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As a direct access barrister there can be no better result, well actually than winning, than getting permission on a case from the Supreme Court. This is a case with a long and detailed history (we won in the Administrative Court in 2014 (reported as [2014] EWHC 2386 (Admin) and then lost in the Court of Appeal (reported as [2016] EWCA Civ 22.

The short point is that I had represented this client before the First Tier over 4 years ago and had the appeal allowed under article 14 of the ECHR. He had committed a very serious offence. The Judge allowed it on the basis that the SSHD had not considered his illegitimacy and that this was why he was facing removal.

The SSHD certified his claim. Various Judges granted injunctions and then Dingemans J allowed the Judicial Review application outright. The SSHD appealed and a panel of the Court of Appeal, including LJJ Laws, Arden and Lindblom allowed the appeal [2016] EWCA Civ 22 finding no actionable discrimination.

We appealed, by we I mean me, the ever excellent Hugh Southey QC, and BHD solicitors for both permission and a stay and the Supreme Court granted not only a stay of permission but also ordered expedition and we are looking at an appeal before the Supreme Court in July.

Paul Turner is a highly regarded direct access immigration barrister and is the head of Imperium Chambers, Grays Inn Buildings, Grays Inn, WC1r 5ET, he also practises from Goldsmith Chambers, the chambers of Anthony Metzer QC and a door tenant at 39 Park Square Leeds LS1 2NU and is licensed by the Bar Council to litigate and to provide advice and representation directly to the public.