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  1. Immigration (including business immigration) - Leading sets
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'Due to its strength and depth of the expertise' with 'barristers who are highly knowledgeable on all aspects of immigration, nationality and asylum lawGarden Court Chambers is seen as 'the second to none immigration set in the United Kingdom'. In one representative instruction, Stephanie Harrison QC is involved in a significant case against the Secretary of State for the Home Department concerning the legality of the government's policy used to decide whether a person is a victim of human trafficking. The case is currently on appeal to the Court of Appeal. Also of note, Sonali Naik QC is acted against the Home Secretary in a test case concerning the reasonableness of internal relocation for asylum-seekers on return to Afghanistan.

Blackstone Chambers 'are a very strong set in immigration'. In the Court of Appeal, Michael Fordham QC acted for Calais "Jungle" children claimants regarding their Article 8 rights to enter the UK. In another instruction of note, Jason Pobjoy represents a number of unaccompanied minors challenging the significant and ongoing delay by Home Secretary in determining the claimants' individual asylum claims.

Doughty Street Chambers is a 'go-to set for immigration' with 'depth and breadth of experience'. As such, chambers undertakes a broad spectrum of immigration work from personal immigration, EU, family, student and nationality applications to business and commercial migration, as well as asylum and human rights-related immigration claims. In one represenative instruction, Laura Dubinsky was leading counsel for a high profile former ETA (Basque separatist) militant convicted of 22 murders who resisted his deportation to Spain.

'Without doubt very strong in the immigration area', Landmark Chambers provides a 'good range of senior and junior counsel'. The set is known for acting both for and against the government in the domestic and international courts in matters pertaining to EU law, human rights, asylum, business immigration, criminal deportation, immigration detention, and SIAC cases. In instruction of note, Stephen Knafler QC represented the claimant in a case that concerned the correct test for removing families from the UK with children of long residence in the UK. In KV (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home DepartmentRichard Drabble QC appeared in the Supreme Court for an asylum seeker who alleged to have had been tortured by Sri Lankan government forces. The issue in the case was whether the scarring was self-inflicted or not. The Supreme Court unanimously allowed the appeal and remitted the case against the refusal of asylum back to the Upper Tribunal.

No5 Barristers Chambers 'is one of the best immigration sets', according to its instructing solicitors. In QR (Pakistan) v Secretary of State for the Home DepartmentManjit Singh Gill QC  was involved in an important test case that looked at the efficacy of video-link evidence from abroad. Abid Mahmoud acts for the claimant in PF (Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, which concerns the question of whether a 40-year-old father, who has been in the UK with lawful leave to remain since his teenage years, should be deported for class A drugs offences, despite the fact that life-saving treatment is not available in his country of nationality.

39 Essex Chambers 'is full of powerful performers' appearing in both the domestic and international courts, including the Special Immigration Appeals Commission and the Court of Justice of the European Union, to handle judicial reviews that challenge removal and detention, control orders, or the immigration rules. In the Supreme Court, Lisa Giovannetti QC acted on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Home Department in a case concerning applications for British citizenship based on false information. Further strengthening chambers, Zane Malik joined the set from 12 Old Square in February 2019.

Goldsmith Chambers provides 'very organised, competent, and responsive barristers and clerks' and 'is very experienced and knowledgeable in the area of immigration law', as well as human rights and EU regulation, according to instructing solicitors. Users of this set appreciate the regularly held immigration training sessions. In one representative instruction, head of chambers Anthony Metzer QC, leading Sanaz Saifolahi, was instructed in a significant appeal against the refusal of a residence card before the Court of Justice of the European Union. The court held that the Surinder Singh principles apply equally to the unmarried partner of a British National as they do to married partners.

Harbouring 'some excellent juniors', Matrix Chambers' 'reputation in complex immigration cases keeps growing', according to its instructing solicitors. The set is increasingly handling sports and business immigration matters and clients benefit from members' crossover expertise in immigration detention, equality, mental health, and community care. Team head Raza Husain QC represented the claimants in a high-profile judicial review challenge to the Home Secretary's refusal to permit a group of refugees to enter the UK mainland from the UK's Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus.

Considered a 'strong set with good availability of juniors in particular', the advocates of One Pump Court 'are knowledgeable and fearless in their commitment'. One source notes that 'no matter who is instructed you are guaranteed that they will work closely with instructing solicitors to achieve the best possible results for the clients'. In one case of note, David Chirico acted for a claimant in a statutory appeal before the Court of Appeal concerning the correct approach to a revocation of a deportation order; in the case in question ten years had passed since the deportation order was made, and the deportee has complied with the terms of that order.

Lamb Building's 'top-notch' immigration team is 'incredibly responsive and experienced' and is considered a 'go-to counsel for the full range of immigration matters' including the lawfulness of immigration detention, as well as the relevant tests to be applied in asylum, deportation, and EU free movement cases with 'strength at all levels'. In one representative instruction, Eric Fripp successfully represented the claimant refugee in the Court of Appeal in a case that considered whether the fact that a person will not practise all aspects of their faith to avoid prosecution can be taken into account when assessing their refugee status.

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