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Antonia is an immigration and public law specialist with particular expertise in asylum, immigration, community care and trafficking claims.


Antonia works across the fields of asylum, immigration and public law with a specialism in refugee and asylum claims. Before joining the Bar, Antonia worked for NGOs including the Refugee Council, and has accumulated over 14 years of experience 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 cases, 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 to approach her cases with a strong client-focus.  She is particularly well placed to undertake cross-cutting work in the fields of immigration, children’s rights and public law.

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 in addition to asylum support challenges.

She also acts in deportation and human rights cases and is regularly instructed in EEA and criminal deportation cases as well as challenges to unlawful detention. Antonia has extensive experience in emergency and out of hours applications.

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

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

(Rising stars) Ranked: Tier 1

Antonia BenfieldDoughty Street ChambersAstonishingly bright. Antonia’s strengths include being incredibly fast to grasp all details of the case and having a mastery of every minute detail of the claim. She has amazing analytical skills.

Doughty Street Chambers is an ‘excellent set that is always motivated to help. Its barristers are the cream of the crop.’ Also, various clients have praised  its webinars during the Covid-19 and have said’ Chambers is well ahead of other Chambers in keeping others updated with the knowledge it has collated and that has been so useful.’ The ‘brilliant’ set is able to handle the full range of community care and Court of Protection matters. One highlight to note is the promoted Martin Westgate QC acting for Liberty R (JCWI) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 452 (Admin), EHRC, Residential Landlords Association and Liberty intervening. He also acted for the claimant in MK v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 3573 (Admin), a judicial review challenge to the delays in the process for deciding asylum claims by unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC joins this year’s silk rankings, and Ulele Burnham‘s practice continues to go from strength to strength, while in rising stars Antonia Benfield and Daniel Clarke, the future of the team looks bright.

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Rising stars) Ranked: Tier 1

Antonia BenfieldDoughty Street ChambersAntonia’s oral submissions are outstanding and very persuasive; she is extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of immigration law.