Lord Thomas refers ‘incompetent’ lawyers to SRA over asylum claims

Posted by - 15th December 2015

The Lord Chief Justice has referred two solicitors to the Solicitors Regulation Authority for their ‘incompetence’ in failing to advise a refugee as to a defence in a prosecution for false paperwork. The case – Shabani, Re [2015] EWCA Crim 1924 (22 July 2015 – concerned a reference by the Criminal Cases Review Commission in

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Children’s Society call on government to reintsate legal aid lifeline

Posted by - 23rd July 2015

As a consequence of the LASPO cuts the number of agencies offering legal advice services to unaccompanied migrant children has almost halved. According to new research from the Children’s Society since the 2013 legal aid cuts came into effect, there has been ‘an almost 50% decrease’ in the number of non-fee charging regulated services dealing

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Immigration Bill: ‘A disaster waiting to happen’

Posted by - 20th December 2013

The new Immigration Bill came under fire this week, with politicians, lawyers and campaigners warning that it could give rise to homelessness and discrimination. Speaking at a public meeting organised by Islington Law Centre, Jeremy Corbyn MP said that he wished more of his Labour colleagues had voted against the Bill in its second reading

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‘Where’s Chris Grayling?’

Posted by - 28th June 2013

REPORT: The family of Jean Charles de Menezes would not have qualified for legal aid under the new residence test, it was claimed during a backbench business debate on the Transforming legal aid proposals in the House of Commons yesterday, writes Jon Robins. Dominic Raab, the Conservative MP for Esher and Walton, asked Sarah Teather,

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No soft touch: PM floats legal aid ‘residency test’

Posted by - 27th February 2013

  David Cameron floated the idea of a residency test to ensure that immigrants do not get automatic access to legal aid in civil court cases. Speaking to the Daily Express in an interview published yesterday, the prime minister vowed to (in the words of the paper) ‘get tough on freeloading foreigners’. Cameron said that

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£400,000 for young migrant projects

Posted by - 21st December 2012

Grants worth £400,000 have been made available for NGOs and private law firms working with vulnerable young migrants (anyone under 25 living in poverty and experiencing significant discrimination as a result of migration status), writes Elizabeth Davidson. The deadline for the first round of applications is the end of January. There is no set amount

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Immigration firms warned about 11th hour applications

Posted by - 16th November 2012

One of the most senior judges has attacked immigration lawyers for pushing ‘late, meritless’ applications. According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Sir John Thomas, President of the Queen’s Bench Division, hit out after solicitors for a Bangladeshi student made two urgent applications to postpone his removal on the eve of his planned departure.

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