Garden Court North Chambers

Immigration Department

Northern/North Eastern (Bar)
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Pre-eminent immigration set with notably strong expertise in country guidance cases, nationality law and other complex issues. The team is best known for handling appeals and bringing judicial review claims on behalf of vulnerable clients, including refugees, unaccompanied children and victims of trafficking. Members have excellent legal and procedural knowledge covering asylum, detention and deportation matters. They routinely appear before the First-tier and Upper Tribunals and the appellate courts, and have recently acted in a country guidance case on Iraq, among other high-profile matters.

Client service: "They are very helpful, professional and understanding. They are always in communication and chasing things up." "Everything is administered really well; they are efficient and accommodating." Annmarie Nightingale is head of practice management.


Camille Warren

Public, immigration and civil liberties law specialist with particular experience representing young people, including underage asylum seekers. She is adept at appeals and judicial review.
Strengths: "She is clear and persuasive, and very pragmatic in her approach. Very client-focused."


Joseph Markus

Developing a strong name in the market for his expertise in immigration, nationality and asylum law. His practice encompasses First-tier and Upper Tribunal appeals and he is commended by peers for his involvement in Supreme Court appeals at an early state of his career.
Strengths: "He is extremely knowledgeable and is able to pick apart the respondent's case." "He has a first-class brain and is prepared to take on difficult cases." "Extremely helpful."


Kerry Smith

Possesses experience appearing in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals as well as the Court of Appeal. She is particularly experienced in judicial reviews that seek to challenge asylum and leave to remain refusals invoking the ECHR.
Strengths: "She is very impressive: extremely calm and very clear with the client about what is happening." "She is very experienced and highly competent."
Recent work: Acted for the applicant, an Albanian national, in Marku v Secretary of State for the Home Department, two judicial review claims concerning her application for leave to remain in the UK.


Lucy Mair

Has a broad immigration practice that takes in trafficking, asylum and human rights cases for vulnerable clients. She is also well versed in cases concerning unlawful detention and false imprisonment claims. She has appeared in the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "She is extremely passionate and strategic, and is always looking for innovative ways to challenge decisions." "She is really smart and has a really persuasive style to her advocacy." "She has brilliant drafting skills and she is very level-headed; she is not rattled by difficult judges."


Mikhil Karnik

A highly experienced junior with particular expertise in EU law, freedom of movement and statelessness. He primarily acts for claimants in complex unlawful detention cases, asylum claim appeals and Country Guidance cases, and is praised in the market for his commitment to clients.
Strengths: "He is impressive, clear, thorough and persuasive." "He is very committed and experienced and has good legal judgement."


Rory O'Ryan

Covers a broad range of matters, including asylum applications, human rights, PBS issues and trafficking. He regularly acts in judicial reviews and appears before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. He is noted for his knowledge of deportations following a serious criminal offence and has recently been instructed in a number of appeals against deportation arising out of the introduction of the automatic deportation of 'foreign criminals' by the UK Borders Act 2007.
Strengths: "He is very able, very thorough and articulates his arguments." "He is thorough but also very fair. He knows the law and how to balance it with reality."


Tasaddat Hussain

Offers strong experience in immigration and asylum matters, including those relating to Country Guidance and at-risk ethnic groups. He has acted in important test cases in the field.
Strengths: "His approach is tenacious and thorough, and his breadth of knowledge is very impressive. He is a standout barrister on the circuit." "He is dedicated and proactive and you can trust him implicitly to deal with things. He goes above and beyond." "He is very, very experienced."
Recent work: Acted in the case of SMO (Iraq), a Country Guidance case on Iraq.


Vijay Jagadesham

Undertakes a wide range of immigration and asylum work, most notably on behalf of vulnerable adults and children. He is experienced before the Administrative Court and draws on his public law experience to advise on detention and sponsorship matters. He has recently handled a range of complex cases concerning leave to remain and Article 8. He also has experience in human trafficking cases.
Strengths: "He is very down to earth, has a really sensible approach and gives a realistic assessment of prospects." "He handles deportation and removal cases very creatively and is very supportive."