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Garden Court Chambers

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Garden Court Chambers is a highly esteemed immigration set with a strong track record in sophisticated cases at the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and SIAC. Areas of particular strength include complex asylum and deportation matters in the context of European human rights law, but also private, business and high net worth immigration. Barristers from the set act for a broad range of clients on the claimant side including private individuals, children, families and sponsoring businesses. Recent highlights include Peter Jorro's involvement in a case clarifying the meaning of '18 months' absence' in the immigration rules, and a case in which Ali Bandegani was instructed, considering who may be a member of a Particular Social Group under the Refugee Convention 1951. Interviewees describe Garden Court as "the best immigration set, which provides strength in depth and great coverage in all areas;" others comment that "Garden Court Chambers is considered to be the UK’s leading immigration chambers."

Client service:

"The clerking is excellent, friendly and receptive to feedback." "Very impressed with the immigration team at Garden Court - the clerks are very helpful and responsive and I would highly recommend giving them a call." "The set has excellent strength in depth and the clerking team is ably led by Lisa O’Leary."

Strengths:

Abigail Smith
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 and cases concerning family reunion. She frequently appears in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals in complex asylum and immigration matters.
"Her work is first class. She is calm, knowledgeable and able to get to the issues quickly and effectively. She is a pleasure to work with." "She is tenacious and produces results on the most difficult Article 8 cases."

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Adrian Berry
Adrian Berry is an exceptionally skilled barrister 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.
"Very intelligent and so knowledgeable. He gives clients reassurance that he is the brightest guy in the room." "He is brilliant at complex nationality cases and has real expertise in this area."

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Ali Bandegani
Ali Bandegani is a highly regarded barrister with a strong immigration practice. He is particularly well known for his expertise in public law and human rights challenges to Home Office policy concerning asylum, detention and deportation. He is frequently called upon to represent refugees including victims of torture and individuals with mental health conditions.
"He is extremely clever and has very detailed knowledge of immigration law. He is creative and great to work with." "Incredibly hard-working and thorough. He has great knowledge and he is original in his ideas and approach. He is good with vulnerable clients and is a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in an important case where the Upper Tribunal found that a 'Particular Social Group' may include a person who has, or is perceived to have, a disability or mental illness even where no firm diagnosis is possible.

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Amanda Weston QC
Amanda Weston QC is a leading immigration barrister who routinely acts for 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.
"A brilliant mind for analysing the law. She has a range of expertise that she operates and specialises in." "She is very clever and tenacious on interesting technical points."
Recent work: Represented a child in the Home Secretary’s appeal to the Court of Appeal against the High Court’s ruling that the paternity provisions of the British Nationality Act 1981 discriminated against the claimant, who was born outside marriage.

Strengths:

Bojana Asanovic
Bojana Asanovic is a well-regarded immigration barrister with an interest in EU free movement, gender identity and trafficking cases.
"A real specialist in EU law. She is extremely intelligent and really sees the big picture in her cases. She is incredibly committed and knows the area inside out." "Deals with complex cases, and is very diligent and produces high-quality work."
Recent work: Acted as junior counsel for the intervener in a case concerning a 'deport first, appeal later' action against a child. The case involved consideration of various aspects of EU law, including rights of the child.

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Colin Yeo
Colin Yeo is an esteemed and popular immigration barrister, who is particularly highly regarded by his 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. He is also experienced in challenges to deportation and deprivation of citizenship decisions. His client base is varied and includes high net worth private individuals, law centres and businesses of all sizes. 
"His writing is second to none. He is the go-to authority on immigration law, and is one of the most senior and experienced barristers around." "Impressive cutting-edge and up-to-date knowledge of changes in the framework that cases are decided under. He is a creative immigration practitioner."

Strengths:

David Jones
David Jones is an accomplished barrister who is adept at handling immigration, asylum and human rights law at all levels, from the First-tier Tribunal to the ECtHR. Market commentators highlight his strong track record of securing substantial damages for individuals who have been unlawfully detained. He has also represented business migrants and high net worth individuals.
"He is dedicated to securing the best outcome for his clients. His bedside manner is remarkable; he puts highly stressed and worried clients at ease with his calm confidence and knowledge of the law." "He is very clever and committed to clients. He is a good all-round barrister."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a successful appeal following a claim that the Home Secretary erred in claiming she had issued a curtailment letter following the revocation of the claimant’s Tier 2 Sponsors licence.

Strengths:

David Sellwood
David Sellwood is a popular choice with solicitors, who instruct him in a range of immigration and asylum appeals and complex judicial review challenges. He is particularly well versed in unlawful detention cases, deportation matters and associated human rights issues. He has often appeared before the Upper Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal.
"Has great analysis and insight, and is not intimidated by complex or novel issues. He is a great barrister to work with." "He is so analytical, and finds it easy to progress and take points that might not have been seen by others."
Recent work: Represented one of three claimants in a judicial review claim challenging conditions for immigration detainees at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre.

