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  1. Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading sets
  2. Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading silks
  3. Immigration (including business immigration) – 2017 silks
  4. Immigration (including business immigration) – 2018 silks
  5. Immigration (including business immigration) – 2019 silks
  6. Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading juniors

Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading sets

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    • Goldsmith Chambers
    • Lamb Building

Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading silks

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Immigration (including business immigration) – 2017 silks

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Immigration (including business immigration) – 2018 silks

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Immigration (including business immigration) – 2019 silks

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Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading juniors

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    • Guy Davison - Goldsmith Chambers β€˜A fearless advocate and one of the shrewdest and most savvy barristers I know.’
    • Emma Daykin - Lamb Building β€˜She is an excellent advocate with impressive drafting skills.’
    • Justine Fisher - Lamb Building β€˜Very persuasive advocacy, outstanding written work and generous with her time.’
    • Helen Foot - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Great with clients, excellent written arguments and persuasive in court.’
    • Edward Grieves - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Excellent strategic and tactical judgement and a very robust advocate.’
    • Raza Halim - Garden Court Chambers β€˜A rising star who has been involved in a number of cutting edge immigration cases.’
    • Benjamin Hawkin - 1MCB β€˜He is a great barrister.’
    • Leonie Hirst - Hirst Chambers β€˜A very highly regarded practitioner.’
    • Christopher Jacobs - Landmark Chambers β€˜One of the lawyers that shines at Landmark.’
    • Ranjiv Khubber - One Pump Court β€˜He is fantastic to instruct and deserves huge credit for his abilities.’
    • Michelle Knorr - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She is particularly tenacious and legally innovative with a never-say-die attitude.’
    • Victoria Laughton - One Pump Court β€˜Simply superb; excellent drafting, masterful advocacy – she is the complete package.’
    • David Lemer - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He is very straightforward, understands the law very well and is easy to work with.’
    • Gemma Loughran - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Impressive and provides very persuasive and well-drafted written submissions.’
    • Zane Malik - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜Fine knowledge of immigration law; regardless of the issue, he always has a solution.’
    • Keelin McCarthy - Lamb Building β€˜Approachable yet tenacious with a really broad knowledge of immigration law.’
    • Catherine Meredith - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Her work is brilliant and she is a go-to junior on cases involving victims of modern day slavery.’
    • Naina Patel - Blackstone Chambers β€˜One of the hardest working juniors and easy to work with.’
    • Claire Physsas - One Pump Court β€˜She is a leading junior immigration practitioner, with an expertise in Dublin return cases.’
    • Sarah Pinder - Goldsmith Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate with a high success rate because of her aptitude and preparation.’
    • Tom Poole - 3 Hare Court β€˜A strong advocate who understands complex immigration and public law cases.’
    • Richard Reynolds - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He thinks deeply about cases and quickly pinpoints the central issues.’
    • Paul Richmond - Richmond Chambers β€˜He is a text-book example of what a responsible and knowledgeable lawyer should be.’
    • Catherine Robinson - One Pump Court β€˜She understands how to win cases and how cases should be prepared.’
    • Parminder Saini - 12 Old Square β€˜Wonderful advocacy skills and an excellent knowledge of UK immigration laws.’
    • Alexis Slatter - Richmond Chambers β€˜His unassuming character belies his great strength and exceptional intellect in fighting your case.’
    • Jessica Smeaton - No5 Barristers Chambers β€˜She has an undoubted talent to be able to distil the core issues in a case.’
    • Abigail Smith - Garden Court Chambers β€˜She does very good quality work in the first-tier tribunal and gets good results.’
    • Priya Solanki - One Pump Court β€˜She is tactically astute, good under pressure and very persuasive in court.’
    • Colin Thomann - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜A cerebral and wise junior in any case that has a jurisdictional element.’

