Marisa Cohen > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers

Work Department


Marisa is a public law practitioner specialising in immigration law, community care and housing law with particular expertise in working with very vulnerable clients such as those with complex disabilities; minors; victims of torture including sexual violence; and victims of trafficking and exploitation. She represents clients in applications for judicial review, including unlawful detention, age assessment, and the transfer of unaccompanied asylum seeking children, and in statutory appeals.

She is repeatedly praised for her written work with one judge observing:

Ms. Cohen’s skeleton argument was exemplary. It is because its content and format were so clear and concise that sizeable parts of it have found their way into this determination.

Marisa enjoys working with clients from an early stage of a case through to its conclusion and is happy to regularly advise on queries relating to evidence, procedure and tactics. 

Marisa has a particular interest in challenges raising procedural fairness, whether, for example, due to failures by the Secretary of State for the Home Department in its decision-making process; failures by a court or tribunal to adopt a fair procedure; or as a result of a failure to comply with the public sector equality duty, particularly where the case concerns very vulnerable clients. She acted for the Appellant in AJ (s 94B: Kiarie and Byndloss questions) [2018] UKUT 115 which concerned the proper approach to out-of-country deportation appeals heard in the First-tier Tribunal prior to the handing down of the Supreme Court judgment.


Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
Administrative Law Bar Association
Housing Law Practitioners’ Association
Human Rights Lawyers’ Association


University of Manchester Law with Politics BA Hons (First)
London School of Economics and Political Sciences LLM in Human Rights Law (Merit)
Manchester Metropolitan University BVC (Very Competent)