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UK-Bar Guide

Immigration — London (Bar)

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
The foremost set leading the way at the London Immigration Bar, Garden Court Chambers houses an unsurpassable team of advocates who handle the full gamut of immigration matters. Its practitioners, from top-quality juniors to renowned QCs, appear in the highest courts acting on behalf of vulnerable clients and high net worth private individuals alike. Many of them have recently been leading the way on policy and casework to relieve the refugee crisis in Calais and across Europe.

Client service: "The clerking is very good, they always respond to things extremely promptly. The clerks are friendly, efficient and will go out of their way to help." Lisa O’Leary leads the clerking team.

SILKS 

Ian Macdonald QC 
A vastly knowledgeable and highly respected silk who has a long history of assisting asylum seekers and others facing immigration and nationality issues. He offers a wealth of experience and routinely undertakes Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal work.
Strengths: "A giant of the field of immigration law." "He is recognised as a leading author in this area."

Laurie Fransman QC 
A celebrated silk with market-leading knowledge of nationality and asylum law. He enjoys a glowing reputation, both domestically and internationally, thanks in part to his significant contribution to leading literature in the area. His areas of expertise within asylum law include complex protection and exclusion cases.
Strengths: "The guru of nationality law." "The authority on immigration law who deftly handles the most challenging points."
Recent work: Acted for Dmytro Firtash, successfully challenging a US extradition request on behalf of the Ukrainian oligarch, who was on bail in Austria. 

Stephanie Harrison QC 
Highly esteemed barrister who is particularly well known for her adroit handling of the most complex immigration and asylum matters. She frequently appears in the highest courts in landmark immigration cases, such as human rights claims, unlawful detention matters and deportation appeals.
Strengths: "Almost unrivalled when it comes her deep knowledge of detention issues." "She is a legend at the Bar with a famed refugee practice."
Recent work: Successfully responded to the Home Secretary's review of a Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) decision on the correct approach to disclosure of judicial review proceedings under new statutory review provisions.

JUNIORS

Navtej Singh Ahluwalia
An impressive junior with considerable experience who is often instructed in judicial review proceedings in relation to EU free movement law and deportation. He has significant knowledge of, and has written on, the points-based system (PBS).
Strengths: "Very approachable and prepares meticulously for Immigration Tribunal hearings." "A charismatic and highly persuasive advocate."
Recent work: Appeared in R (Selim Macastina) v SSHD, a test case considering whether an amendment to the Immigration (EEA) Regulations was contrary to EU free movement law. 

Adrian Berry
An exceptionally skilled junior, whose practice is heavily focused on British nationality and EU free movement law. He routinely receives instructions from large-scale corporations in major commercial immigration matters.
Strengths: "An absolutely brilliant brain and a delightful personality - always a pleasure to work with." "One of the finest legal minds of our time."
Recent work: Instructed in R (Deelavathi Bondada) v SSHD, a case establishing the necessary criteria to prove that an individual is a British citizen by descent, and therefore entitled to a British passport.

Rebecca Chapman
Offers broad immigration expertise and specialist insight into international human rights law. She regularly handles third-country and asylum cases and was appointed a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal in 2015.
Strengths: "She is very compassionate and strong on children or family cases." "An absolutely fantastic advocate."

Kathryn Cronin
A first-class advocate with a wealth of immigration knowledge. She is regularly instructed in asylum and family law cases and has notable expertise in matters concerning gender persecution, trafficking and child-related immigration. Cronin is admitted to practice in both the UK and Australia.
Strengths: "Kathryn is exceptionally bright and academic, but also down-to-earth." "Very approachable, a fantastic advert for the Bar in general."

Duran Seddon 
A leading junior with an impressive case history, having been involved in a number of high-profile immigration, asylum and human rights matters before SIAC, the House of Lords and the Strasbourg Grand Chamber. He routinely acts for senior political and business figures in highly sensitive cases.
Strengths: "Duran is very bright and very experienced." "He is extremely clever and has an amazing eye for detail."
Recent work: Appeared in the Supreme Court in HA (Iraq) v SSHD, a case considering the immigration rules in relation to public interest and Article 8 of the ECHR.

Amanda Weston
Leading immigration barrister who routinely acts for overseas, high-profile clients in complex citizenship and inbound-travel matters. Distinguished for her commitment to the representation of migrants, she also weights her caseload towards unlawful detention work on behalf of vulnerable adults and children.
Strengths: "She is an absolute standout claimant barrister." "She does lots of complex work for vulnerable clients and always does an excellent job."
Recent work: Acted in Bosov v SSHD, successfully overturning the Home Office's decision to exclude Dmitry Bosov, a well-known Russian businessman, from the UK. 

Ronan Toal 
Much respected for a practice that has seen him become a favourite among fellow barristers and solicitors alike. His caseload is varied, with a particular focus on human trafficking and Country Guidance matters. 
Strengths: "His knowledge is incredibly impressive, he takes interesting approaches and makes them work." "He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration and asylum law."

Peter Jorro
Highly experienced practitioner with a varied practice covering areas such as the PBS, asylum and EEA law. He counts high net worth individuals, businesses and asylum applicants among his broader clientele.
Strengths: "Excellent on complex EU matters for high-profile clients." "He has a profound knowledge of refugee issues."

Patrick Lewis
A truly experienced practitioner, he regularly appears before the Court of Appeal and Administrative Court. He is a commercial immigration specialist who regularly advises both private individuals and large corporations. 
Strengths: "He's very approachable and always listens with avid attention, which inspires confidence." "His immigration knowledge and the way he works with clients are very impressive."
Recent work: Appeared in BD v ECO (Moscow), a case regarding a high net worth individual whose application was refused on account of an allegation that he had provided false information in respect to a previous application.

Sonali Naik 
Esteemed senior junior with a wealth of experience appearing before Tribunals and in judicial review proceedings. Her practice focuses on Article 8 ECHR and deportation matters. While largely publicly funded, she also acts for private clients.
Strengths: "Naik is technically very good and highly persuasive." "She is able to master detail and break down concepts with ease."
Recent work: Acted in BM and Others, a Country Guidance appeal in the Upper Tribunal concerning returns to the Democratic Republic of Congo for foreign national criminals, refused asylum seekers and those involved in opposition political movements.

Sadat Sayeed
Routinely handles politically sensitive cases on behalf of high-profile individuals within the political, business and sporting worlds. He is particularly noted for his deep knowledge of human rights and refugee law, regularly advising clients from Eastern European countries.
Strengths: "He is absolutely committed to each and every case." "His written pleading is top-notch. He sets out arguments extremely clearly and persuasively."
Recent work: Instructed in R (ILPA) v Tribunal Procedure Committee and Lord Chancellor, a matter regarding the legality of the new First-tier Tribunal procedure rules which permit a ‘secret evidence’ procedure.

Abigail Smith 
Draws on her prior experience as a solicitor, and previous engagement with various NGOs, to offer excellent immigration advice to a diverse clientele. She frequently appears in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals in complex asylum and immigration matters.
Strengths: "Great in both technical cases and Article 8 matters." "Incredibly responsive and has a friendly and welcoming manner with clients."
Recent work: Acted in AT and another (Article 8 ECHR - Child Refugee - Family Reunification) Eritrea [2016].

Mark Symes 
A quality advocate offering an all-round immigration service. Before coming to the Bar he worked at the Refugee Legal Centre and he is now best known for appearing in various landmark Country Guidance asylum cases. 
Strengths: "Encyclopaedic knowledge and innovative approach to legal issues." "He is fiercely intelligent and strikes up good relationships with clients."
Recent work: Acted in Zhegrova, the lead case regarding the extent to which cohabitation between spouses is required before retained rights of residence accrue under EU law. 

Colin Yeo
An esteemed and popular immigration barrister, he is particularly highly regarded by peers and widely recognised for his editorship of the Free Movement blog. His client base is varied, and includes high net worth private individuals, law centres and businesses of all sizes. 
Strengths: "Extraordinary energy and commitment." "Very responsive. He offers highly detailed advice and comprehensive knowledge of case law."
Recent work: Successfully appeared on behalf of the appellant in Saif Ullah v SSHD. This was an appeal against refusal of status to a man who had been a resident in the UK for 15 years, but who had previously been deported for a large-scale fraud offence and re-entered the country illegally.

Michelle Brewer
Acts primarily for victims of human trafficking and unlawful detainment, representing clients in public law, immigration and criminal appellate proceedings. She regularly advises organisations such as the Equality and Human Rights Commission on anti-trafficking measures.
Strengths: "Excellent with vulnerable clients, she provides first-class, family-based immigration advice." "Very impressed with how quickly she digests information and turns it into a compelling argument."
Recent work: Instructed in PA v SSHD, a judicial review considering the Home Secretary's decision to detain a pregnant woman.