Strengths:

Duran Seddon
Duran Seddon is a leading barrister 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.
"He is very experienced and has excellent judgement. He is very impressive." "Is exceptional in his attention to detail and at every level, in court and in representation with clients."

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Edward Grieves
Edward Grieves is a highly praised immigration barrister with a wealth of experience before SIAC, who frequently appears in complex and highly sensitive national security matters involving individuals with alleged links to terrorist activities or groups. He is also well versed in cases involving the Refugee Convention.
"A strong advocate who is engaging in court. He is hard working and a pleasure to work with." "An intensely creative and adaptive lawyer who leaves no fact or legal principle unearthed. He will track down the most elusive solution. A popular, nuanced and academic advocate, who can perform under extreme pressure and lead a team with vigour, skill and humour."

Strengths:

Gemma Loughran
Popular among peers, Gemma Loughran routinely appears before a range of judicial fora, ranging from the tribunals to the SIAC. She has significant experience handling complex human rights and judicial review claims, including country guidance cases, and those regarding deprivation of citizenship and trafficked individuals.
"She is a very thorough barrister and gives clear and concise advice. She is very experienced and gets great results." "She is very impressive. The client is at the centre of everything she does and she is so experienced and pragmatic."

Strengths:

Gordon Lee
Gordon Lee is an immigration law specialist barrister with notable experience including in unlawful detention and deportation proceedings. He has appeared in important cases before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
"He is committed and thinks outside the box. He is highly admired professionally." "A real natural who adds a lot of value to a case; really excellent."

Strengths:

Grace Brown
Grace Brown is an immigration expert with particular strength in cases regarding deportation, including those challenging actions brought against 'Windrush migrants'. She represents vulnerable children and their families in a range of matters thoughout the courts and tribunals.
"Incredibly knowledgeable, her conviction is amazing and she thinks deeply about the issues and their potential. She is a very experienced barrister and has a longstanding presence in immigration work." "The work produced is excellent and she is very articulate. A very skilful advocate; I don't believe I have ever lost a case with her."
Recent work: Acted in a challenge to the refusal of citizenship due to a conviction which resulted in a 12-month suspended prison sentence acquired at the age of 62, after the claimant had lived in the UK for 59 years.

Strengths:

Grace Capel
Grace Capel is a promising junior barrister with a blossoming immigration and asylum practice. She acts for claimants in appeals and judicial reviews, and has notable experience in relation to unlawful detention, bail accommodation issues and human trafficking.
"She is very helpful and finds the time to go through things with you. No matter how complex the legal issue, she is up to it, and she operates with the highest degree of clarity and precision." "An impressive junior whose eye for detail and can-do attitude really makes her stand out. She is hard-working and will go that extra mile."

Strengths:

Greg Ó Ceallaigh
Greg Ó Ceallaigh continues to impress fellow barristers and clients alike with his flourishing immigration and asylum practice. He offers deep 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.
"He is a really creative, sharp and determined barrister. He is very responsive and collaborative in working with instructing solicitors too." "He is extremely effective and brings a lot of knowledge to cases."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in a successful test case to establish a remedy for those who are falsely accused of cheating in TOEIC tests, and who prove their innocence at a contested hearing.

Strengths:

Helen Foot
Helen Foot is a highly erudite immigration and asylum specialist barrister focusing on nationality and citizenship cases for a range of vulnerable claimants including children, asylum seekers and victims of trafficking. She is regularly called upon to appear in the tribunals and the courts, and has deep experience in deportation matters as they relate to criminal convictions and the protection of human rights.
"A brilliant advocate who has in-depth knowledge of immigration law and excellent attention to detail, and who is very well prepared. She always gains the client's trust and is very approachable."

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Kathryn Cronin
Kathryn Cronin is 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. She has made significant contributions to the literature on the subject of family and children's asylum cases.
"Simply excellent. Her expertise, calmness and kindness to clients is exemplary." "The go-to barrister for family cases with an immigration aspect. She really does stand out as head and shoulders above others dealing with crossover family and immigration cases."

Strengths:

Laurie Fransman QC
Laurie Fransman QC is 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 the 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. He is the founder of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association.
"He is very easy to work with and produces very high-calibre drafting."

Strengths:

Louise Hooper
Louise Hooper is held in high esteem 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.
"An incredibly knowledgeable barrister who has a sharp ability to think outside the box and develop complex arguments very quickly." "She is very experienced in dealing with deportation and detention cases. She has got really detailed knowledge of the law and practice. She is a real fighter on behalf of the client."

Strengths:

Mark Symes
Mark Symes is a quality barrister offering an all-round immigration service, and 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 and judicial review challenges. He has extensive experience before the higher courts, including the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
"A master of immigration law, he knows it all. He is super helpful and gives great advice." "He has phenomenal knowledge."
Recent work: Appeared in an Upper Tribunal case to determine the construction of Appendix FM Immigration Rules regarding the relationship of 'partner' and 'parent' routes.

