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McGill & Co is a Scottish immigration law firm specialising in UK immigration, nationality and refugee law.


26 June 2019 John Vassiliou Asylum Seekers
  The UK offers two main types of protection to people who successfully claim asylum: refugee status and humanitarian protection. Both are valid for 5 years and provide broadly the same entitlements, so what are the differences between two?

25 February 2019 McGill & Co Solicitors Asylum Seekers
Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights protects the right to private and family life. An asylum claim, although primarily based on a well founded fear of persecution or serious harm in the applicant’s country of origin, often also includes a claim that removal would breach the applicant’s private and/or family life.

19 July 2018 McGill & Co Solicitors Asylum Seekers
In our most recent contribution to Free Movement Blog, Iain Halliday discusses the importance of the right to private and family life under Article 8 ECHR in asylum cases. The issue has most recently been brought to light in the recent case of KO v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] CSOH 71 in which it was held that the Home Office’s failure to properly consider information potentially relevant to the Article 8 consideration of private life rendered their decision unlawful. 

12 January 2018 McGill & Co Solicitors Asylum Seekers
On 20 December 2017, the Court of Appeal issued a determination in relation to the rules that govern the deportation of foreign criminals. 

29 September 2017 Amna Ashraf Asylum Seekers
Until 12 December 2014, anyone with proof of identity and address could open an account at a bank or a building society. As part of the government’s agenda to make Britain a hostile environment, bank accounts were also targeted. After enactment of the Immigration Act 2014, sections 40-42, new accounts could not be opened for those without permission to live in the UK. A ‘status check’ was carried out at the application stage. This also applied those trying to open a joint bank account or being added as an additional account holder.

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