John specialises in assisting migrants in a wide range of claims for compensation and judicial review challenges. He has been involved in landmark cases in the Supreme Court and applications to the European Court of Human Rights.
John has developed particular expertise in asylum support work. He regularly assists individuals in challenging delays in the processing of their s.95, s.4 or Schedule 10 applications, as well as bringing claims concerning the adequacy of accommodation and levels of financial support.
John also regularly accepts instructions in strategic challenges in this area. In the case of R (HA and others) v SSHD  EWHC 1876 (Admin) he successfully obtained declarations from the court that the Home Secretary’s system for providing s.98 support was unlawful, as well as findings that several of her s.95 practices/policies were unlawful. The case is considered a significant victory for destitute asylum seekers, that is likely to benefit thousands.
Outside of asylum support, John has been involved in many other systemic challenges including the “Right to Rent” challenge and a successful challenge concerning the Windrush Compensation Scheme.
John also specialises in immigration detention. His clients include those who are seeking to challenge the lawfulness of their ongoing detention through judicial review, as well as clients who wish to obtain compensation for false imprisonment, discrimination and/or abuse of their human rights.
He has developed particular expertise in assisting victims of trafficking and modern slavery, and successfully challenged the Home Secretary’s policy of refusing victims of trafficking access to safehouse accommodation from detention. He was also involved in an appeal to the Supreme Court on behalf of two victims of trafficking in relation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
John also accepts instructions in a broad range of public law, discrimination and personal injury work.
John Crowley in the media
- Suella Braverman broke law by denying asylum seekers £3 a week, judge rules Guardian 24.7.23
- Braverman acted unlawfully by withholding £3 a week from asylum seekers, court rules Independent 24.7.23
- Latest on the challenges to the right to rent scheme Housing Rights July 2022
- Windrush victims launch legal action over compensation delays Guardian 21.9.21
European Court of Human Rights asked to consider ‘right to rent’ challenge
A new challenge against the UK’s Right to Rent legislation has been taken to the European Court of Human Rights. The legislation has been a key plank of the government’s ‘Hostile Environment’, which has been found to cause racial discrimination by two court rulings.
Student challenges public body over imbalance in funding for mental health research at universities
A student is challenging the public body which oversees the distribution of funds to universities in the UK.
Windrush scandal: changes to compensation scheme
Changes to the Windrush Compensation Scheme have been welcomed, but further, fundamental changes are needed for the Scheme to be fit for purpose, Leigh Day lawyers have told the Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee this week.