Since 2001 we have been asked to act on behalf of individuals subjected to legal procedures involving secret evidence heard by the courts in closed proceedings, where neither the individuals concerned nor their lawyers have disclosed to them a major percentage of the evidence. These procedures have involved and continue to involve significant legal challenges to their validity.
These closed proceedings include:
- Representing individuals subject to Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs).
- Representing individuals whom the government seeks to deport from the UK under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the grounds of national security (Deportations with Assurances).
- Representing individuals who have been deprived of their citizenship and/or excluded from the UK on grounds of national security.
- Representing individuals deprived of their passports.
- Representing individuals under different forms of financial sanctions (Asset Freezing).
Each of these forms of proceedings raises major questions as to their compliance with fundamental legal principles. We believe that it is our duty as lawyers not just to challenge each case for the person concerned and defend his or her individual position but at the same time to question every aspect of the legal basis claimed for the executive measures involved.
Hence in addition to representation in the courts specifically designated to hear secret evidence (the Special Immigration Appeals Commission and the High Court) we initiate challenges to the procedures themselves via judicial review of executive action, if necessary up to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.
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For those who meet the necessary requirements legal aid funding is available in the above areas of work. For those who are not eligible for legal aid we will always explore other options and/or offer competitive rates which will be discussed with you at the outset of your case.
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