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Alison Stanley

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Partner and joint head of immigration team. An established leader in the field and star performer in personal immigration. Practice covers all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law, including cross-over between immigration and family law. Instructed by individuals, businesses, NGOs, local authority social services and trade unions.


Trained Winstanley Burgess; qualified in 1984; joined Bindman & Partners (now Bindmans LLP) July 1994; partner May 1995. Lectures and writes regularly. Numerous articles for Law Society’s Gazette, Legal Action Group bulletin, JCWI bulletin, Solicitors Journal and other similar publications. Co-authored (with Professor Michael Rowlands, University College, London) ‘The Rights of Third Country Nationals in the New European Order’, Immigration and Nationality Research and Information Charity (1994); ‘Asylum Seekers – a guide to current legislation’ chapter on vulnerable categories, Resource Information Service (2001); co – authored (with Jane Coker and Nadine Finch) ‘Putting Children First: A Guide to Family law of Immigration Practitioners’, Legal Action Group (2002); co-authored (with Jane Coker, James Gillespie and Sue Shutter) ‘Representation at Immigration Appeals: a best practice guide’, ILPA (2006).


The Law Society; founder member and past chair of the Law Society’s Immigration Law Committee; Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association; founder member Refugee Women’s Legal Group.


University of Sussex (BA Hons); College of Law (CPE and Law Society Finals).

London: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

Alison Stanley - Bindmans LLP

Within: Immigration

Bindmans LLP’s ‘impressive’ immigration, asylum and nationality practice has vast expertise across a range of asylum and human rights cases such as extradition law, representing victims of trafficking and other vulnerable clients, detention, bail and deportation. It is the ‘go-to firm for complex family immigration work, in particular for children in care, adopted and surrogate born children and children subject to guardianship orders; its asylum and human rights work is first-rate’. On the business immigration side, the team acts for individuals, SMEs, trade unions and not-for-profit organisations. Associate Emma Cohen handles cases involving family issues and is ‘one of the ‘go- to’ people for advice on inter-country adoptions and foreign-born surrogacy children’ cases, as well as advising entrepreneurs. Associate Ashley Fleming ‘demonstrates a wealth of knowledge and experience, pays attention to detail and is very efficient’, and Roberta Haslam, who is also an associate, has extensive experience of working with victims of trafficking and vulnerable individuals, and also acted for an international not-for-profit organisation on issues relating to its senior employees outside the EEA. Solicitors Abigail Evans, who ‘brings endless energy to every case’, and Alice Davis are also recommended. Alison Stanley has a ‘wealth of experience and is extremely thorough’. Stanley heads the team with Liz Barratt, who has ‘excellent client skills; she is extremely experienced in representing a range of clients, and is particularly skilled with vulnerable clients’.

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