Peter Morris

p.morris@doughtystreet.co.uk

Year of Call

2000
Peter Morris
Profile

Peter Morris has a practice principally in immigration & asylum law. The focus of his work is asylum and human rights appeals but includes entry clearance, business applications under the Ankara Agreement and other immigration and family appeals. He has acted as counsel before tribunals, in judicial review proceedings and before the Court of Appeal. His reported cases include AA (Uganda) [2008] EWCA Civ 579, where the Court of Appeal held that the AIT had misdirected itself in law as to whether return generally of unaccompanied women to Kampala would be unduly harsh. He was junior counsel acting on a pro bono basis for Amnesty and others intervening in A & Others v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2005] UKHL 71, where the House of Lords held that evidence obtained through torture was inadmissible in terrorist proceedings; and in Jones v The Kingdom of South Arabia & others [2006] UKHL 26, a case concerning civil actions against torture abroad.

 

He has been listed in Chambers and Partners directory for several years as a leading junior.

 

Before coming to the Bar he was Director of Policy for the public service trade union, UNISON and before that head of research at NUPE. He was on the European TUC Economic Committee (1996-9) and the ETUC Social Policy Committee (1992-6) where he coordinated the work of European trade unions on social clauses in public procurement contracts.

 

Within the union, he was responsible for developing the legal and economic case for the national minimum wage and instrumental, in the early 1990''s, in forming a working group on its legislative form and implementation. He advised the trade union side in major ''equal pay for work of equal value'' pay restructuring in local government, health service and universities (1985-88).

 

In the 1970''s and 80''s he worked with the garment and furniture unions in East London, organising low paid and mainly migrant workers.

 

He edited the Blackstone''s Guide to the Asylum & Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc) Act 2004 [OUP 2004]; he is a contributing editor to Butterworths Immigration Law Service; and to the electronic update of the JCWI Immigration, Nationality & Refugee Law Handbook.

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