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UK-Bar Guide

Immigration — London (Bar)

Band 1

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Garden Court Chambers possesses a deep bench of immigration specialists who act on behalf of vulnerable clients, executives, institutions and other claimants. They regularly appear at the forefront of cutting-edge immigration challenges, including cases concerning third-country removals, trafficking and Article 8 claims. The members are also active in lobbying the government regarding asylum, nationality law and broader international protection issues. Sources say this "go-to set for complex immigration matters" "has a well-earned reputation for having huge strength in depth when it comes to asylum and immigration barristers." Recent highlights for the set include acting in Hossain & Others v SSHD, a test case challenging the lawfulness of the Home Office’s new procedure for deciding claims for asylum by people in immigration detention.

Client service: "The clerks are brilliant - they are very approachable and are helpful in providing training and services beyond the case they are instructed on." Lisa O'Leary is the immigration practice manager.

SILKS

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. He is well versed at representing private clients, particularly from Eastern Europe.
Strengths: "The leading light in citizenship applications. An amazing QC at the top of his field."
Recent work: Defended Dmytro Firtash at first instance and in the appeal against a US extradition request in the Regional Court in Vienna on the basis that it was predominantly politically motivated.

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: "A brilliant advocate, she always adds something to a case." "One of our preferred QCs. She's brilliant, very direct and fierce, very good on her feet and very good at tackling complex cases involving a number of claimants."
Recent work: Represented the claimants in a judicial review test case regarding the delays for bail accommodation for high-risk detainees.

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: "He is the godfather of immigration. He's been doing it for decades, and he knows about every area. He's a stalwart in the industry."

JUNIORS

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. He is also well versed in cases that concern asylum claims and nationality law.
Strengths: "He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration law and is creative in arguments." "He has a formidable intellect, and is excellent at advocating for clients with difficult cases."

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). He predominantly represents companies, institutions and employees from the corporate and education sectors.
Strengths: "A superb advocate who has a reassuring manner with clients. He is both strategic and personable."

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. He is also praised for his work in nationality law, naturalisation and statelessness.
Strengths: "He impresses with his clear analytical thinking and an unrivalled knowledge of the law. In the era of Brexit, he is unquestionably the man to go to for EEA and nationality matters."
Recent work: Represented an EU citizen in a case regarding her EU right of residence after ceasing self-employment while on maternity leave.

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. Her strong rapport with vulnerable clients, including victims of domestic violence, trafficking or family separation, is widely respected in the market.
Strengths: "She is passionate, intelligent and reliable. She is able to respond quickly in an emergency, think flexibly and insightfully, and see each case afresh, no matter how many similar cases she may have done before."

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. She remains a leading light in the crossover between immigration, family and public law. Cronin is admitted to practice in both the UK and Australia.
Strengths: "She is super-competent and succeeds in juggling many priorities. She communicates well with clients and adapts her courtroom style to be effective in front of an array of judges." "Kathryn is exceptionally bright and academic, but also down-to-earth. She is the go-to barrister for complex matters requiring knowledge of both family and immigration law, including surrogacy and adoption."

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: "He's a joy to work with, extremely thorough and a real asset in any case." "He is experienced, hard-working and analytical."

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 and trafficking work on behalf of vulnerable adults and children.
Strengths: "She is a machine gun for hire." "She is extremely clever, has a very creative legal brain, and I like the street-fighter side to her." "She does really tricky cases in a really brainy way."
Recent work: Acted in R (ota Immigration Law Practitioners' Association) v Tribunals Procedure Committee, which concerned the withholding of evidence from appellants.

Peter Jorro
Highly experienced practitioner with a varied practice covering areas such as the PBS, asylum and EEA law. He is also well versed at handling cases concerning criminal history, family naturalisation and extradition. He counts high net worth individuals, businesses and asylum applicants among his broader clientele.
Strengths: "He is extremely responsive, knowledgeable and technically excellent. He is very effective, both in his written work and in court and user-friendly in his interactions with clients."

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. He has extensive experience with the PBS and regularly handles entrepreneur applications and civil penalties for businesses.
Strengths: "We are very impressed with his knowledge of the immigration field and the way he works with our clients."

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. Recently she has been particularly active in cases that concern the deprivation of nationality. While largely publicly funded, she also acts for private clients.
Strengths: "She is always someone we can rely on for difficult cases." "She was really, really impressive in how she dealt with hostile questions."
Recent work: Acted in the Calais litigation representing 35 child asylum seekers who were refused entry into the UK.

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. He is adept at handling cases concerning deportation, extradition and international protection.
Strengths: "He combines a first-class mind with an approachable personality." "His pleadings are superb - he's a really formidable opponent."
Recent work: Led by Laurie Fransman QC defending a Ukrainian oligarch from US extradition.

Abigail Smith
Draws on her prior experience working for solicitors' firms, and previous engagement with various NGOs, to offer excellent immigration advice to a diverse clientele. She is often instructed in Article 8 claims, as well as in cases concerning family reunion. She frequently appears in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals in complex asylum and immigration matters.
Strengths: "She is incredibly responsive and has a friendly and welcoming manner with clients." "She is approachable and supportive."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in an Article 8 claim concerning the rights of refugee children in the UK to reunion with family members outside the UK.

Mark Symes
A quality advocate offering an all-round immigration service who is noted for his work on international protection. 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: "He has encyclopaedic knowledge and is innovative in his approach." "He is both academic and practical."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant at first instance and in the Court of Appeal concerning whether Bulgaria is a safe third country for asylum seekers to be returned to.

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. He is known for his handling of EEA claims, and has been active exploring the impact of Brexit on free movement. His client base is varied, and includes high net worth private individuals, law centres and businesses of all sizes.
Strengths: "He is an excellent practitioner who has encyclopaedic knowledge of the area." "He has an extraordinary amount of energy and commitment."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Ryanair against SSHD in a case that concerned 'carrier liability charge' after an alleged failure to check the immigration documents of a passenger.

David Jones
An accomplished 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: "His written work is extremely good but, more importantly, his oral advocacy is excellent." "He is hard-working and has good analytical ability."

