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Wilson Solicitors LLP
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Senior partner specialising in all aspects of asylum, nationality and immigration law, including family and relationship-based applications. Michael specialises in finding solutions to unusual situations and has experience of using the full range of immigration options including the points-based scheme and business solutions. He has had three cases in the House of Lords, namely Hasan Adan v SSHD [1997] 2 All ER 723 (on refugee protection for victims of civil war), Lul Adan v SSHD [1999] 4 All ER 774 (interpretation of Refugee Convention in context of a removal to Germany) and Saadi v SSHD [2002] UKHL (legality of detention of asylum seekers and Article 5 of the ECHR – this case proceeded to a full hearing in the Grand Chamber in Strasbourg in 2008). He has had the conduct of numerous cases at all levels of the judicial ladder. Michael was appointed as a fee paid immigration judge in 2006.


Trained Dowse & Co; qualified 1985; partner Wilson Solicitors LLP 1990 to date.


Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association; costs assessor, Legal Services Commission; Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner Consultant; external examiner, Westminster University.


Campion Grammar School 1970-77; Pembroke College, Cambridge University (1981 Law Degree 2(1)).


Travel, cinema, cycling and family.

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London > Human resources > Immigration

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Michael HanleyWilson Solicitors LLP

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.