Agata Patyna > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers
53-54 DOUGHTY STREET
LONDON
WC1N 2LS
England

Work Department

Position

Agata specialises in an immigration and public law and has particular expertise in asylum and trafficking claims, EU free movement law and children’s rights.

Career

Agata works across the fields of asylum, immigration, public law and children’s rights. She has a particular specialism in refugee and trafficking claims. 

Agata regularly appears in appeals and judicial review hearings before the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and the High Court in asylum and human rights, deportation, entry clearance cases and challenges to age assessments. She advises on merits of fresh immigration and asylum claims, claims certified as clearly unfounded, challenges to trafficking assessments and unlawful detention claims. She is particularly well-placed to provide advice and representation on behalf of vulnerable clients including victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation and forced labour, victims of torture and unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

Agata has particular expertise in immigration matters involving EEA nationals and their family members, especially in the context of misuse of rights and decisions taken on grounds of public policy and security. She recently represented the Appellant in Baigazieva v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 1088, the key Court of Appeal authority regarding rights of residence of former spouses of EEA nationals after divorce. She is a fluent Polish speaker and regularly assists Polish-speaking clients.

Agata accepts instructions on a Direct Public Access basis in all areas of her work.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Agata worked as volunteer caseworker for a number of charities in the immigration and asylum field, including Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) and the New Citizens Legal Service. She continues to accept pro bono instructions on behalf of BID.

Languages

Polish

Education

Bar Vocational Training Course (Outstanding), BPP University
Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction), BPP University
MSc, Global Migration (Distinction), University College London
BA (Hons,) Archaeology and Anthropology (First Class, top result in the year), Keble College, University of Oxford