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Tim Barnden

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Tim is a Partner in the Immigration Department advising clients across the full range of personal, business immigration, and human rights and refugee based claims. More than 17 years qualified, he started his practice in the Legal Aid sector, moving on to work for 10 years within a highly regarded niche immigration firm: Wesley Gryk LLP, before joining Bates Wells Braithwaite. Tim is equally at ease working with high net worth individuals and their families, organisations and businesses, couples and family groups, and vulnerable applicants.


  • Trained and qualified at Wilson & Co
  • Legal Aid asylum and human rights lawyer at Glazer Delmar
  • Private immigration associate to partnership at Wesley Gryk LLP


  • Former Chair of Trustees of UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) and ongoing volunteer lawyer for the same.
  • Former Trustee/Board member Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA)
  • Trainer for ILPA, Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner (OISC) and many others


  • Emmanuel College, Cambridge University. BA English 1986
  • College of Law. Common Professional Examination and Legal Practice Course 1993

London: Human resources


Within: Next generation lawyers

Tim Barnden - Bates Wells Braithwaite

Within: Immigration

The ‘outstanding’ team at Bates Wells Braithwaite delivers a ‘professional’ service, and is praised for its ‘accurate, informed legal advice and conscientious, committed representation’. It acts for a range of individuals, including several well-known entertainers, as well as charities, media companies, and education-sector clients. Clients include Hillsong Church London, which it advises on a range of matters including applications under the Tier 2 and Tier 5 route for individuals to come to the UK to help serve the work at the Church in a variety of roles. Global Innovation Fund, Quant Marketing Company, Natural Resources Charter and Mixam UK are also clients. Philip Trott is a ‘stalwart of the immigration world’ and has ‘vast experience’ in commercial immigration, where recently promoted partner Chetal Patel is also a key figure. Department head Tim Barnden has ‘great client skills and is adept at finding a solution for the client and preparing appeals to the highest standard’; he is particularly known for his work on applications made by couples and families, including advice for LGBT applicants. Senior associate Katie Dilger, who is ‘excellent with clients’ and has a ‘wealth of experience’, is also active in personal and human rights mandates.

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