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But lacks the energy to write anything intelligent. Par for the course, some might claim. I have however been deleting the many comments I now unfortunately receive asking for legal advice. Inevitable, I suppose. Instead of informed, witty, incisive commentary I shall content myself with some random alerts:

  • Metock guidance is finally available. The Entry Clearance Guidance has been amended at chapter 21 and the European Casework Instructions have been amended at chapters 1, 2, 3 and 5. I haven’t managed to scan in Operational Policy Instruction 103, which came with the January ILPA mailing and as far as I know doesn’t yet exist on the internet. Analysis to follow, maybe.
  • Still no news on Baiai or on RN (Zimbabwe).
  • Woolas’ ramblings on cutting back on judicial review have been revealed as hot air. There’s a new policy not to automatically suspend removals where exactly the same grounds are relied on within three months of the last ones. I know there are some chancers out there but I can’t imagine there are many example of this and even Lin Homer has said she doesn’t think many cases will be affected.
  • Free Movement is considering a loose tie-in with HJT Training to help pay the actual and virtual rent. Perhaps a page on the top bar next to ‘Archives’. I’ve attended their courses before and would in fact be happy to endorse them. Thoughts on selling out (selling out what exactly?) etc sort of welcome.
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The Free Movement blog was founded in 2007 by Colin Yeo, a barrister at Garden Court Chambers specialising in immigration law. The blog provides updates and commentary on immigration and asylum law by a variety of authors.


5 Responses

  1. FM – is wearing the tron outfit not paying the bills? :P And perchance some of Charon QC’s Rijoa could help the flow of witty commentary ;-)

    How about GoogleAds down t’side to pay the bills? Though I suppose you’d be selling all-sorts of stuff, maybe not what you want to. Also interesting to see that http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2009/5.html used Chikwamba in the way it was intended.

    (welcome back)

  2. FM

    You could always go down the “CrimeLine” route of producing (and selling) an hour’s CPD a month with a questionnaire based on your posts. You are doing most of the work already anyway. That would be most welcome as internet-base CPD is far more enticing that the regular sort…

  3. And a Happy New Year to FM and all of you on the other side ! I hope Santa was good to you all over the festive period…

    On the JR Policy point, I would suggest you all hold you hold your collective breath until the end of the month, when the policy goes live. Also, don’t forget that JR’s are a chocolate tea pot when it comes for charter flights.

    Those of you who have a practise in the Admin court may well beat the credit crunch in the first quarter.


    1. Merry Hogmanay to you too. What you say about the policy is interesting. It’ll certainly create work in seeking injunctions to prevent removal if it is relied on in a lot of cases. I do a bit of JR work stopping removals and I can’t remember ever dealing with a case with identical or similar grounds, but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. The solicitors may just do it themselves for all I know. It is harder to persuade a High Court judge to grant an injunction with charter flights, it is true. Oh well, time will tell!