The AIRE Centre

Providing pro bono legal advice on EU law and Human Rights issues

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The Advice on Individual Rights in Europe Centre (The AIRE Centre) promotes awareness of European Union (EU) law rights, and assists marginalised individuals and vulnerable people to assert them. It focuses on EU law on the free movement of persons, including the residence rights of EU migrant citizens and their right to access benefits; EU Asylum law; and The European Convention on Human Rights (particularly issues relating to migration).

The AIRE Centre's in-house legal team provides free written legal advice on EU law to any charity, NGO, pro bono or legal aid lawyer that is advising an individual. They receive far more requests for advice than they can answer so we assist by drafting responses to some of the legal issues raised, often helping to tackle discrimination against EU nationals, to assist victims of domestic abuse, to keep families together and ensure that people have access to the benefits to which they are entitled.

98%

of the feedback received by the AIRE Centre in response to letters is that the recipients are "very satisfied".
 

Our collaboration with the AIRE Centre and two other international law firms is supported by Intralinks, which provides a dedicated dealroom to store research materials and completed advice precedents on a pro bono basis.

Acting for the AIRE Centre as intervenor in the Supreme Court

Our London Administrative and Public Law team assisted the charity with its neutral intervention in an appeal before the Supreme Court, which raised an important point of principle regarding the proper approach to the assessment of a child's best interests in the context of transferring adoption proceedings to another Member State under Article 15 of Brussels II Revised. In its decision, which clarified the law in this area, the Court referred to points made in the AIRE Centre's "helpful intervention".

We also represented the AIRE Centre when it intervened in another case before the Supreme Court, where the position under Directive 2004/38/EC of a child who is a third country national but has been placed in the legal guardianship of EU citizens under the Islamic “kefalah” system in her own country, has been made the subject of a reference to the European Court of Justice.

AIRE Centre publications

We have developed a series of factsheets for the AIRE Centre website, which are designed to address key topics and the straightforward questions they are most frequently asked:

  • Administrative Removal: Grounds of Removal / Misuse of Rights as set out in the 2016 EEA Regulations – For Agencies
  • Information Sheet: Comprehensive Sickness Insurance - For Agencies
  • Information Sheet: Comprehensive Sickness Insurance – For Individuals
  • Deportation of EEA Nationals from the United Kingdom (for non-represented clients)
  • Deportation of EEA Nationals from the United Kingdom – For Agencies
  • EEA Family Members Information Sheet (for non-represented clients)
  • EEA Family Members Information Sheet (for secondary advisors)
  • Information Note on Trafficking (for non-represented clients)
  • Information Note on Trafficking – For Agencies
  • Note on the Rights of Croatian Nationals to Live and Work in the UK (Longer)
  • Note on the Rights of Croatian Nationals to Live and Work in the UK (for non-represented clients) (Shorter)
  • Permanent Residence Information Sheet (for non-represented clients)
  • Permanent Residence Information Sheet (for secondary advisors)
  • Rights of Third-Country National Family Members of Union Citizens who are Victims of Domestic Violence – For Agencies
  • Rights of Third-Country National Family Members of Union Citizens who are Victims of Domestic Violence (for non-represented clients)
  • Steps To Consider Taking In Light of Brexit