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I suppose it was bound to happen following the last post, but while the dates are not confirmed, it is right that I and possibly a member or two of my team will be making a series of short 3 / 4 weekend trips to Pakistan to host seminars and to provide on hand advice to individuals who are considering making applications to come to the United Kingdom. At present further details cannot be revealed but will be shortly but will involve a high profile firm of solicitors who also specialise in this field and with whom I will be working closely.

It was felt that weekend trips would be best as it would not interfere with the day to day work and Court appearances and that a properly organised schedule could see meetings in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore.

This is perhaps a natural extension of the work carried out by me and my team.

It is however only an extension as the vast majority of work, attending Court, conferences and drafting is carried out in the United Kingdom. One massive advantage of this travelling is that it enables me to obtain a greater world view and to better emphathise with my clients.

I say this as I have noted that the UKVI and the Secretary of State seem to treat both Africa and the sub continent as an extension or suburb of London and have no real regard to the real poverty and difference in quality of life that people in these countries experience. It is wholly academic and in my view arguably perverse to suggest that it will be no small disruption to ask someone who has lived in the United Kingdom for say 19 years to return to a third world country and just start again, particularly with a young family as has happened in a case I have come across recently.

Paul Turner is a highly regarded direct access immigration barrister practising from Mansfield Chambers, the Chambers of Michael Mansfield QC, 5 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1LG and a door tenant at 39 Park Square Leeds LS1 2NU and is licensed by the Bar Council to provide advice and representation directly to the public.