Garden Court Chambers is an 'exceptional set', known for its 'client care and commitment', and 'at the forefront of human rights representation'. The set has a great deal of experience in all aspects of immigration work, ranging from asylum and international protection to private immigration work. Members have acted in cases resulting in landmark decisions, such as Stephanie Harrison QC's representation of a claimant in a judicial review challenge against the Home Secretary's investigation into immigration detention abuse at Brook House. Sonali Naik QC led Gemma Loughran in a preliminary issue hearing relating to AS (Afghanistan) v SSHD, and led Ronan Toal in the substantive Court of Appeal case.
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Blackstone Chambers is known for its 'unparalleled strength' in 'the relationship between EU/international protections and UK domestic legislation'. Barristers at the set also have extensive experience in asylum claims, refugee law and cases concerning deportation and citizenship. High profile cases included a challenge to the deprivation of Shamima Begum's civil liberties, led by Tom Hickman QC, and A v SSHD, in which James Eadie QC, Jason Pobjoy and Isabel Buchanan acted. Naina Patel represented claimants in a challenge to the SSHD's policies on victims of modern slavery.
Doughty Street Chambers is known for its 'outstanding work in human rights law' and for 'providing very high-quality service and client care'. Alasdair Mackenzie acted in ADL v SSHD, a judicial review challenge to the Home Office policy of charging fees for human rights applications; Charlotte Kilroy QC led Michelle Knorr in R (MS) v SSHD, a landmark judgment concerning the SSHD's investigative duties and children's right of review. Catherine Meredith acted for Liberty in its application to intervene as a third party in MS (Pakistan) over the scope of Article 4 ECHR, which reached the Supreme Court. In recent news, Shu Shin Luh and Anthony Vaughan (previously from Garden Court Chambers) have joined the set.
Landmark Chambers has 'a delightful selection of extremely experienced counsel, all of whom possess spectacular levels of aptitude and knowledge, and fantastic presentation styles.' Members of the set work for both individuals and the government, and have significant expertise in human rights and refugee law, EU free movement law, immigration detention and private client matters. Key cases included Hafeez v SSHD, in which Richard Drabble QC acted for the appellant and David Blundell QC and Julia Smyth for the government.
'Forward-looking' and 'progressive' No5 Barristers Chambers is 'packed with specialists in immigration and public law'. Members of the set have a great deal of experience in international human rights and asylum law. S Chelvan (now of 33 Bedford Row) led Jessica Smeaton in BF (Albania) v SSHD, a case dealing with the country background position for gay men on relocation to Tirana. Frances Shaw was led by Manjit Singh Gill QC in representing the appellant in SSHD v Thierno Barry, a case concerning the application of relevant tests for resisting automatic deportation.
39 Essex Chambers is recognised for its members work as a 'premier' defendant set on behalf of the government. The set has also been increasing the work on behalf of claimants in asylum and immigration cases: Zane Malik represented the appellant in Patel and Shah v SSHD in the Supreme Court. Lisa Giovannetti QC represented the Home Secretary in Rhuppiah v SSHD, in an appeal to the Supreme Court. Giovanetti also led Rory Dunlop QC in AM (Zimbabwe) v SSHD (Supreme Court), again representing the Home Secretary in a case with potential landmark implications on the expulsion of seriously ill foreign nationals.
The members of Goldsmith Chambers handle a wide variety of both human rights and asylum, and business and personal immigration cases. They are a 'top-notch set of chambers that offers comprehensive, professional and remarkable legal support to both professional and lay clients.' Anthony Metzer QC led Sanaz Saifolahi in SSHD v Banger in the Upper Tribunal, and led Sarah Pinder in Commonwealth Veterans v Ministry of Defence & SSHD. Charlotte Bayati represented the appellant in MM (Malawi) & MV (Sri Lanka) v SSHD in seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court concerning the test under Article 3 for removal of foreign nationals in medical cases.
Matrix Chambers has 'a stellar range of exceptional, experienced, juniors and top-level silks', and is particularly known for its members' work in human rights and asylum law, in modern slavery and trafficking claims, and in immigration detention. The team is also increasingly handling sports and business immigration. Raza Husain QC represented ECPAT (Every Child Protected Against Human Trafficking) in MS (Pakistan) v SSHD. Nick Armstrong successfully challenged the Secretary of State's refusal to hold a full public inquiry into Brook House immigration detention centre. Chris Buttler led Ayesha Christie in a judicial review of the SSHD's decision to cut the subsistence payments for victims of trafficking.
The members of One Pump Court 'really care about their clients and about having a positive impact on the law (and the world of law) in general'. The immigration team has a good deal of experience in a broad range of asylum cases, including those based on sexual or gender identity, political activism or the risk of re-trafficking, and in representing vulnerable claimants. Catherine Robinson acted in R3 v SSHD, a deprivation of citizenship challenge, before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission. Victoria Laughton acted in K v SSHD, an appeal concerning section 50 (9A) of the British Nationality Act 1981.
Lamb Building's 'formidable immigration team' specialises in appellant and claimant-based judicial review work, with experience in asylum, nationality, and EU free movement law. A significant proportion of cases are undertaken for vulnerable clients, and the set 'genuinely cares about their clients'. Bojana Asanovic appeared in Hussein v SSHD in the Court of Appeal. Justine Fisher acted in James Lima v SSHD, a case with wider applications as to bail conditions imposed by immigration-only powers.