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Immigration Advisory Service (IAS) archive - limited file retrieval service

Added: 15 March 2012

At a hearing – 27 February 2012 - of the Joint Administrators’ application for directions as to what to do with the files that were in the Immigration Advisory Service (IAS) archive at the time when IAS went into administration, the Chief Registrar, Mr Registrar Baister, ordered that a retrieval period be opened, until 28 May 2012, during which former IAS clients can request their files from the archive.

Please bring this information to the attention of any of your constituents with whom you are in touch who are former IAS clients  and with community organisations and lawyers who may be in touch with such constituents.

The Order of Mr Registrar Baister, the Administrators’ notice and the application form for retrieving a file can be found at: http://www.ilpa.org.uk/resources.php/14268/clients-can-retrieve-immigration-advisory-service-archived-files-28-february-2012. This resource is public.

ILPA (Immigration Law Practitioners' Association) intervened in the proceedings and report as follows:

“We are enormously grateful to Sarah Robinson and Craig Montgomery of Freshfields and their colleagues and to Georgina Peters of South Square Chambers for the superb representation they provided pro bono which enabled us to participate in this case. We were successful in our arguments against the destruction of the files. We had argued for the files to be retained for the full six years but in all the circumstances (in private law cases the “there is no money” argument goes a long way we achieved much more than we ever dared expect in managing to get the three month retrieval period.”

If you need more information on any aspect of this, do get in touch with Alison Harvey at info@ilpa.org.uk.

Meanwhile, for the most recent Update and most recent Information Sheets provided by ILPA's Information Service, see http://www.ilpa.org.uk/pages/info-service.html.

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