Greg Ó Ceallaigh 
A budding junior, he continues to impress peers and clients alike with his flourishing immigration and asylum practice. He offers great experience in areas such as EU law-related judicial reviews, third-country removal and detention matters. 
Strengths: "He is completely on top of Italy third-country case litigation." "He fights extraordinarily hard on detention and asylum cases."
Recent work: Successfully argued that an Italian national who had committed numerous offences had acquired a right of permanent residence in SSHD v Vassallo.

Louise Hooper 
A promising immigration junior who has garnered peer respect for her expertise regarding sexual orientation and gender-based claims. She routinely acts on behalf of vulnerable clients who have been victims of unlawful detention and trafficking.
Strengths: "She has standout knowledge of unaccompanied minors." "She's fantastic - when you have her on side you're instantly more confident. She gets straight to the point and has an amazing analytical brain." "Committed, driven, a pleasure to work with and thoroughly effective in the High Court." 
Recent work: Acted in HN v SSHD, a case concerning the deportation of refused Afghan asylum seekers on charter flights.

David Jones
An accomplished public lawyer, who is adept at handling immigration, asylum and human rights law at all levels, from the First-tier Tribunal to the ECHR. Market commentators highlight his strong track record of securing substantial damages for individuals who have been unlawfully detained.
Strengths: "Words cannot describe how brilliant his work is." "An absolutely wonderful, charming advocate."
Recent work: Acted in BB v SSHD, a high-value unlawful detention and personal injury claim concerning a seriously mentally ill Algerian man who had repeatedly been detained under immigration powers.

Nicola Braganza 
A rising junior who continues to receive praise for her work with vulnerable appellants and their families. Her caseload includes complex work regarding trafficking, domestic abuse cases and asylum-seeking children. She regularly appears before the Upper Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Nicola has particular expertise with complex immigration cases." "She has amazingly in-depth knowledge and is prepared to go the extra mile for clients."

Bryony Poynor 
A top immigration junior with a broad caseload encompassing all areas of asylum, nationality, deportation, EU free movement and human rights law. She frequently acts for vulnerable clients in sensitive, complex cases concerning trafficking and persecution.
Strengths: "Very dedicated, it's an absolute pleasure to work with Bryony."
Recent work: Acted in HN v SSHD, a case challenging the government’s removal of refused asylum seekers to Afghanistan.

Anthony Vaughan 
Hailed by peers, he routinely acts on behalf of high-profile individuals in challenges against decisions of the Home Office, particularly regarding deportation or removal actions. His burgeoning career sees him making regular appearances before the Supreme Court and SIAC.
Strengths: "He is very organised and very good to work with." "You always know he will prepare a case to the highest possible standard and give pragmatic advice."
Recent work: Instructed in AA (Afghanistan) v SSHD, a test case clarifying the UK's obligations to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

Gemma Loughran 
Popular among peers, Loughran routinely appears before a range of judicial fora, including the First-tier and Upper Tribunals and the High Court. She has significant experience of handling complex detention and removal cases and is particularly noted for her provision of expert advice to Somali nationals and victims of trafficking. 
Strengths: "She really gets to grips with the material, has a good knowledge of the law and is concise, calm and considered." "Extremely able lawyer who is prepared to take difficult cases and handle them with panache."

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET 
Blackstone Chambers is renowned for its esteemed immigration practitioners who routinely undertake the most significant, complex and widely publicised judicial reviews on behalf of the Home Office. Its barristers appear in the highest domestic and European courts and are able to draw upon their extensive public international law expertise when appearing in major immigration matters. One commentator remarks: "The set has some absolutely brilliant barristers who are regulars in the Supreme Court."

Client service: "The clerks are very good. Their communication is excellent and they are very easy to work with." Senior clerk Gary Oliver heads up the team.

SILKS 

Michael Fordham QC 
Pre-eminent immigration silk with outstanding expertise encompassing complex judicial review proceedings and high-profile human rights cases. A regular feature in the Supreme Court, he offers unrivalled advice concerning civil liberties, EU law and Country Guidance.
Strengths: "A star silk who does a great deal of heavyweight work." "The court sits up and listens when he talks."

Monica Carss-Frisk QC 
Joint head of chambers, she is a brilliant public law and immigration silk who is distinguished by her masterful handling of matters concerning unlawful imprisonment and the ECHR. She regularly acts on behalf of the government in the most prominent EU courts.
Strengths: "She has the ear of the court." "She is patient, knowledgeable and committed."

James Eadie QC 
Extraordinary immigration barrister with many strings to his bow. As First Treasury Counsel, he is the government's silk of choice for the most complex public law, immigration and human rights cases.
Strengths: "One of the absolute best barristers at the Bar, he is a standout individual with a wonderful practice." "When James stands up, he receives avid attention from the entire court."

David Pannick QC 
A public law legend praised by peers for his deep knowledge and broad-based expertise. He has an impressive track record of appearing before the highest European courts in the most complex asylum and civil liberties cases.
Strengths: "An amazing public lawyer." "He is brilliant at what he does."

Dinah Rose QC 
Highly esteemed throughout the market, she has a broad immigration practice with a significant emphasis on human rights, civil liberties and EU law. She routinely appears in the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the ECJ.
Strengths: "She is just fantastic, incredibly bright."

JUNIORS 

Tom Hickman 
Has considerable expertise across a wide range of practice areas. A regular presence in SIAC and the ECHR, he has acted against the government in significant citizenship and national law matters.
Strengths: "He's doing the really complex work. He will go a long way in the legal world."

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
Doughty Street Chambers is a renowned, claimant-focused immigration set offering expert advocacy and advice to a diverse clientele. Peers hold the set in high regard for its full-service immigration offering, and are quick to highlight the breadth and depth of its advocates' expertise. The set continues to tackle the most complex, high-profile detention and trafficking cases, while its barristers are also recognised for their provision of expert advice to educational establishments on sponsorship licence compliance. One source says: "Doughty Street is right in the thick of the most contentious policy points; its members are involved in many of the biggest, landmark cases."

Client service: "The clerking is efficient and prompt. They provide good access to counsel and are good at arranging listings and passing on relevant material in a timely fashion." Sian Wilkins leads the clerking team.

SILKS 

Judith Farbey QC 
A high-calibre immigration silk who is highly sought after by businesses and educational institutions for her wide expertise, particularly regarding Tier 2 and Tier 4 of the PBS. Her broad practice also sees her acting in judicial review proceedings regarding nationality law and highly sensitive human rights issues, often on behalf of high-profile individuals.
Strengths: "Strong strategic thinker, she is ever practical and down-to-earth, with a very engaging and amiable manner." "Her submissions are stupendous, she's a very, very thorough lawyer."

JUNIORS 

Laura Dubinsky 
A leading light at the Immigration Bar, Dubinsky is famed among peers and clients alike for her nous and insight into complex asylum and detention law. Her depth of knowledge is reflected by her routine appearances in the highest courts, where she frequently advises on landmark litigation concerning detention and removal.
Strengths: "She's phenomenal on immigration detention." "Extremely passionate about her work and really willing to push the boundaries for clients, to great effect."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in CS v SSHD, a case considering how the protections EU citizens enjoy from expulsion from EU territory apply in the context of threats to public security.

Mark Henderson 
A leading claimant-focused immigration barrister, he is regularly instructed by top-tier solicitors given his vast expertise encompassing asylum, human rights and EU law. He routinely appears in the highest domestic and European courts on behalf of vulnerable clients.
Strengths: "He can digest an amazing amount of information and can be relied upon to set out persuasive arguments in court." "He's very frank and realistic about the merits of a case; that's important and really valued by the client."
Recent work: Acted in R (Babbage) v SSHD, a definitive case concerning the detainment of foreign national prisoners.

Philip Haywood 
An immigration stalwart, he is highly regarded for his extensive experience and expertise. He routinely represents clients at all levels, from the tribunal to the ECHR. His recent work has involved complex unlawful detention and deportation claims.
Strengths: "He always produces absolutely insightful arguments." "Able to grasp very complex issues immediately, he has an incredible ability to pare things down to the bare essentials."
Recent work: Appeared before the Upper Tribunal in a case considering the implications of the use of social media and the internet by Iranian asylum seekers.

Charlotte Kilroy 
A public law practitioner, Kilroy weights her caseload heavily towards human rights and immigration matters. She is particularly well regarded for her work with vulnerable migrants, including those who have been unlawfully detained and are facing deportation.
Strengths: "She is knowledgeable and experienced in detained fast track procedures." "An outstanding advocate with a keen intellect and an absolute commitment to fighting her client's case. You want her in your corner."

