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A well-established set with a deep bench of immigration specialists. The barristers primarily act for claimants in cases relating to trafficking, gender and sexuality-related persecution, unlawful detention and business immigration. Recent work includes R (DC) v SSHD, a judicial review to which raised the question of how to assess 'good character' in a child, and whether very minor convictions could be said to support judgements of character. Sources affirm: "The set's immigration practice possesses great depth and seems to select only those genuinely dedicated to this area of work."
Client service: "The clerks are super responsive." "The clerking is really good and professional." The senior clerk is Ian Burrow.
Respected junior who acts in cases concerning deprivation of citizenship, children's rights and deportation. He is experienced at assisting families and private individuals on EU law and issues of statelessness. He has appeared in the Supreme Court and SIAC.
Strengths: "Showed real imagination and commitment in a complicated citizenship case."
Recent work: Acted in a judicial review of the section of the British Nationality Act 1981 which asserts that a child's father was the man married to its mother at the time of birth, as opposed to the child's biological father. The court held that the section was incompatible with Articles 8 and 14 ECHR, taken together, for the purposes of establishing nationality.
A highly promising junior who frequently appears against the Home Secretary in a variety of human rights-related claims and appeals. He has a particularly strong reputation for cases relating to issues of sexuality. Instructing solicitors appreciate his previous experience in private practice at a solicitors' firm.
Strengths: "An excellent junior, especially with EEA and LGBT-related cases." "He manages to bring together a good corporate head and a human rights heart."
Recent work: Acted in a case where the Court of Appeal quashed part of an FGM protection order prohibiting the removal of a two-year-old girl from the UK until she was 16. The court found there was insufficient evidence for the imposition of an absolute travel ban, and that the judge had failed to give sufficient reason as to why another less intrusive order would not have sufficiently protected the child from FGM.
A rising star in asylum and immigration law, with a growing reputation for his representative work in the Upper Tribunal and in judicial reviews. He is regularly called upon to represent vulnerable individuals, including those suffering from physical and mental ill health and individuals with previous criminal convictions.
Strengths: "Ben is a very shrewd tactician. He's excellent on his feet and in written arguments, and is very calm and dependable." "He's really impressed me with his commitment to the client, and is really showing some substance and rising up to the challenges."
Recent work: Appeared in an Asylum Country Guidance case addressing internal relocation to Kabul.
Respected junior who regularly acts in complex, high-profile judicial review proceedings concerning deportation. Her impressive caseload covers areas such as asylum and refugee law. She has recently acted in matters concerning the application of EU law in the context of cases concerning complex reunification of extended family members.
Strengths: "She's quite bold and fearless and has a nice advocacy style. She's a joy to work with as a solicitor, is reliably frank and I really trust her judgement." "An excellent advocate and a former solicitor who really understands cases from our point of view. She's a really good team player."
Recent work: Acted for the AIRE Centre in Supreme Court case involving a CJEU reference, to determine whether a child in a Kafalah caring arrangement, under Islamic law, was a direct family member in the context of Article 2 of the Free Movement Directive.
A highly respected practitioner who continues to handle a broad range of matters, including complex deportation and removal cases, often on behalf of vulnerable clients. He demonstrates particular skill in immigration claims relating to social support entitlements, as well as in claims involving issues of sexual and gender identity.
Strengths: "He reminds me of what I thought being a lawyer was all about. One of the most passionate advocates I have instructed: he routinely goes above and beyond the call of duty, and is highly intelligent and persuasive." "David is a complete star. I think he really is a standout immigration practitioner, because he's formidably good at everything he does and has incredible compassion for clients."
Recent work: Acted in a judicial review challenging the Home Secretary's refusal of a child's application for British citizenship, on the basis that his claim to be 'of good character' was undermined by a low-level criminal conviction. The case raised the question of how to assess 'good character' in a child, and whether very minor convictions could be said to support judgements of character.
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 seasoned in judicial reviews, as well as in the appeal courts. She is also well versed in business immigration matters, including under the points-based system.
Strengths: "An extremely effective barrister for all sorts of matters, including complex asylum cases and claims relating to sexuality. She has extreme empathy while remaining professional, and many clients mention how safe they feel with her." "She is really able to break things down so clients understand what's going on, and also makes them feel they are being seen and listened to."
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.
Strengths: "She has very strong knowledge of the trafficking legal system." "In a challenging and demanding case, she was thoroughly on top of things and brought real value."
Recent work: Successfully resisted a Court of Appeal challenge brought by the Home Secretary against the ruling of a judicial review declaring that the delay in dealing with applications for settlement by three individuals was unlawful. One of the applicants in question had died during the delay.
A judicial review stalwart, he represents vulnerable clients in the challenging of public authority decisions. He takes a notably multidisciplinary approach to his practice, with cases often involving human rights and EU law considerations. He has recently been involved in cases concerning trafficking and detention.
Strengths: "He's extremely responsive and will provide detailed judicial review grounds for urgent applications at very short notice. He engages with the case in a thorough and detailed fashion."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in a case concerning the legality of a lengthy detention period under the Immigration Act 1971 powers, and in relation to the Hardial Singh principles of reasonable detention.
Offers clients a complete immigration, human rights and public law service. Her caseload covers unlawful detention work for individuals and advisory work for businesses, including how to overturn 7B bans. She appears in cases in the Supreme Court concerning minimum income requirements. She is also known for her work in cases concerning false imprisonment claims and often represents Eastern European immigrants.
Strengths: "She's really level-headed and just wants to do the best she can for the client. She's always thinking outside the box and is very impressive and persuasive as an advocate." "A very safe pair of hands, who can do anything - an extremely capable barrister."
Recent work: Acted in an important Upper Tribunal case considering the risk of a breach of Article 3 ECHR, if asylum seekers were returned to Italy under the Dublin Convention.