The head of the UK Border Agency Brodie Clark, has been suspended over allegations that passport checks were relaxed over the summer. Click here to read more.
The Legal Services Commission has commenced with a new tender for immigration and asylum contracts in the South West and East Anglia. Click here to read more.
The Refugee Council has published a summary of the Home Office's quarterly asylum statistics. Click here to read more.
MD (Angola) & Ors, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department & Anor  EWCA Civ 1238
1st November 2011
The guidance of the British HIV Association is only intended to be 'best practice' and therefore could not be treated as a legal minimum standard for the treatment of detainees who are HIV positive. Click here for the full judgment.
NA (Iran) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 1172
18th October 2011
In a dismissed appeal against a 3rd country removal to Latvia of an Iranian national and her daughter, the Court of Appeal was critical of the UKBA's policy guidance formulated in response to S.55(3) of the Borders Act 2009. In giving the lead judgement, Sir Stephen Sedley noted at para: 34: "What is conspicuously lacking in the policy,... is any slip-road for cases in which it has become apparent since the process was initiated that there is now a real risk of violating a Convention right if return is proceeded with." Click here for the full judgment.
Paragraphs 2 and 6 to 44 of HC1511 came into effect on the 31st October 2011.
Immigration Law Training and Events
Tuesday 22 November
Introduced a one day course for those newer to Immigration Law wishing to accredit at entry level. The aim of this course is to give delegates sufficient knowledge for Level 1 assessments with the OISC focussing on the OISC's core requirements. The next runs on Tuesday 22 November in central London, with Julian Bild. For more information click here.
Armed conflict and refugee law: are courts getting it right?
Thursday 10 November
On Thursday 10 November Dr Hugo Storey, Senior Immigration Judge, will be speaking as part of the Refugee Law Initiative at the IALS Council Chamber on "Armed conflict and refugee law: are courts getting it right?". Click here for more information.
Immigration Law Books
Garden Court Chambers immigration team members are authors of numerous books which we mention from time to time.
Fransman's British Nationality Law (3rd edition)
The third edition of Fransman's British Nationality Law, written by Laurie Fransman QC and with contributions from Adrian Berry and Alison Harvey, was published in spring 2011. Price: £295.00. For full details, click here.
Macdonald's Immigration Law & Practice (8th edtion)
The eighth edition of Macdonald's Immigration Law & Practice was written by Ian Macdonald QC with contributions from many members of the Garden Court Immigration Team. Price: £230.00. For full details, click here.