Alasdair Mackenzie 
Prior to joining the set in 2005, Mackenzie co-founded the charity Asylum Aid. He is now a high-profile immigration barrister frequently appearing at all levels of tribunal, SIAC and the Court of Appeal. His noted areas of expertise include family law and human rights.
Strengths: "He is extremely bright and one of the most responsive barristers around." "He is very knowledgeable and has learned the art of putting complex cases to the judge clearly and persuasively."
Recent work: Appeared in R (MM and Others) v SSHD, a case considering whether the Home Secretary can take the character of family members into account when refusing to naturalise someone otherwise entitled to be granted citizenship.

Joseph Middleton 
Established practitioner handling a plethora of immigration matters for prominent firms. His caseload is geared towards corporate immigration matters, and has a notable focus on blue-chip companies, banks and high net worth clients.
Strengths: "Great to work with and has a very measured approach. He is very strong on Russian-related cases." "He has excellent attention to detail."
Recent work: Appeared in R v SSHD, a judicial review of the revocation of the London School of Business and Finance's Tier 4 sponsor licence.

John Walsh 
A seasoned immigration barrister, he routinely undertakes public access work as well as legal aid and privately funded matters. He has notable experience of advising on family-related immigration and unlawful detention cases. He draws on his EU and prison law expertise to offer a finely tuned service.
Strengths: "Excellent knowledge of EU free movement law." "He stands out as an engaging advocate."

Michelle Knorr 
Focuses predominantly on claimant-side immigration and public law, and is a particularly experienced representative of victims of trafficking and other vulnerable individuals. Her recent work has seen her acting in judicial review proceedings concerning unlawful detention.
Strengths: "She's incredibly bright and a very persuasive advocate." "She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of trafficking law."

David Lemer 
Popular and respected barrister with a broad practice spanning immigration, employment and civil liberties. A regular feature in the High Court, Court of Appeal and European courts, he demonstrates particular skill in public authority disputes.
Strengths: "He's brilliant: incredibly organised and approachable." "He has a multidisciplinary approach, he will often do immigration cases that involve other elements of law."
Recent work: Appeared in R (McCarthy) v SSHD, a judicial review case regarding the scope of powers granted to the government by the Frontiers Protocol and Article 35 of the Citizens Rights Directive.

Catherine Meredith 
An enterprising and experienced immigration barrister, she is highly regarded for her handling of complex cases involving trafficking, children and sexual and gender-based violence. Her broad practice has a noted focus on EU and ECHR law.
Strengths: "She's completely dedicated to every single case she takes on." "If I had a trafficking case I'd go to her in a heartbeat."
Recent work: Instructed in Y & Others, a test case forming part of the detained fast track litigation. The matter concerned potential victims of trafficking and sexual minorities.

Rowena Moffatt 
Public law specialist with experience in judicial review proceedings, human rights matters and EU law disputes. She is regarded for her ability to undertake the full suite of immigration matters on behalf of both private individuals and large businesses.
Strengths: "She's very bright, thorough and offers excellent knowledge of EU law." "A calm and assured all-rounder with the ability to handle PBS matters and complex human rights appeals with aplomb."

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET
This lauded immigration chambers is recognised for its extensive expertise encompassing a plethora of areas, including a growing focus on the fields of sports and business immigration. Its members receive regular instructions in both the domestic courts and further afield in areas such as the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands. The set utilises its crossover experience in areas such as equality, community care, mental health and immigration detention to continue to offer dedicated, publicly-funded work to a range of clients. One market source describes the chambers as "extremely professional and forward-thinking. It has good research support and an impressive array of barristers, from juniors right through to silks."

Client service: "The clerking is really spot-on at Matrix Chambers, they are one of the sets where the clerks are really on top of things." The clerking team is led by senior practice manager Jason Housden.

SILKS 

Raza Husain QC 
A world-class public law practitioner held in the highest esteem by peers and clients alike. He is particularly renowned for his adroit handling of human rights and asylum cases. As a regular feature in the Supreme Court and increasingly in EU courts, his caseload includes complex work for refugees and prominent, high-value individuals.
Strengths: "An absolute star of the Bar in this area." "Absolutely exceptional, a pre-eminent silk in immigration."
Recent work: Instructed in HA (Iraq) v SSHD, the first individual immigration Article 8 case to be heard in the Supreme Court for eight years.

Hugh Southey QC 
Exceedingly popular among top-flight solicitors, he specialises in human rights and immigration matters. He regularly appears in the highest courts on test cases regarding SIAC, EU law and unlawful detainment. His immigration practice is complemented by his broader prison law expertise.
Strengths: "An absolutely excellent QC who is extremely clever and tenacious." "Brilliant, he is masterfully on top of all areas in immigration."
Recent work: Acted in Pham v SSHD, a claim which raised the issue of whether there is 'European citizenship' and whether that status gives rise to rights. 

JUNIORS 

Nicholas Armstrong 
Has a wide-ranging immigration practice that routinely sees him appearing in test cases regarding national security. He demonstrates further skill in deportation cases, and is well known for his provision of expert advice to businesses on matters such as Tier 2 sponsorship licences and illegal working.
Strengths: "Incredibly clever, he's an innovative thinker who is highly valued."
Recent work: Acted in ZZ v SSHD, a case which established a core minimum disclosure required in immigration proceedings, even those which are outside Article 6 ECHR.

Samantha Knights 
Comes highly recommended by peers and solicitors, who recognise her work in ground-breaking immigration cases. Recently, she has appeared in the Court of Appeal in a test case concerning the legal aid available to refugees. She also offers expertise across national security and deportation matters.
Strengths: "She is extremely responsive and her written submissions are absolutely first-class."
Recent work: Acted in Al-Jedda v SSHD, a case concerning deprivation of nationality in the context of an individual who is believed to have links to terrorism.

Chris Buttler 
An established public law barrister, he is noted for his work in detention and removal cases. He regularly acts on behalf of individuals in the High Court and Court of Appeal, and is particularly highly regarded for his adept representation of vulnerable clients.
Strengths: "He's very clued up on novel points of law." "He's very sharp in court and articulates points better than most."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the victim of trafficking in R (FM) v SSHD, a challenge brought against the Home Office’s refusal to grant the victim leave to remain in order that they might recover from the ordeal. 

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET 
39 Essex Chambers is a respected immigration set that remains a popular choice for complex judicial review proceedings concerning removal, detention and control orders. While traditionally strong advocates on behalf of the defence, it continues to grow its claimant-side practice, with members regularly appearing in significant asylum cases. It is routinely engaged in high-profile matters, not least due as a result of their ever-increasing offering in the field of business immigration.

SILKS 

Lisa Giovannetti QC 
An immigration specialist with a vast and varied practice consisting of government, public body and private individual work. Her caseload encompasses the full spectrum of human rights, national security and asylum matters, and she routinely appears in the highest domestic and EU courts.
Strengths: "The Godmother of immigration and the go-to person for government-related work. Incredible." "She somehow combines being a really charming advocate with being very steely underneath."
Recent work: Instructed by the government on R (Giri) v SSHD, a case considering the ambit of the 'precedent fact' approach in immigration cases.

Steven Kovats QC
Previously a member of the Attorney General's A Panel before taking silk, he is a public law specialist offering in-depth expertise across the board. He predominantly acts for central and local government bodies, but is also instructed by private individuals and migrants. He routinely appears in the highest domestic and EU courts in prominent matters, such as those centring on naturalisation and false imprisonment.

JUNIORS 

Rory Dunlop
Esteemed junior offering capabilities that cover the full range of immigration law. He routinely acts both for and against the government and is a familiar face in the High Court.
Strengths: "Honourable and intelligent - when I think of exemplary counsel for the Secretary of State, it's him who springs to mind."
Recent work: Acted for the Home Secretary in JS (Nepal) v SSHD, a case investigating whether the ‘historic injustice’ of government policy towards Gurkhas was relevant to the Article 8 rights of a Gurkha’s son.


 

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET 
A popular set which is well respected for its formidable team of immigration practitioners. Key strength in this area forms part of Landmark Chambers' broader offering in the field of administrative and public law. Its advocates are regularly called upon to act on behalf of claimants, as well as the government, in high-profile immigration disputes and complex judicial review proceedings. Market commentators value the set's "approachable ethos; as a chambers it is unpretentious, sensible, practical and pragmatic."

Client service: "The clerks are brilliant, absolutely wonderful: they can't do enough for you." Jay Fullilove leads the clerking team.

