Plaintiff-side firm prepares group action on behalf of Windrush Generation against the UK Government over 'hostile environment' immigration policy.
Leigh Day, the UK-based plaintiff side firm which specializes in personal injury and human rights cases, has announced it is investigating a potential group action claim against the UK Government brought on behalf of the Windrush Generation.
The dispute arises from the treatment of Windrush Generation immigrants, who arrived in the UK from the Caribbean before 1971 and acquired indefinite right to remain in the country. The group faces difficulty in complying with challenging governmental documentation requirements, due to the time elapsed since their arrival and the destruction of landing cards by the UK Home Office.
The claim will challenge the alleged unlawful detention and deportation, loss of employment rights and denial of medical treatment of Windrush Generation Britons. Lawyers will argue that the 'hostile environment' policies put forward by the Home Office were discriminatory and unlawful under the Human Rights Act.
The firm confirmed it was first awaiting details of the Government's proposed compensation scheme. Human rights partner Jamie Beagent, who represents the Windrush clients, remarked: “Whilst we welcome the news that the Government intends to set up a compensation scheme for these British citizens, we know very little more. We are also skeptical that such a scheme will adequately recompense our clients for what they have been through and what they have lost and seems to be a failed crisis-management ploy. We urge the Government to provide further details, including a timeframe for the scheme, and if these are not adequate we will be bringing a group action, under the Human Rights Act, on behalf of these members of our society who have been treated so badly by a Government which sought to make the rest of society hostile toward them."