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Immigration Detention Compensation

In a clear and powerful Supreme Court judgment in R (on the application of Hemmati and others) (Respondent) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant)[2019]  UKSC 56 [‘Hemmati’] it was established that the Home Office’s previous detention policy, purportedly under Dublin III Regulations of detaining people prior to their removal to an EU country, had been unlawfully exercised and that thousands of asylum seekers had been subjected to a wrongful imprisonment. Read more about the Hemmati judgment.

As a result of this infringement of the right to liberty we are bringing claims (either by way of public funding or on a no win no fee basis) against the Home Office. These claims may be brought on behalf of all of those asylum seekers who were detained by the Home Office between 1st January 2014 and 15th  March 2017, with a view to removing them to an EU country under Dublin III Regulations. Please note that any claims must be brought within six years of the date of release from detention.

We are confident that there are large numbers of asylum seekers who may be entitled to significant compensation payments from the Home Office. We have a strong track record of representing the most marginalised people in society in actions against the State. We have brought claims on behalf of asylum seekers in relation to individual decisions and have engaged in strategic litigation targeting the failures of those who operate immigration detention centres.

If this applies to you or one of your services users, please get in touch by filling out an online enquiry form, or alternatively you can contact us by email dublinclaims@leighday.co.uk or telephone 0203 7800 385.

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