Greg Ó Ceallaigh
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. He is also well versed in the Dublin III regulation.
Strengths: "He is very good, very personable, and his pleadings are very good. He's an expert in immigration certification cases."
Recent work: Led by Hugh Southey QC in a case determining both the lawfulness of third-country removals to Austria, and the extent of the SSHD's power to detain under Article 28 of Dublin III Regulations.

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 & Human Rights Commission on anti-trafficking measures. Also regularly advises charitable organisations on the current anti-trafficking measures and procedures.
Strengths: "She is very creative and clever." "She is motivated, smart and collaborative in her approach."
Recent work: Led by Stephanie Harrison QC in a judicial review concerning the detention of a pregnant woman.

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: "I have huge respect for her, she's a brilliant lawyer." "You know you are going to get a really good input and performance in court - she's very persuasive."

Nicola Braganza
A junior who continues to receive praise for her work with vulnerable appellants and their families. Her caseload includes complex work regarding trafficking, FGM, domestic abuse cases and asylum-seeking children. She regularly appears before the Upper Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "She is so committed. She's done a lot of work around the Calais camp and volunteers her services beyond the call of duty."

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. She is noted for the advice she gives to governments, NGOs and the Council of Europe regarding domestic violence cases and the Istanbul convention.
Strengths: "Louise has dealt with a number of very complex matters and is always up for fighting a cause." "She has lots of knowledge and experience."
Recent work: Led by Stephanie Harrison QC for the Pakistani claimant who was contesting the vires of the Detained Fast Track 2005 Rules.

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. He also assists in cases concerning deprivation of citizenship and detained fast-track claims. He makes regular appearances before the Supreme Court and SIAC.
Strengths: "He's got a great future and impressed me with his work." "A solid practitioner who is very bright."
Recent work: Acted as a junior for the appellants in W & others who succeeded in their long running SIAC “deportation with assurances” appeals on the grounds of Article 3 ECHR.

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Band 2

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Doughty Street Chambers is a stellar immigration set that principally acts for claimants in immigration and asylum law cases. Members here are a prominent presence in landmark cases that concern family reunion, detention and removal. They are also adept at providing advice to educational institutions on the PBS. Sources say: "The set is full of experts in the practice area" who are "very committed and very professional." Recent highlights include acting for the claimants in the landmark 'Calais' judgment, which concerned family reunification for vulnerable applicants.

Client service: "The chambers is friendly and easy to work with. The clerks are responsive, helpful and easy to contact." "They are a top team, happy to help and wonderfully responsive." 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. She is praised by market commentators for the clarity of her advice and the provision of training on PBS compliance.
Strengths: "A very good special advocate who knows her stuff and is highly respected by the judiciary." "She certainly thinks outside the box and is an excellent support in cases."
Recent work: Acted in R (Hurlingham Polo Association) v Secretary of State for Home Department. This case concerned the criteria for entry and stay of foreign national polo players.

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: "A fearsome opponent who is first-rate at analysing legal problems." "She is very, very hard-working and highly intellectual."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a test challenge to the SSHD’s construction and implementation of Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016.

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 is particularly noted for his work in cases concerning detention. He routinely appears in the highest domestic and European courts on behalf of vulnerable clients.
Strengths: "He is extremely thorough and he methodically takes apart an opponent’s case." "A very solid, hard-working and effective advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in a series of judicial reviews challenging the system for accommodation and asylum support when contractors sourced by the Home Secretary fail to meet their legal obligations.

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. He also regularly advises on business immigration cases for individuals, colleges and companies.
Strengths: "He is able to grasp very complex issues and has an incredible ability to narrow things down to the bare essentials."
Recent work: Instructed in Bashir Naderi v SSHD which concerned the removal of a young Afghan, who had been a resident in Wales since childhood, to Afghanistan.

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: "Charlotte is brilliantly strategic." "She has excellent written work."
Recent work: Brought a judicial review in the Upper Tribunal, which resulted in an unprecedented mandatory order that three Syrian refugee children and a vulnerable adult be admitted to join family members in the UK.

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, human rights, international protection for vulnerable clients and EEA regulations for private individuals.
Strengths: "I have been impressed with his approachable manner and willingness to offer constructive advice." "He's calm and strategic in the face of the most difficult clients, and has very high standards of preparation. He's also excellent at defending the client’s interest in court."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in the Court of Appeal. This case concerned elements of personal responsibility for exclusion from refugee status under Article 1F(c).

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. He is also active in the education sector.
Strengths: "He came in on a very tricky piece of work and produced an opinion that was first class. He has a full understanding of the law and fits it into practical guidance." "Highly professional and approachable. He is both solutions-focused and measured in his approach."

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 also regularly handles cases concerning deportation, free movement for convicted foreign nations and claims made under Article 8. He draws on his EU and prison law expertise to offer a finely tuned service.
Strengths: "He's very practical, incisive and has a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of cases." "He has a huge amount of experience and is particularly good on EU law."
Recent work: Led for the claimant against SSHD in the Court of Appeal concerning the deportation of a long-term UK resident due to criminal convictions.

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. She is praised by market commentators for her work in Article 8 claims.
Strengths: "She responds promptly and is dependable and clear. She's excellent in client management and in marshalling evidence to good effect." "She is insightful, efficient, reliable and responsive. She spotted an issue that had been overlooked and worked quickly to reformulate our legal arguments at the last minute."

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 third-country removals, often with a focus on children's rights.
Strengths: "She's thorough, hard-working and extremely committed." "She is extremely knowledgeable, thorough and has a remarkable attention to detail. Committed to clients, with whom she has a lovely manner."
Recent work: Acted for an albino child seeking asylum who would face persecution if returned to Nigeria.

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. He is equally excellent at handling sponsorship issues surrounding PBS for institutions as he is acting for vulnerable individuals in asylum claims.
Strengths: "Incredibly knowledgeable and he gives sound commercial advice." "He is extremely responsive and very good with clients."
Recent work: Challenged the SSHD's suspension of a college's sponsorship licence and sought damages under Article 1 Protocol 1.

