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39 Essex Chambers

Immigration

5 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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An impressive immigration and public law set with significant experience acting for both the government and claimants. Members are frequently instructed in sensitive and high-profile litigation before the higher courts, including SIAC. Areas of complementary expertise include asylum, EU law, civil liberties and nationality law. Recent work highlights include R (AM Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a Supreme Court deportation appeal concerning the lack of access to healthcare in an individual's home country, and R (MK) v Secretary of State, a judicial review concerning the delay in deciding cases for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. One impressed interviewee comments: "They are top-quality public lawyers."

Client service:

Alastair Davidson and Michael Kaplan are senior clerks at the set, and client service is overseen by CEO Lindsay Scott. "It is a very well-resourced chambers."

Strengths:

Christopher Staker
Frequently represents the Home Secretary in human rights immigration and asylum cases, involving issues of family life and trafficking, among others. He has appeared before the Court of Appeal on numerous occasions in such cases.
"He is well respected by the courts."
Recent work: Acted for the government in AXB (Jamaica) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a case considering the question of whether there was a procedural obligation under Article 3 ECHR to make enquiries as to the availability of medical treatment upon removal of an individual from the UK.

Strengths:

Katherine Apps
An impressive junior with expertise across immigration, human rights and equality law. She regularly advises vulnerable individuals before the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal. She is particularly noted for her knowledge on the interpretation of 8 ECHR, and EEA regulations relating to EU national workers.
"An excellent barrister for advice on the crossover of employment and immigration law issues." "She is very clever, calm and approachable. She can really move things on and she takes clients' points in the proper way. Really very impressive."
Recent work: Acted for the Home Secretary in the immigration appeal of GM (Sri Lanka), an important Court of Appeal case on the approach to Article 8 ECHR.

Strengths:

Lisa Giovanetti QC
Leading 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.
"A brilliant advocate; she is calm and practical and always has an excellent grip on the detail and an ability to identify what really matters." "She is fantastic; she is a hugely experienced counsel of choice for the government and a go-to for factually unattractive cases that need a sensitive but robust approach."
Recent work: Acted in an appeal to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission against the decision to deprive the appellant of his British citizenship on national security grounds.

Strengths:

Rory Dunlop QC
Esteemed silk 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.
"His broad experience in public law matters, meticulous preparation and penetrating analysis serve him well. The judges listen to him with marked attention." "He provides practical advice, has an understated and calm advocacy style and is extremely intelligent. He quickly gets on top of complex issues."
Recent work: Acted for the government in OH (Algeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a deportation appeal before the Court of Appeal relating to s.117C(7) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002.

Strengths:

Zane Malik QC
Admired as a barrister who enjoys bringing creative angles to immigration cases, and who has appeared in important cases before the Supreme Court. He counts the Home Secretary among his clients.
"He is very knowledgeable in immigration law and has a nice measured approach."
Recent work: Represented the appellant in Patel and Shah v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a Supreme Court case concerning the scope of the Zambrano principle. The appeal was allowed.

Immigration Department

39 Essex Chambers

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Immigration


Lisa Giovannetti QC
Star Individuals
Rory Dunlop QC
Band 3
Zane Malik QC
New Silks

Juniors

London (Bar)

Immigration


Christopher Staker
Band 4
Katherine Apps
Band 3