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Wilson Solicitors LLP
N17 8AD

Living Wage

Civil liberties and human rights Tier 4

The 'incredibly well prepared and dedicated team' at Wilson Solicitors LLP has a history of representing clients in actions against the police and public authorities. The team also handles judicial review claims, and complex asylum, immigration, detention and trafficking cases. 'Fantastic' public law solicitor Katy Robinson has vast expertise in handling medium to high-value immigration and migrant workers' rights cases. Newly promoted partner Nina Rathbone Pullen is recommended for her expertise in human trafficking cases.

Practice head(s):

James Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Katy Robinson; Nina Rathbone Pullen; Jennine Walker; Nusrat Uddin; Helen MacIntyre


‘Wilsons has a visceral understanding of the importance of fighting for the civil liberties of the weakest and most vulnerable, which is evidenced in all they do.’

‘James Elliot, Anita Vasisht and Muhunthan Paramesvaran are all very strong technically and show huge commitment to their clients.’

‘Nina Rathbone Pullen is particularly impressive for her persistence for and belief in her clients and her balanced approach to finding legal solutions with rigour and compassion.’

Key clients



Balvin Marshall




Neal Gray




Administrative and public law Tier 5

Wilson Solicitors LLP has a well-established legal aid practice, representing individuals in challenges to public authorities. Of specific note is the firm’s expertise in the field of immigration detention, with matters involving the mistreatment of victims of trafficking and torture, people with disabilities and vulnerable children. Recent applications have been against the Secretary of State for the Home Department, the Home Office and a number of policing bodies. The team is undergoing expansion with Nina Rathbone Pullen and Katy Robinson making partner.

Practice head(s):

James Elliot

Other key lawyers:


Very dedicated and knowledgeable

The firm is at the top of its game in immigration and associated public law challenges

Second-to-none experience in immigration-related public law. Compassionate lawyers who put their clients first

James Elliott shows excellent leadership and support to his team

Hannah Watkins shows great insight and tactical awareness beyond her years of practice

Katy Robinson is extremely bright and committed

Katy Robinson and Jennine Walker are hardworking, enthusiastic and very competent

Nina Rathbone Pullen is compassionate, knowledgeable and great to work with

James Elliot is very strong technically and shows huge commitment to his clients

Nina Rathbone Pullen is a creative and experienced lawyer who gets great results

Family Tier 5

Wilson Solicitors LLP has a broad practice that advises on diverse issues such as divorce and financial orders through to children law and domestic violence. Other strengths lie in pre- and post-nuptial agreements, high-net-worth financial orders as well as child abduction and forced marriages. Under the leadership of Aysen Soyer it is also becoming increasingly well-known for its work on surrogacy and adoption. Patricia Beckett does some public law children work for parents and advises on other areas such as family law injunctions and cohabitation law.

Practice head(s):

Aysen Soyer

Other key lawyers:

Patricia Beckett; Amna Khaliq


Wilsons is an excellent value for money firm situated in North London offering services to culturally diverse London. Whilst known for its commitment to legally aided clients all of Wilsons’ solicitors offer excellent private services in both financial remedy and private law children’.

Patricia Beckett is absolutely outstanding. She is always prepared to go the extra mile. She is highly adept at representing parents in non-accidental injury cases. She combines a razor-sharp brain with pragmatism and compassion‘.

Aysen Soyer has a good understanding of company law and running a business. Many of her financial remedy clients are very well off and own multiple properties and businesses. Her clients clearly trust her advice and listen to her‘.

Patricia Beckett is unrivalled in her diplomatic approach to opponents, her patience with clients and professionals alike and her practical approach to resolving matters in the best interests of her clients‘.

Amna Khaliq has a sharp and forensic mind which allows her to dissect to the heart of any issues in the case and works with her clients to resolve matters as swiftly and cost effectively as possible‘.

Patricia Beckett has been particularly supportive, reassuring and highly diligent in her handling of my case providing excellent legal and practical advice, always in a highly professional, yet friendly and respectful manner‘.

Key clients

Neal Gray


Wilson Solicitors LLP is a 'go-to firm' for complex immigration work, and is regularly involved in cases involving human rights, overstay, nationality and security issues. The firm undertakes a significant proportion of legal aid work, and also represents private clients. It stands out for its experience in detention work and appeals, and the team is adept at handling cases involving international adoptions, surrogacy and sensitive cases involving children. Senior partner Michael Hanley is well versed across immigration and asylum law, and he is experienced in deportation work and cases involving complex family issues. Matthew Davies - 'an undisputed leader in this area of law' - heads the immigration team and specialises in advising individuals on complex immigration matters.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Davies

Other key lawyers:

Michael Hanley; Ana Gonzalez; Anita Vasisht; Muhunthan Paramesvaran; Marcela Navarrete; Chris McKendry; Andrew Jones; Giulia Tranchina; Aisling Ni Chuinn; Elizabeth Ruddick


All team members, without exception, are knowledgeable and dedicated to their clients and this area of law.

Ana Gonzalez has a deep knowledge of immigration law and procedure; her dedication to her clients, affable personality and work ethic makes her hard to beat.

Matthew Davies’ understated style is refreshing for someone who is an undisputed leader and hero in this area of law.


Wilson Solicitors became an LLP in April 2010. Prior to then, the firm was called Wilson and Co and was founded in 1989 by the late Andrew Wilson and current senior partner Michael Hanley.

