The foremost set leading the way at the London Immigration Bar, Garden Court Chambers houses an unsurpassable team of advocates who handle the full gamut of immigration matters. Its practitioners, from top-quality juniors to renowned QCs, appear in the highest courts acting on behalf of vulnerable clients and high net worth private individuals alike. Many of them have recently been leading the way on policy and casework to relieve the refugee crisis in Calais and across Europe.
Client service: "The clerking is very good, they always respond to things extremely promptly. The clerks are friendly, efficient and will go out of their way to help." Lisa O’Leary leads the clerking team.
Ian Macdonald QC
A vastly knowledgeable and highly respected silk who has a long history of assisting asylum seekers and others facing immigration and nationality issues. He offers a wealth of experience and routinely undertakes Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal work.
Strengths: "A giant of the field of immigration law." "He is recognised as a leading author in this area."
Laurie Fransman QC
A celebrated silk with market-leading knowledge of nationality and asylum law. He enjoys a glowing reputation, both domestically and internationally, thanks in part to his significant contribution to leading literature in the area. His areas of expertise within asylum law include complex protection and exclusion cases.
Strengths: "The guru of nationality law." "The authority on immigration law who deftly handles the most challenging points."
Recent work: Acted for Dmytro Firtash, successfully challenging a US extradition request on behalf of the Ukrainian oligarch, who was on bail in Austria.
Stephanie Harrison QC
Highly esteemed barrister who is particularly well known for her adroit handling of the most complex immigration and asylum matters. She frequently appears in the highest courts in landmark immigration cases, such as human rights claims, unlawful detention matters and deportation appeals.
Strengths: "Almost unrivalled when it comes her deep knowledge of detention issues." "She is a legend at the Bar with a famed refugee practice."
Recent work: Successfully responded to the Home Secretary's review of a Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) decision on the correct approach to disclosure of judicial review proceedings under new statutory review provisions.
Navtej Singh Ahluwalia
An impressive junior with considerable experience who is often instructed in judicial review proceedings in relation to EU free movement law and deportation. He has significant knowledge of, and has written on, the points-based system (PBS).
Strengths: "Very approachable and prepares meticulously for Immigration Tribunal hearings." "A charismatic and highly persuasive advocate."
Recent work: Appeared in R (Selim Macastina) v SSHD, a test case considering whether an amendment to the Immigration (EEA) Regulations was contrary to EU free movement law.
An exceptionally skilled junior, whose practice is heavily focused on British nationality and EU free movement law. He routinely receives instructions from large-scale corporations in major commercial immigration matters.
Strengths: "An absolutely brilliant brain and a delightful personality - always a pleasure to work with." "One of the finest legal minds of our time."
Recent work: Instructed in R (Deelavathi Bondada) v SSHD, a case establishing the necessary criteria to prove that an individual is a British citizen by descent, and therefore entitled to a British passport.
Offers broad immigration expertise and specialist insight into international human rights law. She regularly handles third-country and asylum cases and was appointed a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal in 2015.
Strengths: "She is very compassionate and strong on children or family cases." "An absolutely fantastic advocate."
A first-class advocate with a wealth of immigration knowledge. She is regularly instructed in asylum and family law cases and has notable expertise in matters concerning gender persecution, trafficking and child-related immigration. Cronin is admitted to practice in both the UK and Australia.
Strengths: "Kathryn is exceptionally bright and academic, but also down-to-earth." "Very approachable, a fantastic advert for the Bar in general."
A leading junior with an impressive case history, having been involved in a number of high-profile immigration, asylum and human rights matters before SIAC, the House of Lords and the Strasbourg Grand Chamber. He routinely acts for senior political and business figures in highly sensitive cases.
Strengths: "Duran is very bright and very experienced." "He is extremely clever and has an amazing eye for detail."
Recent work: Appeared in the Supreme Court in HA (Iraq) v SSHD, a case considering the immigration rules in relation to public interest and Article 8 of the ECHR.
Leading immigration barrister who routinely acts for overseas, high-profile clients in complex citizenship and inbound-travel matters. Distinguished for her commitment to the representation of migrants, she also weights her caseload towards unlawful detention work on behalf of vulnerable adults and children.
Strengths: "She is an absolute standout claimant barrister." "She does lots of complex work for vulnerable clients and always does an excellent job."
Recent work: Acted in Bosov v SSHD, successfully overturning the Home Office's decision to exclude Dmitry Bosov, a well-known Russian businessman, from the UK.
Much respected for a practice that has seen him become a favourite among fellow barristers and solicitors alike. His caseload is varied, with a particular focus on human trafficking and Country Guidance matters.
Strengths: "His knowledge is incredibly impressive, he takes interesting approaches and makes them work." "He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration and asylum law."
Highly experienced practitioner with a varied practice covering areas such as the PBS, asylum and EEA law. He counts high net worth individuals, businesses and asylum applicants among his broader clientele.
Strengths: "Excellent on complex EU matters for high-profile clients." "He has a profound knowledge of refugee issues."
A truly experienced practitioner, he regularly appears before the Court of Appeal and Administrative Court. He is a commercial immigration specialist who regularly advises both private individuals and large corporations.
Strengths: "He's very approachable and always listens with avid attention, which inspires confidence." "His immigration knowledge and the way he works with clients are very impressive."
Recent work: Appeared in BD v ECO (Moscow), a case regarding a high net worth individual whose application was refused on account of an allegation that he had provided false information in respect to a previous application.
Esteemed senior junior with a wealth of experience appearing before Tribunals and in judicial review proceedings. Her practice focuses on Article 8 ECHR and deportation matters. While largely publicly funded, she also acts for private clients.
Strengths: "Naik is technically very good and highly persuasive." "She is able to master detail and break down concepts with ease."
