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“I have a client,” said the tax lawyer with splayed finger tips connected, “and this client may or may not have deposited half a million pounds into a bank account in the Cayman Islands in the 1980s”. The room erupted with hearty laughs and knowing nods across the boardroom table....

24th July 2019
BY Anonymous

Do you want to help child refugees access safe, legal routes to sanctuary? Do you want to join a ground-breaking, determined and compassionate charity that is leading the fight for child refugees caught in limbo in Europe and elsewhere? Safe Passage is recruiting a Senior Lawyer. This is an exciting...

5th July 2019
BY Free Movement

Last night the BBC concluded its three-part documentary about immigration lawyers and their clients, Who Should Get to Stay in the UK?. The series followed a variety of visa applicants and asylum seekers on their journey through the UK’s immigration system, giving the general public an insight into what it’s...

28th June 2019
BY CJ McKinney

JOB TITLE: Head of Legal Protection  CONTRACT: Sabbatical Cover (10 months cover; full-time 37.5 hours per week) SALARY: £45,000 p.a.   BENEFITS: 22.5 days holiday, plus 4% matched pension contribution LOCATION: Camden, Central London RESPONSIBLE TO: Kerry Smith, CEO  The Helen Bamber Foundation (HBF) is a specialist UK charity which provides...

28th June 2019
BY Free Movement

Post: Public or Immigration Law Solicitor and Training Lead Reports to: Head of Legal PracticeSalary: circa £33,000 p/a (depending on experience)                5% employer pension contributionHours: 35 hours per week (flexible or part-time working also considered)Leave: 28 days including bank holidaysLocation: Sheffield (with regular visits to ATLEU’s London office) […]

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20th June 2019
BY Free Movement

Back in 2012, I started what has become a tradition of posting remembrance poems linked to trauma. While most of us lawyers know nothing of war personally, many of our refugee clients have passed through something like it. The resulting trauma carries echoes of the suffering of the returning soldiers...

11th November 2018
BY Colin Yeo

Carter Thomas Solicitors is a leading UK immigration law firm listed in both The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. We act for businesses, education providers and individuals requiring advice on an exciting range of immigration law issues. We offer the full spectrum of immigration services from sponsor licence applications,...

20th September 2018
BY Free Movement

  FULL- OR PART-TIME LEGAL OFFICER We have an exciting opportunity to advance the rights of LGBTQI+ asylum seekers and refugees! We are recruiting a legal officer to help improve the representation of LGBTQI+ asylum seekers and create change within the asylum system. UKLGIG has been supporting LGBTQI+ people through...

5th September 2018
BY Free Movement

HACKNEY COMMUNITY LAW CENTRE seeks Immigration and Public Law Solicitor: salary negotiable Key duties: Must be IAAS accredited at Level 2 Senior Caseworker Level and also hold Supervisor status. Provide a specialist asylum and immigration advice, casework and representation service to clients. Be familiar with public funding requirements and judicial review work....

7th August 2018
BY Free Movement

As we reach the end of Mental Health Awareness Week, it seems like a good time to reflect on the impact that the current immigration system can have on the mental health not only of migrants, but also their legal representatives. We regularly hear of people becoming depressed as a...

18th May 2018
BY Nath Gbikpi

Role: Legal officer Contract: Permanent Location: Manchester Part-Time: 14 hours per week Salary: £13,590 p.a. pro-rata (full-time equivalent salary £33,975) plus generous holiday entitlement, pension scheme and group life assurance Job Ref: R19 Since 1985 Freedom from Torture has been the only UK human rights organization dedicated to treating and supporting...

19th April 2018
BY Free Movement

We are told repeatedly by UK politicians that EU citizenship is too expansive; it confers too many rights to encourage too much freedom of movement to too many people. This is why The British People voted to leave in the 2016 referendum, we are told. It is refreshing to read...

16th April 2018
BY Colin Yeo

Owing to continued and steady growth we are seeking to recruit an experienced immigration law solicitor. Whilst we will give due consideration to applicants from all levels of experience, we would particularly be interested to hear from practitioners with extensive experience and varied background. The successful candidate must possess or...

