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Alasdair Mackenzie is an experienced specialist in immigration and asylum law.

Alasdair is regularly instructed in appeals to the Upper Tribunal and the Court of Appeal and in judicial reviews in both the High Court and Upper Tribunal. He appears frequently before the Upper Tribunal and First-Tier Tribunal in all areas of immigration law, including refugee, human rights, family, EEA, student, points-based system, bail and deportation cases.

He also appears in judicial reviews of trafficking decisions and age assessments.

Alasdair is recommended in Band 2 by Chambers and Partners 2020 as ‘simply superb: a wonderful advocate who understands the finer points of the law’ and as ‘exceptionally level-headed and focused, very good with difficult clients, and has a way of simplifying things that appear complicated’.  In Chambers and Partners 2019, he was described as ‘efficient, responsive, strategic, and very generous with his time and ideas’ and his work was said to be ‘to a very high standard and delivered well in advance of deadlines’. In the Legal 500, he is recommended as a leading junior, and it is said that he has ‘has both vast legal knowledge and a practical, down-to-earth approach’.

He contributed chapters on asylum and human rights claims to the Legal Action Group book on Foreign National Prisoners.  He is a contributor to Halsbury’s Laws and the Administrative Court Digest, and has written for publications including the New Law Journal, the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law and the European Human Rights Law Review.

Before joining Doughty Street from pupillage in 2005, Alasdair spent many years as a campaigner and advice worker on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.  He was among the founders of the charity Asylum Aid, of which he was Co-ordinator from 1990 to 2002.  He spent some years as an executive committee member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association, of which he remains an active member, and is a former Chair of the Asylum Rights Campaign and of the Refugee Legal Group.  He has acted as an expert consultant to the Immigration Services Commissioner, the regulator of immigration advisers.  Alasdair has written or contributed to a number of significant reports and publications on asylum and immigration issues.


Called 2004; Gray’s Inn. Joined Doughty Street from pupillage in 2005. Previously spent 12 years in the voluntary sector as a legal representative and campaigner, having founded and run the charity Asylum Aid since 1990. Publications of note: Contributor to Foreign National Prisoners: Law and Practice (Legal Action Group), he regularly provides case analyses to the Administrative Court Digest; contributions to journals including New Law Journal, Butterworths Human Rights Direct, European Human Rights Law Review.




Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association

The Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association

Human Rights Lawyers Association




Winchester College; Oxford University (1989, BA, modern languages); London Metropolitan University (2003, PgDL); College of Law (2004, BVC).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Alasdair MackenzieDoughty Street ChambersAlasdair’s written work is impeccable. It is thorough, articulate, well-presented, on point and persuasive. Alasdair’s advocacy is first class. It is measured and compelling and without doubt it flows so well based on detailed preparation and consideration of the facts and law.

Clients praise Doughty Street Chambers for its ‘real depth of expertise‘ and classify it as a claimant-focussed set that has a ‘deserved reputation as an intellectual powerhouse‘. Recent standout matters include Alasdair Mackenzie‘s role in in R (Al-Siri) v SSHD, a matter regarding the state’s decision to raise new reasons for refusing asylum. Laura Dubinsky KC‘s represented the claimant in R (Kaitey) v SSHD, a key case concerning immigration bail powers and Anthony Vaughan‘s victory over the Home Secretary in Medical Justice v SSHD, in which a policy of “no notice removals” was found to be unlawful.