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  In 2019 I was at the Greenbelt Festival near Kettering, a small festival that focusses on faith, arts, music and activism. I was drawn to a session featuring the case of the Stansted 15 at which the speaker was fellow Solicitor, Melanie Strickland. I have to say that I became more and more angry as she spoke. The story began as a familiar account of peaceful action. In March 2017 a controversial flight was…
I used to be a fan of review sites. I would rarely book a holiday without first checking what previous users had to say about it. I began to have my doubts when we had a particularly unpleasant short stay at an apartment in Greece a few years ago. Think cockroaches, damp, unpleasant staff etc. What was alarming was that there were very contrasting reviews. Some had an experience as unpleasant as ours. Others seemed…
  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…