Sole counsel for SSHD in two test cases in the Court of Appeal, concerning the Zambrano principle and the implications of Case C-133/15 Chavez Vilchez and others in “family unit” cases. David Blundell of Landmark Chambers represented SSHD in a linked appeal concerning adult carers of British citizens.
Instructed as sole counsel for HMRC. The Court of Appeal upheld HMRC’s decision that Mrs Arthur’s husband was ordinarily resident in the UK and thus that she ought to have made a joint claim for tax credits.
Case concerning: (i) the quality of residence necessary to establish permanent residence under Article 17 of Directive 2004/38; and (ii) the proportionality of the extension of the Worker Registration Scheme between 2009 and 2011. Instructed for SSWP, led by David Blundell at Landmark Chambers.
Instructed for SSHD. Administrative Court rejected Claimant’s argument that s.120 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 required SSHD to consider an application based on EU law rights. Claimant’s reliance on EU law principle of equivalence also rejected.
Instructed for SSHD. Administrative Court rejected Claimant’s argument that SSHD was required to deport him to Ireland. Now on appeal to the Court of Appeal (led by David Blundell at Landmark Chambers in Court of Appeal).
Instructed for SSWP. Upper Tribunal accepted SSWP’s argument that LO could not rely on EU law proportionality principle to establish entitlement to Income Support.
Instructed for SSWP. Upper Tribunal rejected FM’s ECHR and Equality Act 2010 challenge to the past presence test applicable to Disability Living Allowance.
Instructed as sole counsel for SSWP. The Court of Appeal held that Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) was not a “labour market benefit” payable to jobseekers from other Member States.
The Court of Appeal dismissed Mr Ahmed’s appeal against the decision of the Upper Tribunal in R (Bilal Ahmed) v SSHD  UKUT 00436 (IAC), in which the UT held that Mr Ahmed did not have a right of appeal which was suspensive of his removal. Instructed for SSHD, led by Colin Thomann at 39 Essex Chambers in Court of Appeal.
Challenge to SSHD’s revocation of Tier 2 sponsor licence.
Test case on reg. 24AA of the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006 (“deport now, appeal later”). Led by David Blundell at Landmark Chambers
Test case concerning the application of Directive 2004/38 to dual nationals and their family members. Referred to the CJEU: see now Case C165/16, judgment 14 November 2017.
Instructed for SSWP. Case concerning EU social security co-ordination legislation and the domestic law “genuine and sufficient link” test. Now on appeal to Court of Appeal.
Test cases on new “genuine prospects of work” test applicable to EU jobseekers.
EU social security co-ordination legislation and retrospective payment of voluntary national insurance contributions.
Instructed for SSHD. Test case on appeal rights of those claiming to have a right to reside as an extended family member under EU law.
Directive 2000/78/EC and reasonable adjustments; application for permission to appeal. David Barr QC and Julia Smyth acted for the Ministry of Defence.
Whether the “age 65 cut-off” provisions applicable to Disability Living Allowance were contrary to EU law.
First case before the Upper Tribunal on reg. 24AA of the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006.
Three Judge Panel test case on domestic implementation of CJEU Case C-507/12 Saint-Prix – pregnant workers and worker status.
Test case on the applicability of the Zambrano principle to carers of adult Union citizens. The Upper Tribunal accepted that the Appellants did not benefit from Zambrano.
13th March 2019
Julia Smyth, led by Martin Chamberlain QC and David Blundell, is representing the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in an appeal being heard at the Supreme Court on 12 & 13 March.
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11th February 2019
Julia Smyth successfully represented the Secretary of State for the Home Department in Fatima & ors v SSHD  EWCA Civ 124 (judgment 7 February 2019). The case concerned the limits on the rights of “extended family members” under EU law.
11th February 2019
Julia Smyth, led by Gerry Facenna QC at Monckton Chambers, represented the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in two appeals heard in the Court of Appeal on 7 February 2019, concerning the “genuine and sufficient link” test as it applies to Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance.
12th July 2018
TGC are delighted to announce that Julia Smyth, Emma Price and Sian Reeves’ applications for the Attorney General “B” Panel of counsel have been successful, all three having previously been on the Attorney General “C” panel.
13th December 2017
Julia Smyth, instructed by the Government Legal Department, successfully represented the Secretary of State for the Home Department (“SSHD”) in two of the appeals, concerning the parents of British citizen children; David Blundell, of Landmark Chambers, successfully represented SSHD in the third, concerning the primary carer of an adult British citizen. The judgment is reported as Patel v SSHD; SSHD v Shah and Bourouisa  EWCA Civ 2028.
24th October 2017
Julia Smyth represented HM Revenue and Customs (respondent to the appeal) on 24 October.
20th October 2017
Julia Smyth, led by David Blundell at Landmark Chambers, represented the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (“SSWP”) on 18 and 19 October 2017. Judgment has been reserved.
14th July 2017
Julia Smyth, instructed by the Government Legal Department, represented the Secretary of State for the Home Department (“SSHD”) in two of three appeals heard by the Court of Appeal on 12 and 13 July. David Blundell of Landmark Chambers represented SSHD in the other appeal.
3rd February 2017
Julia Smyth, instructed by the Government Legal Department, successfully represented the Secretary of State for the Home Department.
21st April 2016
In a judgment handed down today (Alhashem v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions  EWCA Civ 395), the Court of Appeal has accepted that jobseekers from other Member States are not entitled to claim Employment and Support Allowance (“ESA”). Julia Smyth successfully represented the Secretary of State.
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16th March 2016
Julia Smyth, instructed by GLD, represented the Respondent Secretary of State for Work and Pensions at the hearing on 15 March.
8th March 2016
Julia Smyth represented the Secretary of State for the Home Department (“SSHD”) in this judicial review claim, described by the Court as a test case, in which judgment was handed down today: R (Lounes) v SSHD  EWHC 436 (Admin).
8th March 2016
Julia Smyth, led by Colin Thomann at 39 Essex Chambers, successfully represented the Secretary of State for the Home Department (“SSHD”) before the CA.
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