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Wilson Solicitors LLP
N17 8AD

Living Wage

Employment > Immigration Tier 1

Praised as 'a pioneering firm in the sector', Wilson Solicitors LLP handles a range of legal aid and privately funded work including detention issues, nationality work and asylum mandates. Anita Vasisht leads the department and has extensive knowledge of Palestinian refugee claims; she also specialises in cases where there are allegations that the appellant poses a threat to national security. Managing partner Matthew Davies is a key contact for immigration issues arising to EU law and Brexit-related matters, and senior consultant Michael Hanley focuses on nationality work and also advises on the immigration elements of international surrogacies.

Practice head(s):

Anita Vasisht

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Davies; Michael Hanley; Ana Gonzalez; Muhunthan Paramesvaran; Chris McKendry


‘Wilson Solicitors’ offering in the field of immigration and immigration-related public law and human rights work is stellar. They have been a pioneering firm in the sector for many years. In my view, they manage to conduct a high volume of asylum and related work without compromising on quality in any respect, in a way that no other firm I can think of manages to do. Their immigration-related public law offering is also superb.’

‘The outstanding team in the immigration sector for all areas of asylum and overstaying including appeals. Meticulous and inspired pursuit of every possible line of enquiry to produce the best evidence for the case in hand.’

‘Anita Vasisht and Chris McKendry are two of the most committed solicitors I have ever met. They give their full attention to every case.’

‘Wilsons have extremely high standards in their work. Case preparation is always superb, and highly organised. Care, compassion and commitment to the client are always at the heart of it. If I had a friend in need of immigration advice I would direct them to Wilsons.’

‘The team stands out as caring deeply about every client.’

‘Muhunthan Paramesvaran’s work was outstanding. He gave helpful and pertinent advice and then was totally supportive throughout the process. I could not recommend him more highly.’

‘Shining stars in the field. Meticulous, detailed approach. Thorough, humane, focused client care. Prompt and engaged. An absolute asset to the field of immigration and human rights law.’

‘I worked with Anita Vasisht for years and I honestly can say that I have rarely met a lawyer with so much passion for her clients and civil rights. She is dedicated to her clients and to her team. She works endless hours and is always interested in the personal wellbeing of the clients.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for an Iraqi man who was deprived of UK citizenship because the Home Office suspected he has links with Iranian Intelligence.
  • Working in partnership with homeless charity, St Mungo’s, to provide immigration advice and assistance to rough sleepers during the pandemic.

Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights Tier 4

Wilson Solicitors LLP is ‘really at the top of the game in the civil liberties and human rights field’ and stands out for its ‘experience in immigration matters‘. The firm is also active in judicial review claims and has strength across a range of civil litigation. Judicial review and civil liberties specialist James Elliott leads the team and is ‘outstanding on detention matters particularly’.

Practice head(s):

James Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Katy Robinson; Nkiru Okafor; Aisling Ni Chuinn; Nina Rathbone Pullen; Marcela Navarrete; Nusrat Uddin


‘Good human rights lawyers with experience of immigration matters’.

‘Katy Robinson and James Elliot are both stalwarts of the scene. I think they are really good – very experienced, committed and reliable. At or near the top of the area’.

‘James Elliott is outstanding on detention matters particularly, as is Nkiru Okafor’.

‘They are really at the top of the game in the civil liberties and human rights field. In the immigration cross over areas in particular, they are known as being leaders in their field’.

‘Their public law team is extremely active in both judicial review claims for unlawful detention and civil claims for false imprisonment’.

‘They are heavily involved in the trafficking arena, both in claims for judicial review and civil/human rights claims and are increasingly involved in fighting for the rights of overseas migrant children hoping to be reunited with relatives in the UK. They are incredibly well prepared, dedicated and really know their stuff, but importantly, they never forget that there is always a client at the heart of every important legal challenge’.

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in a challenge to the system and criteria for determining eligibility for accommodation under schedule 10 of the Immigration Act 2016, of wider relevance to many destitute migrants. The test case was successful with judgment handed down in July 2020.
  • Represented a client in a challenge to a police policy relating to how potential victims of trafficking should be dealt with which required the officer in the case to contact Immigration Enforcement.
  • Successfully represented a client in a claim for unlawful detention spanning almost 4.5 years.

