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An introduction to Civil Penalties for Employers

The system of civil penalties is designed to encourage employers to comply with their obligations; it places a positive burden on them to checking their employees and monitoring them before and throughout their employment. It is of course in line with the forthcoming changes to duties of landlords, in checking the ID of their tenants, perhaps demonstrating a similar line in Government policy, shifting responsibility and imposing duties and penalties for those who fail.

This paper provides a short introduction to the scheme and looks at how we can react to it for our clients (i.e. objecting to and/or appealing penalties, either quashing them or at least reducing them).

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On what grounds can government lawyers' rates be challenged?


Dispute Resolution analysis: Adam Pipe, barrister at No.8 Chambers, considers the decision in R v Bakhtiyar and says it will now be more difficult to challenge government lawyers' chargeable rates by comparison.

Original news

R (on the application of Bakhtiyar) v Secretary of State for the Home Department IJR [2015] UKUT 519 (IAC), [2015] All ER (D) 97 (Sep) The claimant challenged the order that he pay the defendant Secretary of State her costs of £400 for acknowledgement of service (AoS) and summary grounds. The Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) (UT), in dismissing the application, gave guidance on the application of the indemnity principle to the Secretary of State and the Government Legal Department (GLD). It then held that there was 'not the remotest scope' for the argument that £200 per hour was an unreasonably high rate.

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No.8 Tenancy Opportunities

As part of our ongoing growth plan Chambers is looking to recruit tenants to cover its principal areas of practice: crime (including CPS), family (public & private) and immigration.

Applications are welcome from both experienced and junior practitioners.

Applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Please send a CV, with a covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. marked 'tenancy application'.

All applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

No.8 Chambers' immigration team is ranked Band 1 for the Midlands by Chambers and Partners, which states:

"No.8 Chambers offers an impressive depth of Immigration Law talent in the Midlands Circuit. The set is noted by observers for its deep bench of seasoned barristers and experience across a broad spectrum of immigration matters, including asylum, nationality, and refugee issues".

Chambers and Partners also comments on the No.8 Chambers Client service: “The clerking at Number 8 Chambers is brilliant and efficient – you can’t fault them".

No.8 Chambers is committed to equal opportunities in its recruitment practices and procedures.