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As you will have noticed if a returning reader to Free Movement, the site has had a visual overhaul. The intention is to present the material more clearly and cleanly and adopt more of a news or magazine layout to show more content more quickly. You will also see a...

23rd January 2015
BY Colin Yeo

The Free Movement January sale ends this Friday, 16 January 2015. New content has just been added for members, so sign up now to get access to over 30 CPD hours of invaluable training materials. Use code JANSALE to get 25% off individual membership and 50% off ebooks. The new...

13th January 2015
BY Colin Yeo

I’m running a January sale on individual membership (there’s now 30 CPD hours to choose from) and ebooks. Use coupon code JANSALE when making a purchase to apply a 25% discount on individual membership (£180 including VAT, reverts to full price after one year) and a 50% discount on ebooks. The...

5th January 2015
BY Colin Yeo

Personally I managed to get away with only cooking one Christmas dinner this year, which alongside a proper break (other than writing this post) has reduced festive stress levels and helped provide a good end to the year. I’ve settled into Garden Court Chambers in 2014 and have much enjoyed...

2nd January 2015
BY Colin Yeo

I am pleased to be able to report that there are now over 270 signed up Free Movement Members with access to the training and reference materials, including a mix of some administrators and blog contributors, group members and individual members. 424 courses have been completed and 600 CPD hours...

27th November 2014
BY Colin Yeo

Band 1 | Garden Court Chambers THE SET This impressively sized set leads the way at the London Immigration Bar, and offers an unrivalled range of capabilities across all types of work. Specialist areas of expertise include national security, family and child immigration and asylum matters. Sources say: “Their approachability...

31st October 2014
BY Colin Yeo

I’m now away for two weeks on holiday, returning to work 15 September 2014. There are a few blog posts pre-written and pre-scheduled to keep you entertained until then, and at least one colleague has threatened to write something while I’m away as well. Someone is keeping an eye on...

29th August 2014
BY Colin Yeo

With the help of a trusty bottle of wine I’ve updated the online courses on Article 8, the Immigration Act and the Immigration Rules (now renamed and worth 2 CPD) and on the Immigration Act 2014 (2 CPD). I have also updated the ebook on the Immigration Act 2014. The updates add...

9th August 2014
BY Colin Yeo

Free Movement is now accepting advertising. Placing adverts is handled through an ad agency, buysellads.com and an advertising pack for those interested in placing adverts is available for download:   The decision to accept advertising one is due to a combination of factors. One is that some development work on the...

5th August 2014
BY Colin Yeo

So, the other day someone brought to my attention some internal Home Office emails about a Free Movement article. These were disclosed under a Freedom of Information request made by one Clarke Simpson, answered at the Home Office by one P. Zebedee (really?). The episode started off as a bizarre...

30th July 2014
BY Colin Yeo

Sign up now as a Free Movement Member and get a free Immigration Act 2014 ebook! Free Movement Membership starts at £50 plus VAT per person for groups of 10 or more and is available to all. Membership includes access to the forums and is a cheap and convenient way...

30th June 2014
BY Colin Yeo

Just a note to say that the search engine powering searches on Free Movement has been upgraded. Search results should be improved. Searches for multiple words are ‘AND’ by default but you can override by specifying ‘OR’ instead. There is an ever increasing amount of content, particularly with the new...

15th June 2014
BY Colin Yeo

I gave a talk today to the co-ordinators of AVID, the Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees, and promised to post it up on the blog. Here it is. The group were lovely and I hope the talk was useful. I’ve also been working on notes for myself on parts...

3rd June 2014
BY Colin Yeo

I’m now away for a fortnight, returning on 2 June 2014. I hope to avoid all things work while away but have set up a few blog posts and Tweets to go out in my absence to continue to service your immigration updates and commentary needs.

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16th May 2014
BY Colin Yeo

Update: The Daily Record has carried a story about the whole affair. Update 2: And it’s on Buzzfeed now as well. Busy creating some of the new online courses for the new training project, I was looking for something on the unnavigable gov.uk website and came across the Home Office...

7th April 2014
BY Colin Yeo

The first blog post on Free Movement was on 7 March 2007. Yet again, I managed to miss the blog’s birthday! The spanking post was perhaps a suitable commemoration, though: a serious topic covered with a frivolous headline. Since 7 March 2007 there have been: 3,048,451 visits to Free Movement...

10th March 2014
BY Colin Yeo

You saw it here first!

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9th February 2014
BY Colin Yeo

Slight update to the blog software today. The layout should respond better to different devices and screen or browser window sizes. Let me know if you spot any problems anywhere, including the forums.

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22nd January 2014
BY Colin Yeo

It has been a busy year for me, for immigration law and for the Free Movement blog. Me I’ve cooked three Christmas dinners this year (turkey, quails, turkey, plus two nut roasts). My children are now aged 3 years old and 18 months old and my wife is back at...

1st January 2014
BY Colin Yeo

In another leak exclusive to Free Movement it is possible to reveal further Immigration Rule changes to be introduced at short notice. It is understood the new Statement of Changes will be published on 25 December 2013, becoming the seventeenth Statement of that month and the 97th of this year....

23rd December 2013
BY Colin Yeo

I contributed a piece for this and can also recommend the pieces by the excellent Giles Peaker and Dan Bunting on their legal blogs, Nearly Legal and UK Criminal Law Blog. Check out the rest of the ever interesting Internet Newsletter for Lawyers while you are there.

