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  I was on holiday last week! I just wanted to get that particular gloat out of the way. In the few days that I have been back we have again seen two very contrasting outcomes for lawyers who have got themselves into trouble. The first was the case of the Solicitor and Tipp-ex – https://www.legalfutures.co.uk/latest-news/solicitor-who-changed-dates-of-charges-with-tipp-ex-struck-off I have to confess that I was unaware that any firms still used this 1980s style correction fluid. Nicholas…
  I have to confess that I have been ranting past myself this week. But not without cause. The ill-informed attacks on the legal profession are hardly likely to reduce the strain on my laptop keyboard, to say nothing of my blood pressure. But after some reflection, there do seem to be early signs of something sinister afoot.  In the space of a few days, we have had the Home Secretary attacking immigration lawyers. I…
I have written a letter to Robert Buckland QC. A real one, in an envelope with a stamp! It may or may not be read but I am sending it just the same. Others might want to do the same. Someone once said that a single snowflake melts on your nose, but enough of them working together can close motorways. This is what I have sent. Mr Robert Buckland QC, House of Commons London SW1A 0AA…
A few weeks ago, I talked about the tweet posted by the Home Office which attacked ‘activist lawyers’.  https://thestevecornforthblog.blogspot.com/2020/08/concerning-home-office-tweet-spilt.html This bizarre statement from a government Department was met with universal condemnation from across the legal profession. Law Society President Simon Davies said – ‘It is vital in a democratic society that each case is judged on merit and it is the role of the justice system to determine the validity of claims. This function is…
  In October 1980 – 40 years ago!! – I started work at the Vauxhall Law Centre, just off Scotland Road in Liverpool. It was to be a life changing experience. In fact, it was a life changing weekend as my eldest son, now a Solicitor, was born the day before! So, what better time to post something about a case from the early days, that highlights what Law Centres have done for us?! This…
 Earlier this week a Home Office source said – “The UK has a long and proud history of offering refuge to those who need protection. Tens of thousands of people have rebuilt their lives in the UK and we will continue to provide safe and legal routes in the future.” This was in the context of discussions, now abandoned, to relocate people seeking asylum in the UK to Ascension Island – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-54349796. The plans…
  This is the book that many of us have been waiting and calling for over the last few years. There has always been a tendency for the media and politicians to put out wildly inaccurate reports on legal matters. But it has certainly got far worse in the last few years. This has led to the creation of two parallel worlds – the one inhabited by working lawyers and judges and the one built…
Here is my review of this important and timely book.  A few weeks ago, a comment on twitter made me choke on my coffee. This was the suggestion from the Home Office that ‘activist lawyers’ were frustrating the removal of unwanted visitors. I have been a lawyer for many years but knew little about what immigration lawyers do. As it was, this timely book then appeared on our shelves. Colin Yeo is an undisputed expert…
It is rare these days that anything causes me to choke on my morning coffee! After the year that we have had there is not much left to shock. But this did happen this morning as I was briefly looking through my Twitter feed before starting work. The culprit (!) was a tweet from https://nearlylegal.co.uk/blog/which shared a shocking post from the UK Home Office – My first reaction was to check that it was…
Congratulations and thanks to my friend Allan Salisbury and colleagues at Compassion Acts UK, who manage a Southport Foodbank, for successfully pursuing judicial review proceedings against the DWP in relation to a shocking injustice in the Universal Credit rules. They were assisting Sharon Pantellerisco who works hard as a care worker. She is paid every 4 weeks (13 times a year). For UC, the DWP assess earnings monthly (12 times a year). The effect of…