The Home Secretary has agreed to pay damages of £40,000 to a mentally ill man detained under immigration powers over 19 months between 26 January 2011 and 9 August 2012. Jed Pennington of Bhatt Murphy acted for the Claimant.
The Claimant, whose identity is protected by an anonymity order, issued judicial review proceedings on 26 July 2012. In the face of an order for an expedited hearing, the Home Secretary agreed to release the Claimant and he was restored to his liberty on 9 August 2012. The Home Secretary also conceded that the claim was arguable and permission was granted by Mr Justice Burton in December 2012. The matter was due to be heard at a full judicial review hearing on 10-11 July 2012; however settlement terms have now been agreed with the Home Secretary agreeing to pay the Claimant £40,000 damages as well as his legal costs.