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London: Human resources

Immigration: human rights, appeals and overstay - ranked: tier 1

Wilson 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.

Practice head(s):Matthew Davies

Other key lawyers:Michael Hanley; Ana Gonzalez; Anita Vasisht; Muhunthan Paramesvaran; Marcela Navarrete; Chris McKendry; Andrew Jones; Giulia Tranchina; Aisling Ni Chuinn; Elizabeth Ruddick


All team members, without exception, are knowledgeable and dedicated to their clients and this area of law.

Ana Gonzalez has a deep knowledge of immigration law and procedure; her dedication to her clients, affable personality and work ethic makes her hard to beat.

Matthew Davies' understated style is refreshing for someone who is an undisputed leader and hero in this area of law.

Work highlights

  • Represented a Russian national who has been refused entry to the UK to join his family on the grounds that he would pose a threat to the safety of a high-profile opposition politician.
  • Advised a victim of trafficking and modern slavery on an asylum claim.
  • Advising an individual on a complex national security case involving deprivation of citizenship.
  • Acting for an individual on an appeal to the UK Supreme Court, clarifying the meaning of precarious in the context of the 2014 legislation regulating Article 8.
  • Advising on a judicial review of delay in Home Office decision-making.
Leading individuals

Matthew Davies - Wilson Solicitors LLP

Michael Hanley - Wilson Solicitors LLP

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London: Private client

Family - ranked: tier 5

Wilson Solicitors LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Aysen Soyer

Other key lawyers:Patricia Beckett; Amna Khaliq


'Wilsons is an excellent value for money firm situated in North London offering services to culturally diverse London. Whilst known for its commitment to legally aided clients all of Wilsons' solicitors offer excellent private services in both financial remedy and private law children'.

'Patricia Beckett is absolutely outstanding. She is always prepared to go the extra mile. She is highly adept at representing parents in non-accidental injury cases. She combines a razor-sharp brain with pragmatism and compassion'.

'Aysen Soyer has a good understanding of company law and running a business. Many of her financial remedy clients are very well off and own multiple properties and businesses. Her clients clearly trust her advice and listen to her'.

'Patricia Beckett is unrivalled in her diplomatic approach to opponents, her patience with clients and professionals alike and her practical approach to resolving matters in the best interests of her clients'.

'Amna Khaliq has a sharp and forensic mind which allows her to dissect to the heart of any issues in the case and works with her clients to resolve matters as swiftly and cost effectively as possible'.

'Patricia Beckett has been particularly supportive, reassuring and highly diligent in her handling of my case providing excellent legal and practical advice, always in a highly professional, yet friendly and respectful manner'.

Key Clients

Neal Gray

Work highlights

  • Represented the grandfather of Ellie Butler at the inquest touching upon her death by her father, after being placed in his care following family court proceedings.
  • Represented client in a financial remedy case.
  • Represented a respondent in a complex financial orders matter involving a short marriage and properties subject to trust deeds.
  • Represented the respondent mother on an application for a child arrangements order, including significant allegations of domestic violence, and an appeal against the court’s refusal to have a fact-finding hearing.
  • Represented client through ICACU seeking a return order to Australia – return order made.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 5

Wilson Solicitors LLP

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.

Practice head(s):James Elliot

Other key lawyers:Nina Rathbone Pullen; Katy Robinson; Hannah Watkins


'Very dedicated and knowledgeable'

'The firm is at the top of its game in immigration and associated public law challenges'

'Second-to-none experience in immigration-related public law. Compassionate lawyers who put their clients first'

'James Elliott shows excellent leadership and support to his team'

'Hannah Watkins shows great insight and tactical awareness beyond her years of practice'

'Katy Robinson is extremely bright and committed'

'Katy Robinson and Jennine Walker are hardworking, enthusiastic and very competent'

'Nina Rathbone Pullen is compassionate, knowledgeable and great to work with'

'James Elliot is very strong technically and shows huge commitment to his clients'

'Nina Rathbone Pullen is a creative and experienced lawyer who gets great results'

Work highlights

  • Representing a number of vulnerable refugees in a challenge to the Department for International Development's funding of refugee camps in Libya.
  • Represented a victim of trafficking in contesting the Home Office's 'leave to remain' policy.
  • Brought a claim for false imprisonment against the Secretary of State for the Home Department on behalf of a victim of human trafficking who was detained under immigration powers. In addition, the claim challenged breaches of the claimant's human rights under Articles 4 and 8 of the ECHR.  
  • Representing a 'Windrush generation' client in a potential claim for compensation arising out of the Secretary of State’s failure to confirm his settled status.
  • Brought a successful challenge to the Home Office’s decision to cut the financial support given to asylum seeking victims of trafficking, resulting in reinstatement and backpayments to all those affected.

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Civil liberties and human rights
Civil liberties and human rights - ranked: tier 4

Wilson Solicitors LLP

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.

Practice head(s):James Elliott

Other key lawyers:Katy Robinson; Nina Rathbone Pullen; Jennine Walker; Nusrat Uddin; Helen MacIntyre


'Wilsons has a visceral understanding of the importance of fighting for the civil liberties of the weakest and most vulnerable, which is evidenced in all they do.'

'James Elliot, Anita Vasisht and Muhunthan Paramesvaran are all very strong technically and show huge commitment to their clients.'

'Nina Rathbone Pullen is particularly impressive for her persistence for and belief in her clients and her balanced approach to finding legal solutions with rigour and compassion.'

Key Clients



Balvin Marshall




Neal Gray




Work highlights

  • Represented a client in a landmark judgment on the leave to remain which should be granted to victims of trafficking to ensure they are protected and assisted in line with the UK’s obligations.
  • Represented a victim of human trafficking detained under immigration powers for almost four years, securing a six-figure sum in damages.
  • Representing a ‘Windrush’ client in a potential claim for compensation arising out of the Secretary of State’s failure to confirm his settled status.
  • Represented a client held under immigration powers for over two years in a complex claim for damages, which, while ultimately unsuccessful, raised several novel legal issues.
  • Successfully challenged the Home Office’s decision to cut the financial support given to asylum-seeking victims of trafficking, resulting in reinstatement and back payments to all those affected.

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