A BRITISH legal practice, Duncan Lewis Solicitors whose director of public law Toufique Hossain specialises in asylum cases has taken up the cudgels on behalf of 36 teenagers from the Calais jungle.
The youngsters who are aged between 14 and 17 were all residents in the Calais refugee camp who applied for access to the United Kingdom with 28 of them having their applications refused whilst the others still await a decision.
Having been removed to different reception centres throughout France their legal representatives argue that the British government has not acted in accordance with section 67 of the 2016 Immigration Act which covers the admission of vulnerable unaccompanied children into the UK.
The solicitors have requested a judicial review of the Home Office decision to refuse entry or delay a decision as it has not given proper written reasons for refusal and in fact did not use reasonable discretion in these cases.
According to a statement issued by Mr Toufique, his office has written to the Home Office on two separate occasions and received no reply and he is particularly worried as some of those who had been rejected for admission suffered from certified emotional and psychological problems.
So far it appears that just 200 of the many unaccompanied children from the camp had been admitted to the UK and that no new action is likely to take place until well into the New Year dependent upon the decision reached in the judicial review.