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Wilson Solicitors LLP
N17 8AD

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Civil liberties and human rights Tier 4

The civil liberties practice at Wilson Solicitors LLP has vast expertise across the human rights spectrum with a specialist focus on immigration detention issues and public law. James Elliott oversees the practice, which handles community care work, inquests and actions against the police. Katy Robinson is the key name for migrant rights issues, while Nusrat Uddin and Nina Rathbone Pullen regularly represent victims of trafficking.

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‘Katy Robinson and Nusrat Uddin are the standouts. Really know their stuff and give it their all for their clients.’

Administrative and public law Tier 5

Wilson Solicitors LLP’s public law department has a strong focus on immigration matters; practice head James ElliottNina Rathbone Pullen and Katy Robinson handle challenges to long-term immigration detention, often for vulnerable children, victims of trafficking, those with mental illnesses and physically disable individuals.The group also recently handled successful challenges against the Home Office for age-disputed children, and assists with obtaining access to social care and adequate housing by way of judicial review.

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A wealth of experience in administrative and public law, fearlessly pursuing their client’s cases.

Wilson Solicitors LLP have a great depth of experience in this area. Their immigration and public law team has brought many of the leading cases. They are particularly renowned for their work in respect of challenges to decisions under the Dublin III regulations. Their public law team is extremely active in judicial review claims for unlawful detention. They are also heavily involved in the trafficking arena. In the immigration cross over areas in particular, they are known as being leaders in their field. But importantly, they never forget that there is always a client at the heart of every important legal challenge.

The public law team at Wilsons is excellent. Historically, the firm established its reputation in immigration law, being the stand-out large firm in this area for human-rights-focused immigration work. The public law team grew out of that background, and much of their work has an immigration element to it, such as challenges to Home Office detention, challenges to local authority age assessments of asylum seeking children, and work around human trafficking. Over the past few years, the public law team has established itself as offering an exceptional level of service in human rights and immigration-focused public law work.

Katy Robinson is a particularly dedicated, experienced and bright partner.

Aisling Ni Chuinn is known as “the’ expert in Dublin III judicial review challenges. Incredibly thorough, fantastic legal knowledge and a real star in this area.’

James Elliott is extremely knowledgeable about unlawful detention judicial review claims and is a pleasure to work with. He has a particular specialism in mental health and capacity issues.

Nina Rathbone Pullen is very experienced in unlawful detention and trafficking judicial reviews and very committed to her clients.

James Elliott heads the public law team at Wilsons. He is an exceptional lawyer in his own right, and provides great strategic leadership to this area of Wilsons’ practice.

Family Tier 5

Wilson Solicitors LLP has specialists in all areas of family and matrimonial law, including divorce and financial orders as well as private law children matters and domestic abuse cases. Other strengths lie in international adoption, child abduction, forced marriages and surrogacy cases. The team deals with both modest income cases and high-net-worth matters. Aysen Soyer and Patricia Beckett are notable names; Amna Khaliq is another key practitioner and receives regular referrals directly from the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit.

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‘Aysen Soyer is the most empowering and warm solicitor I’ve ever met. She treated my case with utmost professionalism, but always seemed aware of and empathetic towards the fact that I had engaged her to help with a painful family matter

‘Patricia Beckett treated me as an individual and paid particular attention to all details’

Wilson Solicitors offers great service, and is very knowledgeable, professional and has a very warm and welcoming environment. The staff are all amazing and very friendly, which really makes the firm unique. Amna Khaliq was absolutely amazing

Wilsons’ family department is led by the formidable Aysen Soyer, who is excellent at providing a seamless service with robust advice and guidance but with sensitivity and dedication. She is calm and professional under pressure and always provides a sharp analysis of the situation with a no-fuss approach

The team are very efficient and reply promptly. They are compassionate, knowledgeable and clear. Aysen Soyer has been brilliant’

‘A resourceful, hardworking, well-structured and organised team. Ayşen Soyer has a genuine interest in and passion for her clients’ matters. She is also a highly effective leader and has an incredibly approachable, warm manner

I am always impressed by their preparedness, eagerness to be of assistance and dedication to their clients’

‘Patricia Beckett is a wonderful, thoughtful and determined solicitor. Highly recommended’

Key clients

A Father

The Mother

The Father

The Mother


Wilson Solicitors LLP's well-regarded practice deals with asylum claims, nationality law, personal immigration and detention advice. Practice head Anita Vasisht is adept in handling national security cases and leads the firm's national security team. The team is skilled in dealing with cases involving children in care, vulnerable adults and international surrogacy. Senior partner Michael Hanley has extensive experience in cases requiring the exercise of discretion outside of the Home Office rules, especially deprivation of citizenship cases. On the personal immigration side, managing partner Matthew Davies is an expert in EU law and permanent residence and citizenship applications.

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‘Wilson Solicitors are consistently exceptional in respect of the quality of the work that they do for each and every client and their dedication to their clients. There is a very reassuring spirit of teamwork within the firm and every person demonstrates consistent dedication, no matter their job title.’

‘Wilson is the largest surviving firm doing publicly funded immigration work at all levels in the tribunals and courts. In the immigration law sector, they have an outstanding reputation for the quality of their (very diverse range of) work.’

‘Matthew Davies’ friendly and understated style does not at first reveal his extraordinary knowledge. He has a longstanding commitment to human rights and immigration law and equality under the law for all.’

‘Ana Gonzalez’s capacity for work is extraordinary, yet she gives the same impeccable level of service to all her clients.’

‘Anita Vasisht is a standout individual. She oversees the large and highly successful team and deals with serious and complex appeals and can deal with any issue, no matter the pressure, quickly, calmly and decisively, with almost supernatural prescience for making the right strategic calls. Her energy and abilities are limitless and she engenders complete trust from her clients. She is also an absolute pleasure to work with. Anita also has longstanding, peerless, expertise concerning Palestinian refugees.’

‘Chris McKendry is another standout partner. He is a precise, academic practitioner who sees the big points straight away – he regularly performs legal miracles in the most difficult of circumstances.’

‘Anita Vasisht was my solicitor for years and no words can explain how grateful I am for our paths to have crossed at the time, as I truly think she saved me from certain persecution. She is passionate, meticulous, hardworking and relentless in her pursuit of the truth. She puts a lot of emphasis on the story behind the client – who they really are and what their story is.’

‘Muhunthan Paramesvaran was exceptional in his understanding of our situation and the best way to approach the issues we faced. He gave accurate and helpful advice throughout the process and kept me informed and up to date.’

‘Anita Vasisht is utterly on the side of her clients, and spares no effort in using her remarkable energy and skills on their behalf.’

Key clients

Islington Council


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
 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 Davies Matthew 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 Hanley Senior 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
 Felicity Jones  photo Felicity Jones Solicitor
 Andrew Jones  photo Andrew 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'Driscoll Solicitor
 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