The Immigration team provides advice, representation and advocacy on all aspects of personal immigration and nationality law, including refugee/asylum claims, human rights claims, EU free movement law and the EU Settlement Scheme, family reunion, investors, students and other aspects of the points based system, general refusal grounds and challenges to unlawful detention.

The Immigration Team also advises on all aspects of business and commercial immigration, including sponsor compliance and challenges to the revocation of sponsor licences and challenges to civil penalties in relation to illegal working.

Our legal experts in the Immigration Team have been providing insightful webinars on the most relevant topics during COVID-19 to keep you informed during this difficult time.

If you do require assistance please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our dedicated immigration clerks who can be contacted on +44(0)20 7400 9025, or at r.finch@doughtystreet.co.uk / e.norman@doughtystreet.co.uk.

Judicial Review of Asylum Support

Covid has put asylum support arrangements under even more pressure. Asylum-seekers are being housed in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions. Some face long delays in provision of accommodation or cash support.

Polly Glynn, solicitor at Deighton Pierce Glynn, and Simon Cox, barrister at Doughty Street, address how failures to provide adequate asylum support can be effectively challenged by judicial review. From PAP letters, through gathering evidence, to issuing urgent applications and damages claims, this training will help solicitors and advisers understand how to get asylum-seeker clients into adequate accommodation, and the possibilities for compensation for delay and inadequacy. Ben Chataway, barrister at Doughty Street chairs the discussion and opens the seminar to questions from attendees.

More on Deighton Pierce Glynn’s PAP Project here.

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The post-Brexit Points-Based Immigration System

On 31 December 2020, at 11:00 PM, freedom of movement between the UK and the EU will end. At the heart of the new regime will be the new Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) which will set out the categories of persons that will be allowed to come to the UK. Further detail was published about the PBS in July 2020, including the main economic migration routes. The webinar discusses this in further detail and what practitioners will need to know to advise their clients about coming to the UK from 2021.

Speakers: Krishnendu Mukherjee and Phil Haywood

Chair: Agata Patyna

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The new EU human rights due diligence law and the Modern Slavery Act 2015 update

Lucrezia Busa, Member of Cabinet for the European Union, Commissioner of Justice, Didiers Reynders

Ms Busa discusses the initiative announced on April 29 2020 by the EU Commissioner for Justice, for rules requiring businesses to conduct mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence in their supply chains as part of the European Green Deal.

Dame Sara Thornton, UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

One year into her post, Dame Sara discusses her strategic priorities and the work she has been undertaking with partners from across the sector to encourage good practice in the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of modern slavery offences and the identification of victims. Dame Sara also discusses UK and global legislation and policies on transparency in supply chains, as well as recent developments such as the Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act and the work of government, businesses and consumers to better understand, tackle and prevent exploitation from taking place.

Chair, Krishnendu Mukherjee, barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

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Fee waiver policy ruled unlawful - judgment in R (Dzineku-Liggison) v SSHD

The Upper Tribunal’s recent ruling in R (Dzineku-Liggison) v SSHD that the Home Office’s fee waiver policy is unlawful promises to have far-reaching effects, as do the Home Office’s concessions over what constitutes a human rights claim. Counsel and solicitor in the case, Alasdair Mackenzie of Doughty Street and Saul Stone of Duncan Lewis, with Zoe Harper of Doughty Street in the chair, provide a briefing on the case and its implications, and answer questions.

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Zambrano child cases – challenging Home Office decisions

Simon Cox analyses how to win Ruiz Zambrano cases for parents and carers of British children. Can the Home Office refuse because the other parent won’t be removed from the UK? Does the client have to apply for leave to remain under Appendix FM? Can a separated parent rely on Zambrano? How do the judgments in Patel affect the EEA Regulations?

The webinar is chaired by Agata Patyna and deals with applications for residence cards and under the EU Settlement Scheme as well as appeals to the First-tier Tribunal.

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AM (Zimbabwe) v SSHD and Article 3 ECHR in medical grounds cases

Krishnendu Mukherjee, Alasdair Mackenzie and Phil Haywood comment on the Supreme Court’s hot off the press judgment in AM (Zimbabwe) v SSHD [2020] UKSC 17 concerning the scope of the application of Article 3 ECHR in ‘medical grounds’ removal cases. The webinar analyses the implications of the judgment, including the Court’s analysis of the ECtHR’s decision in Paposhvili v Belgium and the procedural requirements of Article 3 in medical cases. It also provides practical guidance to practitioners with upcoming or ongoing appeals before the First-tier and Upper Tribunal.

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Covid-19: practice and procedure in the immigration tribunals and courts

Simon Cox, Alasdair Mackenzie, Rowena Moffatt and other members of the Immigration Team address the current guidance issued by the Immigration and Asylum Chambers of the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal and the Administrative Court in response to the current Covid-19 pandemic. The webinar addresses the practice and procedures now operating and discussed key issues arising from it including: remote hearings, decisions taken without a hearing and digitisation. There was an opportunity to share experiences and the seminar provided practical advice on how to deal with commonly arising issues.

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