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FS v London Borough of Croydon - Success in age-assessment judicial review (13 March 2020)

We were successful in a judicial review concerning the Respondent’s – the London Borough of Croydon - decision to refuse to re-assess our client’s age. We were issued with a declaration that his date of birth is 1 July 2002 rather than his ‘assess  Read more...

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A (A child) (Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order Application) [2020] EWHC 323 (Fam) - Success for client in Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order Matter (9 March 2020)

The family court accepted an application for a Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order (FGMPO) brought by the local authority and supported by our client, to protect her ten year old daughter A from undergoing the procedure. Read more...

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Foley, R (On the Application Of) v SSHD [2019] – Court rules on Irish citizens deportation policy (21 February 2020)

The Administrative Court has dismissed our client’s judicial review challenge in Foley v SSHD, finding that the Secretary of State’s special policy on the deportation of Irish citizens is lawful and proportionate. Since 2007, the Secretary of   Read more...

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Shields-McKinley v The Secretary of State for Justice the Lord Chancellor & Anor [2019] EWCA Civ 1954 (14 November 2019) (21 February 2020)

The Court of Appeal has dismissed our client’s appeal in Shields-McKinley v SSJ, finding that the Secretary of State for Justice was not responsible for our client’s false imprisonment as a result of his sentence miscalculation. These proceedi  Read more...

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SSHD v JS (Uganda) [2019] EWCA Civ 1670 – Cessation of Refugee Status under Article 1C (21 February 2020)

The Court of Appeal have allowed the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s (SSHD) appeal in the case of SSHD v JS (Uganda), finding that the UK did not owe obligations to our client (JS) under the Refugee Convention, as he had been recognis  Read more...

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R (Julien Benchaouir) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 2606 (Admin) - Detention of a foreign national offender with accepted mental illness (14 February 2020)

The Claimant’s situation came to light when he instructed Duncan Lewis Solicitors in his bail matter in July 2018. The case concerns a challenge to the lawfulness of detention of a foreign national offender with accepted mental illness. It als  Read more...

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GB v R. [2020] EWCA Crim 2 (16 January 2020) – Public interest safety and quashing criminal convictions for confirmed victims of trafficking (31 January 2020)

Ms. GB was convicted for using false documentation in 2008 and despite evidence that she was a victim of trafficking and at real risk of persecution, she was not properly advised of her rights or provided support as a victim of trafficking. We wer  Read more...

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MR (Pakistan) & Anor, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Justice & Ors [2019] EWHC 3567 – Safeguards for Immigration detainees in the Prison Estate (23 December 2019)

Background On 20 December 2019, Mr Justice Supperstone dismissed our clients’ judicial review claims challenging the absence of equivalent safeguards to Rules 34 and 35 of the Detention Centre Rules for immigration detainees held within the  Read more...

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A Local Authority v A Mother & Ors [2019] EWCA Civ 799 - non-accidental care case (18 December 2019)

On the 3rd April 2019 in a non-accidental care case the Court allowed an appeal by a local authority against a finding that four rib fractures suffered by a baby were sustained accidentally by overlying while co-sleeping with her mother.   Read more...

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The Queen (on the application of Edyta Bukartyk) v Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council – Homelessness Judicial Review (17 December 2019)

We represented the Claimant in a judicial review against Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (“WHBC”). This was against WHBC’s decision to not accept a second application for homelessness assistance from the Claimant. Background Th  Read more...

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C (A Child: NAI) [2019] EWFC B15 (24 January 2019) – Serious Non-Accidental Injury Fact Finding (17 December 2019)

The case refers to a fact finding in respect of the father. It concerned C, an eight week old baby that suffered a serious non-accidental injury whilst in the care of his parents. Our clients were the maternal grandparents of the baby and as such,  Read more...

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B (A Child)(Fact Finding) [2019] EWFC B46 – Establishing the Legal Threshold under section 31 Children Act 1989 (12 December 2019)

This case proved to be a complex matter because the child’s (B) background and history was not clear from the outset. Furthermore, there was no person in the UK who exercised parental responsibility for her. This case considered in detail the   Read more...