Strengths:

Nicola Braganza QC
Nicola Braganza QC is a barrister who continues to receive praise for her work with vulnerable appellants and their families. Her caseload includes complex work involving victims of slavery, torture and domestic abuse. She also has significant experience handling LGBT+ asylum claims. She regularly appears before the First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal. She is associated with the Athens Refugee Legal Support project.
"A formidable advocate whose cross-examination skills are second to none." "She is fantastic, passionate and very committed to the area and to her clients."

Strengths:

Patrick Lewis
Patrick Lewis is a truly experienced barrister who handles a wide range of immigration and asylum matters, including matters before the Court of Appeal. 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.
"A brilliant advocate who is very experienced." "He is very solid and committed to his clients; a really lovely barrister to deal with."

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Peter Jorro
Peter Jorro is highly experienced barrister 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 clientele. He has considerable experience advising corporate clients in relation to Tier 2 sponsor licences.
"He is very responsive and knowledgeable on immigration rules and has a practical approach." "He is very solid and has fantastic knowledge."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in a case concerning the calculation of the number of days comprising the 18 months' absence from the UK allowed by the Home Secretary within a period of 10 years, before settlement is refused. Successfully argued that this could be a maximum of 548 days, not 540 as per the Home Secretary's view.

Strengths:

Raza Halim
Raza Halim employs his background in international development in detention and deprivation of liberty cases, as well as asylum and general immigration law. He frequently appears before SIAC, where he has strong experience of complex deprivation of citizenship and national security-related cases.
"He does a really excellent job on challenging cases, he has a good knack of presenting them with real clarity and persuasiveness, which helps the judges cut through a lot of the complexity." "He is a very easy barrister to work with and is quick to respond. He thoroughly researchers his work."
Recent work: Acted for the applicant in a judicial review challenging the Home Secretary's removal of the applicant, an 'important witness' to a death in immigration detention, before his evidence could be heard by a coroner.

Strengths:

Rebecca Chapman
Rebecca Chapman offers broad immigration expertise. She regularly handles third-country and asylum cases and was appointed a deputy judge of the Upper Tribunal in 2015. She advises vulnerable clients, including children, individuals with mental health conditions or serious illness, and LGBT+ asylum seekers. She has deep experience in cases involving the deportation and extradition of foreign criminals and Article 3 ECHR.
"A go-to barrister you can put any case in front of and she will do a good job on it. She is a leader in the field who is sympathetic but practical, and is very effective." "Her advice is measured and realistic. Her drafting is clear and persuasive."
Recent work: Acted in a judicial review of the decision of the Falkland Islands PIO to deport two migrant workers on the basis of criminal convictions.

Strengths:

Ronan Toal
Ronan Toal is 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 technical areas of asylum law such as country guidance and nationality. He has strong experience of judicial reviews and matters before the appellate courts.
"He is an excellent barrister. His knowledge is so broad and he can find novel arguments. He thinks outside of the box." "He has fearsome intellect and is a go-to for complex matters."
Recent work: Represented the appellants in a successful appeal following a judicial review challenging the decisions of the Competent Authority that they were not victims of trafficking.

Strengths:

Sadat Sayeed
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.
"An excellent barrister: he is extremely bright, and well respected and liked by judges and clients." "His ability to take complicated cases and express them with real clarity stands out. He is very approachable and has a clear mindset geared to getting to the best outcome for the client."

Strengths:

Sonali Naik QC
Sonali Naik QC is an esteemed silk with a wealth of experience appearing before tribunals and in judicial review proceedings. Her practice has a strong focus on test and country guidance cases. Recently she has been particularly active in cases concerning the deprivation of nationality. While largely publicly funded, she also acts for private clients.
"Her expertise is incredibly impressive and her ability to talk publicly about complex issues is incredibly important in raising the profile of the case." "A go-to silk who is a complete pleasure to work with. She takes on last-minute difficult cases very bravely and effectively."
Recent work: Acted in a test case on the definition of a human rights claim and whether therefore there was a statutory right of appeal. The claimant was a victim of domestic violence who had been refused indefinite leave to remain.

Strengths:

Stephanie Harrison QC
Stephanie Harrison QC is 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 national security matters and deportation appeals. She has a strong track record in bringing sophisticated challenges to Home Office decisions by way of judicial review.
"An advocate who goes the extra mile for clients and fights fiercely for them. She is very effective." "A phenomenal advocate who is very clever and thinks a long way ahead in a case. She works extraordinarily hard."

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Immigration


Amanda Weston QC
Band 2
Laurie Fransman QC
Star Individuals
Nicola Braganza QC
New Silks
Sonali Naik QC
Band 2
Stephanie Harrison QC
Band 1

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London (Bar)

Immigration


Abigail Smith
Band 2

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