Private client > Family Tier 5

Wilson Solicitors LLP is vastly experienced in all areas of family, matrimonial and childcare law. It routinely advises on divorce and financial settlements as well as private children law and domestic abuse cases. In addition it frequently advises on nuptial agreements, international adoptions and other areas such as forced marriage and surrogacy cases. Aysen Soyer heads the department that includes a number of highly rated practitioners such as Patricia Beckett and Amna Khaliq.

Practice head(s):

Aysen Soyer

Other key lawyers:

Patricia Beckett; Amna Khaliq; Baljit Bains; Felicity Jones; Juanita Kareer


Aysen Soyer and her team at Wilsons are outstanding, caring and responsive‘.

‘One of the few firms outside central London who can mix it with the ‘magic circle’ firms of inner London. Aysen Soyer is vastly experienced and capable. She offers her HNW clients a real alternative to the vastly expensive firms of central London which is every bit as good and probably far more direct. She is incredibly engaging with her clients but can pack a punch with the best of them. Juanita Kareer is incredibly hardworking and diligent about her clients. She is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to legal advice, regardless of their financial circumstances‘.

Always good back-up when dealing with senior staff; go the extra distance for clients; good instructions; know cases very well indeed. Amna Khaliq is always available to deal with queries or chase maters up; Patricia Beckett prepares her cases immaculately‘.

‘It has  amassed over the last few years an impressive depth and experience in relation to international child abduction. Amna Khaliq (Partner) is a pleasure to work with – an efficient and highly effective lawyer. Felicity Jones (Solicitor) very conscientious and able‘.

‘I have never needed a legal team before, and so this was a scary experience. Wilson and co, helped myself and my family through a very difficult time. Felicity Jones is one of the most caring, sensitive, kind and knowledgeable professionals I have worked with‘.

‘All of its solicitors work proficiently, expertly and successfully. All of the solicitors at Wilsons are a pleasure to work with and appear against in court. They are always bright, well prepared and keen to work collaboratively. They approach the most complex cases with ease and enthusiasm. The following people regularly instruct me and are excellent: Baljit Bains; Felicity Jones Juanita Karee‘.

‘I have been consistently impressed by the commitment all members of the family team have towards their clients. They are genuinely interested and caring as well as being effective in the service they deliver. I have worked most closely with Baljit Bains over the last year and found her to have an intelligent, thoughtful approach to her cases. She is very easy to work with as she’s responsive and proactive in ensuring that I have what I need to deliver my part of the service to her clients‘.

‘Baljit Bains is what makes this team unique. She is undoubtedly one of the finest lawyers in London. She is intelligent, insightful, hardworking and committed. She pursues her cases with skill and vigour. Her influence ensures that those working under her follow the same pattern. Baljit Bains is the beating heart of this firm, she is what makes it so good’.

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 5

Wilson Solicitors LLP‘s ‘brilliant and dedicated’ team predominantly represents migrants, victims of human trafficking and prisoners in judicial reviews serving to protect and enforce fundamental human rights. Recently, Nina Rathbone Pullen and Hannah Watkins represented one of three claimants in a test case concerning the provision of accommodation to destitute migrants, which resulted in the High Court finding that the claimant had suffered degrading treatment in violation of Article 3. Practice head James Elliott has a strong track record in public inquests and legal challenges against Home Office policies.  Associate Nusrat Uddin , whose practice covers public law and human rights, including migrant welfare and actions against the state, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

James Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Nina Rathbone Pullen; Hannah Watkins; Jed Pennington;  Nusrat Uddin


‘Wilsons Solicitors LLP have a great depth of experience in this area. They are really at the top of the game in the public law field. In the immigration cross over areas in particular, they are known as being leaders in their field.’

‘Nina Rathbone Pullen is fantastic – very thoughtful, very detail-oriented, knowledgeable, highly committed to her clients’ interests, excellent judgment both on law and tactics.’

‘Wilson Solicitors LLP’s public law team stand out head and shoulders above the rest for their client care and preparation of litigation. The quality of preparation by the team is consistently excellent and all members have a sound appreciation of the legal issues and what queries to raise when instructing counsel.’

‘Brilliant and dedicated lawyers.’

‘Excellent committed solicitors. Fantastic client care, particularly good with vulnerable clients. Work incredibly hard to achieve the best results for clients.’

‘I have assisted the public law team at Wilsons in cases with an immigration context, including unlawful detention. Theirs is a uniformly great team: diligent, easy to work with, conscientious and committed to their clients. They have an in-depth knowledge of the law and procedure.’