SILKS 

Stephen Knafler QC 
A highly regarded public law barrister, he draws on his extensive knowledge to offer clients a well-rounded immigration service. He is often instructed to act on behalf of vulnerable clients and frequently appears against the government in important test cases regarding the Home Secretary's obligations.
Strengths: "He brings such a sense of authority and clarity to a case. He has a real willingness to take into account different views." "A great public law lawyer, which can really enhance pleadings in immigration cases because he is able look at a case more broadly."
Recent work: Acted in R (Hysaj, Bakijasi, Kaziu) v SSHD, a case considering whether citizenship obtained as a result of fraudulent representations is void or voidable.

JUNIORS 

Tim Buley
A leading junior, he is highly regarded for his public law knowledge and immigration expertise. He routinely acts for claimants in a diverse range of cases, including deportation and detention matters.
Recent work: Appeared in R (Gudanavicienev, Reis) v Director of Legal Aid Casework, a test case considering the duty to provide legal aid in immigration and deportation cases under the ECHR and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Graham Denholm
Experienced barrister with notable expertise in asylum and deportation matters. He is a recognised immigration detention expert who is routinely called upon to act for clients in judicial review proceedings against the Home Office.
Strengths: "Excellent barrister, he has particularly good knowledge when it comes to detention. He reads cases extremely." "Denholm is one of the best claimants representatives for immigration detention. He's extremely careful and very proper in the way he presents cases."
Recent work: Instructed in TH (Bangladesh) v SSHD, a case regarding the deportation of a Bangladeshi national following a conviction of attempted murder .

Alex Goodman
Acting exclusively for claimants, he appears in courts at all levels, including the immigration tribunal, the Supreme Court and the ECHR. Peers acknowledge his depth of expertise, particularly highlighting his aptitude in matters concerning deportation and detention.
Strengths: "He knows unlawful detention inside and out." "He is superb. He uses inventive arguments and is brilliant on his feet, often winning supremely complex cases."

David Blundell
Well respected by peers and clients alike, he sits on the Attorney General's A Panel and regularly appears in the highest domestic and overseas courts, including the Supreme Court, ECHR and ECJ. He demonstrates notable skill in EU law-related cases.
Strengths: "He is an extraordinarily impressive advocate." "An outstanding junior: he is totally reliable and dedicated to his cases."
Recent work: Appeared in Singh and Khalid v SSHD. This was a challenge to the interpretation of transitional provisions in two sets of changes to the Immigration Rules, which brought Article 8 ECHR more fully within the scope of the Rules.

Declan O'Callaghan
Routinely acts for claimants, who are often highly vulnerable individuals, in challenges against government deportation orders. Vastly experienced, he has been instructed in significant matters in both domestic and EU courts.
Strengths: “Very user-friendly, he takes a great interest in the client and is highly attuned to the wider implications of his advice.” "He's brilliant: very to the point, a sterling advocate and his drafting is excellent, he really knows his stuff."
Recent work: Appeared in R (Vipasa) v SSHD, a case considering the refusal to grant an Indian national indefinite leave to remain.

Galina Ward
Has a broad public law practice and notably strong knowledge of the education and property sectors. She specialises in the representation of migrants and families who are subject to immigration control, regularly appearing in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals.
Strengths: "Excellent barrister, she's a go-to for appeals, opinions and judicial review. She's on the ball and has an excellent understanding of both the law and how it is applied."
Recent work: Acted in R (Syed Shah) v SSHD, a judicial review of the refusal to issue a British passport to a man who may have been the victim of identity theft.

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第三等

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET 
A well-established set with traditional strength in the immigration sphere, 1 Pump Court continues to expand its burgeoning practice. Chambers predominantly handles claimant work, with an emphasis on legal aid cases, and is particularly noted for its members' aptitude in, and adroit handling of, complex judicial review proceedings. Its advocates handle the full range of immigration work, covering areas such as gender-related persecution, trafficking, unlawful detention, business immigration and complex protection claims. The set's complementary strength in the related fields of social welfare, family and EU law only serves to buttress its robust presence in the market. Its esteemed barristers make regular appearances in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and ECHR.

Client service: "The clerks are very responsive and very accommodating. They're flexible on fees, too. Organisationally, they are sound." Senior clerk Ian Burrow heads up the team.

JUNIORS 

David Chirico 
A highly respected practitioner who continues to handle a broad range of matters, including complex deportation and removal cases, often on behalf of vulnerable clients. He demonstrates particular skill in immigration claims relating to social support entitlements.
Strengths: "A leading junior in this area." "He is an individual that simply gets on with it without fanfare or nonsense. He is superbly committed and experienced." "He's undoubtedly extremely clever, but it's his tenacity that makes him really stand out."
Recent work: Instructed in R (Kannathasan) v SSHD, a judicial review considering whether a person's removal from the UK would constitute a breach of Article 3 rights in light of the real risk of suicide.

Ranjiv Khubber 
A judicial review stalwart, he comes highly recommended by peers for his expert challenging of public authority decisions. He takes a notably multidisciplinary approach to his practice, with cases often involving human rights and EU law considerations.
Strengths: "Very approachable and easy to deal with."
Recent work: Acted in Essa v SSHD, a test case considering the correct approach to rehabilitation and integration where the Home Office sought to deport an EU national with a permanent right to reside in the UK.

Parosha Chandran 
Works extensively with victims of trafficking and other vulnerable individuals in a range of human rights cases. Her exceptional experience has also led to her advising the likes of the UK government and the UN.
Recent work: Appeared in Shipitko, a complex trafficking case involving a highly vulnerable Ukrainian victim.

Gilda Kiai 
A sought-after immigration barrister who is lauded for her work with vulnerable individuals, particularly victims of trafficking. She is noted for her adroit handling of deportation and asylum matters, while her respected criminal practice only serves to strengthen her offering in the sphere.
Strengths: "She's just fantastic: really approachable, easy to communicate with and very good with vulnerable clients." "I will always choose her on vulnerable client cases - she really feels what you feel for the client."

Victoria Laughton 
Offers clients a complete immigration, human rights and public law service. Her caseload covers unlawful detention work for individuals and advisory work for businesses, including how to overturn 7B bans. She recently appeared in an intervention in the Supreme Court concerning minimum income requirements.
Strengths: "She is simply excellent and a delight to work with. She is always on point, dedicated and never fails to impress." "She is extremely well respected. A true master of advocacy and persuasion."
Recent work: Instructed in Abunasir v SSHD, a judicial review challenge to the detention of a foreign national who was a former prisoner. The case considered the impact of deliberate obstruction on the 'reasonable period'.

Catherine Robinson 
Respected junior who regularly acts in complex, high-profile judicial review proceedings concerning deportation. Her impressive caseload covers areas such as asylum and refugee law.
Strengths: "She really sees her client's point of view, really listens." "She's incredibly intelligent and excellent on trafficking and deportation."
Recent work: Acted in BXS v SSHD, a case regarding the Home Secretary’s refusal to consider an in-country application to revoke a deportation order from an EEA national.

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ian Macdonald QC 
A vastly knowledgeable and highly respected silk who has a long history of assisting asylum seekers and others facing immigration and nationality issues. He offers a wealth of experience and routinely undertakes Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal work.
Strengths: "A giant of the field of immigration law." "He is recognised as a leading author in this area."

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Star Individuals

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Fordham QC 
Pre-eminent immigration silk with outstanding expertise encompassing complex judicial review proceedings and high-profile human rights cases. A regular feature in the Supreme Court, he offers unrivalled advice concerning civil liberties, EU law and Country Guidance.
Strengths: "A star silk who does a great deal of heavyweight work." "The court sits up and listens when he talks."

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Star Individuals

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Laurie Fransman QC 
A celebrated silk with market-leading knowledge of nationality and asylum law. He enjoys a glowing reputation, both domestically and internationally, thanks in part to his significant contribution to leading literature in the area. His areas of expertise within asylum law include complex protection and exclusion cases.
Strengths: "The guru of nationality law." "The authority on immigration law who deftly handles the most challenging points."
Recent work: Acted for Dmytro Firtash, successfully challenging a US extradition request on behalf of the Ukrainian oligarch, who was on bail in Austria. 

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Star Individuals

Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Raza Husain QC 
A world-class public law practitioner held in the highest esteem by peers and clients alike. He is particularly renowned for his adroit handling of human rights and asylum cases. As a regular feature in the Supreme Court and increasingly in EU courts, his caseload includes complex work for refugees and prominent, high-value individuals.
Strengths: "An absolute star of the Bar in this area." "Absolutely exceptional, a pre-eminent silk in immigration."
Recent work: Instructed in HA (Iraq) v SSHD, the first individual immigration Article 8 case to be heard in the Supreme Court for eight years.

