Joseph Neville Immigration & Public Law

Joseph is highly experienced and regarded in asylum and human rights claims. He is a regular face in the region’s First-Tier and Upper Tribunal hearing centres, and regularly appears in higher courts and assists with written advice on immigration applications and appeals.

His highlights include successfully obtaining an injunction in the High Court that the Home Secretary fly back to the UK someone that she had unlawfully removed, and appearing before the Court of Appeal in its recent high profile decision of  SSHD v SS (Congo) & Ors [2015] EWCA Civ 387. In March he will be in the Supreme Court, representing the Interested Party ‘AF’ in the appeal from the Court of Appeal’s decision in R. (MM) v SSHD [2014] EWCA Civ 985.

Both SS and MM deal with the controversial ‘Minimum Income Rules’ that apply to British citizens and settled migrants who wish to live in the UK with their spouses, but are deemed too poor by the government to be allowed to do so. Joseph has successfully overturned a number of these decisions in individual cases where a judge has agreed with him that a couple’s rights under Article 8 of the Human Rights Convention mean that they must be allowed to live together in the UK.

Joseph undertakes asylum, immigration and human rights claims with not only meticulous preparation, but a sincere and deep-rooted passion for justice. He can provide expertise, quality representation and advice in asylum and humanitarian protection claims and the full range of immigration appeals concerning spouses, adult dependent relatives, EEA cases, Judicial Reviews into refusals with no rights of appeal or that have been certificated, and points-based claims. He also undertakes bail hearings.

His experience in this field means that he is also asked to undertake Judicial Review proceedings in other areas of public law, for example his current representation in the High Court of an elderly couple challenging the Local Authority’s refusal to pay for their residential care.