Author: Sonia Lenegan

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Sonia Lenegan

Sonia Lenegan is an experienced immigration, asylum and public law solicitor. She has been practising for over ten years and was previously legal director at the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association and legal and policy director at Rainbow Migration. Sonia is the Editor of Free Movement.

The High Court has determined that the Home Secretary’s use of electronic monitoring was unlawful in respect of four claimants and the principles applied in the case will have a wider impact. The court also found that the Home Secretary can lawfully… Already a member? Login Thanks for reading. You’ve...

21st May 2024
BY Sonia Lenegan

The Upper Tribunal has found the guidance to be used those who cannot travel to enrol their biometrics because it is unsafe to be unlawful. The individual refusal decisions were also quashed. The linked cases are RM and others v Secretary of State f… Already a member? Login Thanks for...

20th May 2024
BY Sonia Lenegan

The latest modern slavery statistics have been published and show that the ‘immigration enforcement competent authority’ had made its lowest percentage of positive conclusive grounds decisions confirming that a person is recognised as a vict… Already a member? Login Thanks for reading. You’ve reached your article limit A great deal...

16th May 2024
BY Sonia Lenegan

On Monday the Home Office updated the guidance documents relating to removals to Rwanda and retroactively amended the Rwanda agreement to include the possibility of sending failed asylum seekers there. This was done via a letter from the British Hig… Already a member? Login Thanks for reading. You’ve reached your...

15th May 2024
BY Sonia Lenegan

In the April roundup Colin and Sonia cover the new Rwanda Act and the process for sending a person to Rwanda, challenges to the use of the inadmissibility process… Already a member? Login Thanks for reading. You’ve reached your article limit A great deal of time and effort goes into...

13th May 2024
BY Sonia Lenegan

The Home Office is proposing to change the Adults at Risk guidance in a way that will result in more vulnerable people being detained. On 30 April 2024 draft statutory Adults at Risk guidance was published and the Immigration (Guidance on Detention … Already a member? Login Thanks for reading....

7th May 2024
BY Sonia Lenegan

Leigh Day, instructed by Asylum Aid, have today sent a pre action letter challenging the lawfulness of certain aspects of the Safety of Rwanda guidance that was published on Monday 29 April 2024. The pre action letter is being shared widely with… Already a member? Login Thanks for reading. You’ve...

3rd May 2024
BY Sonia Lenegan

The second part of a challenge to the family reunion rules that exclude child refugees from bringing their family to the UK has been dismissed by the High Court. The case is R (DM) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (United Nations High Co… Already a member? Login...

2nd May 2024
BY Sonia Lenegan

In Al-Azad v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2024] EWCA Civ 407 the Court of Appeal has said that paragraph 322(1A) of the immigration rules (mandatory ground for refusal where false representations are used) applies to an application wh… Already a member? Login Thanks for reading. You’ve reached...

1st May 2024
BY Sonia Lenegan

I have set out below what the legal process is for sending a person to Rwanda following the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Act 2024, which received Royal Assent on 25 April and came into force the same day. I have looked only at t… Already a member? Login...

30th April 2024
BY Sonia Lenegan
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