Recent work: Acted in BM and Others, a Country Guidance appeal in the Upper Tribunal concerning returns to the Democratic Republic of Congo for foreign national criminals, refused asylum seekers and those involved in opposition political movements.
Routinely handles politically sensitive cases on behalf of high-profile individuals within the political, business and sporting worlds. He is particularly noted for his deep knowledge of human rights and refugee law, regularly advising clients from Eastern European countries.
Strengths: "He is absolutely committed to each and every case." "His written pleading is top-notch. He sets out arguments extremely clearly and persuasively."
Recent work: Instructed in R (ILPA) v Tribunal Procedure Committee and Lord Chancellor, a matter regarding the legality of the new First-tier Tribunal procedure rules which permit a ‘secret evidence’ procedure.
Draws on her prior experience as a solicitor, and previous engagement with various NGOs, to offer excellent immigration advice to a diverse clientele. She frequently appears in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals in complex asylum and immigration matters.
Strengths: "Great in both technical cases and Article 8 matters." "Incredibly responsive and has a friendly and welcoming manner with clients."
Recent work: Acted in AT and another (Article 8 ECHR - Child Refugee - Family Reunification) Eritrea .
A quality advocate offering an all-round immigration service. Before coming to the Bar he worked at the Refugee Legal Centre and he is now best known for appearing in various landmark Country Guidance asylum cases.
Strengths: "Encyclopaedic knowledge and innovative approach to legal issues." "He is fiercely intelligent and strikes up good relationships with clients."
Recent work: Acted in Zhegrova, the lead case regarding the extent to which cohabitation between spouses is required before retained rights of residence accrue under EU law.
An esteemed and popular immigration barrister, he is particularly highly regarded by peers and widely recognised for his editorship of the Free Movement blog. His client base is varied, and includes high net worth private individuals, law centres and businesses of all sizes.
Strengths: "Extraordinary energy and commitment." "Very responsive. He offers highly detailed advice and comprehensive knowledge of case law."
Recent work: Successfully appeared on behalf of the appellant in Saif Ullah v SSHD. This was an appeal against refusal of status to a man who had been a resident in the UK for 15 years, but who had previously been deported for a large-scale fraud offence and re-entered the country illegally.
Acts primarily for victims of human trafficking and unlawful detainment, representing clients in public law, immigration and criminal appellate proceedings. She regularly advises organisations such as the Equality and Human Rights Commission on anti-trafficking measures.
Strengths: "Excellent with vulnerable clients, she provides first-class, family-based immigration advice." "Very impressed with how quickly she digests information and turns it into a compelling argument."
Recent work: Instructed in PA v SSHD, a judicial review considering the Home Secretary's decision to detain a pregnant woman.
Greg Ó Ceallaigh
A budding junior, he continues to impress peers and clients alike with his flourishing immigration and asylum practice. He offers great experience in areas such as EU law-related judicial reviews, third-country removal and detention matters.
Strengths: "He is completely on top of Italy third-country case litigation." "He fights extraordinarily hard on detention and asylum cases."
Recent work: Successfully argued that an Italian national who had committed numerous offences had acquired a right of permanent residence in SSHD v Vassallo.
A promising immigration junior who has garnered peer respect for her expertise regarding sexual orientation and gender-based claims. She routinely acts on behalf of vulnerable clients who have been victims of unlawful detention and trafficking.
Strengths: "She has standout knowledge of unaccompanied minors." "She's fantastic - when you have her on side you're instantly more confident. She gets straight to the point and has an amazing analytical brain." "Committed, driven, a pleasure to work with and thoroughly effective in the High Court."
Recent work: Acted in HN v SSHD, a case concerning the deportation of refused Afghan asylum seekers on charter flights.
An accomplished public lawyer, who is adept at handling immigration, asylum and human rights law at all levels, from the First-tier Tribunal to the ECHR. Market commentators highlight his strong track record of securing substantial damages for individuals who have been unlawfully detained.
Strengths: "Words cannot describe how brilliant his work is." "An absolutely wonderful, charming advocate."
Recent work: Acted in BB v SSHD, a high-value unlawful detention and personal injury claim concerning a seriously mentally ill Algerian man who had repeatedly been detained under immigration powers.
A rising junior who continues to receive praise for her work with vulnerable appellants and their families. Her caseload includes complex work regarding trafficking, domestic abuse cases and asylum-seeking children. She regularly appears before the Upper Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Nicola has particular expertise with complex immigration cases." "She has amazingly in-depth knowledge and is prepared to go the extra mile for clients."
A top immigration junior with a broad caseload encompassing all areas of asylum, nationality, deportation, EU free movement and human rights law. She frequently acts for vulnerable clients in sensitive, complex cases concerning trafficking and persecution.
Strengths: "Very dedicated, it's an absolute pleasure to work with Bryony."
Recent work: Acted in HN v SSHD, a case challenging the government’s removal of refused asylum seekers to Afghanistan.
Hailed by peers, he routinely acts on behalf of high-profile individuals in challenges against decisions of the Home Office, particularly regarding deportation or removal actions. His burgeoning career sees him making regular appearances before the Supreme Court and SIAC.
Strengths: "He is very organised and very good to work with." "You always know he will prepare a case to the highest possible standard and give pragmatic advice."
Recent work: Instructed in AA (Afghanistan) v SSHD, a test case clarifying the UK's obligations to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.
Popular among peers, Loughran routinely appears before a range of judicial fora, including the First-tier and Upper Tribunals and the High Court. She has significant experience of handling complex detention and removal cases and is particularly noted for her provision of expert advice to Somali nationals and victims of trafficking.
Strengths: "She really gets to grips with the material, has a good knowledge of the law and is concise, calm and considered." "Extremely able lawyer who is prepared to take difficult cases and handle them with panache."