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. She is regularly instructed on behalf of individuals, NGOs and European agencies.
Strengths: "Excellent to work with." "She is really good, she goes the extra mile and is fantastic about thinking through really hard issues."
Recent work: Led by Natalie Lieven QC in High Court case that concerned the return of a trafficking victim to the UK after being unlawfully deported to her home country.

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Band 3

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A leading international public law set that is regularly involved in high-profile immigration cases in both the domestic and European courts. The set is traditionally known for its representation of the Home Office, although the juniors are increasingly acting on behalf of claimants. Sources say the set is home to a "formidable bank of silks who are all excellent." Recent highlights for the members include acting for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in an appeal concerning exclusion from refugee protection and expiation.

Client service: "The clerks provide a very good support service. They are very efficient and very involved." Gary Oliver is senior clerk at the set.

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. He remains at the forefront of landmark cases that concern the detention of asylum seekers.
Strengths: "He is really good, his presentation in court is fantastic and the art of simplicity is what he is good at." "He's a real leader in the field and one of the best silks out there." "I find him delightful. He is a supremely well-organised advocate who has a real skill for finding practical examples on problems caused by a particular piece of guidance on policy. An outstandingly skilful advocate."
Recent work: Lead counsel for the claimants in a case that concerned the Article 8 human rights obligation to accept unaccompanied minors from the 'Jungle' in Calais.

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 is very thorough and very well admired by the courts." "She is extremely organised, very reassuring to work with her as one of her strengths is identifying well in advance what needs to be done. This comes across in her clear and concise advocacy. She has a very nice manner when dealing with clients and judges."
Recent work: Defended the SSHD in a test case concerning the best interests of children in the context of Article 8 ECHR.

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: "As the Treasury Devil, he is able to turn his hand to most things - he is a standout individual." "A brilliant, totally charming and fantastic advocate, they don't make them like him anymore."

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 absolute delight working with him, a go-to person for governments and applicants who has a masterful command of the law." "The best public law practitioner around and staggeringly good in immigration as well - he's a polymath."
Recent work: Represented the Hong Kong Secretary for Justice in the Hong Kong High Court regarding the duties of the State to prevent trafficking and forced labour of immigrants.

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. She is praised for her work acting for vulnerable clients in cases ranging from torture and trafficking to deportation and claims for asylum.
Strengths: "She is a very high-quality barrister."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in a challenge to the level of asylum support provided.

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 is a brilliant barrister."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants, led by Raza Husain QC, in a major immigration case that concerned the rights of persons afforded asylum on the British Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus, to recognition under the Refugee Convention and entitlement to enter the UK.

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Band 3

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Matrix Chambers is a renowned public law set that continues to be recognised for its extensive expertise in a whole host of immigration matters. Members here are adept at handling cases ranging from those concerning complex asylum and national security to business immigration matters, often with an international element. Recently members have acted for the claimant in FA Pakistan. This was a Supreme Court case concerning the Refugee Convention's approach to religious oppression.

Client service: "The practice teams are really good if you're a claimant lawyer. I go back to Matrix because they get how public funding works. They're so quick to help if you need to get bundles to court and they are incredibly supportive." 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. He has recently undertaken multi-jurisdictional cases concerning the extradition and asylum of Eastern European and Middle Eastern high net worth individuals.
Strengths: "You can't do immigration without knowing him, has a really, really good encyclopaedic knowledge and is a very good performer in court." "He's probably the best immigration QC. Brilliant on his feet, a pleasure to watch him perform and his directorship of big legal teams is impressive to watch." "The always incredible Raza Husain has an incredible mind when it comes to immigration matters, and will find a way to argue something that hadn't occurred to anyone before."
Recent work: Intervened for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in a case concerning an orphaned minor rape victim Somali refugee who was prosecuted for the use of a false passport to gain entry to the UK on instructions of an agent.

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: "Remarkable, he turns his hand to so many areas of public law. He is very professional and the court respects him." "He has a great ability to assimilate a large amount of material in a short space of time." "He is a fountain of knowledge who remains approachable to everybody."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Pham. This claim 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 at the forefront of English Language Testing cases. He is increasingly sought after for his expert advice to businesses on matters such as Tier 2 sponsorship licences and illegal working after Brexit.
Strengths: "He's very bright, very dedicated, and he's prepared to have a good argument." "He's creative with cases and a polymath as he works in other disciplines, so he brings that to bear in a case. He's fantastic."
Recent work: Instructed in WXYZ v SSH which concerned a challenge to the data-sharing arrangements whereby the NUS is required to provide patient information to the Home Office for immigration purposes.

Samantha Knights
Comes highly recommended by peers and solicitors, who recognise her work in ground-breaking immigration cases. She also offers expertise across national security and deportation matters. She is also noted for her expertise in refugee law.
Strengths: "She is very good, hard-working, stays on top of the law, very thorough, available and highly regarded."

Chris Buttler
An established public law barrister, he is noted for his work in detention and removal cases. He is also praised for his handling of torture and trafficking 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 is concise, not afraid to look at cases from the judges' point of view, and his advice is always good in terms of which way the court will go." "His drafting is among the best I have seen, it is compelling and he is able to go toe to toe with the best at the Bar."
Recent work: Gained permission to challenge the Home Office's policy of assessing age based on physical appearance.

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Band 4

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

39 Essex Chambers boasts a bench of barristers adept at handling a broad range of immigration challenges, including cases concerning deportation, detention and judicial reviews in the context of terrorist affiliations. The set is described as "a go-to for government work" and well known for its members' presence on the Treasury A Panel. Barristers here operate in both the lower and upper courts, as well as the SIAC and ECJ. Recent highlights for the set include defending the government in five linked appeals before the Supreme Court against challenges to the minimum income requirements for sponsoring a non-EEA foreign national.

Client service: Alastair Davidson and Michael Kaplan are senior clerks at the set.

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: "She is really really effective. She's excellent at reading the court." "She's a fantastic leader, she is really good with clients and gives good sensible legal advice. A real go-to person for the government in the Supreme Court and for sensitive appeals. She has a very nice style and touch respected by the court."
Recent work: Defended the SSHD's decision to send asylum seekers to Italy under the safe third country provisions.

