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Duncan Lewis brings a test case for damages claims (12 October 2010)

Date: 12/10/2010
Duncan Lewis, Main Solicitors, Duncan Lewis brings a test case for damages claims

Duncan Lewis successfully challenged the refusal of the Home Office to give the right to work for thousands of asylum seekers while their claim was awaiting consideration. For further details see our articles on the cases of ZO and DT, which are available in the Article/News Public Law section of the Duncan Lewis website. However, despite their resounding defeat in the Supreme Court the Home Office continue to refuse to accept that their actions were unlawful, or that they should compensate those they prevented from taking up offers of employment.

To force the Home Office to respect the rights of our clients, after the ruling of the Supreme Court we sought an urgent order that the Home Office should grant all of our clients whose claims were outstanding permission to work straight away. Having previously stated that it would delay several weeks before doing so, the Home Office caved in on the eve of the hearing and gave them all permission.

Now thousands more stand to benefit as Duncan Lewis are acting in a test case that will establish the basis upon which damages should be awarded to those wrongfully excluded from the employment market, which will be heard on 26th October.

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