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VM v The United Kingdom (No. 2) - 62824/16 (Judgment : Article 5 - Right to liberty and security : First Section) [2019] ECHR 312 (25 April 2019) (9 December 2019)

On 25 April 2019, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) handed down judgment in the case of VM v UK (No 2) (Application no. 62824/16). The Court found that deficiencies in the detention review of a person suffering from mental heal  Read more...

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High Court confirms Dublin III Regulation protects asylum seekers from arbitrary detention by the Home Office from the time they first claim asylum in the UK (6 December 2019)

Ismail, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 3192 A substantial judicial review judgment was handed down on 26th November 2019 by the High Court. The legal points of principle within the   Read more...

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A-F (Children) (Care and SGO - older children), Re [2019] EWFC B45 (24 May 2019) – Lack of Capacity and Complex Sibling Care Proceedings (4 December 2019)

After protracted hearings and repeated local authority involvement, His Honour Judge Willans outlined the outcome of care proceedings in a final hearing on 24 May 2019 that concerned the welfare of a six child sibling group (A-F). This was   Read more...

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Re X (Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order. No.2) (3 December 2019)

A child, ‘X’, who was deemed to be at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and had a full travel ban ordered by the High Court preventing her from leaving the UK until she is 16, has been permitted to travel to Egypt for one week to facilitate   Read more...

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CI (Nigeria) v SSHD [2019] EWCA Civ 2027 – “Foreign criminals automatic deportation – meeting the very compelling circumstances threshold” (3 December 2019)

In this case the Court of Appeal provided welcome guidance in relation to resisting automatic deportation of foreign criminals on “very compelling” grounds. The Court of Appeal looked at the meaning and applicability of section 117C  Read more...

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High Court decision on applicability of CIL reversed - Giordano Ltd, R (On the Application Of) v London Borough of Camden Council [2019] EWCA Civ 1544 (12 September 2019) (23 October 2019)

The Court of Appeal has reversed the decision of the High Court on the applicability of the Community Infrastructure Levy. Duncan Lewis represented the successful appellant; Giordano Ltd. Local authorities can impose the Community Infrastr  Read more...

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Family Court expresses disappointment in local authority’s care plan and parenting terminology - A (A Child), Re [2019] EWFC B18 (05 April 2019) (23 October 2019)

On 5th April 2019, the Family Court ruled that, a case involving child care and a history of alcohol abuse, required a more ‘sophisticated analysis of the risk’ rather than a simple reliance on the past. The judgment also exposed flaws in t  Read more...

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Royal Borough of Greenwich v EOA [2019] EWCOP 54 – Inherent jurisdiction and welfare concerns in relation to vulnerable adults. (16 October 2019)

The case involves an 18 year old (EOA). The Local Authority has applied for declarations and orders under s15 and s16 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Orders were sought to determine whether EOA lacked capacity to make decisions regarding: the  Read more...

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Family Courts powerless to prevent deportation of children at risk of FGM - A (A Child: Female Genital Mutilation: Asylum) [2019] EWHC 2475 (Fam) (25 September 2019) (4 October 2019)

The Family Court gave judgment on 27th September 2019 confirming that it has no powers to prevent the Secretary of State of the Home Department (SSHD) from deporting a vulnerable girl who is at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) if she is ret  Read more...

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Judicial Review claim allowed after SSHD fails to consider mitigating factors and give sufficient reasons for making negative reasonable grounds decision (5 August 2019)

The Administrative Court has found that that the SSHD (in its guise as the National Referral Mechanism [NRM]) unlawfully concluded that our client, WEN, did not have ‘reasonable grounds’ that she is a victim of human trafficking. Ba  Read more...

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The Secretary of State for the Home Department v BK (Afghanistan) [2019] EWCA Civ 1358 (30 July 2019)

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) appealed against the decision of the Upper Tribunal (UT) Immigration and Asylum Chamber to allow the appeal against the cancellation of our client, BK’s indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the   Read more...

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Correct procedure for raising a cross appeal in the Upper Tribunal - Smith (appealable decisions; PTA requirements; anonymity : Belgium) [2019] UKUT 216 (IAC) (25 July 2019)

This judgement gives guidance to practitioners on the correct procedure for raising a cross appeal in the Upper Tribunal. It further provides guidance on;

  • what constitutes a “decision” for the purposes of S 11 (1) of the  Read more...

