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Supreme Court upholds ban on parents taking children out of school during term-time

Henrietta  Bennett
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In the matter of Isle of Wight Council (Appellant) v Platt (Respondent) [2017] UKSC 28 , on appeal from [2016] EWHC 1283 (Admin) , the Supreme Court has upheld a ban on parents taking children out of school for holidays during term time. Under...

New 2017 visa fees take effect on 6 April

Karma Hickman
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New visa fees will come into force on Thursday 6 April, without any warning on the part of the Home Office. Charges are set to increase across the range, sometimes substantially, in all categories including entry clearance, leave to remain and nationality,...

Pension provision for Cohabitees - Fisher Meredith review the recent decision in Brewster

Henrietta  Bennett
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The case brought by Denise Brewster in relation to her late partner’s occupational pension has attracted wide media coverage. Henrietta Bennett considers the judgment and its potential impact on other cohabiting couples. Background William...

Two recently published reports reveal the extent of domestic abuse in England and Wales

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On 8 December 2016 the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published a report based on national and local domestic abuse data from across the crime and criminal justice system highlighting the prevalence of domestic abuse.  Last week also saw the...

Proposals for Reformed European Asylum System

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The European Commission has presented options to reform the Common European Asylum System. The First Vice-President of the European Commission stated "the refugee crisis has shown the weaknesses in our Common European Asylum System… we need...

Details Emerge about the Immigration Skills Charge

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Further light has been shed on the introduction of the immigration skills charge proposed in the Immigration Bill 2015/16 and recommended by the review undertaken by the Migration Advisory Committee. This will lead to increased immigration costs to UK...

New Immigration and Nationality Fees will come into effect on 18 March

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Further to our article announcing the proposed increase to the fees for immigration and nationality applications, the Home Office has now announced that these changes will come into effect on 18 March 2016. Most visa categories will see minor upward...

Putting Children First

Nardiya Mangera
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Further avoidable child deaths must be prevented by putting children first in the family courts Domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid have launched a ‘Child First’ Campaign imploring the government, family court professionals and other...

Right to Rent - more unnecessary red tape for the rental market

Charles Davidson
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From 1 February 2016 “Right to Rent” will be put into force, making all landlords in the UK responsible for checking their tenants are allowed in the UK before renting out their properties. The Right to Rent, contained in the...

Review of the Tier 2 Visa System

Frances Edwards
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The Migration Advisory Committee (‘MAC’) last week published a review of the Tier 2 visa system in a report titled ‘ Tier 2 Review: Balancing migrant selectivity, investment in skills and impacts on UK productivity and competitiveness...

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