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Doughty Street Chambers

Shu Shin Luh

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 5 departments

Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022

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Administrative & Public Law - London (Bar)

Band 1

Shu Shin Luh
Shu Shin Luh pursues significant public law challenges on behalf of marginalised claimants, and interveners. She is particularly committed to enforcing the rights of children and migrants. Her substantive expertise includes immigration, human rights, social welfare and education. Sources commend her considerable expertise in the law on human trafficking.
Strengths: "She frequently goes against top silks and more experienced counsel and runs rings around them. A truly exceptional talent." "She can see the strategy for a case right from the start."
Recent work: Acted for the AIRE Centre as intervener in a Supreme Court case concerning the extent to which decisions of the Competent Authority as to whether a person is a victim of trafficking may be binding on a tribunal, and the scope of the protective and investigative duties under Article 4 ECHR.
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Civil Liberties & Human Rights - London (Bar)

Band 1

Shu Shin Luh
Shu Shin Luh is a highly admired barrister who has a phenomenal reputation in children’s rights and trafficking. She focuses her human rights practice on representing vulnerable persons, including the mentally ill and incapacitated. She appears in domestic and European courts for claimants and intervenors, such as NGOs and charitable organisations.
Strengths: "Shu Shin is very energetic, industrious and very committed to finding creative arguments and solutions to challenge injustices." "She is fantastically hard-working and very committed."
Recent work: Acted for Liberty as intervener in VCL and AN v the United Kingdom before the European Court of Human Rights. The case concerned the scope of the prohibition against slavery, considering decisions in the UK to prosecute child victims of trafficking who are exploited for forced criminal activities.
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Immigration - London (Bar)

Band 2

Shu Shin Luh
Shu Shin Luh is an excellent public law barrister who comes highly recommended for judicial review challenges to the lawfulness of detaining asylum seekers. Her clients are charities and vulnerable migrants claiming asylum in the UK on the grounds of torture, trafficking and other human rights abuses. She has appeared in immigration cases across all judicial fora, up to and including the Supreme Court and the ECtHR.
Strengths: "She is very energetic and industrious. She is very committed to finding creative arguments and solutions to challenge injustices, even where it might mean challenging the legislation itself." "She is extremely thorough and dedicated, and puts the client's best interests at the centre of all of her work."
Recent work: Acted for the Equality and Human Rights Commission in an intervention in a Court of Appeal case regarding the lawfulness of the Home Secretary’s Removal Windows Notice policy.
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Education - London (Bar)

Band 2

Shu Shin Luh
Shu Shin Luh is a leading education and community care junior with a strong background in advising vulnerable clients and in counselling parents in relation to complex equality claims. She is active in testing the limits of local authorities' education funding duties towards children and young adults under their care. Her clients also include several non-governmental organisations.
Strengths: "Extremely thorough, dedicated and puts the client's best interests at the centre of all of her work." "She really fights for her clients."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in R (AXG and XE) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a challenge to the Home Office's approach to arranging asylum support accommodation on a no-choice basis, causing XE, a five-year-old child, to have her education repeatedly disrupted over 18 months, with her being out of education for nearly 12 of those 18 months.
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Community Care - London (Bar)

Band 1

Shu Shin Luh
Shu Shin Luh is an impressive barrister who frequently acts for vulnerable persons in individual claims and litigation challenging public policy, although she also acts for organisations. She draws praise from the market for the determination she brings to her brief. She is noted for her work on access to support for vulnerable young people who exhibit characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010. 
Strengths: "She is an impressive advocate who is always well prepared and leaves no stone unturned." "Shu Shin is an amazing barrister with fantastic dedication to her clients and instructing solicitors."
Recent work: Acted for the Intervener, Women’s Aid, in a judicial review challenge to the LB of Camden’s use of mixed-sex hostels to house homeless victims of domestic abuse and the absence of policy and provision for single-sex hostels.
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