‘Nina Rathbone-Pullen is a superb strategist.’ 

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in their challenge to the system and criteria for determining eligibility for accommodation under schedule 10 of the Immigration Act 2016, of wider relevance to many destitute migrants.
  • Represented a client in a challenge to a police policy relating to how potential victims of trafficking should be dealt with which required the officer in the case to contact Immigration Enforcement.
  • Successfully represented a client in a claim for unlawful detention spanning almost 4.5 years, with judgment handed down by the High Court, QBD in February 2021.

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.

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
Baljit Bains  photo Baljit Bains Partner
James Ball  photo James Ball Solicitor
Patricia Beckett  photo Patricia Beckett Patricia specialises in children and family law, and her areas of work…
Russell Blakely  photo Russell Blakely Russell has a general practice in personal immigration, citizenship and EU law.…
Penny Brownbridge  photo Penny Brownbridge Solicitor
Sarah Colley  photo Sarah Colley Solicitor
Zoe Cooley  photo Zoe Cooley Solicitor
Lindsay Cundall  photo Lindsay Cundall Solicitor
Becky Cutler  photo Becky Cutler Solicitor
Matthew Davies photo Matthew DaviesMatthew is a partner in the immigration department with 20 years of…
Tim Davies  photo Tim Davies Solicitor
James Elliott  photo James Elliott Partner in the immigration department, specialising in immigration and asylum law, and…
Siobhan Foulner  photo Siobhan Foulner Solicitor
Michael Goldin  photo Michael Goldin Solicitor
Ana Gonzalez  photo Ana Gonzalez Ana specialises in asylum and immigration. Her main areas of expertise are…
Michael Hanley photo Michael HanleySenior partner specialising in all aspects of asylum, nationality and immigration law,…
Damian Hanley  photo Damian Hanley Partner in the immigration department, managing a team of solicitors, trainee solicitors…
Rebecca Harrigan  photo Rebecca Harrigan Solicitor
Rachel Henson  photo Rachel Henson Solicitor
Rebecca Ives  photo Rebecca Ives Solicitor
Andrew Jones  photo Andrew Jones Solicitor
Felicity Jones  photo Felicity Jones Solicitor
Juanita Kareer  photo Juanita Kareer Solicitor
Edward Keeling  photo Edward Keeling Solicitor
Amna Khaliq  photo Amna Khaliq Amna is a partner in the family department. She undertakes private and…
Rebecca Kuehler  photo Rebecca Kuehler Solicitor
Rachel Lau  photo Rachel Lau Solicitor
Rachael Lenney  photo Rachael Lenney Solicitor
Helen MacIntyre  photo Helen MacIntyre Solicitor
Chris McKendry  photo Chris McKendry Solicitor
Daniel Merriman  photo Daniel Merriman Solicitor
Rebecca Morris  photo Rebecca Morris Solicitor
Marcela Navarrete  photo Marcela Navarrete Solicitor
Aisling Ni Chuinn  photo Aisling Ni Chuinn Solicitor
Sinead Nowak  photo Sinead Nowak Solicitor
Ed O'Driscoll photo Ed O'DriscollSolicitor
Nkiru Okafor  photo Nkiru Okafor Solicitor
Muhunthan Paramesvaran  photo Muhunthan Paramesvaran Muhunthan became a partner in 2010. He has a broad immigration and…
Kirsten Powrie  photo Kirsten Powrie Solicitor
Laura Ralph  photo Laura Ralph Solicitor
Nina Rathbone Pullen  photo Nina Rathbone Pullen Solicitor
Katy Robinson  photo Katy Robinson Solicitor
Anastasia Solopova  photo Anastasia Solopova Solicitor
Aysen Soyer  photo Aysen Soyer Aysen is a partner and head of the family department. She undertakes…
Shahailya Stephenson  photo Shahailya Stephenson Solicitor
Emma Terenius  photo Emma Terenius Solicitor
Imogen Townley  photo Imogen Townley Solicitor
Giulia Tranchina  photo Giulia Tranchina Solicitor
Nusrat Uddin  photo Nusrat Uddin Solicitor
Anita Vasisht  photo Anita Vasisht Newly appointed head of Wilsons’ immigration department, Anita leads our national security…
Hannah Watkins  photo Hannah Watkins Solicitor
Ian Whitbread  photo Ian Whitbread Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
Number of UK partners : 13
Number of other UK fee-earners : 60