Our client in this case was a potential victim of trafficking from Indonesia whose age was disputed by the Home Office based upon a passport obtained for her by agents involved in her trafficking. Although, the client was by this stage an adult, the issue of her age at the time of the alleged trafficking was important as the key test for identification of a child victim of trafficking differs to that applied to an adult.
Our challenge led to the High Court quashing the Home Office’s decision on the basis that they had failed to consider all relevant evidence contrary to their own guidance and contrary also to the basic principles of procedural fairness.
Milla Walker represented NS. Samantha Knights, QC at Matrix Chambers was instructed for the full hearing, and we also worked with Catherine Meredith at Doughty Street Chambers on the preparation of the initial grounds.