Coram Children’s Legal Centre shortlisted for prestigious legal award

Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) has been shortlisted for a prestigious Law Society Award, the highest accolade for law firms and organisations in England and Wales. CCLC has been shortlisted in the Excellence in Access to Justice category, recognising legal teams that go above and beyond to provide fair and equal access to those most…


Significant risk to children’s rights in the new asylum system

Upcoming changes to the Immigration Rules put children’s safety and welfare at risk The Home Office have published a statement of changes to the Immigration Rules that are due to come into force at 11pm on 31st December 2020 – the end of the transition period following the UK’s exit from the EU. These changes…


Children arriving in the UK held in immigration detention

Coram Children’s Legal Centre is deeply concerned by the recent reports of children being held in immigration detention facilities in Kent, after Kent County Council reached the limits of its capacity to provide safe care for any new children arriving in the area. Many children seeking safety in the UK do not have any family…



Coram Children’s Legal Centre welcomes new Head of Legal Practice

Coram Children’s Legal Centre is delighted to announce the appointment of Rosalyn Akar Grams as the new head of our Legal Practice Unit. Rosalyn succeeds Noel Arnold, who held the position for the last seven years. Rosalyn is an experienced solicitor specialising in asylum, immigration and human rights cases and is an accredited supervisor under…


Kafalah adoption and EU free movement legal challenge

The Court of Justice of the European Union in this case considered the position of children placed under guardianship in the Algerian Kafalah system. The Court decided that such a child can be treated as a family member for the purpose of EU free movement law. SM, known as Susana in the UK courts, is…


Home Office must not make profit from children’s immigration and citizenship applications

Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) has today joined Citizens UK, Let Us Learn and others to call for the Home Office to stop making a profit on children’s immigration and citizenship applications, on the day the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) publishes his report on fees. CCLC welcomes the ICIBI’s report and…



Labour pledges to end ‘rip off’ Home Office fees in immigration cases

Let Us Learn and Coram Children’s Legal Centre, working together on the ‘We Belong’ campaign, welcome today’s pledge from Labour to end the current ‘rip off’ of immigration application fees by reducing them to closer reflect the actual cost price of processing applications. As noted in the speech by Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, many…



Separated children to be eligible for legal aid funding prior to LASPO amendment

The government has issued guidance for legal aid caseworkers confirming that those representing unaccompanied and separated children should apply for legal aid via the exceptional case funding scheme, prior to LASPO amendment. This was confirmed following the Ministry of Justice announcement to reinstate legal aid for unaccompanied and separated children with immigration matters last month,…