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. He is noted for his expertise in complex cases concerning asylum and detention.
Strengths: "He is very good and his advocacy is very clear."
Recent work: Acted for JM, a Zimbabwean national who was HIV-positive and did not want to return to Zimbabwe. Dunlop argued that it was unlawful for the Home Office to prosecute JM under Section 35 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 2004.

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Band 4

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Landmark Chambers draws upon its significant public law practice to handle claims concerning deportation, detention and family reunion, as well as cases with a complex EU law angle. Members here regularly represent both the government and claimants in tribunals, as well as in higher domestic courts and the ECJ. Sources say: "The barristers here are more helpful than you find elsewhere; the quality and attitude for assisting solicitors runs all the way through the set." Members were instructed in Majumder v SSHD, which challenged the SSHD's approach to determining fraud in English Language Testing Centres.

Client service: “The clerking is incredibly efficient, focused and pragmatic. They turn around information in a matter of hours, which is rare and extremely helpful.” Jay Fullilove is the senior clerk.

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. He is instructed in a diverse range of cases that encompasses those concerning children's rights, rights to permanent residence and issues of fraud in asylum claims.
Strengths: "He gets his point across in a nice and precise way." "He is extremely helpful in bringing a sense of calm and focus. He is very down-to-earth for someone with such a large intellect."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in R (Kaziu) v SSHD regarding whether fraud invalidates a grant of citizenship ab initio.

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. He is also regularly instructed to act on behalf of major immigration charities.
Strengths: "He is very good on running novel arguments and is at the cutting edge of EU rights." "I don't think there is a better junior at the Bar, he's an outstanding lawyer."
Recent work: Instructed in a test case that considered rights of residence for the spouse of an EU national who was the victim of domestic violence.

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: "He is unflappable. His drafting is excellent and he has superior knowledge in relation to immigration and detention claims. His advocacy is brilliant as well." "He's very collaborative, very calm and measured. He is able to focus on the good points and ditch the bad points."

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's excellent on his feet and is very, very good at drafting documents."

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 and is noted for his expertise in cases concerning the deportation of criminals and rights for dual citizens.
Strengths: "His drafting is very good, always on time, and he has a great knowledge of the law." "He is clever, sees the points, and he gets things into a logical order."
Recent work: Defended the government's flagship policy of restricting access to social security benefits to EU nationals.

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. He is regularly sought after for his depth of knowledge of Dublin Regulations and EEA rights.
Strengths: "So confident and knowledgeable, and is always approachable and available to assist." "Very successful and very hard-working, he is able to take on a lot of cases and maintain an impressive level of quality."
Recent work: Led for the claimant in a case challenging the return of asylum seekers to Hungary under Dublin Regulations.

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: "She is so solicitor-friendly, very practically minded and focused on moving the case forward." "She provides very clear advice both orally and in writing. She is an excellent advocate."
Recent work: Defended a Ukrainian couple against a challenge to the certification of their asylum claim.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

1 Pump Court is home to a number of barristers who act on behalf of claimants in immigration cases, often concerning issues of social welfare, family and freedom of movement. Barristers here are experienced in judicial review challenges and frequently act in the upper courts. Sources say: “It is a very professional chambers with high-quality standards.” Members of the set appeared in R (on the application of BXS) v Secretary of State for the Home Department. This was a judicial review of the SSHD's refusal to consider an in-country application to revoke a deportation order from an EEA national.

Client service: “The clerks are very impressive. They are well organised, helpful and approachable.” The senior clerk is Ian Burrow.

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, as well as in claims involving issues of sexual and gender identity.
Strengths: "He has a sharp intellect and a strong commitment to the client. He goes above and beyond what is asked and always seems to do everything possible for the client." "He writes fantastically and has an affable, nice and understated approach which judges seem to like." "He is highly approachable and maintains a compassionate approach when dealing with clients."
Recent work: Acted as junior in the significant Hesham Ali v SSHD. This case concerned whether the immigration rules intended to set out the weight to be given to the public interest in the deportation of foreign national offenders are compatible with the balancing exercise required by the Article 8 right to family life.

Ranjiv Khubber
A judicial review stalwart, he represents vulnerable clients in the challenging of public authority decisions. He takes a notably multidisciplinary approach to his practice, with cases often involving human rights and EU law considerations. He has recently been involved in cases concerning trafficking and detention.
Strengths: "He has a thorough knowledge of the subject, he's unfailing polite and nice to deal with."

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.

Gilda Kiai
A sought-after immigration barrister who is lauded for her work with vulnerable individuals, particularly victims of trafficking, sexual violence and FGM. 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. She is seasoned in judicial reviews, as well as in the appeal courts.
Strengths: "Gilda is a dream to work with. She's responsive and engaged at all times. She is excellent across the board and very good at putting vulnerable clients at ease and winning their trust and confidence."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the SSHD's power to withdraw a concession after an individual's appeal has been granted based on that concession.

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 appears in cases in the Supreme Court concerning minimum income requirements. She is also known for her work in cases concerning false imprisonment claims and often represents Eastern European immigrants.
Strengths: "She's really impressive, dedicated and 100% reliable. Her written work is excellent, and she is always up to date on every aspect of the law. It's really reassuring to have her on board on cases which are legally complex." "She is very very articulate and clear in her written work."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in a judicial review challenging whether the test for suicide risk is governed by the 'N' or the 'J' threshold.

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. She has recently acted in matters concerning the application of EU law in the context of cases concerning complex reunification of extended family members.
Strengths: "She has worked as a solicitor and so has a good understanding of what a solicitor needs from a barrister. She is tenacious and very thorough. She is also a very good tactician." "She is excellent in all respects - she's very bright, good with clients and extremely committed."
Recent work: Instructed in a judicial review of the SSHD’s decision to certify the claimant's asylum and human rights claim as clearly unfounded.

Alex Burrett
Respected junior who acts in cases concerning deprivation of citizenship, children's rights and deportation. He is experienced at assisting families and private individuals on EU law and issues of statelessness.
Strengths: “Alex is an expert in his field, and this, coupled with his easy-going personality and friendly manner, allows him to connect with clients and instil confidence in a way that not many other immigration barristers can.”
Recent work: Led by Hugh Southey QC for the appellant in the Supreme Court, challenging the SSHD's decision to deprive him of British nationality, which would allow him to be extradited to the USA on terrorism charges.

