Ben Keith, instructed by the Secretary of State for the Home Department, will appear via Live Link from the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) on Wednesday 22 June 2022 at 10:30 am.  The case is listed for one day. To watch the case live, click here.

Here is what the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary Pages say about the case:

LM (Albania) (claimant/appellant) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department (defendant/respondent)

The Appellant appeals the order of Whipple J (as she was). of 15 November 2021 dismissing the Applicant’s challenge to the SSHD’s negative conclusive grounds decision of 11 November 2020.

The Judge accepted the Respondent’s view that the lies told by the Applicant to the police on first being encountered justified her in rejecting the Applicants trafficking claim on credibility grounds. It is argued that this case raises an important point of principle regarding the need for a Lucas direction.

Ben Keith is a leading barrister specialising in Extradition and International Crime, as well as dealing with Immigration, Serious Fraud, and Public law. He has extensive experience of appellate proceedings before the Administrative and Divisional Courts, Criminal and Civil Court of Appeal as well as applications and appeals to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and United Nations.

Ben is a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber). He won the International Pro Bono Barrister of the Year in November 2021. He is top-ranked as a junior in Extradition in The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guides.