Home Office pay out £950,000 to settle Article 1 Protocol 1 damages claim

 

R (TTM Services Ltd) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 646 (QB): the Claimant ran the Highgate Institute for Professional Development which provided courses to students hoping to enter the hospitality industry.  TTM had a licence to issue visa letters / CAS to international students under Tier 4 of the Points Based Immigration system.  In a crackdown against suspected abuse in the further and higher education sector the licence was suspended and not reinstated for 10 weeks, a delay which led to collapse of the business and losses in excess of £1,000,000.  The liquidator brought a claim under the Human Rights Act 1998 for violation of TTM’s property rights under Article 1 Protocol 1 of the European Convention.

 

Following judgment by Mitting J in March 2016, in which he concluded that the suspension of the Sponsor Licence was unlawful, the parties agreed a global settlement of £950,000 to put an end to in excess of 5 years of litigation.

 

David Lemer and Nicholas Bowen QC represented the Claimant, instructed by Jonathan Gribben and John Pennie of Bond Dickinson Solicitors.

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