Viewing: Public Law for Becket Bedford

Expert in nationality, immigration and asylum law, human rights, EU and discrimination law.
Major private clients include Samsung and businesses seeking advice and representation in connection with work in the UK, residency, citizenship, and EEA free movement.
Publicly funded work, including country guidance cases, for asylum seekers, exclusion case, unaccompanied minors, deportees, and victims of domestic abuse.
Will make emergency telephone applications for injunction in third country cases. Will apply for discretionary leave and damages arising out of delay.
Permitted to undertake work on a direct public access basis.
Particular expertise on the Refugee Convention and on the Common European Asylum System: Dublin II, Qualification Directive, Prcoedures directive and EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, as well as Free Movement or Residence Directive and the EEA Regulations 2006.
Appears regularly before the full Court of Appeal, and by video link from Chambers on applications the Court of Appeal, to the Administrative Court, as well as in Tribunal. Has considerable experience in petitioning the Lords, the European Court of Human Rights, and the European Court of Justice.
Paper based practice consists mainly of advices, settling grounds for reconsideration and of appeal to the court of appeal, drafting grounds for judicial review, petitions to the Lords and the ECtHR as well as applications for preliminary ruling from the ECJ.
Notable Cases
KH (Sudan) v SSHD [2008] EWCA Civ 807
test case on Dafur and internal relocation under Refugee Convention
FJ (Iran) v SSHD [2008] EWCA Civ 865
Error of law - Reasons challenge
HH (Iran) v SSHD [2008] EWCA Civ 504
Attempt to assert asylum as a civil claim within meaning of article 6 ECHR
R (H) (by OH) v SSHD [2008] EWCA Civ 245
whether by Articles 8 and 14 ECHR, rights available to EU citizens in the UK should be accorded to domestic citizens too
IO (Somalia) v SSHD [2008]
EWCA Civ 1457
Brown v L.B. Croydon [2007]
EWCA 32 (test case on the application of the reverse burden of proof in discrimination claims)
AG & Ors v SSHD [2006] EWCA Civ 1342
test case on returns to Somalia - whether UK policy infringed UN sanctions
Ali v SSHD [2006] EWCA Civ 484
whether EU Residence directive demonstrated lacuna in former restrictions on free movement
Ibrahim v SSHD (2005)
14 December 2005
error of law – reasons challenge
Ahmed v SSHD [2005]
EWCA Civ 636 (reversed following successful application to the ECtHR Ahmed v UK (31668/05)
Omar v SSHD [2005]
EWCA Civ 285 (whether EU Regulation incorporated the Dublin Convention into domestic law)
Otshudi v SSHD [2004]
EWCA Civ 893 (whether lawful to accept the asylum claim of one brother but to reject that of another with identical history
Jay v UK (ECtHR) 30242/03
whether widower entitled to widows’ pension discrimination under articles 8 and 14 ECHR and article 1 of Protocol 1
Joynson v European Commission [2002] ECR II – 2085
judicial review of European Commision decision by CFI
Roberts v European Commission [2001] ECR II – 1881
judicial review of European Commission decision by CFI
Portman Building Society v Dusangh [2000] EWCA Civ 142
2000
Lloyds Rep Bank 197 (modern case on unconscionable bargain
Parkes v Esso Petroleum Co Ltd [1999] EWCA Civ 1942
test case on petrol tie and commercial agents
Crehan v Courage Ltd [1999] EWCA Civ 1501
test case on claim for damages under article 81 against co-contractor
Trent Taverns v Sykes [1999] EWCA Civ 643
test case on claim for damages under article 81 against co-contractor and whether CA bound by its own previous decision on EU law
Gibbs Mew PLC v Gemmel [1998] EWCA Civ 1262
test case on claim for damages under article 81 against co-contractor
Harrison v Matthew Brown PLC [1997] EWCA Civ 2606
Beer tie case
Greenalls Management Ltd v Canavan [1997] EWCA Civ 2240
application of block exemption overturned in Joynson above
Qualifications
LLB (Hons) (Wales)
Winston Churchill Prize 1989
Bar Council European Stagiaire 1990
Approved for direct public access
Press
Public Procurement in Europe: enforcement and remedies, Butterworths
1997
European Travel Laws, Wiley & Son
1997

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