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Senior Statesmen

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: "He is the godfather of immigration. He's been doing it for decades, and he knows about every area. He's a stalwart in the industry."

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Star Individuals

Michael Fordham QC

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. He remains at the forefront of landmark cases that concern the detention of asylum seekers.
Strengths: "He is really good, his presentation in court is fantastic and the art of simplicity is what he is good at." "He's a real leader in the field and one of the best silks out there." "I find him delightful. He is a supremely well-organised advocate who has a real skill for finding practical examples on problems caused by a particular piece of guidance on policy. An outstandingly skilful advocate." 
Recent work: Lead counsel for the claimants in a case that concerned the Article 8 human rights obligation to accept unaccompanied minors from the 'Jungle' in Calais.

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Star Individuals

Laurie Fransman QC

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. He is well versed at representing private clients, particularly from Eastern Europe. 
Strengths: "The leading light in citizenship applications. An amazing QC at the top of his field." 
Recent work: Defended Dmytro Firtash at first instance and in the appeal against a US extradition request in the Regional Court in Vienna on the basis that it was predominantly politically motivated.

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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. He has recently undertaken multi-jurisdictional cases concerning the extradition and asylum of Eastern European and Middle Eastern high net worth individuals.
Strengths: "You can't do immigration without knowing him, has a really, really good encyclopaedic knowledge and is a very good performer in court." "He's probably the best immigration QC. Brilliant on his feet, a pleasure to watch him perform and his directorship of big legal teams is impressive to watch." "The always incredible Raza Husain has an incredible mind when it comes to immigration matters, and will find a way to argue something that hadn't occurred to anyone before."
Recent work: Intervened for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in a case concerning an orphaned minor rape victim Somali refugee who was prosecuted for the use of a false passport to gain entry to the UK on instructions of an agent.

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Monica Carss-Frisk QC

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 is very thorough and very well admired by the courts." "She is extremely organised, very reassuring to work with her as one of her strengths is identifying well in advance what needs to be done. This comes across in her clear and concise advocacy. She has a very nice manner when dealing with clients and judges." 
Recent work: Defended the SSHD in a test case concerning the best interests of children in the context of Article 8 ECHR. 

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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: "As the Treasury Devil, he is able to turn his hand to most things - he is a standout individual." "A brilliant, totally charming and fantastic advocate, they don't make them like him anymore." 

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Lisa Giovannetti QC

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: "She is really really effective. She's excellent at reading the court." "She's a fantastic leader, she is really good with clients and gives good sensible legal advice. A real go-to person for the government in the Supreme Court and for sensitive appeals. She has a very nice style and touch respected by the court."
Recent work: Defended the SSHD's decision to send asylum seekers to Italy under the safe third country provisions.

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Stephanie Harrison QC

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: "A brilliant advocate, she always adds something to a case." "One of our preferred QCs. She's brilliant, very direct and fierce, very good on her feet and very good at tackling complex cases involving a number of claimants." 
Recent work: Represented the claimants in a judicial review test case regarding the delays for bail accommodation for high-risk detainees.

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Stephen Knafler QC

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. He is instructed in a diverse range of cases that encompasses those concerning children's rights, rights to permanent residence and issues of fraud in asylum claims.
Strengths: "He gets his point across in a nice and precise way." "He is extremely helpful in bringing a sense of calm and focus. He is very down-to-earth for someone with such a large intellect."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in R (Kaziu) v SSHD regarding whether fraud invalidates a grant of citizenship ab initio.

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Angus McCullough QC

1 Crown Office Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Angus McCullough QC of 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.
Strengths: "He is a real class act; he is superb intellectually and analytically excellent.” “He is highly intelligent with a very attractive style in court.”

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Temple Garden Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robin Tam QC of 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. He brings his personal injury and public law expertise to bear when acting for vulnerable adults in detention cases.
Strengths: "He is a very effective advocate for the government.” “He has very excellent strategic sense and is a supremely authoritative advocate.” 
Recent work: Instructed in a challenge to the imposition of a curfew as part of immigration restrictions under the “temporary restrictions” power in Schedule 3 to the Immigration Act 1971.

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Judith Farbey QC

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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. She is praised by market commentators for the clarity of her advice and the provision of training on PBS compliance.
Strengths: "A very good special advocate who knows her stuff and is highly respected by the judiciary." "She certainly thinks outside the box and is an excellent support in cases." 
Recent work: Acted in R (Hurlingham Polo Association) v Secretary of State for Home Department. This case concerned the criteria for entry and stay of foreign national polo players. 

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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 absolute delight working with him, a go-to person for governments and applicants who has a masterful command of the law." "The best public law practitioner around and staggeringly good in immigration as well - he's a polymath." 
Recent work: Represented the Hong Kong Secretary for Justice in the Hong Kong High Court regarding the duties of the State to prevent trafficking and forced labour of immigrants.

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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. She is praised for her work acting for vulnerable clients in cases ranging from torture and trafficking to deportation and claims for asylum.
Strengths: "She is a very high-quality barrister."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in a challenge to the level of asylum support provided.

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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: "Remarkable, he turns his hand to so many areas of public law. He is very professional and the court respects him." "He has a great ability to assimilate a large amount of material in a short space of time." "He is a fountain of knowledge who remains approachable to everybody."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Pham. This claim raised the issue of whether there is European citizenship and whether that status gives rise to rights.

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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: "A fearsome opponent who is first-rate at analysing legal problems." "She is very, very hard-working and highly intellectual." 
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a test challenge to the SSHD’s construction and implementation of Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016.

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Navtej Singh Ahluwalia

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). He predominantly represents companies, institutions and employees from the corporate and education sectors.
Strengths: "A superb advocate who has a reassuring manner with clients. He is both strategic and personable."

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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. He is also praised for his work in nationality law, naturalisation and statelessness. 
Strengths: "He impresses with his clear analytical thinking and an unrivalled knowledge of the law. In the era of Brexit, he is unquestionably the man to go to for EEA and nationality matters."
Recent work: Represented an EU citizen in a case regarding her EU right of residence after ceasing self-employment while on maternity leave.