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The detention of EEA nationals – Lauzikas, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWCA Civ 1168 (09 July 2019) (12 July 2019)

The Court of Appeal handed down judgment in Lauzikas v SSHD on 9 July 2019. This judgment considered the appeals of both parties from the judgment of Michael Fordham QC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) in Lauzikas v SSHD [2018]  Read more...

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Success in international child abduction case: H (Abduction: Retention In Non-Contracting State), Re [2019] EWCA Civ 672 (16 April 2019) (11 July 2019)

International family law solicitor Helen Newman and child care solicitor Rebecca Slee have recently succeeded in obtaining the return of a child to Australia after she had been in the UK for 15 months. This first instance case in the High   Read more...

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SSHD curtailing support for confirmed victims of trafficking - NN v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 766 (Admin) (28 March 2019) (20 June 2019)

Duncan Lewis represents Claimants in successful application to the High Court for a general interim relief order to prevent the Secretary of State for the Home Department from curtailing support for confirmed victims of trafficking. On 13   Read more...

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B v M [2018] EWHC 1473 (Fam) (26 April 2018) – Duncan Lewis successful in mishandled Private Fostering Agreement (7 May 2019)

This case concerns a five year old child who was born in London in 2013. The child’s parents are Eastern European nationals and arrived in England shortly before the child’s birth. They had no money, were not working, and were homeless. When the chil  Read more...

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Unlawful detention of EEA Rough Sleeper in Holownia v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 794 (Admin) (03 April 2019) (10 April 2019)

The Claimant in this case is one of many rough sleepers who have been detained by the Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) for an alleged breach of treaty rights under Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006 (the EEA Regulations). Ruling in t  Read more...

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The Secretary of State - a Gatekeeper for Fresh Claims in Robinson (formerly JR (Jamaica)) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) [2019] UKSC 11 (8 April 2019)

On 13 March 2019, the Supreme Court concluded that the rejection of the Appellant’s further submissions did not attract a right of appeal after the Appellant sought for the Court to find that the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s (SSHD) ap  Read more...

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R (on the application of JS and Others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (litigation friend - child) [2019] UKUT 64 (IAC) (1 April 2019)

This judgment deals with the principles on the procedural approach of the Upper Tribunal in immigration judicial review proceedings involving an applicant who is a child, specifically when it is necessary for a child to be represented by a litigat  Read more...

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Voidable divorce: wife remarried after erroneously being granted a divorce from the courts - M v P [2019] EWFC 14 (22 March 2019) (25 March 2019)

Duncan Lewis Solicitors represented a wife whose divorce was sought to make void in an application made by the Queen’s Proctor. History of case The matter concerns an application made by the Queen’s Proctor (‘QP’), the QP is the C  Read more...

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Success in Duncan Lewis reported case has far-reaching consequences for future gay asylum-seeking clients from St Lucia (14 March 2019)

Following a decision made in an appeal to the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, the Appellant, a citizen of Saint Lucia (St Lucia), has   Read more...

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Omar & Others v SSHD - Challenge to the legality of Dublin III Detention Regulations 2017 (13 March 2019)

Following the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Omar & Others vs The Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD), an appeal will be launched to the Supreme Court regarding the appellants’ challenge to the legality of Read more...

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Case listed for re-trial after decision to strike out claim is set aside in Hughes Jarvis Ltd v Searle & Anor [2019] EWCA Civ 1 (15 January 2019) (4 February 2019)

Following the strike out of the claim that the Landlord (Property Development Company) brought against our client, an assured tenant of the property, the Court of Appeal has set aside the County Court judgments and the case has been listed for re-  Read more...

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New Guidance from the Tribunal President in Safi & Ors: reasons must be given for decisions on permission (25 January 2019)

As the Hon Mr Justice Lane noted from the outset, the legal proceedings that have resulted from the hijacking of an aircraft from Afghanistan to the UK in February 2000 ‘have been both various and protracted’. He regretted that the current hearing  Read more...

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Substantial damages for unlawful detention in R (On the Application Of) Adegun v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 22 (Admin) (25 January 2019)

This case provides another insight into whether a detained asylum system can be operated fairly and without detriment to detainees. In a ruling handed down on 10 January 2019, Nicholas Paine QC concluded that the Home Office failed to carry out Ru  Read more...

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