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Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Monica Carss-Frisk QC 
Joint head of chambers, she is a brilliant public law and immigration silk who is distinguished by her masterful handling of matters concerning unlawful imprisonment and the ECHR. She regularly acts on behalf of the government in the most prominent EU courts.
Strengths: "She has the ear of the court." "She is patient, knowledgeable and committed."

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Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Eadie QC 
Extraordinary immigration barrister with many strings to his bow. As First Treasury Counsel, he is the government's silk of choice for the most complex public law, immigration and human rights cases.
Strengths: "One of the absolute best barristers at the Bar, he is a standout individual with a wonderful practice." "When James stands up, he receives avid attention from the entire court."

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39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Lisa Giovannetti QC 
An immigration specialist with a vast and varied practice consisting of government, public body and private individual work. Her caseload encompasses the full spectrum of human rights, national security and asylum matters, and she routinely appears in the highest domestic and EU courts.
Strengths: "The Godmother of immigration and the go-to person for government-related work. Incredible." "She somehow combines being a really charming advocate with being very steely underneath."
Recent work: Instructed by the government on R (Giri) v SSHD, a case considering the ambit of the 'precedent fact' approach in immigration cases.

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephanie Harrison QC 
Highly esteemed barrister who is particularly well known for her adroit handling of the most complex immigration and asylum matters. She frequently appears in the highest courts in landmark immigration cases, such as human rights claims, unlawful detention matters and deportation appeals.
Strengths: "Almost unrivalled when it comes her deep knowledge of detention issues." "She is a legend at the Bar with a famed refugee practice."
Recent work: Successfully responded to the Home Secretary's review of a Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) decision on the correct approach to disclosure of judicial review proceedings under new statutory review provisions.

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Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Knafler QC 
A highly regarded public law barrister, he draws on his extensive knowledge to offer clients a well-rounded immigration service. He is often instructed to act on behalf of vulnerable clients and frequently appears against the government in important test cases regarding the Home Secretary's obligations.
Strengths: "He brings such a sense of authority and clarity to a case. He has a real willingness to take into account different views." "A great public law lawyer, which can really enhance pleadings in immigration cases because he is able look at a case more broadly."
Recent work: Acted in R (Hysaj, Bakijasi, Kaziu) v SSHD, a case considering whether citizenship obtained as a result of fraudulent representations is void or voidable.

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1 Crown Office Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Angus McCullough QC (1 Crown Office Row)
An esteemed public law silk, he is renowned for his adept handling of SIAC work, which often centres on national security matters. He routinely acts for both claimants and the government in complex, high-profile cases. 

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Temple Garden Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robin Tam QC (Temple Garden Chambers)
Leading counsel to the Home Office, he is sought after for his expertise across a range of national security matters, such as control order and deportation cases.
Recent work: Appeared in R (ZS (Afghanistan)) v SSHD, a case considering the requirements for the lawful immigration detention of children.

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Judith Farbey QC 
A high-calibre immigration silk who is highly sought after by businesses and educational institutions for her wide expertise, particularly regarding Tier 2 and Tier 4 of the PBS. Her broad practice also sees her acting in judicial review proceedings regarding nationality law and highly sensitive human rights issues, often on behalf of high-profile individuals.
Strengths: "Strong strategic thinker, she is ever practical and down-to-earth, with a very engaging and amiable manner." "Her submissions are stupendous, she's a very, very thorough lawyer."

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Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Pannick QC 
A public law legend praised by peers for his deep knowledge and broad-based expertise. He has an impressive track record of appearing before the highest European courts in the most complex asylum and civil liberties cases.
Strengths: "An amazing public lawyer." "He is brilliant at what he does."

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Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Dinah Rose QC 
Highly esteemed throughout the market, she has a broad immigration practice with a significant emphasis on human rights, civil liberties and EU law. She routinely appears in the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the ECJ.
Strengths: "She is just fantastic, incredibly bright."

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Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Hugh Southey QC 
Exceedingly popular among top-flight solicitors, he specialises in human rights and immigration matters. He regularly appears in the highest courts on test cases regarding SIAC, EU law and unlawful detainment. His immigration practice is complemented by his broader prison law expertise.
Strengths: "An absolutely excellent QC who is extremely clever and tenacious." "Brilliant, he is masterfully on top of all areas in immigration."
Recent work: Acted in Pham v SSHD, a claim which raised the issue of whether there is 'European citizenship' and whether that status gives rise to rights. 

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11KBW

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Bourne QC (11KBW)
A highly experienced silk who draws upon his broad expertise in the areas of employment, public law and local government to offer both claimants and the Home Office stellar, well-rounded immigration advice.
Strengths: "He is parachuted in on the most complex immigration matters."
Recent work: Acted in JE Jamaica, a test case heard in the Court of Appeal considering the point at which long residence entitles a migrant to remain under Article 8.

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5 Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jeremy Johnson QC (5 Essex Court)
Well regarded for his broad-based public law practice. He utilises his human rights, police and prison law experience to offer top-quality advice on immigration and asylum challenges.
Strengths: "If Jeremy's on your team you know you're going to be well looked after."

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39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Steven Kovats QC
Previously a member of the Attorney General's A Panel before taking silk, he is a public law specialist offering in-depth expertise across the board. He predominantly acts for central and local government bodies, but is also instructed by private individuals and migrants. He routinely appears in the highest domestic and EU courts in prominent matters, such as those centring on naturalisation and false imprisonment.

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Star Individuals

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Laura Dubinsky 
A leading light at the Immigration Bar, Dubinsky is famed among peers and clients alike for her nous and insight into complex asylum and detention law. Her depth of knowledge is reflected by her routine appearances in the highest courts, where she frequently advises on landmark litigation concerning detention and removal.
Strengths: "She's phenomenal on immigration detention." "Extremely passionate about her work and really willing to push the boundaries for clients, to great effect."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in CS v SSHD, a case considering how the protections EU citizens enjoy from expulsion from EU territory apply in the context of threats to public security.

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Navtej Singh Ahluwalia
An impressive junior with considerable experience who is often instructed in judicial review proceedings in relation to EU free movement law and deportation. He has significant knowledge of, and has written on, the points-based system (PBS).
Strengths: "Very approachable and prepares meticulously for Immigration Tribunal hearings." "A charismatic and highly persuasive advocate."
Recent work: Appeared in R (Selim Macastina) v SSHD, a test case considering whether an amendment to the Immigration (EEA) Regulations was contrary to EU free movement law. 

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adrian Berry
An exceptionally skilled junior, whose practice is heavily focused on British nationality and EU free movement law. He routinely receives instructions from large-scale corporations in major commercial immigration matters.
Strengths: "An absolutely brilliant brain and a delightful personality - always a pleasure to work with." "One of the finest legal minds of our time."
Recent work: Instructed in R (Deelavathi Bondada) v SSHD, a case establishing the necessary criteria to prove that an individual is a British citizen by descent, and therefore entitled to a British passport.

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Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tim Buley
A leading junior, he is highly regarded for his public law knowledge and immigration expertise. He routinely acts for claimants in a diverse range of cases, including deportation and detention matters.
Recent work: Appeared in R (Gudanavicienev, Reis) v Director of Legal Aid Casework, a test case considering the duty to provide legal aid in immigration and deportation cases under the ECHR and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rebecca Chapman
Offers broad immigration expertise and specialist insight into international human rights law. She regularly handles third-country and asylum cases and was appointed a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal in 2015.
Strengths: "She is very compassionate and strong on children or family cases." "An absolutely fantastic advocate."

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1 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Chirico 
A highly respected practitioner who continues to handle a broad range of matters, including complex deportation and removal cases, often on behalf of vulnerable clients. He demonstrates particular skill in immigration claims relating to social support entitlements.
Strengths: "A leading junior in this area." "He is an individual that simply gets on with it without fanfare or nonsense. He is superbly committed and experienced." "He's undoubtedly extremely clever, but it's his tenacity that makes him really stand out."
Recent work: Instructed in R (Kannathasan) v SSHD, a judicial review considering whether a person's removal from the UK would constitute a breach of Article 3 rights in light of the real risk of suicide.

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kathryn Cronin
A first-class advocate with a wealth of immigration knowledge. She is regularly instructed in asylum and family law cases and has notable expertise in matters concerning gender persecution, trafficking and child-related immigration. Cronin is admitted to practice in both the UK and Australia.
Strengths: "Kathryn is exceptionally bright and academic, but also down-to-earth." "Very approachable, a fantastic advert for the Bar in general."

