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UK Bar 2022
London (Bar) Immigration
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9 Ranked Lawyers

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Immigration - London (Bar)
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Band 2

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 the first case in which the Supreme Court considered the Home Secretary's approach to people convicted of criminal offences in the UK, who entered the country lawfully as children.

Client service

"The clerks are friendly and always accommodating." "Mycal Thomas and James Rourke are very responsive to our needs and they can offer a suitable alternative when our first choice of counsel is not available." "The clerking service has been exceptional and they are always on hand to answer the call." The senior clerk is Ian Burrow. One Pump Court has continued to offer its well-reviewed training and seminar programme in an online format.

David Chirico
David Chirico is a highly respected barrister 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.
"Phenomenal. He combines extraordinary intellect, with incredible drive and commitment to his clients and the broader issues in the area." "He is the full package; incredibly knowledgeable and committed to his clients, and is very personable and modest. He is also brilliant to work with."

Acted in a case in the Supreme Court which considered the situation of people who enter the UK lawfully as children but go on to commit criminal offences here.

Catherine Robinson
Catherine Robinson is a respected barrister who regularly acts in complex, high-profile judicial review proceedings concerning various facets of immigration law. Her impressive caseload covers areas such as nationality law, deportation and detention. She has recently acted in matters involving vulnerable individuals including those with learning disabilities and victims of domestic violence or human trafficking.
"Catherine is extremely gifted. She has a very clear, focused and effective way of thinking, and is committed to the wellbeing of her clients. She is extremely efficient and a dream to work with." "She is incredibly thorough and hard-working, and has great relationships with the courts and clients. She is well respected and well regarded."

Instructed to act in a deprivation of citizenship challenge before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission.

Alex Burrett
Alex Burrett is a respected barrister 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 astute at finding legal arguments that others might have missed, and is good on tactical stuff too." "He is very approachable and friendly and is able to always find solutions."

Victoria Laughton
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 really fantastic and is a fountain of knowledge of law in this area. She is really responsive and a great barrister to work with." "She is very sharp, pragmatic and thorough. She is very good with clients too."

Instructed to act in a judicial review challenging three versions of the Home Secretary's policy in relation to Take Charge Requests from unaccompanied child asylum seekers in the EU seeking to join their relatives in the UK. The challenge proceeded on the basis that the policy was incompatible with EU law and/or unlawful at common law.

Allan Briddock
Allan Briddock is an accomplished barrister who frequently appears against the Home Secretary in a variety of immigration matters, including detention and deportation appeals, and judicial review proceedings.
"Inventive, thoughtful and strong in immigration cases."  "He is very responsive, thoughtful and tactical."

Successfully represented the claimant in a judicial review seeking an order to return him to the UK from Nigeria. He had been removed from the UK a number of years before whilst he had an outstanding asylum claim.

Benjamin Bundock
Benjamin Bundock is 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.
"Benjamin is an absolutely exceptional barrister. He is super bright and strong in the area." "He is incredibly thorough and impressive."

Acted in an application for permission to appeal against the Upper Tribunal's latest country guidance decision on Afghanistan.

Emma Daykin
Emma Daykin is a much admired barrister with 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.
"A brilliant all-rounder; a great negotiator and impressive advocate who is fearless in her approach to cases. She goes the extra mile." "She is very professional, very determined and very passionate in all that she does. I can always rely upon her for her solid work and advice."

Acted for the Alliance of Turkish Business People in a judicial review concerning the provisions applicable to Turkish businesspeople in immigration cases.

Gilda Kiai
Gilda Kiai is 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.
"Her specialism is asylum work. She is well respected by tribunals as well as her instructing solicitors and peers."

Priya Solanki
Priya Solanki is a notable asylum and immigration specialist barrister with considerable experience handling judicial reviews and as well as tribunal challenges. She is knowledgeable about human trafficking issues and is particularly active in deportation appeals relating to human rights conditions in countries of origin.
"She is always up to speed with the latest legal developments and is very good at assisting with the strategy of cases before the litigation stage is reached. Her drafting is strong, and she is astute at reading the way cases are most likely to go. She is reliable and extremely thorough." "She is unbelievably helpful and responsive. She is easy to work with and has an amazing combination of being supportive and knowledgeable."

Ranked Barristers at
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David Chirico
David Chirico
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Catherine Robinson
2
Band 2
3
Alex Burrett
3
Band 3
Victoria Laughton
3
Victoria Laughton
3
Band 3
Allan Briddock
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Allan Briddock
4
Band 4
4
Benjamin Bundock
4
Band 4
Emma Daykin
4
Emma Daykin
4
Band 4
4
Gilda Kiai
4
Band 4
4
Priya Solanki
4
Band 4