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15th November 2013
BY Colin Yeo

Regular Free Movement readers will have noted the recent addition of the Garden Court Chambers logo to Free Movement at the top of the sidebar and some excellent recent posts by some of my new colleagues, Ronan Toal, Greg Ó Ceallaigh and Taimour Lay. There will be further future contributions from...

21st October 2013
BY Colin Yeo

I just noticed that I passed 3,000 Twitter followers. That feels like a lot, although nothing compared to legal Twitter titans @nearlylegal (5,435), @AdamWagner1 (13,277) and @JackofKent (46,106!). So I thought it was time for a periodic general stats and numbers check, particularly as I keep forgetting blog birthdays, the traditional time...

24th September 2013
BY Colin Yeo

The software behind the blog has gotten a little out of hand and beyond my meagre self taught technical skills, so I have needed to buy in some help. Following a health check by the very nice people at The Small Axe, I myself made a few technical changes to...

3rd September 2013
BY Colin Yeo

As some blog readers will know from my Twitter account and others may have deduced from the sudden absence of branding on the blog, I have moved from Renaissance Chambers. I am now a tenant of Garden Court Chambers.

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20th August 2013
BY Colin Yeo

More observant visitors to the blog will notice that there have been a few changes, as trailed a couple of weeks ago. These are mainly visual so far, but the metered access will follow in the next couple of weeks as will some new forum software and changes to blog...

21st July 2013
BY Colin Yeo

There will be some changes coming to the blog in the near future. No-one seems to like change, so I thought I would run these past everyone first. Some ideas are pretty minor cosmetic tweaks, others much more fundamental. I’ll start with what is definitely going to happen and move...

9th July 2013
BY Colin Yeo

It looked for a while like banning this blog was all the rage. First there was some discussion on Twitter on which websites are banned within immigration detention centres, then the immigration tribunal presidents had a go as well. What are "prohibited categories" of websites in IRCs if they include...

11th April 2013
BY Free Movement

It was with a mixture of pride and regret that I heard that last week immigration judges were explicitly and specifically instructed not to join the Free Movement forum by the two Presidents of the Immigration and Asylum Chambers. It is nice to know the blog is on the senior...

20th March 2013
BY Colin Yeo

The Free Movement Forum will, I hope, be an essential resource and outlet for immigration lawyers. Joining is also, of course, a good way to support the blog and the work that has goes into it if you value that and find it useful. The launch seems to have gone...

11th March 2013
BY Free Movement

The Free Movement forum launches today. It is intended to be a private, progressive space in which immigration lawyers, campaigners, academics, students and select others can help one another and discuss any or all immigration, asylum, nationality and human rights law questions and policy. To help create that space, the...

4th March 2013
BY Free Movement

Continuing in the spirit of innovation, the Free Movement legal forum will, all being well, launch next week. I’m seeking comments or feedback on the idea now before it goes live. A Join the forum introductory page has been added to the menu bar for a preview of what is...

27th February 2013
BY Free Movement

With an unhealthy mixture of surprise, embarrassment and pride (emphasis on surprise, I think) we can announce that the Renaissance Chambers Immigration Team has been shortlisted for the Award for Innovation – The Bar at the Halsbury Legal Awards 2013. Congratulations for the slightly more respectable UK Human Rights Blog...

25th February 2013
BY Free Movement

I am planning some changes to the blog in the next week or so. This may lead to some down time and/or a very funny looking blog for a while. Hopefully a short while. Firstly, I need to mess around with and change the theme as it seems to be...

20th January 2013
BY Free Movement

I have collected together all the blog posts for 2012 into an ebook, which is now available on the Kindle store. By a surprising automated process, the blog posts were automatically sucked up by some sort of scary blog muncher website and then spat out in pdf form, then converted...

16th January 2013
BY Free Movement

First of all, some stats from the blog for 2012: 722,000 page views 2,000 page views per day on average 356,000 visitors 2 min 46 sec average visit duration 2 pages viewed per visit on average 149 new blog posts in 2012 (three per week) 21,500 unique visitors per month 33,608 clicks to BAILII in […]

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28th December 2012
BY Free Movement

From its conception in 2007, the Free Movement blog has been about sharing information and ideas. When the blog first went live with an anonymous author and zero readership the ‘About’ page had this to say: All you need to know about me is that I’m a UK-based immigration lawyer....

12th October 2012
BY Free Movement

Human Rights Watch and a proxy terror front group -Freedom from Torture, clamored that the flights should be suspended because some ‘ethnic’ Tamils were subjected to cruel treatment in the island nation. This is what the Sri Lankan government’s own Ministry of Defence has to say about the charity Freedom...

17th September 2012
BY Kezia Tobin

Colin is now off on holiday for a fortnight so updates will be even slower than the last fortnight. There are a couple of posts in the pipeline, though, and there is likely to be a flurry of catching up activity on his return. They keys to the blog Twitter...

31st August 2012
BY Free Movement

We at Renaissance are appalled at the witch hunt of Upper Tribunal Judges who have had the audacity to allow a criminal deportation appeal. As those on the coal face know, winning a criminal deportation appeal is no walk in the park and at first instance demands a great deal...

17th July 2012
BY Shivani Jegarajah
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