Christa Fielden recently secured success in an ‘Operation Nexus’ deportation appeal in which her client was described as “one of the most fearsome criminals in London”.

The appellant, said to be “an enforcer”, had five convictions, and the police’s oral evidence and the CRIS reports relied upon covered seventeen other incidents, some involving fatal shootings, as well as police intelligence which could not be fully disclosed for operational reasons.  DVD footage allegedly showing the appellant to be a gang member was also shown in the course of the hearing.

Although dismissed under the Immigration Rules, the appeal was allowed under Article 8, in a determination that ran to 110 pages.  Although the Secretary of State was granted permission to appeal, the Upper Tribunal upheld the First Tier Tribunal’s determination following a contested error of law hearing.