Doughty Street Chambers

Immigration Department

London (Bar)
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Quality set possessing a reputation for outstanding work in both personal and business immigration. Its members represent asylum seekers, families, vulnerable adults, NGOs, high net worth individuals and companies, among other clients. Market commentators particularly highlight their dedication to clients, saying: "They care passionately about what they do." Another source states: "The quality across the board is very high and they're one of the best for immigration."

Client service: "I find the clerks to be amazing and really approachable." "The clerking service is great - they are always prompt to respond and very helpful." Sian Wilkins is the senior civil practice manager.

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. He has worked on country guidance cases, including on the risks surrounding returnees from Sri Lanka.
Strengths: "Simply superb: a wonderful advocate who understands the finer points of the law." "He's exceptionally level-headed and focused, very good with difficult clients, and has a way of simplifying things that appear complicated. He has a very good instinct about litigation strategy and is generous with his time."

Catherine Meredith
An enterprising and experienced immigration barrister, she is highly regarded for her strong commitment to cases involving trafficked 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: "She's a leader in anti-trafficking work. She's amazingly quick, and completely on it in terms of the law." "She'll try everything she can to get the best result for her client, leaving no stone unturned. She's really meticulous and you feel she has a wider commitment to civil liberties and human rights, which follows through in every case that she does."

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 nationals and claims made under Article 8. He draws on his EU and prison law expertise to offer a finely tuned service and is particularly well regarded for cases relating to the movement of EEA nationals.
Strengths: A "brilliant" barrister who is "terrific to be against."

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. He has represented high-profile figures in Russia and is aided there by his Russian speaking skills.
Strengths: "He is a joy to work with and is a subject matter expert whose opinion I trust implicitly. He is adept at engaging with clients: he listens first and asks questions later and is very solutions-driven." "Practical, client-friendly, imaginative and available."

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. Among her career highlights are prominent immigration cases featuring human rights issues related to sexuality.
Strengths: "Superb and technically wonderful." "She's an excellent, incredibly thorough and dedicated lawyer who pushes solicitors hard, which is good for us because she wants the best. In terms of junior counsel she's one of the best out there."

Mark Henderson
A leading claimant-focused immigration barristerhe 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, and routinely appears in the highest domestic and European courts on behalf of vulnerable clients. 
Strengths: "He has good knowledge across the board in public law."

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. She is also adept in public and detention claims.
Strengths: "A brilliant barrister who combines real technical excellence with expertise in relation to human trafficking and vulnerable children." "An excellent and very passionate advocate."

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 ECtHR. 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 was supportive of the client and respectful, but focused on the key issues which were not necessarily easy to spot in this sea of litigation. He was very organised and perceptive." "Meticulously prepared and engages well with clients."

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 businesses. She is praised by market commentators for her work in Article 8 claims. 
Strengths: "Extremely smart, thorough and passionate about securing justice for our clients." "One of the best - the preparation she puts in is second to none."