Category Archives: Legal

Legal Aid bill returns to Commons

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill has it’s third reading in the House of Lords.  It is expected to return to the House of Commons on 17 April for MPs to consider Lords’ amendments.  Continue reading


Legal Aid Bill – final stages

Yesterday was the last day in Committee (House of Lords) for the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill.

The Bill will now progress to Report stage (House of Lords) which is  scheduled to start on 5 March 2012. Continue reading

Challenging the Tier 4 Regime

At the recent meeting organised by Pupil’s Rights, and facilitated by JCWI, we were delighted to have been joined by barrister, Edward Nicholson from No. 5 Chambers. Whilst students spoke about the immigration and other problems they were encountering as a result of revocation of licences of their colleges, Edward spoke about his pending, and very interesting legal challenges on behalf of New London College – these have  implications for the lawfulness of the sponsorship regime. Continue reading

Legal Aid Bill update

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill is making its way through  the House of Lords. A good summary of the immigration story so far is here.

Yesterday, the Bill was debated for a second time in Committee. Further debates are scheduled to take place on the 16th,18th and 24th of this month. After completion of Committee stage, the Bill should move on to Report and Third reading. Continue reading

Legal Aid Update – delayed implementation

For anyone who missed it, it seems that subject to Parliamentary approval of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, the Act is due to take effect 6 months later than originally planned.

As such, according to yesterday’s Ministeral statement by Kenneth Clarke   it is intended that it will now come into effect  in April 2013.  The relevant part of the statement reads Continue reading

Legal Aid Bill in Committee Stage

The Bill aimed at severely restricting Legal Aid provision is worming its way through the Parliamentary process and is now at Committee Stage in the House of Commons.

 The Committee, a mix of 8 Labour, 10 Conservative, 2 Lib Dem with a Plaid MP thrown in for good measure, is responsible for examining every line of the bill and debating its merits. The committee is able to change the wording of the bill, but not its substance.

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R (on the application of Cart) & others v SSHD & Upper Tribunal – Case note

R (on the application of Cart) (Appellant) v The Upper Tribunal (Respondent); R (on the application of MR (Pakistan)) (FC) (Appellant) v The Upper Tribunal (Immigration & Asylum Chamber) and Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) [2011] UKSC 28 Continue reading

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