Remote hearing in the Administrative Court | Sinicina v SSHD

Mon, 20 Jul 2020

Mrs. Justice Beverley Lang DBE granted JR permission at a remote hearing on 16 July 2020 in the Administrative court for a Latvian woman to bring a damages claim in the High Court in another of the regulation 33 challenges spearheaded by award-winning Notts firm, Instalaw, together with No5’s Becket Bedford.  

Trainee solicitor, Reise Luke, who was shortlisted as a rising star of 2020, working as a team with partners, the charity BID and Oxford law firm Turpin Miller specialising in immigration, won the claimant’s release on 2 April 2020 after some 5 months detention, only for Mr. Justice Robin Knowles DBE to mistakenly discount the merit in the claimant’s case in a paper decision taken on 12 May 2020 in reliance on the Secretary of State’s summary grounds and Acknowledgment of Service.  

Lang J found that the defendant had breached her duty of candour and had failed to draw the attention of Knowles J to the Secretary of State’s changed policy guidance that promised to withdraw old certificates made before 28 February 2020.  The certificate in Sinicina’s case was made on 8 July 2019.  Costs were reserved.

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