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Wilson Solicitors LLP
N17 8AD

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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.

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.

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.


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.


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
Mr Michael Hanley photo Mr Michael Hanley
Mr Matthew Davies photo Mr Matthew Davies
 Damian Hanley  photo Damian Hanley
 Rachel Henson  photo Rachel Henson
 Helen MacIntyre  photo Helen MacIntyre
 Anita Vasisht  photo Anita Vasisht
 Giulia Tranchina  photo Giulia Tranchina
 Hannah Watkins  photo Hannah Watkins
 Aysen Soyer  photo Aysen Soyer
 Rachel Lau  photo Rachel Lau
 Laura Ralph  photo Laura Ralph
 Chris McKendry  photo Chris McKendry
 Aisling Ni Chuinn  photo Aisling Ni Chuinn
 Baljit Bains  photo Baljit Bains
 Amna Khaliq  photo Amna Khaliq
 Nina Rathbone Pullen  photo Nina Rathbone Pullen
 Nusrat Uddin  photo Nusrat Uddin
 Andrew Jones  photo Andrew Jones
 Ed O’Driscoll  photo Ed O’Driscoll
 Juanita Kareer  photo Juanita Kareer
 Kirsten Powrie  photo Kirsten Powrie
 Muhunthan Paramesvaran  photo Muhunthan Paramesvaran
 Marcela Navarrete  photo Marcela Navarrete
 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
 James Elliott  photo James Elliott
 Siobhan Foulner  photo Siobhan Foulner
 Katy Robinson  photo Katy Robinson
 Ana Gonzalez  photo Ana Gonzalez
 Rachael Lenney  photo Rachael Lenney
 Sinead Nowak  photo Sinead Nowak
 James Ball  photo James Ball
 Rebecca Harrigan  photo Rebecca Harrigan
 Becky Cutler  photo Becky Cutler
 Michael Goldin  photo Michael Goldin
 Rebecca Ives  photo Rebecca Ives
 Felicity Jones  photo Felicity Jones
 Daniel Merriman  photo Daniel Merriman
 Nkiru Okafor  photo Nkiru Okafor
 Anastasia Solopova  photo Anastasia Solopova
 Imogen Townley  photo Imogen Townley
Number of UK partners : 13
Number of other UK fee-earners : 60