Costs in Immigration Judicial Reviews in the Upper Tribunal

Costs in Immigration Judicial Reviews in the Upper Tribunal

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Course Overview

Delivered by lecturer and barrister Ben Amunwa, this webinar provides an overview of the procedural framework that applies to getting costs in immigration cases in the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) (‘UT’) and has been broken down into 4 easy to digest sections:

Part 1

This section will focus on the procedure for obtaining costs in judicial review in the UTIA and will discuss identifying the powers to award costs, the basic principles and requirements for making a costs order, how and when to apply and what must be considered when orders are made.

Part 2

Disputes about costs in the UTIA are dominated by 2 cases; Although decided within 1 year of each other by the Court of Appeal, the slightly different approaches taken in each case will be examined during this session. In addition, viewers will receive guidance on how to present arguments based on the key principles in certain common scenarios following a settlement of a judicial review claim.

Part 3 & 4

During these two final sessions lecturer Ben Amunwa will offer an insight into several common scenarios including what is the appropriate costs order when the Defendant fails to serve an Acknowledgment of Service or substitutes a new decision during the judicial review proceedings. Consideration will be given to whether you can challenge the rate at which costs are claimed by the Defendant and how to challenge a costs order made by UTIAC.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the reference notes and optional evaluation form to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 1-3 CPD points (depending on length of time spent reviewing the supporting documentation).

Learning Outcomes

  • Appreciate the differences in approach between the two main authorities
  • Understanding how the degree of success affects what kind of costs order is appropriate and the types of arguments that are required where costs are in dispute.
  • Recognise the circumstances in which you can challenge the rate at which costs are claimed by the Defendant, or a costs order made by the UTIAC, and know how to do so successfully

What is the target audience?

  • Immigration law practitioners



About Instructor - Ben Amunwa

Called to the Bar in 2013, Ben enjoys a thriving practice in commercial, civil and public law. He also loves to train lawyers and non-lawyers in a variety of areas of law, putting to work his creative and presentation skills.

Ben runs a popular legal blog, called, which aims to make the law accessible to a wider audience.

His advocacy is praised by Judges, opponents and clients. A member of 36 Civil, Ben is known for his exceptional client care and attention to detail in complex and urgent cases. Ben provides practical, cost-effective and punctual advice to a range of clients, including local authorities, professionals, businesses and individuals.

Before coming to the Bar, Ben spent over a decade in the charity sector supporting individuals in crisis. His experience of management and media enables him to perform calmly under pressure. Clients value his accessible manner and his ability to explain difficult areas of law.

Achievements include:

- representing a senior doctor in a race discrimination and harassment claim against an NHS Trust;

- securing a favourable settlement at mediation for a private client in a dispute over the construction of a multi-million pound house;

- successfully defending a teacher who faced regulatory prosecution for alleged professional misconduct over a period of 3 years;

- co-counsel in R (Medical Justice and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2016). As featured in The Guardian, the case challenged the government’s reliance on a restrictive definition of torture to justify immigration detention.

- successfully defending a local authority in a judicial review concerning duties to children in need - R (SC) v London Borough of Ealing [2016] EWHC 2765 (Admin) and representing in Court of Appeal proceedings.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4


  • Reference Notes - Part 1
    4 Page
  • Evaluation - Part 1
    1 Page
  • Reference Notes - Part 2
    4 Page
  • Evaluation - Part 2
    1 Page
  • Reference Notes - Part 3
    6 Page
  • Evaluation - Part 3
    1 Page
  • Reference Notes - Part 4
    4 Page
  • Evaluation - Part 4
    1 Page


  • Price
  • £ 100