Visit visa refusals: appeal or judicial review? – Free Movement

Posted May 12th, 2015 in appeals, families, freedom of movement, judicial review, news, visas by tracey

‘The removal of full rights of appeal for family visit visas has led to a legal dilemma to those considering a challenge to a refusal: should they give up, re-apply, attempt a human rights appeal or should they launch an application for judicial review? The problem seems all the more acute with many reports of refusals to spouses or relatives who cannot meet the harsh family settlement rules or who would rather live abroad but still want to be able to visit their spouse’s friends and family in the UK.’

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Free Movement, 12th May 2015

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Conservative manifesto commitments on immigration, the EU and human rights – Free Movement

‘Standing at the door to No 10, David Cameron stated that he would form a majority government and implement the Conservative Party manifesto “in full”. The moderating influence of the Liberal Democrats has been extinguished. The nationalist isolationism of the Scots and the SNP renders them irrelevant in UK politics for the next five years. Meanwhile, the disaffected UKIP vote wounded Labour, not the Conservatives, piling pressure on the next Labour leader to address UKIP concerns more directly than Ed Miliband. What does all this mean for immigration law over the next five years?’

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Free Movement, 8th May 2015

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Liberties, Customs and the Free Flow of Trade – Speech by the Master of the Rolls

Liberties, Customs and the Free Flow of Trade (PDF)

Speech by the Master of the Rolls

4th Annual British Irish Commercial Law Forum, 23rd April 2015

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Home Office confirms that EEA(FM) application form is not mandatory – Free Movement

‘In a useful policy document explaining internal processes within the UK Visas and Immigration department of the Home Office, it is confirmed that applicants for EU free movement documents such as residence certificates, residence cards and family permits do NOT have to use the forms provided by the Home Office.’

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Free Movement, 9th April 2015

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Tower Hamlets London Borough Council v M and others – WLR Daily

Tower Hamlets London Borough Council v M and others [2015] EWHC 869 (Fam); [2015] WLR (D) 155

‘Since the removal of a passport, even on a temporary basis, was a very significant incursion into an individual’s freedom and personal autonomy such an order should not be made lightly and required the fullest unpartisan information to be put before the court. It had never to be forgotten that the court required a very high degree of candour on the part of all of those involved.’

WLR Daily, 27th March 2015

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Barco De Vapor BV and others v Thanet District Council – WLR Daily

Barco De Vapor BV and others v Thanet District Council [2014] EWHC 490 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 127

‘Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 harmonised the law on the protection, welfare and health of animals during transport. Accordingly, the imposition of an animal welfare measure not in accordance with the Regulation which had the effect of restricting the free movement of goods was an unjustified breach of article 35FEU of the FEU Treaty.’

WLR Daily, 27th February 2015

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Branded drugs and over-stickering: when is 8.62% a substantial part? – Technology Law Update

‘A brand-owner generally wants to use the same brand across several countries, but there are industries where national branding is common. Pharmaceuticals is one. In a free trade bloc like the EU this leads to a tension between the free movement of goods and protection of IP rights. The interplay of the EU rules in this area has come under the spotlight in SEP v Doncaster.’

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Technology Law Update, 6th March 2015

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Zenati v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and another – WLR Daily

Posted February 19th, 2015 in appeals, false imprisonment, freedom of movement, human rights, law reports, police by sally

Zenati v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and another [2015] EWCA Civ 80; [2015] WLR (D) 74

‘The detention of a person, which was initiated and continued for the purpose of bringing that person, reasonably suspected of having committed an offence, before a court from time to time as might be necessary, was lawful, under article 5.1(c) of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, since by article 5.3 a person so detained was required not only to be brought before a court, but also to be tried within a reasonable time. That meant that he might be detained until trial provided that the trial took place within a reasonable time, and he was detained in accordance with article 5.1(c) until the date of trial. The persistence of reasonable suspicion was a condition for the lawfulness of continuing detention. It had to be implicit in article 5.1(c) and 5.3 that the investigating/prosecuting authorities were required to bring the relevant facts to the court’s attention as soon as possible, so that it might review the situation and order the person’s release if it were satisfied that there were no longer any grounds for the continuing detention. The article provided a right to compensation in the event of its breach in article 5.5, so that there was no compelling need to establish that such breach resulted in liability for the tort of false imprisonment.’

WLR Daily, 11th February 2015

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McCarthy and EU family permits – Free Movement

Posted January 29th, 2015 in EC law, families, freedom of movement, immigration, news, visas by sally

‘Last last year the Court of Justice of the European Union handed down judgment in the case of McCarthy v United Kingdom C-202/13. In some ways it is a very straightforward case: the UK is not permitted to require residence card holding family members of EEA nationals to apply for yet further documentation in the form of an entry permit.’

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Free Movement, 29th January 2015

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Rejection of visit visa to attend funeral: analysis – Free Movement

‘In the news today we can see that an Entry Clearance Officer has rejected an application for a visit visa for two grandparents who wish to travel to the UK to attend the funeral of their 5 year old grandchild, tragically killed in a car accident before Christmas. The family is devastated, obviously. The issue was raised at Prime Minister’s Questions by the local MP and a review was promised. The Immigration Minister, James Broken-shire, has very swiftly conducted the review and the refusal has been maintained. He says his decision has been taken “on the full facts of the case”.’

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Free Movement, 20th January 2015

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Ministry of Justice steps in to prevent Ched Evans from playing abroad – The Guardian

Posted January 5th, 2015 in freedom of movement, news, rape, sexual offences, sport by sally

‘Attempts by Ched Evans to resurrect his football career were quashed last night after the British government stepped in to prevent the convicted rapist plying his trade overseas.’

