Permanent residence saves Polish man with two drug dealing offences from deportation

It is one thing when the state seeks to withdraw a permission or privilege. It is a very different matter when it seeks to interfere with an individual’s rights. Privileges are precarious. In the absence of good reason to the contrary, rights should be secure. This emphatic opening line comes from the recent decision of the Inner House of the Court of Session in Goralczyk v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] CSIH 60. One of the coolest openers you’ll read this year (perhaps I’m a tad biased but that’s only because I was the appellant’s agent!). In this case, Mr Goralczyk had been served with a deportation…

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