Grandpa’s love wins the day

By on May 23, 2017

We represented a mother and two children who were the appellants in an appeal against the refusal of the Home Office. The application to remain in the UK was based on the Human Rights Act. The mother was a national of Jordan and the two children were her dependents. When they were represented by another firm of solicitors they made an asylum application which was refused on 8th April 2011 and their appeal on the asylum basis was dismissed. The solicitors then made another application in support of her human rights on the basis that her removal from the UK would be contrary to Article 8 of the Human Rights Act. This application was refused on 20th August 2015 and we were instructed to appeal. ...

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Article 8 v Family Reunion

By on May 16, 2017

We represented an appellant who is a citizen of Syria who made an application for family reunion to join her son who was granted refugee status. She made the application before she instructed us and the entry clearance officer decided that the appellant did not qualify for family reunion under paragraph 352A which only applied to spouses, civil partners or children under the age of 18 of the refugee. She appealed against this decision on the grounds that she had a family life with her son in the UK under Article 8 and that no consideration was given to her ill-health, dependency on her son and the fact that her son was in the UK. ...

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Viva La Difference

By on May 10, 2017

Mr Emmanuel Macron is the new President of France. In his victory speech he vowed to unite a divided and fractured France, saying “the world is watching and waiting for us to defend the spirit of the enlightenment threatened in so many places”. He now faces challenges of trying to win a parliamentary majority for his political movement, because without a majority he will not be able to carry out his manifesto promises. World leaders including Trump, Teresa May and Justin Trudeau have congratulated Macron.
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Human Rights Protection for EU Citizens

By on April 20, 2017

It is envisaged that the Council of European Convention on Establishment and the European Convention on Human Rights will be the two main sources of protection for EA nationals and their family members who do not benefit from any Brexit settlement. Therefore, to avoid ongoing litigation it is important that any Brexit settlement makes adequate provisions for EA nationals and their family members. There should be protection for the right to reside to those EA nationals and their family members who have lived in the UK for five years. There should be rights to reside to those who have exercised treaty rights, but failed to obtain comprehensive sickness insurance or those who did not exercise treaty rights, such as students or those who have not exercised treaty rights but are European nationals, for example married to British citizens....

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Significant obstacles to integration

By on March 22, 2017

Another victory to an appellant who is a citizen of Angola who appealed on human rights grounds against the decision of the Home Office of 29th December 2015 to refuse to grant him leave to remain on the basis of private life under paragraph 276 ADE. The appellant was granted leave to remain in the UK as a student until November 2002 and on 5th July 2012 made an application for leave to remain on the basis of private and family life. This application was refused on 14th October 2013 and on 6th December 2013 he applied for Judicial Review. The Court of Appeal gave him leave to withdraw the proceedings on 16th October 2015 and the Home Office agreed to withdraw the decision and reconsider the application. ...

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