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One Pump Court

Immigration

9 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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One Pump Court is routinely called upon in a wide range of immigration matters, including deportation, asylum and nationality law, encompassing both human rights and public law challenges. The set has a strong focus on publicly funded claimant-side work, and members act for a diverse client roster including claimants with mental or physical health conditions, and victims of trafficking. Recent work highlights include involvement in R (Hemmati and Others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, an important Supreme Court case on the Dublin III Regulation. Sources say: "We appreciate their genuine commitment to equal rights, access to justice and helping the weakest in society."

Client service:

"The clerking team is very approachable, organised and amenable. Very easy to work with." "The clerks are helpful and good at knowing the most appropriate barristers for the client and the case." The senior clerk is Ian Burrow.

Strengths:

Alex Burrett
Respected junior who acts for a range of clients, including families and private individuals. Particular areas of focus include complex issues of statelessness. He often appears in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
"He is excellent at identifying legal and factual issues and he is sensitive towards vulnerable clients. Clients find him approachable and easy to communicate with." "He is a very able advocate." "He is good to work with and has great drafting skills."
Recent work: Represented the applicant in Singh v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a case in which the Court of Appeal's final decision was reopened, since the integrity of the earlier proceedings were found to have been critically undermined.

Strengths:

Allan Briddock
A highly promising junior who frequently appears against the Home Secretary in a variety of immigration matters, including detention and deportation appeals, and judicial review proceedings.
"He is experienced and dedicated and smart." "He is very practical, makes himself available and provides excellent advice."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent in Secretary of State for the Home Department v Viscu, an appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning the right of protection against deportation available to EU nationals who are sentenced to Detention and Training Orders, as opposed to time in prison.

Strengths:

Benjamin Bundock
A rising star in asylum and immigration law, with a growing reputation for his work in the Upper Tribunal and in judicial review, including before the Court of Appeal. He is regularly called upon to represent vulnerable individuals, including children, and those with previous criminal convictions.
"He is very thorough and prepares his cases really well. He is very good and clear on his feet." "A very safe pair of hands." "He is very impressive in his work; a good strategist."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in AS (Afghanistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a Court of Appeal case relating to the legal test for internal relocation under the Refugee Convention, and challenging a country guidance decision of the Upper Tribunal on Afghanistan.

Strengths:

Catherine Robinson
Respected junior who regularly acts in complex, high-profile judicial review proceedings. Her impressive caseload covers areas such as nationality law, deportation and detention. She has recently acted in matters involving vulnerable individuals including individuals with learning disabilities and victims of domestic violence and trafficking.
"She is extremely well organised, focused and effective." "She is a very good strategic thinker and has practised as a solicitor, so understands the demands that solicitors are under." "She is always very responsive and has an enviable ability to put complex issues in clear and concise pleadings."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in EYF (Turkey) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, an appeal concerning the correct approach to the revocation of a deportation order, where ten years had passed and the deportee had complied with the terms of the order.

Strengths:

David Chirico
A highly respected practitioner who continues to handle a broad range of matters, including complex deportation, removal and detention cases. He demonstrates particular skill in immigration claims relating to vulnerable individuals, including those with mental health or other serious medical needs, and claims involving issues of sexual and gender identity.
"He is fantastic; he has a nice manner that judges warm to and he is very reasonable. He advances his clients' cases very effectively." "He is great with vulnerable clients; extremely approachable and kind, and brilliant on his feet." "He is extremely knowledgeable and dynamic, well respected by judges and makes very complex arguments easy to understand."
Recent work: Acting in a Supreme Court appeal considering whether the Home Office should deport an individual brought to the UK as a child, with very limited ties to his birth country of Iran, when he committed crimes as a young adult.

Strengths:

Emma Daykin
Has an active immigration practice advising both pro bono and privately on asylum and trafficking law. She is particularly well known for her involvement in public law challenges to immigration policy.
"She fights hard and makes life easy due to her clarity." "She is an excellent barrister in all aspects; a great individual to work with."
Recent work: Represented the Alliance of Turkish Businesspeople in a strategic challenge to the government's change in the immigration rules for Turkish businesspeople to obtain indefinite leave to remain.

Strengths:

Gilda Kiai
A sought-after immigration barrister who is lauded for her work with vulnerable individuals, particularly victims of trafficking, sexual violence and FGM. She is noted for her adroit handling of deportation and asylum matters, while her respected criminal practice only serves to strengthen her offering in the sphere. She is also well versed in business immigration matters, including under the points-based system.
"She is amazing; very personable and compassionate with clients and very knowledgeable." "A strong performer in court and a safe pair of hands, particularly with vulnerable clients." "She is extremely thorough and engages with the case at all stages."

Strengths:

Parosha Chandran
Works extensively with victims of trafficking and other vulnerable individuals in a range of human rights cases. Her exceptional experience has also led to her advising the likes of the UK government and the UN.
"She is one of the stalwarts of trafficking; her name is on every major case and recent changes in the approach to trafficking cases have largely been spearheaded by her."

Strengths:

Victoria Laughton
Offers clients a complete immigration, human rights and public law service and frequently appears in the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal. She is well known for her work in asylum appeals and nationality cases.
"She is formidable. I have so much respect for her as an advocate. Her legal mind and her drafting skills are second to none." "An excellent junior who provides swift turnaround of quality work. Particularly notable for cases involving unlawful detention, where she has achieved some spectacular results." "She is very calm and thorough and very quick to get on top of cases."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in Momodu v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a judicial review challenging the Upper Tribunal's decision to refuse permission to appeal.

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Juniors

London (Bar)

Immigration


Alex Burrett
Band 4
Allan Briddock
Band 4
Benjamin Bundock
Band 4
Catherine Robinson
Band 3
David Chirico
Star Individuals
Emma Daykin
Band 4