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Wilson Solicitors LLP
N17 8AD

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Matthew is a partner in the immigration department with 20 years of immigration law experience. He specialises in all areas of immigration and nationality law including advising individuals and organisations. His recent focus of activity has been in respect to relationship applications, human rights work, students, workers and the points-based system. He has represented on many appeals over the years including numerous reported cases in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. He has experience of large complex cases including national security appeals before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission. Matthew sits as a part-time immigration judge in the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber).


Matthew trained at Wilson Solicitors LLP and has been with the firm since qualification. He undertakes numerous activities outside of the firm. Matthew is an experienced trainer and has served as a consultant to the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner. He is a past Chair of both INQUEST (representing the families of those how have died in custody) and the Stonewall Immigration Group (campaigning for the immigration rights of same-sex couples). He shared the Stonewall Equality Award in 1997 for his campaigning legal work for equality. He gives pro-bono advice to the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group and to other charities. Publications of note: co-author of the immigration chapters in the ‘National Aids Manual’ and Butterworth’s ‘Advising Lesbian and Gay Clients’. Most recently, he wrote the ‘Best Practice Guide’ to fast-track asylum cases for the Immigration Law Practitioners Association.


Brentwood School; Manchester University (1987 BA (Hons) in History and Sociology); College of Law (1990); LSE (2010 LLM).


Theatre, cinema, travel and time with family and friends.

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London > Employment > Immigration

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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.