Court of Appeal chastises barrister over conduct of asylum appeal

Another shot fired in the ongoing skirmishes between judges, perhaps starting to feel some of the workload pressure that legal aid lawyers have been labouring under for years, and immigration practitioners. Last week a JUSTICE report ominously recommended “greater use of the Hamid procedure”, a hearing convened to haul practitioners over the coals for improper conduct. Little is said in the report of ongoing institutional ineptitude at the Home Office other than some vague and un-actionable exhortations to improve communications and improve decision-making. Days earlier, the Court of Appeal had taken named counsel to task for “failing to adhere to proper standards of appellate advocacy”. The judgment, handed down on 28…

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