We acted for an Iranian lady who suffered domestic violence and psychological abuse from her British husband leading to her fleeing the house in the middle of the night. She applied to stay in the UK permanently under an immigration rule designed to protect spouses in this situation. The Home Office refused, stating that evidence of the domestic violence was not provided in the exact form specified in Home Office internal guidance.
We appealed the refusal decision and obtained additional evidence from the police and witnesses. In January 2007 we won our appeal and a senior immigration judge subsequently upheld the decision under the immigration rules and also on human rights grounds.