19th February 2018
BY freemovement

  Job Summary A boutique immigration law firm based in the heart of London’s Mayfair is currently looking for an experienced immigration lawyer. Applicants must hold level 1 OISC / LSC accreditation or better and/or be actively working towards the same. An Immigration Caseworker occupies a vital place within our...

9th February 2018
BY Free Movement

Immigration Solicitor £30,000 — £50,000 pa depending on experience — Full-time, Permanent We offer the right candidate the possibility of developing skills and career progression. You will get to work on various and challenging immigration cases with a great team and alongside highly experienced barristers while dealing with complex matters...

22nd January 2018
BY Free Movement

Job Title: Solicitor – Immigration (NQ – 2 years PQE) Organisation: Drummond Miller LLP Website: www.drummondmiller.co.uk Location: City Centre, Glasgow Deadline for Applications: 26th January 2018 Salary: Competitive Contact: Sam Leek Due to growth we have an exciting opportunity for a solicitor to join our leading Immigration practice. Within this...

15th January 2018
BY Free Movement

Private immigration barristers/solicitors Salary: £35,000-£40,000/starting per annum Location: Hall Green, City and Borough of Birmingham Company: UK Migration Lawyers Ltd Description We are looking to recruit two senior Immigration Barristers and / or Lawyers to join our niche Birmingham based team. We are seeking candidates with senior immigration law experience...

5th January 2018
BY Free Movement

Warning: contains spoilers. And information about the plot too. Let me say at the outset that Paddington 2 is a deeply unrealistic film. As a Paddington fan and father of two young children I had no problem suspending my disbelief to allow for a talking bear. I was, for the...

13th November 2017
BY colinyeo

Our new ebook guide Naturalising as a British citizen is now available for purchase for £9.99 (free for Free Movement members). For most people, an application for naturalisation is something they can complete on their own. This ebook helps individual applicants to do just that. In 2016 just shy of 150,000...

19th October 2017
BY colinyeo

What can immigration lawyers do when immigration law is uncertain? This was not, admittedly, the advertised theme of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association annual seminar on free movement, which took place on 4 October. But the enervating effects of unpredictability and ambiguity in immigration law and policy ran through most...

12th October 2017
BY cjmckinney

James Hanratty RD, known as a compassionate and sometimes rather unconventional judge, will be a familiar name and indeed face to any London-based barrister specialising in immigration work. I for one was relieved rather than panicked when I would see that he was my client’s allocated judge in the morning...

11th October 2017
BY Colin Yeo

If you want to look up how the Immigration Act 2016 works in practice, A Guide to the Immigration Act 2016 by Alison Harvey and Zoe Harper is the definitive guide to the legislation. More comprehensive than my own introductory ebook to the Act, Harvey and Harper dive straight into the detail. Every single section of...

6th October 2017
BY Colin Yeo

  IMMIGRATION BARRISTERS AND CASEWORKERS REQUIRED UK Migration Lawyers is excited to be seeking to recruit two Immigration barristers and / or caseworkers to join its Birmingham based team on a fixed term contract. We are seeking candidates with immigration law experience who are passionate, organised, self-motivated and who want...

3rd October 2017
BY cjmckinney

Last week was Glasgow Brexitcon (don’t worry, no-one but me is calling it that), a whole day conference in Glasgow dedicated to the immigration aspects of Brexit. The idea and organisation was all the work of the wonderful Bilaal Shabbir of MBS Solicitors, who first suggested it on the Free...

12th September 2017
BY Colin Yeo

SENIOR IMMIGRATION LAWYER/CASEWORKER Organisation: WESTKIN Associates website: www.westkinassociates.com Location: Mayfair, central london deadline: ONGOING SALARY: Dependent on experience and ability (circa 80,000 plus plus inclusive of and subject to target based bonuses) HOURS: 40 hours a week Requirements & General Description of the role. Applicants must hold level 1 OISC...

4th September 2017
BY Free Movement

Crowley & Company is a well-established Cardiff firm specialising in asylum, human rights, immigration and nationality law.  We seek an experienced caseworker to join our small specialist team. We are looking for someone who is competent in conducting all tasks permitted under the Law Society IAAS Level 2 (accreditation to...