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β€˜The quality of the barristers and their work is consistently excellent’ at Garden Court Chambers β€˜and their passion and commitment is unfailing.’Stephanie Harrison QC acted against the Secretary of State for the Home Department in a successful test case concerning the detention conditions in Brook House Immigration Removal Centre. In another case against the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Sonali Naik acted for an intervener challenging the Home Office’s power of β€˜deport first, appeal later.’

Blackstone Chambers is β€˜where you go when you want to tool up and fight a big case’. Jason Pobjoy acted pro bono for two interveners, Bail for Immigration Detainees and Medical Justice, in the Supreme Court case that considered the legality of immigration detentions. Lord Pannick QC’s heavyweight cases include acting for the Hong Kong Secretary for Justice regarding the state’s duties to prevent trafficking and the forced labour of immigrants.

Doughty Street Chambers β€˜has an extremely strong team’ and β€˜the barristers and clerks are rated incredibly highly’. In conjunction with its civil liberties expertise, the set takes on a range of asylum, unlawful detention and nationality cases, as well as commercial matters. Mark Henderson acted on a long-running challenge to the detention of a foreign national prisoner from Iraq which led to the ordered disclosure of diplomatic communications with the Iraqi authorities.

Landmark Chambers β€˜is the set I would always contact first’, according to a source who adds β€˜and all the clerks are excellent.’ The set has expertise acting both for and against the government with members appearing in all domestic and international courts.Richard Drabble QC acted for the appellant in a successful challenge to the statutory provisions requiring foreign criminals to appeal from abroad – the government’s so-called β€˜deport first, appeal later’ policy.

No5 Barristers Chambers β€˜is one of the best immigration sets with high-profile barristers’. Manjit Gill QC represented EEA and other citizens, including children, in the Brexit case concerning the triggering of Article 50 and other powers of the government which could impact rights of residence. The set was also instructed in a judicial review against three government departments on behalf of Afghan interpreters who were put at risk when UK forces left Afghanistan.

39 Essex Chambers β€˜is a go-to set’, according to one source, β€˜because of the quality of its barristers, modern, unstuffy approach, and excellent clerking.’ Members act in judicial reviews ranging across removal and detention challenges, control orders and challenges to immigration rules. Lisa Giovannetti QC represented the Home Secretary before the Supreme Court concerning the controversial changes to the financial requirements for sponsoring a non-EEA foreign spouse or partner to enter the UK. Kate Grange was instructed in the SIAC appeal of an individual who was suspected of terrorist activity and had subsequently been deprived of their British citizenship

β€˜The well organised’ Matrix Chambers β€˜is a particularly strong set in matters before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court’. Its crossover expertise takes in human rights, broad public law and community care, as well as business immigration. Raza Husain QC acted on the reference from the Supreme Court to the Court of Justice of the European Union, on the eligibility of torture victims to subsidiary protection under the EU Qualification Directive.

The β€˜excellent’ One Pump Court β€˜has strength in depth’ on immigration and asylum-related judicial reviews, trafficking and gender-related cases, as well as business immigration. Parosha Chandran is an advisor to the Modern Slavery Project of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and Ranjiv Khubber was instructed in a test case concerning the legality of various statutory instruments prohibiting access to social welfare benefits to Zambrano carers.

Goldsmith Chambers is considered β€˜an up-and-coming set for immigration and asylum work, with a number of very capable barristers’. Charlotte Bayati was part of a team instructed on an appeal to the Supreme Court which considered how the test of reasonableness should be applied when determining the removal of a child who has been resident in the UK for seven years or more. In a separate appeal, Guy Davison was instructed in case that considered the status and level of criminality required to tip the balance towards the removal of an individual from the UK.

Lamb Building is a claimant-focused set that also supports legal charities. It is held up to be β€˜vastly experienced, combining good value and specialist expertise’ in undertaking cases of unlawful detention, trafficking and refugee matters. In one case highlight, Bojana Asanovic was instructed on a statutory appeal against deportation of a Lithuanian national claiming international protection on account of sexual orientation.

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