Antonia Benfield > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile
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Antonia is an immigration and public law specialist with particular expertise in asylum, immigration, community care and trafficking claims.
Year of Call: 2013
Antonia works across the fields of asylum, immigration and public law with a specialism in refugee, asylum law and children’s rights. Before joining the Bar, Antonia worked for NGOs including the Refugee Council, and has spent over 15 years working in support of refugee and migrant rights.
Antonia is regularly instructed in the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals, High Court and Court of Appeal on asylum and public law claims, with a particular focus on complex claims and those involving victims of torture and sexual violence. Combining her backgrounds in the NGO field, Antonia is highly regarded for her ability to engage with particularly vulnerable clients and her detailed knowledge of country conditions and asylum policy. She is especially well placed to undertake cross-cutting work in the fields of immigration, children’s rights and public law and works on complex country guidance cases and claims involving cessation/revocation of international protection.
Antonia is regularly instructed in public law challenges on behalf of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children whose age is disputed by the Home Office or local authorities, unlawful detention of putative children and asylum support challenges under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. In addition, she acts on behalf of adults and unaccompanied minors in the context of Dublin III challenges and challenges to trafficking decisions. Antonia acts in criminal deportation, human rights claims and EEA challenges and has extensive expertise in out-of-hours and urgent claims.
Antonia is currently appointed as Counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse on the Children outside the UK (Phase 2) and Child Sexual Exploitation by Organised Networks investigations. She has been a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel since 2019.
Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC)
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)
Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA)
European Society of International Law (ESIL)
The Frontline Club
MA Social Anthropology of International Development, SOAS, 2006
BA History of Art and Archaeology (Asia and Africa), SOAS, 2004
Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Law, 2012
BPTC, University of Law, 2013
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4
Antonia Benfield –Doughty Street Chambers ‘Go-to counsel for complex cases and those involving vulnerable clients. She is very sharp and will often pick up on issues others would miss. In court, she is a powerful advocate and fights fearlessly for her clients.‘
Doughty Street Chambers has a strong and growing immigration team, bolstered over the last year by several arrivals including Shu Shin Luh and Anthony Vaughan. Vaughan acted for the appellant in R (Majera) v SSHD, a case concerning the Home Office’s unilateral decision to ignore a tribunal order based on a legal defect. Elsewhere, highly-regarded junior Alasdair Mackenzie led Antonia Benfield on Sri Lanka country guidance case KK & RS (Sur place activities: risk) Sri Lanka CG.