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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).

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London > Risk advisory > Brexit

Bindmans LLP is the main name in the market for Brexit-related litigation and judicial reviews, as well as assisting businesses, trade unions and NGOs with immigration issues. John Halford and Liz Barratt jointly lead the group and specialise in public law and immigration respectively. Amy Rowe is recommended for her international children work and Alison Stanley focuses on immigration matters. Halford acted for Chris Leslie MP and Tom Brake MP as intervener MPs in a challenge before the European Court of Justice relating to the circumstances in which any notice given under Article 50 can be revoked, and is advising the Fair Vote campaign group on efforts to establish a public inquiry into the EU referendum campaign. He has also worked with Tamsin Allen assisting People’s Vote with withdrawal agreement issues, and has partnered with  Barratt to advise Here for Good on EU and discrimination law issues affecting European nationals planning to live in the UK post-Brexit. Associate Ashley Fleming is also active in complex nationality issues and newly promoted partner Olivia Piercy focuses on family law mandates.

London > Human resources > Immigration

(Hall of Fame)

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Bindmans LLP has a ‘fantastic‘ immigration team, which handles a range of asylum and nationality law mandates. The team is active across asylum and human rights cases and is experienced in appeals, judicial reviews, extradition law, citizenship applications, detention, bail and deportation matters. The team has a strong track record in representing children subject to immigration control, and representing victims of trafficking and other vulnerable clients. Advising on immigration issues in adoption and surrogacy cases and advising family members of British and settled people are also key areas of focus. On the business immigration side, the team is instructed by a number of NGOs, charities and unions, and it also acts for SMEs and individuals. The team has been advising a number of clients on EEA matters, where the team has in-depth experience. The team is also well-versed in Turkish Ankara Agreement cases. Alison Stanley is experienced in complex asylum cases with an extradition cross-over element and also advises high-net-worth individuals on Tier 1 (Investor) applications. Liz Barratt is experienced in nationality matters and cases involving questions of deprivation and nullity of British citizenship. Recommended associates include Roberta Haslam, who handles a range of asylum, deportation and nationality work and is noted for her experience in advising children in care and care leavers on immigration matters; Ashley Fleming, who is experienced in EU law and is regularly engaged on asylum cases; and Emma Cohen, who is experienced in cases involving children, adoption, surrogacy and dependant relatives.