Katy Robinson > Wilson Solicitors LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Wilson Solicitors LLP
N17 8AD

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Katy joined the firm in 2010 as an immigration caseworker and qualified into our Public Law department as a solicitor in 2013 following seats in immigration, crime and public law.

Katy is a dedicated public lawyer. She has experience of working on a wide range of cases and has a keen interest in public law challenges with an immigration aspect. Katy is frequently instructed by claimants in complex damages claims arising from immigration detention, many of which settle before trial. She also specialises in community care matters for clients with ongoing immigration matters and those without recourse to public funds, including migrant families, adults with care needs, age-disputed children and care leavers. She has a particular interest in working with very vulnerable clients and those with serious mental health problems. Katy brought the first reported Judicial Review challenge under the Care Act 2014 in R (SG) v LB Haringey [2015] EWHC 2579 (Admin) and the subsequent appeal to the Court of Appeal in SG (by her litigation friend the Official Solicitor) v London Borough of Haringey [2017] EWCA Civ 322.

Katy is listed in the Legal 500 of 2017 as an ‘exceptional lawyer’ who ‘combines great technical ability with a real commitment to her clients’.

Katy was shortlisted Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in 2017 in the Public Law category and was praised for her professionalism and compassion and for combining ‘intellectual rigour, tactical savvy and enormous diligence, with a real commitment to and kindness towards her clients’.

Katy trains internally and externally on her areas of practice and has written for Legal Action Magazine (June 2017) on care and support for migrants under the Care Act 2014.

Prior to joining Wilsons, Katy worked for three years as an appeals caseworker at the Refugee Legal Centre, preparing and presenting asylum appeals. She previously volunteered at Bail for Immigration Detainees and worked for the International Rescue Committee on a programme to promote the rule of law in Darfur, Sudan.

Katy studied French and Japanese at the University of Wales, Cardiff, and graduated in 2002 with a First Class (honours) degree. She converted to law and was awarded a distinction in the Legal Practice Course in 2012. Katy also holds an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights from the University of London, obtained in 2007.


French and conversational Sudanese Arabic


Music, growing vegetables, cycling in hilly places, cooking and learning Danish

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Administrative and public law

Wilson Solicitors LLP is known for its legal aid work and regularly represents clients affected by the actions of public bodies, with a commitment to acting for the most marginalised individuals, including victims of torture and trafficking, children, vulnerable families, disabled people, and those with mental health problems. Head of public law James Wilson, who has also been acting as firm managing partner since April 2023, has overseen an expansion into inquest work to complement the established judicial review and test litigation experience. Nina Rathbone Pullen and Katy Robinson lead the work, with the latter having particular expertise in community care. Nusrat Uddin specialises in strategic litigation relating to modern slavery and trafficking. Jed Pennington was promoted to partner in January 2023 and specialises in judicial review and civil actions challenging immigration detention.

London > Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights

Wilson Solicitors LLP provides ‘excellent human rights expertise, particularly in the immigration area’, regularly bringing test cases of significant public interest, including challenging the government’s intention to relocate asylum seekers to Rwanda – Jed Pennington is a key contact in this space. Following the promotion of James Elliot to firm managing partner in April 2023, the practice is jointly led by Nina Rathbone Pullen and Katy Robinson; both are highly skilled regarding civil liberties of immigration detainees and compensation claims for human rights violations.