15th August 2017
BY Free Movement

Following a great deal of interest on the Free Movement Forum about a members meet up, Bilaal Shabbir of MBS Solicitors in Scotland has taken the initiative to arrange this in the form of an event in Scotland. An EU themed immigration law conference has now been arranged and will...

9th August 2017
BY Colin Yeo

In tribute to beloved author Michael Bond (1926-2017), who died yesterday, I am republishing this blog post reviewing the film Paddington, based on the character created by Bond. The blog post was originally published on 1 December 2014 and versions of it appeared in the New Statesman and Financial Times. Law...

29th June 2017
BY Colin Yeo

The first thing to say about this book is that it has a really excellent and entirely appropriate title. The contents do not fail to deliver. Campbell seeks to place immigration and asylum decision making by officials and judges within a wider context, taking into account not just the internalised...

19th May 2017
BY Colin Yeo

Do you want to play an important role in a high profile national charity? JCWI (Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants) is looking for a dynamic and committed Solicitor or Level 2 caseworker with at least 2-3 years’ experience of working in immigration and asylum law to join our...

8th May 2017
BY Colin Yeo

In this thoughtful and full exploration of refugee law, nationality and statelessness Eric Fripp explores some interesting and underdeveloped themes. Added to his earlier and excellent work from 2015, The Law and Practice of Expulsion and Exclusion from the United Kingdom, Eric is establishing himself as pre-eminent in this important...

27th April 2017
BY Colin Yeo

UK Migration Lawyers is excited to be seeking an immigration caseworker to join its Birmingham based team. We are seeking a candidate with immigration law experience who is passionate, organised, self-motivated and who want to show their abilities in this fast paced and challenging environment. This position is an excellent...

17th April 2017
BY Colin Yeo

The Helen Bamber Foundation is renowned for its work with refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced torture, human trafficking and other forms of extreme human cruelty. We are looking for an experienced legal expert to provide direction to the Legal Protection and Medico-Legal Services of the Foundation, and to...

23rd March 2017
BY Free Movement

A DIY approach is difficult in immigration law. Hardly a year goes by without the higher courts complaining about “a degree of complexity which even the Byzantine emperors would have envied” [as lamented by Jackson LJ in 2013]. This is even more of a problem as legal aid is removed...

8th January 2016
BY Taimour Lay

IMMIGRATION APPEALS AND REMEDIES HANDBOOK By Mark Symes and Peter Jorro (Bloomsbury, 2015) (£37.40) When the President of the Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber writes a foreword, and the foreword concludes with the words “This is…. a compulsory addition to the library of every immigration judge and practitioner” one...

5th January 2016
BY Stephen Knafler QC

Christmas gift guide edition Is the ebook edition of Phelan and Gillespie’s Immigration Law Handbook (9th edition) the ideal Christmas gift for the immigration lawyer you have the misfortune of loving or being related to? With only two days to go, it isn’t too late to order the ebook edition, which possesses...

23rd December 2015
BY Colin Yeo

Finding Home: Real Stories of Migrant Britain is a new book by Emily Dugan. Emily is Social Affairs Editor at The Independent and has reported with empathy on immigration issues on a number of occasions. I generally try to avoid films, television and books on immigration and asylum issues simply...

3rd August 2015
BY Colin Yeo

What feels like months ago now I was kindly provided with a review copy of Detention Under the Immigration Acts: Law and Practice by Graham Denholm and Rory Dunlop with Lisa Giovannetti QC as Consultant Editor. It has taken me this long to do the actual review because I have...

29th June 2015
BY Colin Yeo

Professor Hathaway’s original Law of Refugee Status has near mythical status in the lexicon of asylum lawyers. Published as it was in 1991, it was one of the first texts in the field, emanating from a time when English refugee law comprised largely basic propositions about the standard of proof,...

10th June 2015
BY Mark Symes

This is just in from my TEDx talk on the human cost of borders a couple of weeks ago: The editors have done a great job chopping out a bit near the start where I forgot some text for a slide! You can also see the excellent other talks at the...

6th May 2015
BY Colin Yeo
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