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Landmark Chambers

Immigration

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Landmark Chambers offers deep expertise across a range of immigration matters, with a particularly strong bench at silk level. Areas of focus include deportation and unlawful detention matters, and immigration work involving EU law. Members appear in all the higher domestic courts and act both for claimants and the Home Office. Recent work highlights include Patel and Shah v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a Supreme Court case regarding the position of adult carers in relation to CJEU case law, and R (Turani) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a discrimination claim challenging the scope of an ex gratia scheme to assist displaced Syrians. Sources describe Landmark as a "top-quality chambers."

Client service:

"Neil Perry, Jonathan Barley, Ben Connor and Zoe Bluck - they are all just fantastic. They are a strong team and they really come through when you need them, and are very well organised." "The clerking service is excellent. I cannot fault them. They are courteous and always try to oblige when recommending a barrister for a particular matter." Ben Connor leads the public law practice management team.

Strengths:

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 III Regulation.
"He comes up with arguments that others wouldn't, but which are well worth running." "He is calm, brilliant and a joy to work with." "He is very committed and dedicated."

Strengths:

David Blundell QC
Well respected by peers and clients alike, he sits on the Attorney General's A Panel and regularly appears in sophisticated immigration matters at the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. He demonstrates notable skill in asylum and deportation cases, and has superb expertise in EU-related matters.
"He is great: affable, very effective and very organised." "He is a very safe pair of hands with very good judgement."

Strengths:

Galina Ward
Has a broad public law practice and strong knowledge of asylum, trafficking and unlawful detention matters. She specialises in the representation of migrants and families who are subject to immigration control, regularly appearing in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals as well as the Court of Appeal.
"Galina is great to work with; she is like a walking encyclopaedia and is calm and level-headed when the pressure is on." "Her analytical skills and ability to cut straight to the point are astounding." "She has an easy way of explaining complex matters to clients."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of a trafficking victim from Vietnam in Lam Tran v Secretary of State for the Home Department. This involved various pieces of litigation including an asylum appeal and a challenge to the decision not to provide asylum support.

Strengths:

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.
"She is an EU law expert and is used a lot by the government for all manner of EU-related litigation."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of the government in MS (Pakistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a Supreme Court case regarding the scope of Article 4 ECHR and the Anti-Trafficking Convention.

Strengths:

Richard Drabble QC
Seasoned public law silk with extensive experience in immigration matters including complex asylum and deportation matters relating to foreign criminals and their families. He has on numerous occasions represented claimants in high-profile litigation before the Supreme Court.
"He has a lot of experience in European cases of all levels and he is extremely affable and helpful. The courts really like him." "He is very impressive and produces very authoritative advocacy."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in KV (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a Supreme Court case establishing that a medical expert was entitled to express a view on the consistency of an asylum seeker’s account of torture with the evidence of his scarring.

Strengths:

Samantha Broadfoot QC
An impressive silk with a significant practice acting for both individuals and the Secretary of State in immigration appeals and judicial review. She offers considerable expertise in EU law and frequently appears in the Upper Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal.
"She has a very incisive mind; she gets on top of cases, understands what they are about and can articulate the issues and where the strengths and weaknesses are." "She is fantastically astute, incredibly well spoken and commands the courtroom."  "She is a real pleasure to work with: really personable, informed and willing to take on board other views. She doesn't shy away from making judgement calls."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in YD v Secretary of State for the Home Department, an Upper Tribunal appeal involving an extradition request to Kenya for alleged fraud.

Strengths:

Tim Buley QC
A popular silk, he is highly regarded for his public law knowledge and immigration expertise. He routinely acts for claimants in deportation, detention and nationality law matters before fora such as the Court of Appeal and SIAC., "It is a pleasure working with him. He produces work to the highest of standards and always delivers. His drafting skills are excellent." "He is outstanding at clearly and persuasively summarising complex legal issues." "His grasp of issues is razor-sharp and he is able to identify points and dissect them."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in R (HS) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a successful challenge to the detention of a man without explaining the true reasons for the detention.

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Greater London

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Immigration


David Blundell QC
New Silks
Richard Drabble QC
Band 1
Samantha Broadfoot QC
Band 2
Tim Buley QC
Band 3

Juniors

London (Bar)

Immigration


Alex Goodman
Band 3
Galina Ward
Band 3