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Michael Hanley

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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)).


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London: Human resources


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Michael Hanley - Wilson Solicitors LLP

Within: Immigration

The ‘exceptional’ team at Wilson Solicitors LLP ‘works tirelessly and demonstrates a commitment to its clients that is second-to-none’. It specialises in a full range of asylum, nationality and personal immigration cases for individuals. Immigration head Matthew Davies and 'outstanding' senior partner Michael Hanley have ‘tremendous knowledge and experience’. Ana Gonzalez handles a range of asylum and personal immigration cases, and has ‘fantastic knowledge of EU law, trafficking and immigration rules in general; she has a great tenacity pursuing a case to get the absolutely best for her client and a remarkable insight as to how to get there’. Anita Vasisht is ‘brilliant’ and specialises in complex asylum, nationality and security cases. The ‘fantasticMuhunthan Paramesvaran is also recommended.

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