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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. He is also regularly instructed to act on behalf of major immigration charities.
Strengths: "He is very good on running novel arguments and is at the cutting edge of EU rights." "I don't think there is a better junior at the Bar, he's an outstanding lawyer."
Recent work: Instructed in a test case that considered rights of residence for the spouse of an EU national who was the victim of domestic violence.

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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. Her strong rapport with vulnerable clients, including victims of domestic violence, trafficking or family separation, is widely respected in the market.
Strengths: "She is passionate, intelligent and reliable. She is able to respond quickly in an emergency, think flexibly and insightfully, and see each case afresh, no matter how many similar cases she may have done before." 

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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, as well as in claims involving issues of sexual and gender identity.
Strengths: "He has a sharp intellect and a strong commitment to the client. He goes above and beyond what is asked and always seems to do everything possible for the client." "He writes fantastically and has an affable, nice and understated approach which judges seem to like." "He is highly approachable and maintains a compassionate approach when dealing with clients." 
Recent work: Acted as junior in the significant Hesham Ali v SSHD. This case concerned whether the immigration rules intended to set out the weight to be given to the public interest in the deportation of foreign national offenders are compatible with the balancing exercise required by the Article 8 right to family life.

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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. She remains a leading light in the crossover between immigration, family and public law. Cronin is admitted to practice in both the UK and Australia.
Strengths: "She is super-competent and succeeds in juggling many priorities. She communicates well with clients and adapts her courtroom style to be effective in front of an array of judges." "Kathryn is exceptionally bright and academic, but also down-to-earth. She is the go-to barrister for complex matters requiring knowledge of both family and immigration law, including surrogacy and adoption."

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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 is particularly noted for his work in cases concerning detention. He routinely appears in the highest domestic and European courts on behalf of vulnerable clients.
Strengths: "He is extremely thorough and he methodically takes apart an opponent’s case." "A very solid, hard-working and effective advocate." 
Recent work: Instructed in a series of judicial reviews challenging the system for accommodation and asylum support when contractors sourced by the Home Secretary fail to meet their legal obligations.

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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: "He's a joy to work with, extremely thorough and a real asset in any case." "He is experienced, hard-working and analytical."

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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. He is also well versed in cases that concern asylum claims and nationality law.
Strengths: "He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration law and is creative in arguments." "He has a formidable intellect, and is excellent at advocating for clients with difficult cases."

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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 and trafficking work on behalf of vulnerable adults and children.
Strengths: "She is a machine gun for hire." "She is extremely clever, has a very creative legal brain, and I like the street-fighter side to her." "She does really tricky cases in a really brainy way." 
Recent work: Acted in R (ota Immigration Law Practitioners' Association) v Tribunals Procedure Committee, which concerned the withholding of evidence from appellants.

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Nicholas Armstrong

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 at the forefront of English Language Testing cases. He is increasingly sought after for his expert advice to businesses on matters such as Tier 2 sponsorship licences and illegal working after Brexit.
Strengths: "He's very bright, very dedicated, and he's prepared to have a good argument." "He's creative with cases and a polymath as he works in other disciplines, so he brings that to bear in a case. He's fantastic."
Recent work: Instructed in WXYZ v SSH which concerned a challenge to the data-sharing arrangements whereby the NUS is required to provide patient information to the Home Office for immigration purposes.

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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 and is noted for his expertise in cases concerning the deportation of criminals and rights for dual citizens.
Strengths: "His drafting is very good, always on time, and he has a great knowledge of the law." "He is clever, sees the points, and he gets things into a logical order." 
Recent work: Defended the government's flagship policy of restricting access to social security benefits to EU nationals.

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No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

S Chelvan of 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: “Everybody's go-to for LGBT cases.”
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a case concerning the legal protection and recognition of same-sex relationships.

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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: "He is unflappable. His drafting is excellent and he has superior knowledge in relation to immigration and detention claims. His advocacy is brilliant as well." "He's very collaborative, very calm and measured. He is able to focus on the good points and ditch the bad points."

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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. He is noted for his expertise in complex cases concerning asylum and detention.
Strengths: "He is very good and his advocacy is very clear."
Recent work: Acted for JM, a Zimbabwean national who was HIV-positive and did not want to return to Zimbabwe. Dunlop argued that it was unlawful for the Home Office to prosecute JM under Section 35 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 2004.

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Lamb Building

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Eric Fripp of 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: "He has a very good profile in complex asylum cases." "He is an extremely clever and innovative advocate who is always willing to take on challenging matters."

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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. He also regularly advises on business immigration cases for individuals, colleges and companies.
Strengths: "He is able to grasp very complex issues and has an incredible ability to narrow things down to the bare essentials."
Recent work: Instructed in Bashir Naderi v SSHD which concerned the removal of a young Afghan, who had been a resident in Wales since childhood, to Afghanistan.

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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 is also well versed at handling cases concerning criminal history, family naturalisation and extradition. He counts high net worth individuals, businesses and asylum applicants among his broader clientele.
Strengths: "He is extremely responsive, knowledgeable and technically excellent. He is very effective, both in his written work and in court and user-friendly in his interactions with clients."

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1 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ranjiv Khubber 
A judicial review stalwart, he represents vulnerable clients in the challenging of public authority decisions. He takes a notably multidisciplinary approach to his practice, with cases often involving human rights and EU law considerations. He has recently been involved in cases concerning trafficking and detention.
Strengths: "He has a thorough knowledge of the subject, he's unfailing polite and nice to deal with." 

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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: "Charlotte is brilliantly strategic." "She has excellent written work."
Recent work: Brought a judicial review in the Upper Tribunal, which resulted in an unprecedented mandatory order that three Syrian refugee children and a vulnerable adult be admitted to join family members in the UK.

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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. She also offers expertise across national security and deportation matters. She is also noted for her expertise in refugee law.
Strengths: "She is very good, hard-working, stays on top of the law, very thorough, available and highly regarded."

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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. He has extensive experience with the PBS and regularly handles entrepreneur applications and civil penalties for businesses.
Strengths: "We are very impressed with his knowledge of the immigration field and the way he works with our clients."

