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TGC featured in The Lawyer’s Top 10 appeals of 2023


The Rwanda appeal – AAA and others -v- Secretary of State for the Home Department

Sian Reeves, instructed by the Government Legal Department, is part of the counsel team representing the SSHD.

‘It was one of the most prominent national, let alone legal stories, of 2022. It is now set to be one of the most written about appeals of 2023.

Following the UK Government’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda and a swathe of judicial reviews that ended in the European Court of Human Rights, in December the High Court overturned the individual decisions for each of the eight claimants being sent to Rwanda, but ruled that the Government’s wider Rwanda policy was lawful.

The High Court subsequently granted partial permission to appeal in mid-January, rejecting five grounds of appeal, and allowing four to proceed, including whether the plan is systematically unfair, and whether it provides sufficient protection against refoulement. It is likely that the applications for the five rejected grounds will themselves be appealed to the Court of Appeal.

Although no date has been set down yet, it is expected that the case’s importance means that it will be expedited to April or May, with the possibility that it will end up in the Supreme Court too before the year is out.’

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