Some examples of people we have helped.
No evidence of father's immigration status
Miss A is the mother of a British child whose ex-partner refused, at the time of the child’s birth, to provide the evidence of his immigration status necessary to establish the latter’s nationality. As such her child stood to be removed from the UK with Miss A. On an application for appeal, Coventry Law Centre argued that it was incumbent on the Secretary of State to use the information at his disposal to establish the child’s nationality even though Miss A could not. To fail to do so would breach domestic legislation in the form of section 55, human rights law, in the form of article 8 of the European Convention of the Human Rights and public law principles to prevent the ultra vires act of removing a British citizen. The representative for the Secretary of State conceded the case before the hearing and Coventry Law Centre has since used the same argument to benefit others in the same situation.
Trafficked sex worker can remain in UK
Miss Y had been trafficked to the UK as a sex worker. She was arrested on charges of shop lifting and was about to be drawn into the criminal justice system.
Coventry Law Centre made representations to the UKBA and worked with the UK Human Trafficking Unit. It was agreed by all parties that Miss Y had been trafficked into the UK and was at risk on return to her country of origin. She was granted leave to remain in the UK. This action not only assisted Miss Y but also saved the costs of criminal proceedings at the point of the Law Centre’s intervention.