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Doughty Street Chambers

53-54 DOUGHTY STREET, LONDON, WC1N 2LS, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7404 1313
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Bristol, London, Manchester

Alasdair Mackenzie

Tel:
Work 020 7404 1313
Email:
Doughty Street Chambers (Doughty Street Chambers)

Position

Appears frequently before the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal in all areas of immigration law, including asylum, human rights, family, EEA, student, business and deportation cases. Particular interests include the treatment of mentally disordered people in the immigration system, country guidance cases, notably around Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe; judicial review of practice and procedure at the Home Office. Significant recent or current cases include MP & NT (Sri Lanka) v SSHD [2014] CA (lawfulness of Upper Tribunal’s Country Guidance on Sri Lanka); R (V) v SSHD [2013] HC (refusal to grant ILR to mentally ill person breaching Articles 3 and 8); GJ (post-civil war: returnees) Sri Lanka CG [2013] UT (Country Guidance on asylum claims from Sri Lanka); R (Osman Omar) v SSHD [2012] HC (waiver of application fee for destitute person applying on grounds of Article 8}; Al-Sirri & DD (Afghanistan) v SSHD [2012] UKSC (leading case on exclusion from refugee status on basis of disputed allegations of ‘terrorism’; standard of proof applicable to exclusion decisions).

Career

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.

Languages

French and German.

Member

ILPA, ALBA, Liberty, Justice.

Education

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


London Bar

Immigration (including business immigration)

Within: Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading juniors

Alasdair Mackenzie - Doughty Street ChambersHe has a first-class mind and gets to the heart of the matter quickly.

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