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Henderson 
A leading claimant-focused immigration barrister, he is regularly instructed by top-tier solicitors given his vast expertise encompassing asylum, human rights and EU law. He routinely appears in the highest domestic and European courts on behalf of vulnerable clients.
Strengths: "He can digest an amazing amount of information and can be relied upon to set out persuasive arguments in court." "He's very frank and realistic about the merits of a case; that's important and really valued by the client."
Recent work: Acted in R (Babbage) v SSHD, a definitive case concerning the detainment of foreign national prisoners.

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Duran Seddon 
A leading junior with an impressive case history, having been involved in a number of high-profile immigration, asylum and human rights matters before SIAC, the House of Lords and the Strasbourg Grand Chamber. He routinely acts for senior political and business figures in highly sensitive cases.
Strengths: "Duran is very bright and very experienced." "He is extremely clever and has an amazing eye for detail."
Recent work: Appeared in the Supreme Court in HA (Iraq) v SSHD, a case considering the immigration rules in relation to public interest and Article 8 of the ECHR.

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ronan Toal 
Much respected for a practice that has seen him become a favourite among fellow barristers and solicitors alike. His caseload is varied, with a particular focus on human trafficking and Country Guidance matters. 
Strengths: "His knowledge is incredibly impressive, he takes interesting approaches and makes them work." "He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration and asylum law."

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Amanda Weston
Leading immigration barrister who routinely acts for overseas, high-profile clients in complex citizenship and inbound-travel matters. Distinguished for her commitment to the representation of migrants, she also weights her caseload towards unlawful detention work on behalf of vulnerable adults and children.
Strengths: "She is an absolute standout claimant barrister." "She does lots of complex work for vulnerable clients and always does an excellent job."
Recent work: Acted in Bosov v SSHD, successfully overturning the Home Office's decision to exclude Dmitry Bosov, a well-known Russian businessman, from the UK. 

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Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Armstrong 
Has a wide-ranging immigration practice that routinely sees him appearing in test cases regarding national security. He demonstrates further skill in deportation cases, and is well known for his provision of expert advice to businesses on matters such as Tier 2 sponsorship licences and illegal working.
Strengths: "Incredibly clever, he's an innovative thinker who is highly valued."
Recent work: Acted in ZZ v SSHD, a case which established a core minimum disclosure required in immigration proceedings, even those which are outside Article 6 ECHR.

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1 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Parosha Chandran 
Works extensively with victims of trafficking and other vulnerable individuals in a range of human rights cases. Her exceptional experience has also led to her advising the likes of the UK government and the UN.
Recent work: Appeared in Shipitko, a complex trafficking case involving a highly vulnerable Ukrainian victim.

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No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

S Chelvan (No5 Chambers)
An esteemed and highly respected immigration barrister who is particularly recognised for his LGBTQ rights work. His work is international in its scope, while his diverse client base includes many individuals who are fleeing persecution.
Strengths: "He is extremely well regarded for his work in LGBTQ asylum seeker cases." "He is very committed and knows everything there is to know about same-sex asylum seeker cases. Always pushes to get the best results for his clients."

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Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Graham Denholm
Experienced barrister with notable expertise in asylum and deportation matters. He is a recognised immigration detention expert who is routinely called upon to act for clients in judicial review proceedings against the Home Office.
Strengths: "Excellent barrister, he has particularly good knowledge when it comes to detention. He reads cases extremely." "Denholm is one of the best claimants representatives for immigration detention. He's extremely careful and very proper in the way he presents cases."
Recent work: Instructed in TH (Bangladesh) v SSHD, a case regarding the deportation of a Bangladeshi national following a conviction of attempted murder .

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Lamb Building

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Eric Fripp (Lamb Building)
A leading immigration junior with considerably deep knowledge of refugee and human rights law. He routinely appears in significant cases on behalf of persecuted minorities and continues to advise NGOs on matters such as statelessness and nationality.
Strengths: "An excellent lawyer with an incredible understanding of asylum law."

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Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alex Goodman
Acting exclusively for claimants, he appears in courts at all levels, including the immigration tribunal, the Supreme Court and the ECHR. Peers acknowledge his depth of expertise, particularly highlighting his aptitude in matters concerning deportation and detention.
Strengths: "He knows unlawful detention inside and out." "He is superb. He uses inventive arguments and is brilliant on his feet, often winning supremely complex cases."

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Philip Haywood 
An immigration stalwart, he is highly regarded for his extensive experience and expertise. He routinely represents clients at all levels, from the tribunal to the ECHR. His recent work has involved complex unlawful detention and deportation claims.
Strengths: "He always produces absolutely insightful arguments." "Able to grasp very complex issues immediately, he has an incredible ability to pare things down to the bare essentials."
Recent work: Appeared before the Upper Tribunal in a case considering the implications of the use of social media and the internet by Iranian asylum seekers.

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Peter Jorro
Highly experienced practitioner with a varied practice covering areas such as the PBS, asylum and EEA law. He counts high net worth individuals, businesses and asylum applicants among his broader clientele.
Strengths: "Excellent on complex EU matters for high-profile clients." "He has a profound knowledge of refugee issues."

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1 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ranjiv Khubber 
A judicial review stalwart, he comes highly recommended by peers for his expert challenging of public authority decisions. He takes a notably multidisciplinary approach to his practice, with cases often involving human rights and EU law considerations.
Strengths: "Very approachable and easy to deal with."
Recent work: Acted in Essa v SSHD, a test case considering the correct approach to rehabilitation and integration where the Home Office sought to deport an EU national with a permanent right to reside in the UK.

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charlotte Kilroy 
A public law practitioner, Kilroy weights her caseload heavily towards human rights and immigration matters. She is particularly well regarded for her work with vulnerable migrants, including those who have been unlawfully detained and are facing deportation.
Strengths: "She is knowledgeable and experienced in detained fast track procedures." "An outstanding advocate with a keen intellect and an absolute commitment to fighting her client's case. You want her in your corner."

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Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Samantha Knights 
Comes highly recommended by peers and solicitors, who recognise her work in ground-breaking immigration cases. Recently, she has appeared in the Court of Appeal in a test case concerning the legal aid available to refugees. She also offers expertise across national security and deportation matters.
Strengths: "She is extremely responsive and her written submissions are absolutely first-class."
Recent work: Acted in Al-Jedda v SSHD, a case concerning deprivation of nationality in the context of an individual who is believed to have links to terrorism.

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Patrick Lewis
A truly experienced practitioner, he regularly appears before the Court of Appeal and Administrative Court. He is a commercial immigration specialist who regularly advises both private individuals and large corporations. 
Strengths: "He's very approachable and always listens with avid attention, which inspires confidence." "His immigration knowledge and the way he works with clients are very impressive."
Recent work: Appeared in BD v ECO (Moscow), a case regarding a high net worth individual whose application was refused on account of an allegation that he had provided false information in respect to a previous application.

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alasdair Mackenzie 
Prior to joining the set in 2005, Mackenzie co-founded the charity Asylum Aid. He is now a high-profile immigration barrister frequently appearing at all levels of tribunal, SIAC and the Court of Appeal. His noted areas of expertise include family law and human rights.
Strengths: "He is extremely bright and one of the most responsive barristers around." "He is very knowledgeable and has learned the art of putting complex cases to the judge clearly and persuasively."
Recent work: Appeared in R (MM and Others) v SSHD, a case considering whether the Home Secretary can take the character of family members into account when refusing to naturalise someone otherwise entitled to be granted citizenship.

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Joseph Middleton 
Established practitioner handling a plethora of immigration matters for prominent firms. His caseload is geared towards corporate immigration matters, and has a notable focus on blue-chip companies, banks and high net worth clients.
Strengths: "Great to work with and has a very measured approach. He is very strong on Russian-related cases." "He has excellent attention to detail."
Recent work: Appeared in R v SSHD, a judicial review of the revocation of the London School of Business and Finance's Tier 4 sponsor licence.

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sonali Naik 
Esteemed senior junior with a wealth of experience appearing before Tribunals and in judicial review proceedings. Her practice focuses on Article 8 ECHR and deportation matters. While largely publicly funded, she also acts for private clients.
Strengths: "Naik is technically very good and highly persuasive." "She is able to master detail and break down concepts with ease."
Recent work: Acted in BM and Others, a Country Guidance appeal in the Upper Tribunal concerning returns to the Democratic Republic of Congo for foreign national criminals, refused asylum seekers and those involved in opposition political movements.

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5 Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alan Payne (5 Essex Court)
Accomplished silk who routinely acts for the government in immigration and human rights cases. His broad public law knowledge only serves to strengthen his work in the field. 
Strengths: "He is a very pugnacious opponent, produces quality written work and is always clear in his courtroom presentations." "He's frustratingly good."
Recent work: Acted in SSHD v SS (Congo) & 5 Others, a three-day appeal considering the correct approach to Article 8 in the context of immigration rules.

