum claim after a delay of two and a half years;
  • Challenging the refusal to process an HPDL application for further leave to remain;
  • Challenging the failure to expedite the processing of an asylum claim in view of a claimant’s mental health condition;
  • Challenging the legality of a grant of just six months discretionary leave to remain to an individual who committed a criminal offence as a minor;
  • Challenging the refusal to grant leave to remain to an elderly stroke victim cared for in this country by her British children and grandchildren since 2003; and
  • Applying for committal for contempt of court in view of the Secretary of State’s failure to comply with the terms of a court order.
In recognition of my expertise and excellence as an immigration practitioner I am recommended by The Legal 500, 2019 edition for my administrative and public law work. Further, on 1 June 2016, I became only the 50th lawyer in England and Wales to obtain the Immigration Law Advanced Accreditation from the Law Society.

On 25 January 2019, I was appointed as a Fee Paid First-tier Tribunal Judge of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber (IAC).

Education

  • Legal Practice Course: Postgraduate Diploma with Commendation - London Guildhall University, Moorgate, London, 1998 to 1999
  • Bachelor of Laws with Honours: 2:1 - The University of Warwick, Coventry, Warwickshire, 1992-1996

Career

  • Fee Paid First Tier Tribunal Judge of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber (IAC), 2019-Present
  • Director of Public Law and Immigration at Duncan Lewis, 2012-Present
  • Immigration Solicitor and Supervisor at South West London Law Centres, 2008-2012
  • Immigration Solicitor at Lawrence Lupin Solicitors, 2007-2008
  • Immigration Solicitor and Supervisor at Terrence Higgins Trust, 2003-2006
  • Immigration Solicitor at Edwards Duthie Solicitors, 2001-2003
  • Admitted as a Solicitor, 2001

Awards

  • Recommended Individual - The Legal 500, 2019 edition - Administrative and Public Law/London
  • Recommended Individual - The Legal 500, 2017 edition - Administrative and Public Law/London

Notable Cases

Supreme Court
  • N (FC) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2005] UKHL 31 – established the threshold which must be reached for an Claimant to be successful on an application for leave to remain made exclusively on medical grounds under Article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Court of Appeal
  • SB (Jamaica) and ABD (A Minor), R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department> [2016] EWCA Civ 400 – established the precise circumstances in which a Claimant can qualify for further Discretionary Leave to remain.

  • Shah, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA Civ 1114 – clarified the circumstances in which a Claimant is entitled to claim damages from the Home Office for a delay in granting leave to remain.


  • MM (Zimbabwe) v SSHD [2012] EWCA Civ 279 – extremely important human rights case, which held that it is still possible to succeed on a human rights claim under Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights, even after the refusal of an Article 3 claim. Also established the circumstances in which it will be unlawful for the Home Office to deport an individual with mental health issues, ultimately resulting in the Claimant’s Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK being restored.
High Court
  • Zewdu, R (on the application of) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 2148 (Admin) - a landmark test case, which established for the first time that the Home Office is liable to pay damages to anyone adversely affected by delays in issuing EU documentation confirming their right to reside in this country. In January 2016, the High Court ordered the Home Office to pay a record sum of £40000.00 in damages to the successful Claimant.

  • NS & Ors, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Home Department [2014] EWHC 1971 (Admin) – established the precise circumstances in which the imposition of a no recourse to public funds condition on a single parent would be unlawful.

  • Singh and Others v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWHC 2873 (Admin) – clarified the circumstances in which the Home Office can face costs sanctions for late service of an Acknowledgment of Service.

Civil Court
  • Bosnja v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2002] UKIAT 07605 – established the circumstances in which it would be unlawful to remove an adult and two children with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from the UK, resulting in all three Appellants being granted leave to remain.

Membership & Accreditations

  • Level 3 Immigration Law Advanced Scheme, 1 June 2016
  • Level 2 Senior Immigration Caseworker Reaccreditation, November 2010
  • Level 2 Senior Immigration Caseworker, 23 March 2005
  • Immigration Supervisor, 23 March 2005

Interests

  • Long distance running
  • Football - West Ham United & Sutton United
  • Playing the bass
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