The Government have set out a range of measures to support those effected by the Grenfell fire.
Those effected have been reminded that they can access legal advice and support under the free Legal Aid scheme in relation to any Inquest. There will also potentially be support provided in respect of the Public Inquiry that is expected into this tragedy.
Howe & Co are widely acknowledged as experts in the area of sensitive public Inquiries and Inquests. We stand ready to assist victims and survivors to achieve justice and accountability
Howe & Co are committed to providing pro bono (free) initial advice to any persons affected by the Grenfell tragedy
On Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5 July an Inquiry Seminar will be held on Victims and survivors’ experiences: impacts of child sexual abuse, support needs and support services.
The Seminar will hear from a number of individuals, to gather information and views for consideration by the Inquiry on the impact of child sexual abuse on victims, survivors and their families; their support needs; and current support provision.
The Seminar will be held in the International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC), London and will be live streamed, subject to a five minute delay, on the Inquiry Website. The location will normally be here but this may change on the day.
The full agenda is attached and a participant list will be published once confirmed nearer the seminar.
David Enright has again appeared in the Gazette as lawyer of the week, this is the fourth time for partners of Howe + Co, and second time for David.
The firm are proud of the recognition again of the ground breaking work and the truly selfless commitment to putting our client's first, and fighting for them.
The article reflected the hard work of not just David but the whole of Howe + Co in pushing forward and ensuring that the most vulnerable in society are given a voice before the Inquiry.
Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of those that have been caught up in this disaster. As with other serious recent events we have put our staff at disposal of those effect and will offer pro bono advice and or legal aid were this is available.
We remain concerned by the reports that have been published into the causes of this tragic event, and stand ready to assist those that need assistance with any Inquiry and or Inquests that are held.
We have a specialist team dealing with Inquiry work and capable of dealing with large civil claims. Contact us here
Adult Dependant Children of Ex-Gurkhas – Ground breaking British Court of Appeal Decision
Jitendra Rai v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 320
The Court of Appeal in London, on Friday, 28 April 2017, handed down a ground breaking new judgment on a case brought by the son of a retired British Army Gurkha, Jitendra Rai. The British Court stressed that Gurkhas who have served in the British Army and their families are in a very special position and must be treated with the utmost respect in consideration of their claims.
The Court found , “...that there is no requirement of “exceptionality”” for the children of Gurhkas. This removes a huge hurdle to Gurkhas who wish to have their children with them in the UK.
The Court highlighted the historical injustice to the pre-1997 retired Gurkhas who were not allowed to settle in the UK until after Howe + Co’s victorious court case in 2008. Their children would have been allowed to live in England, if the parents had been allowed to settle in Britain before 2008. Recognising this historical injustice, the Court of Appeal stated that adult dependant children of Gurkhas only now need to show normal love and affection of a parent and a little more else in order to be granted Entry Clearance visas for the UK. There is no requirement for exceptionality, which is the wrong test that the British visa officers have been applying to Gurkha adult-children cases.
The Court gave new important guidance where the Gurkha has come to the UK and already separated from his dependant child who remains in Nepal. The British Home Office had previously relied on such separation to reject applications. The Court of Appeal said the Home Office had to look at the question why there had been family separation. If this was for practical reasons (because the Gurkha wanted to take up settlement and obtain UK medical treatment for example) then such reasons should not be counted against Gurkha’s dependant child.
Martin Howe, Senior Partner at Howe +Co, said:
“This is a ground breaking judgment from the Court of Appeal which expands upon the previous successes that Howe + Co has had in taking leading cases on the legal rights of Gurkhas, their wives, their children and their adult children to settle in the UK. This new case has opened the door wider to adult dependants of Gurkha veterans.
Howe & Co are very proud of the hard work we have done to win settlement rights for Gurkhas and their families in the UK. We are honoured to represent thousands of Gurkhas and their families in their initial applications and in appeal cases against the British government in the British courts. We will continue to fight for Gurkhas and their families and stop the Home Office from unfairly blocking their applications. We are ready to help any Gurkha or adult dependant child who wants specialist and detailed legal advice from Britain’s leading Gurkha law firm.”
Martin Howe, David Howe, Patrick Howe and Prakash Rana on 020 8840 4688
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Howe+Co’s landmark campaign for the rights of Gurkhas has been referenced by the Guardian in a piece that discusses milestone legal aid cases.
The article comments on Gurkhas alongside the Stephen Lawrence case, the Hillsborough victims and Daniel Roque Hall in its analysis of the importance of legal aid. It mentions that Howe+Co used legal aid to challenge a policy at the high court resulting in Gurkha veterans being given the right to settle in the UK. The article further explains how legal aid has not been available since April 2013 for immigration cases not involving detention or asylum.
The full article can be read here: www.theguardian.com/law/2014/sep/25/sp-four-landmark-legal-aid-cases-that-might-not-be-taken-today?CMP=twt_gu.