As the after-effects of Brexit continue to be felt and with the Home Office’s hostile environment still very much in effect, we welcome 36 Group’s Sandra Akinbolu, who gives an update on the EU Settlement Scheme, looking at the regulations and case law, in particular:
Extensions and exceptions
Late applications, reasonable grounds for failure to meet the deadline
Celik and Batool
Human rights arguments
EU Settlement Scheme: EU, other EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members
Citizens’ Rights (Restrictions of Rights of Entry and Residence) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Akinsanya  EWCA Civ 37
Batool (other family members: EU exit)  UKUT 00219
Celik (EU exit; marriage; human rights)  UKUT 00220 (IAC)
Sandra is an experienced and approachable practitioner, specialising in immigration, asylum and public law, who is ranked as a Leading Junior by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners
Sandra acts at all levels, from the advisory stage upwards, dealing with all aspects of public and private immigration work. She appears regularly in the Tribunal and Court of Appeal, providing representation in asylum, deportation and family cases, with a particular focus on cases involving aspects of EU Free Movement law. Sandra is an experienced and popular trainer in this area, and is a member of the ILPA European Subcommittee. She is also the lead reviewer for Advocate, the Bar’s leading provider of pro bono work.
Sandra has a busy judicial review practice, advising and appearing on refusals of fresh human rights and asylum claims, unlawful detention, challenges to age assessments and injunctive relief for removals and administrative errors.
Sandra sits on the Middle Temple Equality and Diversity Committee and is actively involved in programs aimed at encouraging access to and retention at the Bar.