Raza Husain KC > Matrix Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Matrix Chambers


Barrister specialising in immigration and human rights; A (internment and legality of derogation from Article 5) HL; Ullah (extra territoriality) HL; Razgar (private life and mental health; proportionality review in appellate context) HL; Adan (civil war and refugee status); HL; AE (internal flight) HL pending; Bagdanavicius (risks from non-state actors) HL pending; Limbuela (destitution of asylum seekers) HL pending; A (admissibility of evidence from torture) HL pending; Davoodipanah (withdrawal of concessions) CA; E and R (error of fact as discrete public law wrong) CA; El-Ali (article 1D Refugee Convention) CA; Z (private life and sexuality); Osorio (obligation to determine refugee status) CA; Gardi (unit of analysis in refugee definition) CA; Robinson (internal flight) CA. Civil liberties; Nadarajah (detention) CA; G (Anisminic approach to superior court of record’s exercise of bail jurisdiction) CA; M (first successful internee appeal) CA; D (false imprisonment) CA; Q (destitution of asylum seekers) CA; Farrakhan (free speech) Court of Appeal; Chahal (No.2) (compensation for detention) CA; Waite ECHR (article 5(4)); Percy (justiciability of legality of Iraq war) Queen’s Bench Division: EU and free movement; Radiom and Shingara (64/221 articles 8 and 9) ECJ; Manjit Kaur (effective nationality) ECJ.


Called 1993; 2 Garden Court 1994-2000; Matrix Chambers 2000; editorial board of ILPA Journal; co-author with Nicholas Blake QC of ‘Immigration, Asylum and Human Rights’ (OUP 2003).


Urdu, Hindu, basic Punjabi, French.


Immigration Law Practitioners Association; Administrative Law Bar Association; executive committee member of ILPA for five years.


Exeter College, Oxford (1987-90).


Cricket, football, travel.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Raza Husain KCMatrix ChambersA superstar silk in the immigration and civil liberties arena. Go to silk in any case with cross-over between these areas. A shining light in the Supreme Court who has the respect and ear of the Court.

Matrix Chambers fields ‘one of the most efficient and friendly practice teams‘ in immigration, with ‘some of the most brilliant minds in the sphere‘. Practice head Raza Husain KC is especially notable, with significant high-profile involvement in the challenges to the deportation of prospective asylum seekers to Rwanda. SC (Jamaica) v SSHD, a case concerning internal relocation of deportees, was a significant recent win for the set, in which Husain was supported by the ‘hard working‘ and ‘meticulousEleanor Mitchell. Meanwhile, Hugh Southey KC is renowned for his work in EU law and in areas of overlap with prison law.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Raza Husain KCMatrix Chambers