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Alasdair Mackenzie

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, human rights, international protection for vulnerable clients and EEA regulations for private individuals.
Strengths: "I have been impressed with his approachable manner and willingness to offer constructive advice." "He's calm and strategic in the face of the most difficult clients, and has very high standards of preparation. He's also excellent at defending the client’s interest in court." 
Recent work: Represented the claimant in the Court of Appeal. This case concerned elements of personal responsibility for exclusion from refugee status under Article 1F(c).

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Joseph Middleton

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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. He is also active in the education sector.
Strengths: "He came in on a very tricky piece of work and produced an opinion that was first class. He has a full understanding of the law and fits it into practical guidance." "Highly professional and approachable. He is both solutions-focused and measured in his approach."

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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. Recently she has been particularly active in cases that concern the deprivation of nationality. While largely publicly funded, she also acts for private clients.
Strengths: "She is always someone we can rely on for difficult cases." "She was really, really impressive in how she dealt with hostile questions."
Recent work: Acted in the Calais litigation representing 35 child asylum seekers who were refused entry into the UK.

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5 Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alan Payne of 5 Essex Court 
Accomplished barrister 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. He is particularly adept at handling Article 8 cases that concern the interaction between Strasbourg and domestic law.
Strengths: "He is skilful and conscientious."
Recent work: Acted for the SSHD in a challenge to transfers to Austria under Dublin III, and unlawful detention claims.

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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. He is adept at handling cases concerning deportation, extradition and international protection.
Strengths: "He combines a first-class mind with an approachable personality." "His pleadings are superb - he's a really formidable opponent."
Recent work: Led by Laurie Fransman QC defending a Ukrainian oligarch from US extradition.

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Abigail Smith 
Draws on her prior experience working for solicitors' firms, and previous engagement with various NGOs, to offer excellent immigration advice to a diverse clientele. She is often instructed in Article 8 claims, as well as in cases concerning family reunion. She frequently appears in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals in complex asylum and immigration matters.
Strengths: "She is incredibly responsive and has a friendly and welcoming manner with clients." "She is approachable and supportive."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in an Article 8 claim concerning the rights of refugee children in the UK to reunion with family members outside the UK.

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Symes 
A quality advocate offering an all-round immigration service who is noted for his work on international protection. 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: "He has encyclopaedic knowledge and is innovative in his approach." "He is both academic and practical."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant at first instance and in the Court of Appeal concerning whether Bulgaria is a safe third country for asylum seekers to be returned to.

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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 also regularly handles cases concerning deportation, free movement for convicted foreign nations and claims made under Article 8. He draws on his EU and prison law expertise to offer a finely tuned service.
Strengths: "He's very practical, incisive and has a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of cases." "He has a huge amount of experience and is particularly good on EU law." 
Recent work: Led for the claimant against SSHD in the Court of Appeal concerning the deportation of a long-term UK resident due to criminal convictions.

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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. He is known for his handling of EEA claims, and has been active exploring the impact of Brexit on free movement. His client base is varied, and includes high net worth private individuals, law centres and businesses of all sizes.
Strengths: "He is an excellent practitioner who has encyclopaedic knowledge of the area." "He has an extraordinary amount of energy and commitment."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Ryanair against SSHD in a case that concerned 'carrier liability charge' after an alleged failure to check the immigration documents of a passenger.

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No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Daniel Bazini of 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. He is also adept at handling cases concerning freedom of movement, country guidance and family migration.
Strengths: “He is one of the most wonderful advocates to watch.” “His rapport with clients, technical knowledge and ability to think outside the box are outstanding.” 
Recent work: Acted in the Iraqi country guidance test case clarifying the criteria for internal relocation.

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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 is also praised for his handling of torture and trafficking 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 is concise, not afraid to look at cases from the judges' point of view, and his advice is always good in terms of which way the court will go." "His drafting is among the best I have seen, it is compelling and he is able to go toe to toe with the best at the Bar." 
Recent work: Gained permission to challenge the Home Office's policy of assessing age based on physical appearance.

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Parosha Chandran

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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.

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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's excellent on his feet and is very, very good at drafting documents."

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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 is a brilliant barrister."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants, led by Raza Husain QC, in a major immigration case that concerned the rights of persons afforded asylum on the British Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus, to recognition under the Refugee Convention and entitlement to enter the UK.

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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 very mathematical, very good with figures and a calming influence on clients.” “A very good advocate, she has a very attractive style in court.”

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Glen Hodgetts (Barrister-at-Law)

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Glen Hodgetts  
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: “He is very thorough in his preparation and a very good advocate.” “He leaves no stone unturned.”

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Jones 
An accomplished 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: "His written work is extremely good but, more importantly, his oral advocacy is excellent." "He is hard-working and has good analytical ability."

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No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Nicholson of 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. He frequently acts for claimants in cases related to family reunion and educational sponsorship. 
Strengths: “He is very good, very amiable and very, very knowledgeable.” "He is extremely clever and client-friendly.” 
Recent work: Acted in a claim regarding the effect of Paragraph 14 of Appendix J to the Immigration Rules on the appropriate salary paid by a sponsor employer.

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Greg Ó Ceallaigh

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Greg Ó Ceallaigh 
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. He is also well versed in the Dublin III regulation.
Strengths: "He is very good, very personable, and his pleadings are very good. He's an expert in immigration certification cases."
Recent work: Led by Hugh Southey QC in a case determining both the lawfulness of third-country removals to Austria, and the extent of the SSHD's power to detain under Article 28 of Dublin III Regulations.

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Declan O'Callaghan

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. He is regularly sought after for his depth of knowledge of Dublin Regulations and EEA rights.
Strengths: "So confident and knowledgeable, and is always approachable and available to assist." "Very successful and very hard-working, he is able to take on a lot of cases and maintain an impressive level of quality." 
Recent work: Led for the claimant in a case challenging the return of asylum seekers to Hungary under Dublin Regulations.

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Monckton Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert Palmer of 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: "He has fantastic judgement." "He does a very good job on his feet and he's very effective.”

