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Chambers News Shanthi Sivakumaran secures conviction in private prosecution
22/01/2019
Brigadier Fernando, a Sri Lankan military officer appointed Defence Attache to the Sri Lankan High Commission in 2018 was found guilty at Westminster Magistrates Court for public order offences. Shanthi Sivakumaran, instructed by the Public Interest Law Centre acted pro bono for the Tamil Activists in the private prosecution for threats he made at a protest outside the High Commission on 4 February 2018.

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Immigration Group Turkish Ankara applicants had legitimate expectation but changes to ILR rules are proportionate
23/03/2019
A judicial review challenge was brought on behalf of all those affected by the changes to the ILR rules made from 16 March 2018 on the basis that they had a legitimate expectation that the 1973 rules would continue to apply to them through to settlement. In R (Alliance of Turkish Businesspeople Ltd) v SSHD [2019] EWHC 603 (Admin), it was accepted that the claimant had a legitimate expectation and they relied upon it to their detriment but ultimately the frustration of their legitimate expectation was a proportionate response in the public interest. The claimant is seeking to appeal the decision.

Our Emma Daykin appeared for the claimant led by Sarah Ford QC.
Crime Group Mark Sahu secures acquittal for man in month long county lines drugs conspiracy trial
12/03/2019
Mark Sahu recently concluded a multi-handed month long drugs conspiracy involving multiple defendants. The trial focussed on two groups moving significant amounts of class A drugs between Cambridge and East London. Mark represented one of the East London group whose flat was used for the organised drugs operation. The trial involved police surveillance, expert DNA & forensics, multiple bad character applications as well as over 60,000 pages of telephonic, cell site and text message evidence which spanned over several months.
Family Group Advice surgeries are no substitute for legal aid funding
13/02/2019
Running clinics alongside GPs can be effective, but is not enough for the those in need of legal representation, June Venters QC writes for The Times.
Family Group June Venters QC writes about Parental Alienation in the Law Gazette
13/02/2019
A number of very useful articles have been written on the subject within the last two years. However, are we any further forward in understanding what this truly involves and are the courts and professionals able/willing to recognise it?

Read the full article at: https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/practice-points/parental-alienation/5068556.article
Civil Group Court of Appeal considers the application of the Public Sector Equality Duty at the enforcement stage in possession proceedings
25/01/2019
On 24 January 2019, the Court of Appeal gave judgment in the case of Powell v Dacorum Borough Council [2019] EWCA Civ 23. McCombe LJ, giving the leading judgment, found that the application of the PSED will differ from case to case depending on the functions being exercised. The housing officer had approached the assessment in a focused manner in good faith and had not breached the PSED. The appeal was accordingly dismissed.

Matthew Lee appeared for the Appellant in the appeal.

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