Joanne Rothwell > Chambers of Mark Anderson QC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Mark Anderson QC
No5 Barristers Chambers
B4 6DR
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Joanne has recently been appointment head of the immigration group in chambers and has expertise in all areas of immigration and nationality law and European law at all levels including the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal, Administrative Court, House of Lords and European Court of Justice. She has a varied practice within her field and is instructed by local authorities, NGOs, law centres and private law firms. Joanne has a special interest in the crossover of immigration law with family law and prepares opinions for local authorities and law firms for use in the family division. She undertakes seminars at solicitors firms and is an assessor at Central Law Training. Joanne has experience of instructing clients under the public access scheme. She practises immigration and nationality law and European law relating to free movement of people, business immigration and deportation issues. From a nursing and counselling background with emphasis on mental and women’s health, Joanne’s dissertation in her LLB (Hons) focused on judicial review within the area of mental health. Notable cases: R v SSHD ex parte Boybeyi [1997] INLR 130 CA; Zeqiri v SSHD [2001] 1 All ER (D) 120; R v SSHD ex parte Zeqiri [2002] UKHL 3; R (on the application of Tum and Dari) v SSHD [2004]1 CMLR 1091; R (on the application of Tum and Dari) v SSHD [2004] 2 CMLR 1131; DK (Serbia) v SSHD [2006] All ER (D) 312 (Dec); R (on the application of Tum and Dari) v SSHD (Case C-16/05) [2008] 1 CMLR 18 [2007], [2007] All ER (D) 115 (Sep) ECJ; SSHD v TB (Jamaica) [2008] All ER (D) 90 Aug; SM & TD & JD & others v SSHD [2013] EWHC 1144 (Admin). Since the changes to Appendix FM and Adult Dependent Relatives, Joanne has won several cases relating to elderly relatives under these new draconian rules.


Called 1993. Joanne was appointed a fee judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) in 2006 and continues to be an adjudicator for the Legal Aid Agency.




LLB (Hons); RGN (Registered General Nurse); RMN (Registered Mental Nurse).

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London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

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Joanne Rothwell

No5 Barristers Chambers

She has particular expertise in finding solutions outside of the immigration rules.