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Welcome to our May 2012 e-newsletter.  We hope that you find it useful. Please feel free to circulate to interested colleagues. 

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Frontline 83 online

Upcoming training courses

Migrant workers guides

Asylum appeal success

Constructive dismissal

Frontline 83 online

Ruth Lister and MLAs

Frontline 83 is out, with a special focus on welfare reform. Articles include:

·         Report on Law Centre (NI) / NICVA Welfare Reform Conference

·         Paul Clark interview with Ruth Lister

·         Impact of welfare reform on housing

·         Student poverty

·         expert evidence in asylum cases

·         Social security case digest

·         Gender discrimination

This issue features the 2012-2013 benefit and tax credit rates chart

Read Frontline 83 here


Enrol now for May and June training

training session

15 May: European Law and Immigration, Belfast

16 May: European Law and Social Security Update, Belfast

23 May: Introduction to Mental Health Law, Derry

30 May: Introduction to Mental Health Law, Belfast

8 June: Immigration Law and Criminal Justice, Belfast

20 June: Financing Residential Care, Belfast

27 June: Pregnancy and Benefits, Belfast

26 June: Financing Residential Care, Derry

29 June: Immigration Law and People Trafficking, Belfast

All our courses carry CPD points for solicitors, barristers and CAB advisers.

For more details, contact, 028 7126 2433 or view our training programme



Migrant workers guides

Your rights in NI cover

The 2011 edition of ‘Your Rights in Northern Ireland: a Guide for Migrant Workers’ is being translated into nine languages.  Polish, Romanian, Lithuanian and Slovak translations are now ready. Download them from:


Asylum case success

An Iranian mother and her infant child were finally recognised as refugees after a lengthy battle with the Home Office.  The Law Centre represented them from the outset of proceedings and introduced academic expert evidence to the tribunal in relation to the Iranian justice system and the potential consequences for our client of her perceived dissident activities. 

The UK Border Agency had refused her initial application for asylum and the First-Tier Tribunal then dismissed her appeal against that refusal.  The Law Centre sought permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal against the First-Tier Tribunal’s decision, at which time the Home Office offered a short grant of discretionary leave. 

We then lodged a further appeal in which the mother argued that she and her young son should be fully recognised as refugees.  The First-Tier Tribunal agreed, finding the mother to have a genuine fear of persecution in Iran due to her imputed political beliefs and the pair were granted five years’ stay.


Constructive dismissal

We acted for a woman who had worked for just over two years as a book-keeper in a small business.  The employer had in the past unilaterally reduced her hours from 40 to 32 hours and had also reduced her pay.  She had accepted these changes as she needed the job but the final straw came when she returned from sick leave to be told that her employer was reducing her hours to eight hours a week.  She resigned and claimed constructive dismissal.  The case settled for £2,700 shortly after proceedings to the industrial tribunal were issued.  Our client had found work elsewhere very quickly and was happy to put the matter behind her.