Mikhil Karnik > Garden Court North Chambers > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Garden Court North Chambers
M3 2JA

Work Department

Public law
Immigration & asylum
Environmental law


Mikhil practises in public law and human rights law particularly arising from his immigration practice, specialising in judicial review including issues of nationality, injunctive relief of administrative decisions such as unlawful detention and removal decisions.  He has also acted in decisions relating to leave to remain, permission to work, statelessness, access to student loans and has successfully required the SSHD to return clients unlawfully removed.


Before being called to the Bar in 2005, Mikhil spent 15 years providing advice, guidance and consultancy on technical environmental and health and safety matters.

Mikhil accepts pro bono work, especially in asylum where the changes in legal aid have created significant problems of access to the courts.


Fluent German


  • Haldane Society
  • UK Environmental Law Association.


BSc; MSc (Pollution Control); LPC; BVC

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Mikhil Karnik – Garden Court North Chambers ‘Mikhil pays great attention to detail when representing on very complex cases. When the case merits it, he is determined and tenacious and goes above and beyond to ensure the right outcomes are reached.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Immigration

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Mikhil Karnik – Garden Court North Chambers ‘Mikhil has a keen eye for detail and is persistent for the right outcome.’

Garden Court North Chambers is a ‘very strong set‘ for all aspects of immigration law, including asylum, trafficking and nationality cases. Vijay Jagadesham has substantial experience acting for vulnerable individuals, including torture-survivors, unaccompanied asylum seeker children and victims of gender-based violence. EU law and freedom of movement are key areas in Mikhil Karnik‘s practice, whilst Tom Royston specialises in matters with a cross-over between EU law-related immigration and socio-economic rights. Kerry Smith undertakes work in all aspects of asylum, immigration and human rights law in the First-Tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and Immigration and Asylum Chamber, and Tasaddat Hussain is also a notable name.