The firm: The firm has grown from a small legal aid firm into a substantial 13-partner practice employing 90 people with a national reputation for excellence. The firm receives the vast majority of its work through personal recommendation from satisfied clients, or specific referral from other professionals.

The firm has four key practice objectives: to provide effective legal advice at a competitive cost; deliver a quality professional service; sustain and grow the firm’s reputation; and use law to promote and defend human rights.

Types of work undertaken: The firm provides advice and representation in three broad areas of law:

Immigration: the firm has one of the largest immigration law departments in the UK with 25 specialist solicitors. The firm’s clients come from a wide range of backgrounds. With thorough preparation, many applications are successfully resolved on initial submission to the Home Office. The firm has a “get it right first time” approach. As the immigration rules steadily grow in complexity careful preparation of applications is essential. Where cases run into difficulties the firm is highly experienced in conducting appeals and judicial review. Wilson Solicitors LLP has acted in many high-profile cases in the Supreme Court. The firm appears regularly before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission in cases involving national security. All the firm’s lawyers are accredited by the Law Society Asylum and Immigration Law Accreditation Scheme. Two of its partners were appointed as part-time judges in 2006 and sit in the FTT (Immigration and Asylum Chamber).

Family and children law: the firm has ten solicitors specialising in this work. The firm has three members of the Law Society Children Panel who are appointed to represent the best interests of children in care proceedings. The firm also has members of the Law Society Advanced Family Law Panel and of Resolution. It advises on all aspects of marriage and civil partnerships, from pre nuptials to divorce and dissolution, including domestic violence and ancillary relief. The firm receives referrals from a wide range of statutory and voluntary agencies working with children. The practice has considerable experience in high-value financial disputes. The firm provides a highly professional service to private clients.

Public law: the firm has a dynamic department of eight specialist solicitors advising on all aspects of decisions taken by public authorities. The firm specialises in challenging unlawful detention, abuse of state power, especially in immigration removal centres, and securing financial compensation. There is also a particular commitment to community care cases. The firm has brought cases against local authorities, the police, the Home Office and the General Medical Council. The firm has legal aid contracts in public law, civil actions against the police and community care.


Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Michael Hanley
Head of Immigration Team Matthew Davies
Immigration Damian Hanley
Immigration Anita Vasisht
Immigration Michael Hanley
Head of Family Team Aysen Soyer
Family and children Patricia Beckett
Family and children Michelle Flynn
Head of Public Law James Elliott
Photo Name Position Profile
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 James Ball  photo James Ball
 Patricia Beckett  photo Patricia Beckett
 Russell Blakely  photo Russell Blakely
 Penny Brownbridge  photo Penny Brownbridge
 Sarah Colley  photo Sarah Colley
 Zoe Cooley  photo Zoe Cooley
 Lindsay Cundall  photo Lindsay Cundall
 Becky Cutler  photo Becky Cutler
Mr Matthew Davies photo Mr Matthew Davies
 Tim Davies  photo Tim Davies
 James Elliott  photo James Elliott
 Siobhan Foulner  photo Siobhan Foulner
 Michael Goldin  photo Michael Goldin
 Ana Gonzalez  photo Ana Gonzalez
Mr Michael Hanley photo Mr Michael Hanley
 Damian Hanley  photo Damian Hanley
 Rebecca Harrigan  photo Rebecca Harrigan
 Rachel Henson  photo Rachel Henson
 Rebecca Ives  photo Rebecca Ives
 Andrew Jones  photo Andrew Jones
 Felicity Jones  photo Felicity Jones
 Juanita Kareer  photo Juanita Kareer
 Edward Keeling  photo Edward Keeling
 Amna Khaliq  photo Amna Khaliq
 Rebecca Kuehler  photo Rebecca Kuehler
 Rachel Lau  photo Rachel Lau
 Rachael Lenney  photo Rachael Lenney
 Helen MacIntyre  photo Helen MacIntyre
 Chris McKendry  photo Chris McKendry
 Daniel Merriman  photo Daniel Merriman
 Rebecca Morris  photo Rebecca Morris
 Marcela Navarrete  photo Marcela Navarrete
 Aisling Ni Chuinn  photo Aisling Ni Chuinn
 Sinead Nowak  photo Sinead Nowak
 Nkiru Okafor  photo Nkiru Okafor
 Ed O’Driscoll  photo Ed O’Driscoll
 Muhunthan Paramesvaran  photo Muhunthan Paramesvaran
 Kirsten Powrie  photo Kirsten Powrie
 Laura Ralph  photo Laura Ralph
 Nina Rathbone Pullen  photo Nina Rathbone Pullen
 Katy Robinson  photo Katy Robinson
 Anastasia Solopova  photo Anastasia Solopova
 Aysen Soyer  photo Aysen Soyer
 Shahailya Stephenson  photo Shahailya Stephenson
 Emma Terenius  photo Emma Terenius
 Imogen Townley  photo Imogen Townley
 Giulia Tranchina  photo Giulia Tranchina
 Nusrat Uddin  photo Nusrat Uddin
 Anita Vasisht  photo Anita Vasisht
 Hannah Watkins  photo Hannah Watkins
 Ian Whitbread  photo Ian Whitbread
Number of UK partners : 13
Number of other UK fee-earners : 60