Human Rights

The UK is signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) which currently has direct effect in the UK by virtue of the Human Rights Act 1998. This means that the government must act in accordance with the articles of the ECHR, including a right to respect for family and private life, liberty, and prohibition on torture, ill and degrading treatment.

If the UKVI makes a decision which appears to breach a convention right, it may be possible to challenge the decision by appealing to the First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal or by way of judicial review.

The team at Kings Cross Barristers has in-depth knowledge and expertise in human rights law. Our immigration and asylum barristers can provide advice on whether a decision has breached your rights, and can challenge the decision by making representations to the Home Office and advocating on your behalf in court.


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