Victory for Ealing Law Centre as teen is awarded citizenship

Solicitors at Ealing Law Centre have just won a key legal case on behalf of a young man who has been granted British Citizenship. He can now take up a place at a prestigious drama school.

The eighteen year old, known as Danny, had lived in the UK since the age of three. He was not entitled to citizenship as his father was not a British citizen and his mother had returned to her country of birth and was no longer involved in his life.

“Children and young people can be left in limbo with no right to go into further education or take work,” explained solicitor Solange Valdez of the Law Centre’s Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens. “The Secretary of State has the discretion to register children as British citizens but had not included someone in Danny’s position.

“We challenged the Secretary of State’s decision to the high court and we are delighted that Danny now has citizenship. It is the first time citizenship has been granted to someone in his position.

“This is a key decision which should benefit many more children in the same situation. We are seeing more and more young people in our monthly surgeries who urgently need to resolve their status in order to pursue their education.”

Speaking after the decision, Danny commented: “I have had difficulties with my
status for many years and I’ve missed opportunities throughout my school life due to lack of citizenship. You feel very insecure about your future, as if you have no proper identity.”

Danny is looking forward to attending his citizenship ceremony this week.

For legal advice on citizenship, housing and other immigration matters contact Ealing Law Centre tel. 020 8579 4598. ends

For more information please contact
• Solange Valdez, Solicitor, Ealing Law Centre tel. 0208 579 4598 or e-mail:
• Pamela Judge, Communications Manager, Law Centres Network tel. 01239 711041 or email

Notes to editor
• Ealing Law Centre is at 210 Northfields Ave, Ealing W13 9SJ.
Office hours are 9.30am to 5.30pm. Please call 020 8579 4598. to make an appointment.
• The Project For The Registration Of Children As British Citizens
(PRCBC) is a project based at Ealing Law Centre. For more information please see


Ealing Law Centre’s first High Court judgment



Ealing Law Centre’s first High Court judgment

“‎R (on the application of T) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 2453 (Admin)

Ealing Law Centre has reached a milestone in its development with its first High Court judgment. This judgment is of significance to all those representing destitute victims of domestic violence. The case of T was heard in the High Court on 10 July 2014 and was an attempt to clarify the immigrations rules for those who are accepted as victims of domestic violence and SEEK access to public funds through the Destitute Domestic Violence Concession (DDVC).

Unfortunately the application for judicial review was dismissed. The Law Centre will be making an application for permission to the Court of Appeal.

Mr. Justice Dingemans handed down judgment yesterday morning in a challenge to the domestic violence rule incorporated in Section DVILR of Appendix FM. The challenge was by a post-flight spouse of a refugee who was accepted to have been a victim of domestic violence and sought access to public funds through the Destitute Domestic Violence Concession (DDVC). The Home Office determined that she could not be considered under the relevant domestic violence immigration rule due to her husband not having settled status at the date she secured leave to enter the United Kingdom.

Though expressing concern that there were some difficulties with the drafting of this part of the Rules, Dingemans J held that the relevant rule was to be read as requiring a victim of domestic violence to have been either married to a British citizen or a settled person at the date of the last grant of leave to enter or remain and therefore the Rules did not provide the Secretary of State with a discretion to consider persons such as post-flight spouses of refugees despite the strong likelihood that the spouse would ultimately secure settlement, as occurred in this matter.

Ms Valdez committing on the case stated ‘This is an important decision for extremely vulnerable victims of domestic violence. It has a wider impact on women’s refuges and other organisations providing support for victims of domestic abuse. We are naturally disappointed with the outcome of the application but will be seeking permission to appeal’

For more information Ms Valdez is available to comment on the case and can be contacted at the Law Centre on 0208 579 4598 or by e-mail:

Mrs. T was represented by Ms. Solange Valdez, Ealing Law Centre and by Ms. Judith Farbey Q.C., Doughty Street Chambers, and Mr. Declan O’Callaghan, Landmark Chambers.”

Full judgment can be found at

22 July 2014

Donate to ELC for the London Legal Walk

Ealing Law CentreEaling Law Centre is taking part in the ninth annual London Legal Walk, sponsored by the London Legal Support Trust and the Law Society.

The 9th London Legal Walk is a 10km “after work” walk that raises funds for legal advice charities in London and the South East.

We are walking to raise funds for Ealing Law Centre. The need for the Law Centre’s services in Ealing are tremendous following the closure of other legal aid providers in the area and the centre has now started to provide a high quality service for local residents.

The Law Centre aims to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in the borough and we are walking so that as many of those people can be helped as possible.

Please support us and make a donation at our Fundraising Page.