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sadat Sayeed
Routinely handles politically sensitive cases on behalf of high-profile individuals within the political, business and sporting worlds. He is particularly noted for his deep knowledge of human rights and refugee law, regularly advising clients from Eastern European countries.
Strengths: "He is absolutely committed to each and every case." "His written pleading is top-notch. He sets out arguments extremely clearly and persuasively."
Recent work: Instructed in R (ILPA) v Tribunal Procedure Committee and Lord Chancellor, a matter regarding the legality of the new First-tier Tribunal procedure rules which permit a ‘secret evidence’ procedure.

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Abigail Smith 
Draws on her prior experience as a solicitor, and previous engagement with various NGOs, to offer excellent immigration advice to a diverse clientele. She frequently appears in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals in complex asylum and immigration matters.
Strengths: "Great in both technical cases and Article 8 matters." "Incredibly responsive and has a friendly and welcoming manner with clients."
Recent work: Acted in AT and another (Article 8 ECHR - Child Refugee - Family Reunification) Eritrea [2016].

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Symes 
A quality advocate offering an all-round immigration service. Before coming to the Bar he worked at the Refugee Legal Centre and he is now best known for appearing in various landmark Country Guidance asylum cases. 
Strengths: "Encyclopaedic knowledge and innovative approach to legal issues." "He is fiercely intelligent and strikes up good relationships with clients."
Recent work: Acted in Zhegrova, the lead case regarding the extent to which cohabitation between spouses is required before retained rights of residence accrue under EU law. 

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Walsh 
A seasoned immigration barrister, he routinely undertakes public access work as well as legal aid and privately funded matters. He has notable experience of advising on family-related immigration and unlawful detention cases. He draws on his EU and prison law expertise to offer a finely tuned service.
Strengths: "Excellent knowledge of EU free movement law." "He stands out as an engaging advocate."

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Colin Yeo
An esteemed and popular immigration barrister, he is particularly highly regarded by peers and widely recognised for his editorship of the Free Movement blog. His client base is varied, and includes high net worth private individuals, law centres and businesses of all sizes. 
Strengths: "Extraordinary energy and commitment." "Very responsive. He offers highly detailed advice and comprehensive knowledge of case law."
Recent work: Successfully appeared on behalf of the appellant in Saif Ullah v SSHD. This was an appeal against refusal of status to a man who had been a resident in the UK for 15 years, but who had previously been deported for a large-scale fraud offence and re-entered the country illegally.

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Band 3

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Daniel Bazini (No5 Chambers)
Acts for a variety of clients, such as private individuals, educational institutions and employers. His areas of expertise include complex sponsor licence issues and the PBS.
Strengths: "Excellent knowledge of the points-based system, great with clients and reliably on hand to provide ad hoc assistance." "He is thorough and pragmatic in his approach and gets to the heart of the matter at top speed."

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Band 3

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Blundell
Well respected by peers and clients alike, he sits on the Attorney General's A Panel and regularly appears in the highest domestic and overseas courts, including the Supreme Court, ECHR and ECJ. He demonstrates notable skill in EU law-related cases.
Strengths: "He is an extraordinarily impressive advocate." "An outstanding junior: he is totally reliable and dedicated to his cases."
Recent work: Appeared in Singh and Khalid v SSHD. This was a challenge to the interpretation of transitional provisions in two sets of changes to the Immigration Rules, which brought Article 8 ECHR more fully within the scope of the Rules.

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Band 3

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michelle Brewer
Acts primarily for victims of human trafficking and unlawful detainment, representing clients in public law, immigration and criminal appellate proceedings. She regularly advises organisations such as the Equality and Human Rights Commission on anti-trafficking measures.
Strengths: "Excellent with vulnerable clients, she provides first-class, family-based immigration advice." "Very impressed with how quickly she digests information and turns it into a compelling argument."
Recent work: Instructed in PA v SSHD, a judicial review considering the Home Secretary's decision to detain a pregnant woman.

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39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rory Dunlop
Esteemed junior offering capabilities that cover the full range of immigration law. He routinely acts both for and against the government and is a familiar face in the High Court.
Strengths: "Honourable and intelligent - when I think of exemplary counsel for the Secretary of State, it's him who springs to mind."
Recent work: Acted for the Home Secretary in JS (Nepal) v SSHD, a case investigating whether the ‘historic injustice’ of government policy towards Gurkhas was relevant to the Article 8 rights of a Gurkha’s son.

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Band 3

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Hickman 
Has considerable expertise across a wide range of practice areas. A regular presence in SIAC and the ECHR, he has acted against the government in significant citizenship and national law matters.
Strengths: "He's doing the really complex work. He will go a long way in the legal world."

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Band 3

Hirst Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Leonie Hirst of Hirst Chambers 
A stellar immigration practitioner with a busy caseload encompassing detention, EEA law and trafficking matters. She is noted for her work with vulnerable individuals, including clients who lack mental capacity and those who have been victims of torture. 
Strengths:  "She's hard-working and committed." "An excellent junior: easy to work with and a very good advocate." 
Recent work:  Instructed in R (ASK) v SSHD, a case challenging the Home Secretary's failure to secure transfer to a psychiatric hospital for a detainee with schizophrenia who lacked mental capacity.

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Band 3

Glen Hodgetts (Barrister-at-Law)

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Glen Hodgetts of Glen Hodgetts (Barrister-at-Law)
A sole practitioner who is well known for his immense experience and expertise across the immigration sphere. His diverse clientele ranges from high net worth individuals and legal aid clients to large businesses and educational establishments.
Strengths: "An absolute pleasure to work with. He's organised, methodical and reliable." "Stands out in judicial review proceedings; he's very impressive at getting positive outcomes in the early stages."

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Band 3

Justitia Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Shivani Jegarajah of Justitia Chambers 
An established immigration lawyer who is held in particularly high regard for her in-depth knowledge of human rights issues. Her varied caseload includes prominent yet niche cases, such as major challenges to refusal of entry clearance decisions and complex freedom of speech matters. 
Strengths: "She's very popular and much in demand. A fantastic advocate." 
Recent work: Acted in Sehwerert, a case concerning the refusal of entry clearance to one of the 'Cuban Five' who wished to meet with UK MPs to discuss his case.

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Band 3

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Jones
An accomplished public lawyer, who is adept at handling immigration, asylum and human rights law at all levels, from the First-tier Tribunal to the ECHR. Market commentators highlight his strong track record of securing substantial damages for individuals who have been unlawfully detained.
Strengths: "Words cannot describe how brilliant his work is." "An absolutely wonderful, charming advocate."
Recent work: Acted in BB v SSHD, a high-value unlawful detention and personal injury claim concerning a seriously mentally ill Algerian man who had repeatedly been detained under immigration powers.

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Band 3

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Nicholson (No5 Chambers)
Respected immigration specialist with prior experience as a legal officer for the Refugee Legal Centre. He routinely appears in judicial review proceedings concerning significant deportation and human rights matters.
Strengths: "He deals with cases absolutely thoroughly and with a keen eye for detail. He has won very complex cases and has a good rapport with clients." "He has the ability to think outside the box and find creative solutions."

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Band 3

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Greg Ó Ceallaigh 
A budding junior, he continues to impress peers and clients alike with his flourishing immigration and asylum practice. He offers great experience in areas such as EU law-related judicial reviews, third-country removal and detention matters. 
Strengths: "He is completely on top of Italy third-country case litigation." "He fights extraordinarily hard on detention and asylum cases."
Recent work: Successfully argued that an Italian national who had committed numerous offences had acquired a right of permanent residence in SSHD v Vassallo.

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Band 3

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Declan O'Callaghan
Routinely acts for claimants, who are often highly vulnerable individuals, in challenges against government deportation orders. Vastly experienced, he has been instructed in significant matters in both domestic and EU courts.
Strengths: “Very user-friendly, he takes a great interest in the client and is highly attuned to the wider implications of his advice.” "He's brilliant: very to the point, a sterling advocate and his drafting is excellent, he really knows his stuff."
Recent work: Appeared in R (Vipasa) v SSHD, a case considering the refusal to grant an Indian national indefinite leave to remain.

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Band 3

Monckton Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert Palmer (Monckton Chambers)
Regularly appears in the higher domestic and EU courts in significant national security, EU freedom of movement and human rights cases. His stellar reputation is reflected by his position on the Attorney General's A Panel of counsel.
Strengths: "Highly skilled advocate, he has handled complex, flagship immigration cases."
Recent work: Acted in W (Algeria) & Others v SSHD, a matter regarding the government's 'Deportation with Assurances' programme.

