Olivia Anness's notable cases

Olivia's notable cases include:

R (BAA & Anor) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Dublin III: judicial review; SoS’s duties) [2020] UKUT 227 (IAC)

Olivia acted for the Applicants in a Judicial Review challenging the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s refusal of a ‘Take Charge Request’ under Article 17(2) of Dublin III, concerning a highly vulnerable child who was seeking to be reunited with his family in the UK. Mr Justice Lane, President of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the Upper Tribunal, found that the SSHD’s decision making was seriously flawed and that BAA and TAA’s rights under Article 8 ECHR had been breached. As a result of the successful Judicial Review BAA was reunited with his family in the UK.

Inquests into the deaths of OA, AT and MM

Olivia represents the families of a group of young people from Eritrea who arrived in the UK as unaccompanied asylum seeking children (‘UASC’) and died in the space of just over a year. The Coroner in OA’s inquest found that a psychologist at Camden and Islington NHS Trust had made the wrong clinical judgment and that had OA been referred for a mental health assessment he might not have died. The inquest uncovered evidence that UASC’s risk of suicide may be 10 times higher than their peers and that this specific group of deaths could be characterised as a ‘suicide cluster’. As a result of the evidence the Coroner directed the London Borough of Camden to alert other local authorities in England that there may be an increased risk of suicide amongst Eritrean young people who arrived in the UK as UASC.

SA v Home Office [2021]

Olivia acted in a civil claim against the Home Office arising from SA’s detention under immigration powers when there was no realistic prospect of his removal. His claim was settled for £55,000.

AS v Home Office [2020]

Olivia acted for AS in a civil claim against the Home Office arising from his detention under immigration powers, where the Home Office had failed to comply with Rule 34 of the Detention Centre Rules. Settlement in the sum of £38,000 was secured.

SA v Home Office [2020]

Olivia acted for a young person who had arrived in the UK as an unaccompanied asylum seeking child, and was then detained under immigration powers, contrary to legislation and policy. A settlement of £28,000 was secured.

AD v Home Office [2019]

Olivia acted on behalf of a British citizen who had been detained for a significant period of time under immigration powers. Settlement was secured in the sum of £120,000.

SP, JP & JP v Home Office [2019]

Olivia acted for a family in a civil claim against the Home Office, arising from a mother’s lengthy detention under immigration powers and consequent separation from her children. Settlement was secured in the sum of £100,000.

 

 
 
 

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