Sarabjit Singh QC will appear for the Secretary of State for the Home Department before the Court of Appeal (David Richards, Holroyde and Nicola Davies LJJ) on 23rd October 2018 in a significant case on the validity of deportation orders. At the time of the relevant events in the appeal, the Secretary of State had a discretion to issue a deportation order against a person such as the Appellant who was liable to deportation, which invalidated any leave to remain granted to that person.

The appeal raises a number of important questions, such as whether the validity of a deportation order can be challenged long after the event and what the consequence of any invalidity should be in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in R (George) v SSHD [2014] UKSC 28, [2014] 1 WLR 1831. Appearing against Sarabjit are Stephen Knafler QC and Galina Ward of Landmark Chambers. The hearing promises to be fascinating and is one of a number of immigration and tax hearings in the Court of Appeal or Supreme Court that Sarabjit will appear in this term, as part of his versatile practice.