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UK Bar Guide 2022

Ranked in 2 Practice Areas
3
Immigration
16 Years Ranked

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Provided by Victoria Laughton

Practice Areas

Human Rights, Administrative and Public Law, Civil Actions against Public Bodies, Immigration, Business Immigration, Asylum, Trafficking and Modern Slavery.

Significant cases include:

Safe Passage International v SSHD [2021] EWHC 1821 (Admin), EH v SSHD [2018] EWHC 2957 (Admin), SM (and others) v SSHD [2018] UKUT 00429, MM (and others) v SSHD [2017] 1 W.L.R. 771, AXD v The Home Office [2016] EWHC 1133 (QB) and AXD v The Home Office (No 2) [2016] EWHC 1617 (QB), N v The Office [2014] EWHC 3304 (QB), MF (Albania) v SSHD [2014] EWCA Civ 902.

Career

Victoria Laughton is a well-established practitioner who specialises in immigration, human rights and public law. She has been described in the directories as “simply superb” with “masterful advocacy”.

Her public law practice encompasses unlawful detention, trafficking and modern slavery, refusals of family reunion in respect of children or vulnerable adults, challenges to certification decisions and citizenship/nationality refusals. She acts on behalf of individual claimants, public interest organisations and intervening bodies.

She specialises in civil actions against public bodies, in particular false imprisonment claims against the Home Office and has extensive trial experience.

Her immigration practice includes complicated business immigration matters in which she accepts instructions at the pre-litigation stage in an advisory capacity and complex asylum application/appeals in respect of high-profile and/or high net worth individuals, frequently involving cross jurisdictional and/or potential exclusion issues.

Chambers Review

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Immigration - London (Bar)
3
Band 3

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.

Strengths

"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."

Recent work

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.


Civil Liberties & Human Rights - London (Bar)
4
Band 4

Victoria Laughton
Victoria Laughton is particularly skilled in immigration and detention matters with significant human rights elements. She is further noted for her expertise in trafficking and modern slavery cases.

Strengths

"Victoria is great on her feet and she is a barrister who gives practical advice." "Her written work is excellent and she is tactically astute."

Recent work

Acted in Massomi v Home Office, a false imprisonment claim whereby two brothers were detained under the Detained Fast Track Scheme whilst their claims for asylum were proceeded. This raised complex issues of whether the Home Office had failed to apply its own policy when detaining the claimants.

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