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Immigration - Northern (Bar)


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Doughty Street has a number of barristers with a significant immigration practice both in the Northern Circuit and nationally. The set is especially strong on human rights issues, and its members are frequently instructed on cases involving difficult asylum claims and unlawful detention.


Nick Stanage 
Has a broad immigration practice but is noted for his expertise in unlawful detention cases.
Expertise: "He is very charismatic and commanding in court; he's really got that charisma."

Paul Draycott 
Regularly carries out immigration work with a human rights or EU slant. He is frequently instructed in complex test cases, where he impresses solicitors who note that "he is always able to add an extra dimension in terms of his knowledge of the law."
Expertise: "He always gives clear advice as to what next steps need to be taken. As a client, I always knew exactly what needed to be done next."  

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Garden Court North is one of the best immigration sets on the Northern Circuit. The individuals at the set have a broad knowledge base and are able to advise on a range of immigration, asylum and nationality law matters.


Rory O'Ryan 
Has a broad immigration practice and advises on everything from human rights and asylum cases to appeals under the points-based immigration system.
Expertise: "He has a highly methodical and understated approach, but it's hugely effective; you can rely on him to get the job done."

Vijay Jagadesham 
Recommended for his considerable expertise across the gamut of immigration and asylum law. He is noted for his focus on cases concerning vulnerable clients or minors.

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Kenworthy's has one of the largest immigration teams in the North of England. The team undertakes a broad range of immigration and asylum cases, although commentators particularly highlight the set's expertise in emergency interventions in removals.


George Brown 
Specialises in immigration law and works in all areas of the field, including asylum and nationality issues.

Shazia Khan 
Regularly conducts immigration cases in tribunals and the High Court. Her practice is focused on legally aided immigration and asylum cases, and she has a healthy judicial review workload.
Expertise: "She is a really good advocate before the Tribunal, and has a good breadth of knowledge on all immigration matters."

John Nicholson 
Praised by solicitors for the passion he brings to his work, which many believe is a lasting legacy of his previous career in the voluntary sector. His practice is focused on immigration issues with a human rights slant.

Gita Patel 
Brings considerable experience in criminal and family law to her immigration practice.
Expertise: "She is a quietly effective, understated performer."

Mark Schwenk 
A hugely experienced and well-known barrister who has substantial immigration and asylum expertise. He has recently carried out a number of noteworthy cases concerning Somalia, and was involved in the current country guidance decision.

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