It is an account which ranges fluidly from the minutiae of individual cases and immigration rules to the socio-economic trends that are shaping patterns of migration beyond governments’ control. It also serves as warning and manifesto to the present generation of barristers hoping to cope with the legal aid cuts in immigration from April 2013. The fight to ensure migrants can seek economic opportunity or physical protection in the UK has never been more fraught or unfair.

Taimour Lay is a 2nd six pupil at Garden Court Chambers focusing on asylum and immigration. He was a print journalist for eight years covering conflict, corporate abuses and political-economy in Africa.