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[ 12 Feb 2014 | 3 Comments ]
EU uncertainty – the impact on migrants in the UK

By David Brannan
Recently I have seen an increase in EU nationals enquiring about becoming British. I always ask the client why they feel the need (given the extensive rights that EU law secures) to move between EU states. The invariable answer is a fear that Britain will leave the EU.
With the promise of a referendum on EU membership, renegotiation of the EU’s treaties and increasing hostility amongst mainstream political parties to immigration, it is not surprising that they have such fears. The interesting question is: are they justified?
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[ 5 Feb 2014 | Comments Off ]
Amanda Knox and the politics of extradition

By Merry Neal
Last week the Florence appeals court found Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito guilty of the murder of Meredith Kercher in a unanimous verdict. Adding to the considerable drama of this case, Sollecito was apprehended close to the border of Austria last Friday, although he denies that he was attempting to flee.
The pair were sentenced to 28 years and 6 months, and 25 years imprisonment respectively. Ms Knox received a higher sentence as she was additionally found guilty of falsely accusing Patrick Lumumba of the crime.
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[ 2 Dec 2013 | Comments Off ]
Slavery – then and, yes, now

By Geoffrey Bindman
The recent story of three women being freed after an alleged 30 years held captive in a South London house has aroused enormous public interest. It is a shocking example of modern day slavery. Perhaps it is so shocking because we assume that the very practice of slavery no longer exists here; that it lives on only in the history books.
This apparent case of modern day slavery is certainly very different from the slavery we know from the 18th century and earlier. Yet it is a practice that …

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[ 3 Jun 2013 | Comments Off ]
Criminal law updates – May round-up

By Lyndon Harris
Legal Aid demo
Chris Grayling and his Ministry of Justice colleagues are plotting to decimate legal aid and generally destroy the criminal justice system. Unsurprisingly, the legal profession are not taking this lying down.
Here are some blogs exploring the issues, and (should you need convincing) explaining why you should care about the justice system in the UK. After all, it could be you who is wrongly accused of a crime, perhaps you accidently hit a pedestrian in your car, or maybe you act in self-defence but the police decide …

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[ 10 Jul 2012 | Comments Off ]
Changes to family immigration rules: the cost of love

By Sarah Plaka
Last night a panel discussion was held in the Houses of Parliament to discuss the recently announced rule changes on family migration to the UK from outside the EU.
The event, entitled The new family migration rules: dividing families, disrupting integration, was co-organised by the Migrants’ Rights Network and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) and was chaired by Lord Judd. Panellists included Virendra Sharma MP, Kate Green MP, Fiona Mactaggart MP, Don Flynn, director of Migrants’ Rights Network, and Keith Vaz MP.
The panel outlined the rule changes …