A Statement in 5 parts from the Legal Director of Westkin on George Floyd and Black Lives Matter Part 1 – A very public lynching How is it possible to be utterly shocked and completely unsurprised at the same time? On 25 May 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year old black man, was publicly … Continue reading George Floyd
On 23 June 2016, Brits when to the polls to decide on their continued membership in the European Union. It was a fiercely contested referendum over a highly complicated matter. Whilst there were issues of disinformation, let us not forget the Brexit bus that promised £350 million a week to the NHS, the conclusions of … Continue reading Did Brexit change British attitudes towards migrants
The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has pledged to protect millions of Hong Kong nationals by providing provisions to allow them to settle in the UK. This announcement comes as protests erupt across Hong Kong in response to the new draconian national security law which grants wide reach powers to the security forces. The measure … Continue reading Johnson pledges to protect millions of Hong Kong nationals
Responding to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the Russell Group, which represents twenty-four leading universities in the UK, have noticed a steep decline in the number of international students applying in 2020. They have called on the UK Home Secretary to implement a series of reforms which will ensure that the UK continues to … Continue reading Russel Group universities call for visa reforms
Typically, when people think of borders, they imagine rigid, immovable, and eternal lines in the ground which demarcate our land from another. A cursory glance at history quickly dispels this familiar narrative. We see that borders are imagined constructs which alienate one set of people from another. The question is, are they necessary? Keeping out … Continue reading Abolish Borders
In the UK you can be thrown into a detention centre by immigration authorities for simply overstaying your visa. While the Home Office has defended this policy of detaining those in breach of immigration law, it has been met with new opposition. Speaking in parliament, David Davis, a former Conservative cabinet minister, attacked the government, … Continue reading Will we see an end to detention centres?
There have been three cases of significant importance within the Administrative Court in March: Hafeez v Secretary of State for the Home Department In R (on the application of Hafeez) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 437 (Admin) it was found that a decision to certify, under Regulation 33 of the Immigration (European … Continue reading Legal updates March 2020: Closures, Immigration Healthcare Surcharge and more
What is the case law governing Litigation friends? AM (Afghanistan) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (2017) EWCA Civ 1123 gives part of the authority for the ability to appoint litigation friend within the Immigration Tribunal. In AM (Afghanistan) the Court of Appeal stated there was ‘ample flexibility’ within the Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Immigration and … Continue reading Litigation friends in the Immigration Tribunal