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Review of immigration law in 2015

Here on Free Movement Here on Free Movement the year 2015 was the blog’s biggest so far, with 1,600,000 page views from 660,000 visitors. The total number of page views since the blog began in 2007 now stands at 5,900,000. Free Movement conte ...

31st December 2015 By

Garden Court Chambers “remains pre-eminent immigration set in the country”

The annual round of introspection, self-congratulation, envy and feigned indifference that is the publication of the Chambers and Partners lawyer rankings has arrived again. The immigration team at Garden Court has done very well once more, both coll ...

3rd November 2015 By

Free Movement eighth anniversary

It has been eight years since I first set up and began writing Free Movement. As usual, I only realised that the anniversary had passed some time after the event: the first Free Movement blog post was on 7 March 2007. I hope you will forgive me a mome ...

20th April 2015 By

New paywall on Free Movement

From today a ‘leaky paywall’ has been installed on Free Movement. Guest users can view 20 blog posts per month, after which they will find they are unable to access blog content. Inspired by the Points Based System, there are now two tiers ...

19th February 2015 By

New look for Free Movement

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 w ...

23rd January 2015 By

New members only content added and January sale ends this Friday

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 an ...

13th January 2015 By

January sale: 25% off individual membership, 50% off ebooks

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 ful ...

5th January 2015 By

Review of 2014

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 Garde ...

2nd January 2015 By

Blog update: some numbers and a coming redesign

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 ...

27th November 2014 By

Chambers and Partners 2015

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 an ...

31st October 2014 By

Colin is elsewhere

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 ...

29th August 2014 By

Statutory human rights considerations: online courses and ebook updated

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 Im ...

9th August 2014 By

Advertising on Free Movement

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 du ...

5th August 2014 By

The *blogging* lawyer

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 (re ...

30th July 2014 By

Free Immigration Act ebook

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 ...

30th June 2014 By

Improved blog search engine

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 ...

15th June 2014 By

Short presentation on legal aid and the Immigration Act 2014

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 ...

3rd June 2014 By

Colin Has Left The Country

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. ...

16th May 2014 By

The power of connection

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 web ...

7th April 2014 By

Happy birthday Free Movement

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 the ...

10th March 2014 By

Gay asylum seekers face ‘humiliation’

You saw it here first! ...

9th February 2014 By

Slight tweak to blog

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. ...

22nd January 2014 By

Annual report 2013

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 wif ...

1st January 2014 By

New Immigration Rules laid: X-MAS.%6.&*.

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 Statem ...

23rd December 2013 By

Law blog background stories

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 whi ...

15th November 2013 By

Garden Court Chambers immigration team

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 ...

21st October 2013 By

Blog numbers and reader survey

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 sta ...

24th September 2013 By