We regularly act for claimants in legal action against the Home Office and have taken these challenges to the High Court.
Our legal against the Home Office in the case of Gureckis was the first major strategic legal action against the so called ‘Hostile Environment.’ That victory not only assisted hundreds of homeless EEA migrants unlawfully detained, it also immediately changed Home Office policy towards the detention and removal of EEA migrants who found themselves street homeless. The case also began the process to questioning the whole strategy of the Home Office’s ‘hostile environment’ policy.
Challenging a Home Office decision in the High Court is often necessary. The Public Interest law Centre will aim to assemble the best legal team to support you. This means working with the progressive and expert barristers who bring the necessary legal expertise to assist you. We will involve you in the process and ensure you understand each stage.
From the outset and throughout, our priority will be helping you meet your legal goals as easily as possible. If that means challenging the Home Office in the High Court or the Court of Appeal then we will ensure your legal case is progressed accordingly.
Recent example of work
Challenge to the Secretary of State for the Home Department – Paragraph 9, Schedule 10 Immigration and Asylum Act 2016 Policy and Process (Public Law)
The Secretary of State had failed to publish any, or any adequate application process for those who needed to apply for support under paragraph 9 Schedule 10 Immigration Act 2016.
Judicial review proceedings were brought on behalf of our client (a Syrian national who would have been eligible for support under that provision) Evidence from Hackney Winter Night Shelter, ASAP, Detention Action and Bail for Immigration Detainees had been relied upon in support of the challenge. Due to this legal action the Home Office have now published a policy document providing additional guidance as to how an applicant may apply for accommodation under Para 9 Sch 10