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  1. Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading sets
  2. Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading silks
  3. Immigration (including business immigration) – 2016 silks
  4. Immigration (including business immigration) – 2017 silks
  5. Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading juniors

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    • Bojana Asanovic - Lamb Building β€˜An effective advocate, whose knowledge of LGBT issues affecting clients in the immigration sphere is unrivalled.’
    • Michelle Brewer - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Highly intelligent, passionate and a creative thinker.’
    • Alex Burrett - One Pump Court β€˜He really connects with clients and gains their trust and confidence.’
    • Guy Davison - Goldsmith Chambers β€˜He knows the rules and technicalities of immigration law inside out.’
    • Emma Daykin - Lamb Building β€˜She is caring, well prepared and a powerful advocate.’
    • Justine Fisher - Lamb Building β€˜She fights hard for victory, especially where funding is an issue.’
    • Helen Foot - Garden Court Chambers β€˜She sees things from the client’s perspective.’
    • Edward Grieves - Garden Court Chambers β€˜An incredible barrister – one of a kind.’
    • Raza Halim - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He is the real deal and stands out as a strong junior in a very talented set.’
    • Benjamin Hawkin - 1MCB β€˜He approaches his preparation pragmatically, which puts clients at ease.’
    • Leonie Hirst - Hirst Chambers β€˜She is organised, client-friendly and an expert in immigration law with an EU element.’
    • Christopher Jacobs - Landmark Chambers β€˜Dedicated and extremely knowledgeable.’
    • Ranjiv Khubber - One Pump Court β€˜He has excellent advocacy skills and has the respect of the judiciary.’
    • Michelle Knorr - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Particularly recommended for cases with a mental health element.’
    • Victoria Laughton - One Pump Court β€˜An absolute pleasure to work with, she displays excellence on her feet and second-to-none drafting.’
    • David Lemer - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Recommended for cases involving refugees and asylum seekers.’
    • Gemma Loughran - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Incredibly easy to work with and calm in a crisis.’
    • Zane Malik - 12 Old Square β€˜Recommended for judicial reviews and appeals.’
    • Keelin McCarthy - Lamb Building β€˜A real crusader for justice.’
    • Catherine Meredith - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Recommended for modern slavery cases.’
    • Naina Patel - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She has an impressive ability to think creatively about how best to protect the client’s position.’
    • Claire Physsas - One Pump Court β€˜Recommended for trafficking cases.’
    • Sarah Pinder - Goldsmith Chambers β€˜Her standout qualities are how approachable, level-headed, smart and patient she is.’
    • Tom Poole - 3 Hare Court β€˜He has a reputation for being realistic and straightforward.’
    • Bryony Poynor - Garden Court Chambers β€˜She is clever and good with clients.’
    • Richard Reynolds - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Particularly praised for his commitments to clients.’
    • Catherine Robinson - One Pump Court β€˜She thinks of every angle and examines a case very carefully.’
    • Parminder Saini - 12 Old Square β€˜Highly recommended for asylum matters.’
    • Jessica Smeaton - No5 Barristers Chambers β€˜Recommended for judicial reviews.’
    • Abigail Smith - Garden Court Chambers β€˜She is very bright and has a great manner with clients.’
    • Priya Solanki - One Pump Court β€˜She has a sharp mind and demonstrates excellent client care.’
    • Colin Thomann - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜He is perceptive and hardworking, and has a lovely manner.’
    • Anthony Vaughan - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He is very sharp, organised and a pleasure to work with.’

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Garden Court Chambers has β€˜a strong reputation, with almost every leading immigration barrister as a tenant’. Highlights from 2016 include members’ involvement in policy work related to refugees in France, Greece and other European jurisdictions. Laurie Fransman QC is leading Sadat Sayeed in the appeal of Dmytro Firtash v United States of America, following the successful defeat of a US extradition request.

Acting both for and against the government, Blackstone Chambers’ β€˜barristers are of the highest calibre and the clerks work like a well-oiled machine’. Tom Hickman recently succeeded in the Court of Appeal in R (Gedi) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, which decided that immigration curfews not imposed as bail conditions are unlawful. The set is also highly regarded for EU-related matters.

Doughty Street Chambers has β€˜very knowledgeable and experienced barristers, who have excellent knowledge of the law in this area’. The set is known for its strengths in asylum law, human rights, EU matters, student issues and nationality applications, as well as unlawful detention cases. Several members were involved in Secretary of State for the Home Department v ZAT, a high-profile judgment regarding Calais refugees, which ordered the Home Office to admit four vulnerable applicants who had been separated from their families.

At No5 Barristers Chambers, recent high-profile cases include Miller v Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, in which Manjit Gill QC led a team representing EEA nationals in the UK to determine, among other things, the impact triggering Article 50 will have on the rights of residence under EU citizenship and free movement law.

39 Essex Chambers is often best known for government-side work but members have recently handled an increasing number of cases for claimants with asylum issues. Barristers of the set regularly appear in judicial reviews challenging removal, detention and control orders, and also act in the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC).

Landmark Chambers has β€˜a number of very good up-and-coming barristers as well as leading established names’. Recent work highlights include a challenge to the approach of the First-tier and Upper Tribunals to hearing evidence from children and adults with mental health problems and who lack capacity.

Matrix Chambers handles publicly funded immigration work as well as sports and business immigration with a BVI or Cayman Islands element. Practice head Raza Husain QC recently acted in SXH v CPS, an intervention for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees concerning the use of a false passport to gain entry to the UK by an orphaned minor (a Somali refugee rape victim).

One Pump Court has expertise in cases involving gender-related persecution, trafficking and EU free movement rights, among other matters. David Chirico recently acted in leading cases regarding leave to remove to Italy, in which the clients have mental health issues.

Lamb Building’s β€˜high-quality counsel’ attract privately and publicly funded claimant instructions. Eric Fripp recently acted in an appeal to the Supreme Court, FA (Pakistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, on whether the decision at the Court of Appeal lawfully addressed issues of suppression of manifestation of religious belief as a basis for refugee status.

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