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The Guardian, 3rd January 2015

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Terror law reform signals fundamental shift – BBC News

Posted December 15th, 2014 in bills, confiscation, freedom of movement, news, passports, police, terrorism by tracey

‘Monday sees the return of the government’s Counter Terrorism and Security Bill to the Commons where MPs will get their say on the legislation’s most controversial measure: should ministers be able to ban British citizens from coming home?’

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BBC News, 15th December 2014

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Free Movement of Doctors in the NHS – Littleton Chambers

Posted December 11th, 2014 in appeals, doctors, EC law, employment tribunals, freedom of movement, health, news by sally

‘In Kapenova v. Department of Health [2014] ICR 884, the first case of its kind in the health sector, the EAT has held that an entry criterion for the two year Foundation Programme for medicine graduates is a justified infringement of EU free movement rights. Kapenova demonstrates that: (i) a claim for unjustified infringement of free movement rights can be pursued as a claim for indirect nationality discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 before the Employment Tribunal, and; (ii) the approach to the justification defence under EU law and domestic law is the same.’

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Littleton Chambers, 11th December 2014

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Dano v Jobcenter Leipzig – WLR Daily

Posted November 18th, 2014 in benefits, EC law, freedom of movement, law reports, social security by sally

Dano v Jobcenter Leipzig (Case C-333/13) EU:C:2014:2358; [2014] WLR (D) 477

‘Article 24(1) of Parliament and Council Directive 2004/38/EC, in conjunction with article 7(1)(b), and article 4 of Regulation No 883/2004 (as amended by Regulation No 1244/2010) allowed legislation of a member state under which nationals of other member states were excluded from entitlement to certain “special non-contributory cash benefits” within the meaning of article 70(2) of Regulation No 883/2004, although those benefits were granted to nationals of the host member state who were in the same situation, in so far as those nationals of other member states did not have a right of residence under Directive 2004/38 in the host member state.’

WLR Daily, 11th November 2014

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Jihadis who travel to Syria could be barred from UK return for two years – The Guardian

‘Suspected jihadis, including teenagers, who travel to Syria will be prevented from returning to Britain for two years and only allowed to re-enter if they consent to face trial, home detention, regular police monitoring or go on a deradicalisation course. The plan, agreed after months of internal Whitehall talks, has been cleared by government law officers and devised to minimise legal claims that the British government will be rendering citizens stateless by barring them from the UK.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2014

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Regina (Buer) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted August 4th, 2014 in EC law, freedom of movement, law reports, treaties by sally

Regina (Buer) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 1109; [2014] WLR (D) 359

‘Article 13 of Decision No 1/80 adopted under the Agreement establishing an Association between the European Economic Community and Turkey did not apply to Turkish workers who were already sufficiently integrated into the work force of the host member state to enjoy rights under article 6(1) of the Decision.’

WLR Daily, 31st July 2014

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Torresi v Consiglio dell’Ordine degli Avvocati di Macerata; Same v Same – WLR Daily

Posted July 23rd, 2014 in EC law, freedom of movement, law reports, legal profession by michael

Torresi v Consiglio dell’Ordine degli Avvocati di Macerata; Same v Same (Joined Cases C-58/13 and C-59/13 ECLI:EU:C:2014:2088;  [2014] WLR (D)  323

‘Article 3 of Parliament and Council Directive 98/5/EC to facilitate practice of the profession of lawyer on a permanent basis in a member state other than that in which the qualification was obtained (OJ 1998 L77, p 36) meant that no abuse could be identified in the fact that a national of a member state who, after successfully obtaining a university degree, had travelled to another member state in order to acquire the professional qualification of lawyer and then returned to the member state of which he was a national in order to practise the profession of lawyer under the professional title obtained in the member state where that professional qualification was acquired.’

WLR Daily, 17th July 2014

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Tahir v Ministero dell’Interno and another – WLR Daily

Posted July 23rd, 2014 in EC law, families, freedom of movement, law reports by michael

Tahir v Ministero dell’Interno and another (Case C-469/13) ECLI:EU:C:2014:2094;  [2014] WLR (D)  322

‘Articles 4(1) and 7(1) of Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents (OJ 2004 L16, p 44) (as amended) meant that family members of a person who had already acquired long-term resident status could not be exempted from the condition laid down in article 4(1), under which, in order to obtain that status, a third-country national had to have resided legally and continuously in the member state concerned for five years immediately prior to the submission of the relevant application. Article 13 did not allow a member state to issue family members, as defined in article 2(e), with long-term residents’ EU residence permits on terms more favourable than those laid down by the Directive.’

WLR Daily, 17th July 2014

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Ahmad v Secretary of State for the Home Department (AIRE Centre intervening) – WLR Daily

Ahmad v Secretary of State for the Home Department (AIRE Centre intervening); [2014] EWCA Civ 988; [2014] WLR (D) 318

‘The conditions in article 7(1) of Parliament and Council Directive 2004/38/EC, as implemented by the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006, were to be strictly interpreted on the basis that the right to a permanent residence card was a privilege which was not conferred unless there was strict and literal compliance with the conditions therein. They were not to be interpreted under European Union law in a dynamic way such that it was enough if they were substantially or functionally fulfilled.’

WLR Daily, 16th July 2014

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Man jailed for breaching terror order – BBC News

‘A man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after he breached the terms of the terror prevention measures placed upon him by the home secretary.’

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BBC News, 16th April 2014

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