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Band 4

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicola Braganza 
A rising junior who continues to receive praise for her work with vulnerable appellants and their families. Her caseload includes complex work regarding trafficking, domestic abuse cases and asylum-seeking children. She regularly appears before the Upper Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Nicola has particular expertise with complex immigration cases." "She has amazingly in-depth knowledge and is prepared to go the extra mile for clients."

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Band 4

Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Chris Buttler 
An established public law barrister, he is noted for his work in detention and removal cases. He regularly acts on behalf of individuals in the High Court and Court of Appeal, and is particularly highly regarded for his adept representation of vulnerable clients.
Strengths: "He's very clued up on novel points of law." "He's very sharp in court and articulates points better than most."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the victim of trafficking in R (FM) v SSHD, a challenge brought against the Home Office’s refusal to grant the victim leave to remain in order that they might recover from the ordeal. 

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Band 4

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Louise Hooper 
A promising immigration junior who has garnered peer respect for her expertise regarding sexual orientation and gender-based claims. She routinely acts on behalf of vulnerable clients who have been victims of unlawful detention and trafficking.
Strengths: "She has standout knowledge of unaccompanied minors." "She's fantastic - when you have her on side you're instantly more confident. She gets straight to the point and has an amazing analytical brain." "Committed, driven, a pleasure to work with and thoroughly effective in the High Court." 
Recent work: Acted in HN v SSHD, a case concerning the deportation of refused Afghan asylum seekers on charter flights.

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1 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gilda Kiai 
A sought-after immigration barrister who is lauded for her work with vulnerable individuals, particularly victims of trafficking. She is noted for her adroit handling of deportation and asylum matters, while her respected criminal practice only serves to strengthen her offering in the sphere.
Strengths: "She's just fantastic: really approachable, easy to communicate with and very good with vulnerable clients." "I will always choose her on vulnerable client cases - she really feels what you feel for the client."

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Band 4

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michelle Knorr 
Focuses predominantly on claimant-side immigration and public law, and is a particularly experienced representative of victims of trafficking and other vulnerable individuals. Her recent work has seen her acting in judicial review proceedings concerning unlawful detention.
Strengths: "She's incredibly bright and a very persuasive advocate." "She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of trafficking law."

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Band 4

Cornerstone Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ryan Kohli (Cornerstone Barristers)
An immigration barrister with a highly respected practice. He regularly acts in significant judicial review proceedings, often in relation to unlawful detention.
Recent work: Appeared on behalf of the Home Secretary in R (on the application of Zeka) v SSHD, a permission hearing concerning a judicial review challenge to the Secretary’s decision that an asylum applicant’s claim was unfounded.

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Band 4

1 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Victoria Laughton 
Offers clients a complete immigration, human rights and public law service. Her caseload covers unlawful detention work for individuals and advisory work for businesses, including how to overturn 7B bans. She recently appeared in an intervention in the Supreme Court concerning minimum income requirements.
Strengths: "She is simply excellent and a delight to work with. She is always on point, dedicated and never fails to impress." "She is extremely well respected. A true master of advocacy and persuasion."
Recent work: Instructed in Abunasir v SSHD, a judicial review challenge to the detention of a foreign national who was a former prisoner. The case considered the impact of deliberate obstruction on the 'reasonable period'.

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Band 4

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Lemer 
Popular and respected barrister with a broad practice spanning immigration, employment and civil liberties. A regular feature in the High Court, Court of Appeal and European courts, he demonstrates particular skill in public authority disputes.
Strengths: "He's brilliant: incredibly organised and approachable." "He has a multidisciplinary approach, he will often do immigration cases that involve other elements of law."
Recent work: Appeared in R (McCarthy) v SSHD, a judicial review case regarding the scope of powers granted to the government by the Frontiers Protocol and Article 35 of the Citizens Rights Directive.

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Band 4

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Catherine Meredith 
An enterprising and experienced immigration barrister, she is highly regarded for her handling of complex cases involving trafficking, children and sexual and gender-based violence. Her broad practice has a noted focus on EU and ECHR law.
Strengths: "She's completely dedicated to every single case she takes on." "If I had a trafficking case I'd go to her in a heartbeat."
Recent work: Instructed in Y & Others, a test case forming part of the detained fast track litigation. The matter concerned potential victims of trafficking and sexual minorities.

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Band 4

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rowena Moffatt 
Public law specialist with experience in judicial review proceedings, human rights matters and EU law disputes. She is regarded for her ability to undertake the full suite of immigration matters on behalf of both private individuals and large businesses.
Strengths: "She's very bright, thorough and offers excellent knowledge of EU law." "A calm and assured all-rounder with the ability to handle PBS matters and complex human rights appeals with aplomb."

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3 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Poole (3 Hare Court)
Regularly acts for the Home Secretary in complex immigration cases. His practice has a notable focus on human rights law, and he is often instructed in judicial review proceedings concerning detainment and deportation.
Recent work: Appeared on behalf of the Home Secretary in MD Haider Ali v SSHD, a claim concerning the detention of a foreign national suffering from mental illness.

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Band 4

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Bryony Poynor 
A top immigration junior with a broad caseload encompassing all areas of asylum, nationality, deportation, EU free movement and human rights law. She frequently acts for vulnerable clients in sensitive, complex cases concerning trafficking and persecution.
Strengths: "Very dedicated, it's an absolute pleasure to work with Bryony."
Recent work: Acted in HN v SSHD, a case challenging the government’s removal of refused asylum seekers to Afghanistan.

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1 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Catherine Robinson 
Respected junior who regularly acts in complex, high-profile judicial review proceedings concerning deportation. Her impressive caseload covers areas such as asylum and refugee law.
Strengths: "She really sees her client's point of view, really listens." "She's incredibly intelligent and excellent on trafficking and deportation."
Recent work: Acted in BXS v SSHD, a case regarding the Home Secretary’s refusal to consider an in-country application to revoke a deportation order from an EEA national.

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Band 4

No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Joanne Rothwell (No5 Chambers)
Routinely acts for highly vulnerable clients, including minors and individuals with mental health issues. Her broad caseload regularly sees her acting in complex immigration, asylum and nationality matters.
Recent work: Appeared in Sawsan Chakra, a matter regarding a Syrian national who was refused UK entry clearance to visit family members.

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1 Crown Office Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Neil Sheldon (1 Crown Office Row)
Esteemed junior who demonstrates notable skill in national security and public law matters relating to immigration.
Strengths: "Just fantastic, he works incredibly hard and handles a lot of big work for the Home Office." "Undoubtedly a first-class advocate."

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Band 4

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anthony Vaughan 
Hailed by peers, he routinely acts on behalf of high-profile individuals in challenges against decisions of the Home Office, particularly regarding deportation or removal actions. His burgeoning career sees him making regular appearances before the Supreme Court and SIAC.
Strengths: "He is very organised and very good to work with." "You always know he will prepare a case to the highest possible standard and give pragmatic advice."
Recent work: Instructed in AA (Afghanistan) v SSHD, a test case clarifying the UK's obligations to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

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5 Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John-Paul Waite (5 Essex Court)
Particularly well known for adroit representation of the Home Secretary. His broad immigration practice sees him regularly handling a variety of high-profile matters, often before the Court of Appeal. He continues to demonstrate particular skill in unlawful detention cases. 
Strengths: "John-Paul is a sound-minded opponent. He's an excellent advocate and produces high-quality written work."
Recent work: Instructed in SR (Algeria) v SSHD, a matter considering whether a person who has been involuntarily removed from the UK is deemed to have abandoned their appeal.

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Band 4

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Galina Ward
Has a broad public law practice and notably strong knowledge of the education and property sectors. She specialises in the representation of migrants and families who are subject to immigration control, regularly appearing in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals.
Strengths: "Excellent barrister, she's a go-to for appeals, opinions and judicial review. She's on the ball and has an excellent understanding of both the law and how it is applied."
Recent work: Acted in R (Syed Shah) v SSHD, a judicial review of the refusal to issue a British passport to a man who may have been the victim of identity theft.

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Up and Coming

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gemma Loughran 
Popular among peers, Loughran routinely appears before a range of judicial fora, including the First-tier and Upper Tribunals and the High Court. She has significant experience of handling complex detention and removal cases and is particularly noted for her provision of expert advice to Somali nationals and victims of trafficking. 
Strengths: "She really gets to grips with the material, has a good knowledge of the law and is concise, calm and considered." "Extremely able lawyer who is prepared to take difficult cases and handle them with panache."

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