Landmark Chambers

Immigration Department

London (Bar)
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A highly respected set with a depth of expertise on both the government and claimant sides. Tenants regularly appear in the Supreme Court and various international courts, including the ECtHR. The set's barristers have been involved in a number of high-profile immigration cases spanning deportation, EU refugee law, asylum, trafficking and business immigration. Interviewees describe Landmark as a "well-run and efficient set." Recent case highlights include KO (Nigeria) v SSHD, which considered the correct approach to the relevance of the impact of a foreign criminal's deportation on that person's child.

Client service: "The clerks and other support staff are excellent, and the work was done efficiently and promptly." Jay Fullilove is the senior clerk.

Alex Goodman
Acting exclusively for claimants, he appears in courts at all levels, including the immigration tribunal, the Supreme Court and the ECtHR. Peers acknowledge his depth of expertise, particularly highlighting his aptitude in matters concerning deportation and detention. He is well versed in the cases relating to the Dublin Regulation.
Strengths: "A leading light in unlawful detention." "Experienced public law practitioner and a phenomenal advocate with particular expertise in immigration detention law."
Recent work: Acted in claim brought by the British child of a Ghanaian mother for judicial review, alleging that the system which allows immigrants no recourse to public funds was directly racially discriminatory. As a result of the policy, the claimant's mother was living in destitution in the UK.

David Blundell QC
Well respected by peers and clients alike, he sits on the Attorney General's A Panel and regularly appears in the highest domestic and overseas courts, including the Supreme Court, ECtHR and ECJ. He demonstrates notable skill in EU law-related cases and is noted for his expertise in cases concerning the deportation of criminals and rights for dual citizens. 
Strengths: "A very good government barrister and one of the go-to individuals for EU-related issues." "Very pleasant to work with and very, very competent."
Recent work: Advised the Home Office on legal issues arising from the Windrush scandal, including the legality of certain aspects of the government's response.

Galina Ward
Has a broad public law practice and notably strong knowledge of the education and property sectors. She specialises in the representation of migrants and families who are subject to immigration control, regularly appearing in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals. 
Strengths: "Excellent all-round." "She has great judgement and is very measured."
Recent work: Applied to the ECtHR on behalf of a young man who was refused permission to appeal against an Upper Tribunal decision confirming that he should be deported, since all of his UK private life had been developed while his immigration status was 'precarious', even though he had lived in the UK since the age of 12.

Graham Denholm
Experienced barrister with notable expertise in asylum and deportation matters. He is a recognised immigration detention expert who is routinely called upon to act for clients in judicial review proceedings against the Home Office, including in cases that reach the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Absolutely brilliant, a meticulous practitioner. His knowledge base is second to none and I will often call him when I have a difficult case because he has such strong expertise." "He is easy to work with, responsive, knowledgeable and thorough. Someone to rely on when dealing with a legally complex case, and an excellent advocate."
Recent work: Acted in a judicial review to challenge the detention of an Afghan national pending his removal to Italy, where there had been long delays in arranging his return.

Julia Smyth
An expert in public law and immigration matters relating to EU law, who regularly appears in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Having previously worked within the Government Legal Department, she brings a unique degree of experience to her representation of the Home Secretary in a variety of cases.
Strengths: "A Home Office barrister of choice for EU-related cases. She's extremely clever and very effective, and has a really good reputation in EU law." "An excellent advocate with a very measured approach, and an exceptionally fair opponent."

Richard Drabble QC
Experienced barrister who is known for his public law practice, with an overlap into immigration matters. He has appeared before the ECtHR as well as the House of Lords and Supreme Court. 
Strengths: "Very popular with juniors and a master of his material, with many years' experience doing cutting-edge cases." "He has a wealth of knowledge and is a lawyer I truly respect and admire."
Recent work: Acted in KO (Nigeria) v SSHD, a Supreme Court case to determine the test for removing families from the UK, with children who had resided there for a long time. The case particularly considered what it meant for the removal of children to be considered 'reasonable' or 'unduly harsh'.

Samantha Broadfoot QC
Known for her work on behalf of the Secretary of State, frequently appearing in the Court of Appeal as well as the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "She had such a calm and reasonable voice, and handled the case with great professionalism." "She's very good for government work."
Recent work: Represented the Home Secretary in an Upper Tribunal case regarding the interplay between the requirements of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE), and the work of immigration officers when investigating alleged marriages of convenience. It was found that despite the powers of investigation, administrative arrest and criminal arrest held by immigration officers, they were not required to follow the PACE procedure of giving a criminal caution before investigating a suspected administrative breach.

Stephen Knafler QC
A highly regarded public law barrister, he draws on his extensive knowledge to offer clients a well-rounded immigration service. He is often instructed to act on behalf of vulnerable clients and frequently appears against the government in important test cases regarding the Home Secretary's obligations. He is instructed in a diverse range of cases that encompasses those concerning children's rights, rights to permanent residence and issues of fraud in asylum claims. He has appeared before the Supreme Court and the ECtHR.
Strengths: "My favourite silk: his written work is strong, but he's also very collaborative, he's got a very teamwork-centred approach. He's quickly become the go-to barrister in a lot of immigration cases." "A joy to work with: he is a true lawyer's lawyer. He has considerable knowledge of the law, and his written and oral skills are excellent. When we work with him it is truly as a team, and I feel my opinions are valued."
Recent work: Acted in KO (Nigeria) v SSHD, a Supreme Court case to determine the test for removing families from the UK, with children who had resided there for a long time. The case particularly considered what it meant for the removal of children to be considered 'reasonable' or 'unduly harsh'.

Tim Buley QC
A popular silk, he is highly regarded for his public law knowledge and immigration expertise. He routinely acts for claimants in a diverse range of cases, including deportation and detention matters, and is also regularly instructed to act on behalf of major immigration charities. He is experienced in private and business immigration matters.
Strengths: "He has the uncanny knack of being able to put his finger on the answer and has a very swift and sure judgement as to what the key points are and how to approach them in litigation. He phrases his argument in a way that really engages the attention of the court, and his written work is extremely highly polished."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in a Court of Appeal case appealing the decision to deport him to Iran. The appellant had left the country at the age of ten and was now in his 20s, with limited knowledge of spoken Farsi and no knowledge of Farsi script, and no connections in Iran.