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Immigration - Northern (Bar)


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Doughty Street Chambers is a big name in immigration law not just on the Northern Circuit but nationally as well. Its barristers cover the full range of personal immigration work, and provide both advice and advocacy on issues relating to asylum, human rights and nationality.


Nick Stanage 
An erudite immigration and public law barrister who is particularly quick on his feet in trial. He has a large judicial review practice and a solid grounding in civil liberties and police-related immigration litigation. 

Paul Draycott 
A meticulous advocate who focuses on challenging legally aided work, particularly cases involving refugees and matters that concern the rights of migrants to housing and social support.

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The set boasts an impressively high-calibre immigration team whose members are regularly instructed in cases that challenge the status quo. Particular areas of strength are cases involving migrant prisoners and extradition cases. 


Rory O'Ryan 
Devotes a significant portion of his practice to public law matters including personal immigration. He is noted for his expertise in obtaining emergency injunctive relief in deportation or removal cases, and is praised by instructing solicitors for his sensitive handling of refugees and vulnerable claimants. 

Vijay Jagadesham 
An expert in cases involving detained migrants, children and the ECHR. He also has a burgeoning practice assisting organisations with obtaining sponsor licences.
Strengths: "He is very thorough in his preparation, shows confidence in court, and is also very knowledgeable and easy to work with." 

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An established immigration, nationality and asylum set, known in the market for its members' skilled advocacy at tribunals and courts across the country. The set is frequently instructed in complex deportation and nationality cases.


George Brown 
An experienced immigration practitioner who covers the full range of immigration law, including asylum and nationality matters. 
Strengths: "A very experienced and dedicated tribunal advocate. He is also very approachable." "He gets good results in tribunals, and he gets good results at the highest levels too - he's a highly efficient and hugely effective immigration advocate."

Shazia Khan 
Focuses her practice on legally aided immigration and asylum work. She draws praise from peers not just for her considerable experience, but also for her dedication to the immigration law field.
Strengths: "She is a really good advocate before the tribunal, with a good breadth of knowledge on all immigration matters."

John Nicholson 
A tenacious and dedicated legal aid practitioner who concentrates his immigration law practice on refugee and nationality issues. 
Strengths: "He is a great advocate - a real fighter."

Gita Patel 
A veteran immigration specialist noted for her particular expertise in asylum cases. Market commentators are quick to praise her skill in representing vulnerable clients, such as minors, and those with mental health issues.

Mark Schwenk 
A leading junior on the Northern Circuit practising in immigration, asylum and public law. Commentators also note his burgeoning judicial review practice.

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