As a direct access immigration barrister practising in this field for over 16 years I have had much exposure to Jim Latter. My first exposure was while working for the Treasury Solicitors Department when he was the head Adjudicator. If I thought a challenge to an Adjudicator’s decision was flawed and not worth contesting I would need his consent to agree to concede, this was at the time where the Secretary of State could certify a claim with the consequence that if certain provisions were upheld there was no onward appeal to the Immigration Asylum Tribunal (the first shuffling of the letters). I recall he was always very pleasant and pragmatic. As an aside if it was a challenge to a decision of the IAT that I wanted to quash I used to have to get the consent of Collins J, who again was a pleasure to deal with.
I then came upon him working as a Judge in the Upper Tribunal and like many others was touched by his concern for the individual concerned and also in achieving justice. I found to be, as others have said, compassionate and fair. He will sorely be missed.
Paul Turner is a highly regarded direct access immigration barrister and is the head of Imperium Chambers, Grays Inn Buildings, Grays Inn, he also practises 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.