Ms Samina Iqbal > Chambers of Anthony Metzer QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Anthony Metzer QC
Goldsmith Chambers
GROUND FLOOR, GOLDSMITH BUILDINGS
LONDON
EC4Y 7BL
England

Position

Immigration and Public Law

Samina  practices as a barrister in the areas of family and immigration law since 2000. She is currently based at Goldsmith Chambers where she is joint head of the Immigration team. Her practice in this area of law has grown over the years, alongside her need to ensure that those most vulnerable members of society receive the best possible representation.  She is passionate about access to justice and is committed to consistently delivering excellent service.

Samina has been instructed to act on a number of complex business immigration cases and she has never failed to impress clients with the depth and breadth of her knowledge, given her background in this area. Samina is approachable, with a very loyal following of clients, especially as she is known to be efficient and organised in her work.

Her practice in immigration is extensive, including being instructed regularly as counsel on Judicial Reviews matters and appeals to the Court of Appeal.  She has also in the past been instructed as counsel in a SIAC case.

Significant cases include

B v SSHD: SC/26/2003 , a SIAC case involving challenge to the decision of the Entry Clearance Officer to refuse entry to an Indian National resident in the UK on the basis of national security.  She has also appeared in a number of deportation appeals in the Court of Appeal, namely CD (Jamaica) C5/2015/2236 (deportation appeal), YP (Sri Lanka) [2015] EWCA Civ 1565. On trafficking issues she represented inZekaj, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 1643 (Admin) (26 April 2016) 

Further on the immigration rules, she has acted in the cases of R (on the application of Iqbal) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 1822 (Admin), OS (Pakistan) [2014] EWCA Civ 949 on evidential flexibility and Agubata v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 140(26 January 2012).  

In the Upper Tribunal she has acted for the Appellant in a number of reported cases, including MM and SA (Pankina: near-miss) Pakistan [2010] UKUT 481(IAC, HH (Adjudicator reasoning – Risk on return) Afghanistan [2003] UKIAT 00138, The Secretary of State for the Home Department v Badu [2002] UKIAT 04731 and Alfred Buba, Skender Rama (KLA – Deserters) Kosovo CG [2001] UKIAT 00003

Samina has also, often been called upon as immigration expert in family proceedings on issues of nationality, status and rights of parties.

She  regularly delivers training in relation to the latest immigration developments, is contributor to Lexis Nexis’s practice notes and Butterworths Immigration Law Service.

Career

Called in 1999. Samina was appointed as a part-time Judge to the Immigration and Asylum Chamber in 2006, the Social Entitlement Chamber in 2018 and in 2017, as an Environment and Traffic Adjudicator. She is also committed to providing training to pupil barristers and was approved to become a pupil supervisor in 2011.

Languages

  • Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi
  • Kiswahili
  • Basic German, Basic Italian

Memberships

ILPA, HRLA, FLBA

Education

LLB (Hons)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Samina IqbalGoldsmith ChambersKnows immigration law inside-out and is impressive on paper as well as on her feet.