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicola Braganza 
A junior who continues to receive praise for her work with vulnerable appellants and their families. Her caseload includes complex work regarding trafficking, FGM, domestic abuse cases and asylum-seeking children. She regularly appears before the Upper Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "She is so committed. She's done a lot of work around the Calais camp and volunteers her services beyond the call of duty."

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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 & Human Rights Commission on anti-trafficking measures. Also regularly advises charitable organisations on the current anti-trafficking measures and procedures.
Strengths: "She is very creative and clever." "She is motivated, smart and collaborative in her approach."
Recent work: Led by Stephanie Harrison QC in a judicial review concerning the detention of a pregnant woman.

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1 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alex Burrett
Respected junior who acts in cases concerning deprivation of citizenship, children's rights and deportation. He is experienced at assisting families and private individuals on EU law and issues of statelessness.
Strengths: “Alex is an expert in his field, and this, coupled with his easy-going personality and friendly manner, allows him to connect with clients and instil confidence in a way that not many other immigration barristers can.”
Recent work: Led by Hugh Southey QC for the appellant in the Supreme Court, challenging the SSHD's decision to deprive him of British nationality, which would allow him to be extradited to the USA on terrorism charges.

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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. She is noted for the advice she gives to governments, NGOs and the Council of Europe regarding domestic violence cases and the Istanbul convention.
Strengths: "Louise has dealt with a number of very complex matters and is always up for fighting a cause." "She has lots of knowledge and experience." 
Recent work: Led by Stephanie Harrison QC for the Pakistani claimant who was contesting the vires of the Detained Fast Track 2005 Rules.

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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, sexual violence and FGM. 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. She is seasoned in judicial reviews, as well as in the appeal courts.
Strengths: "Gilda is a dream to work with. She's responsive and engaged at all times. She is excellent across the board and very good at putting vulnerable clients at ease and winning their trust and confidence."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the SSHD's power to withdraw a concession after an individual's appeal has been granted based on that concession.

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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 third-country removals, often with a focus on children's rights.
Strengths: "She's thorough, hard-working and extremely committed." "She is extremely knowledgeable, thorough and has a remarkable attention to detail. Committed to clients, with whom she has a lovely manner."
Recent work: Acted for an albino child seeking asylum who would face persecution if returned to Nigeria.

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Victoria Laughton

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 appears in cases in the Supreme Court concerning minimum income requirements. She is also known for her work in cases concerning false imprisonment claims and often represents Eastern European immigrants.
Strengths: "She's really impressive, dedicated and 100% reliable. Her written work is excellent, and she is always up to date on every aspect of the law. It's really reassuring to have her on board on cases which are legally complex." "She is very very articulate and clear in her written work." 
Recent work: Represented the claimant in a judicial review challenging whether the test for suicide risk is governed by the 'N' or the 'J' threshold.

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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. He is equally excellent at handling sponsorship issues surrounding PBS for institutions as he is acting for vulnerable individuals in asylum claims.
Strengths: "Incredibly knowledgeable and he gives sound commercial advice." "He is extremely responsive and very good with clients."
Recent work: Challenged the SSHD's suspension of a college's sponsorship licence and sought damages under Article 1 Protocol 1.

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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: "I have huge respect for her, she's a brilliant lawyer." "You know you are going to get a really good input and performance in court - she's very persuasive."

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Catherine Meredith

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. She is regularly instructed on behalf of individuals, NGOs and European agencies.
Strengths: "Excellent to work with." "She is really good, she goes the extra mile and is fantastic about thinking through really hard issues."
Recent work: Led by Natalie Lieven QC in High Court case that concerned the return of a trafficking victim to the UK after being unlawfully deported to her home country.

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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. She is praised by market commentators for her work in Article 8 claims.
Strengths: "She responds promptly and is dependable and clear. She's excellent in client management and in marshalling evidence to good effect." "She is insightful, efficient, reliable and responsive. She spotted an issue that had been overlooked and worked quickly to reformulate our legal arguments at the last minute." 

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3 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Poole of 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. He is regularly instructed in the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal in challenges to government policy.
Strengths: "He is a very able advocate." "He is easy to work with." 
Recent work: Acted at first instance and in the Court of Appeal for the SSHD in an application for judicial review regarding an unlawful detention claim arising from an appeal to a deportation order.

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Catherine Robinson

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. She has recently acted in matters concerning the application of EU law in the context of cases concerning complex reunification of extended family members.
Strengths: "She has worked as a solicitor and so has a good understanding of what a solicitor needs from a barrister. She is tenacious and very thorough. She is also a very good tactician." "She is excellent in all respects - she's very bright, good with clients and extremely committed." 
Recent work: Instructed in a judicial review of the SSHD’s decision to certify the claimant's asylum and human rights claim as clearly unfounded.

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Joanne Rothwell

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No5 Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Joanne Rothwell of 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.
Strengths: "She really knows her stuff and argues in a really attractive way." “Her individual strength is her deep and wide knowledge in various areas of law, and her experience of handing people of various levels."
Recent work: Instructed in a case involving a person who had been accused of cheating in an English language test.

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1 Crown Office Row

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Neil Sheldon of 1 Crown Office Row 
Esteemed junior who demonstrates notable skill in national security and public law matters relating to immigration.
Strengths: "He is a really top-quality barrister and a very clever guy.” “He's super hard-working and entirely reliable. He produces clear, concise and elegant written submissions and has very thorough knowledge of immigration.” 

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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. He also assists in cases concerning deprivation of citizenship and detained fast-track claims. He makes regular appearances before the Supreme Court and SIAC.
Strengths: "He's got a great future and impressed me with his work." "A solid practitioner who is very bright."
Recent work: Acted as a junior for the appellants in W & others who succeeded in their long running SIAC “deportation with assurances” appeals on the grounds of Article 3 ECHR.

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5 Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John-Paul Waite of 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, deportation and entry refusal cases.
Strengths: “He is very practical, fair and sensible in his approach to litigation.”
Recent work: Upheld that Italy was deemed a safe country to return asylum seekers to on behalf of the Secretary of State.

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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: "She is so solicitor-friendly, very practically minded and focused on moving the case forward." "She provides very clear advice both orally and in writing. She is an excellent advocate."
Recent work: Defended a Ukrainian couple against a challenge to the certification of their asylum claim.

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