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Immigration - Business and Private
"Garden Court Chambers leads the way in immigration law due to the unparalleled strength in depth it offers. Its impressive range of market-leading silks and juniors cover the complete immigration law spectrum and regularly appear in the most important cases both domestically and internationally. Leading solicitors firms instinctively look to them when difficult cases arise."
"The 'first class' Garden Court Chambers houses barristers with 'a fantastic range of depth and experience'. In particular, Laurie Fransman QC remains 'a god of nationality law, with unmatched knowledge of the area', and he and Ian Macdonald QC are highly admired by peers and clients alike. Among the juniors, Stephanie Harrison is 'very knowledgeable' and competent in all areas of EU law; Nadine Finch is 'a reliable and unflustered collaborator'; Peter Jorro has 'intellectual vigour and is quick to get to the important issues'; Duran Seddon is 'very knowledgeable and offers practical solutions'; and David Jones' has a 'highly technical mind and encyclopaedic knowledge of asylum law'. Clients also benefit from Kathryn Cronin's 'useful combination of childcare and immigration expertise'; Navtej Singh Ahluwalia's 'strong communication skills'; and Sadat Sayeed's 'determined attitude'."
Garden Court Chambers 'always has counsel available and the clerking is sound'. Laurie Fransman QC 'remains the leading QC on all nationality issues' and Ian Macdonald QC is 'the father of immigration law'. Top juniors include Nadine Finch ('100% committed to clients'); Peter Jorro ('thoroughly excellent'); and Duran Seddon, who 'throws himself into cases'. 'Terrific advocate' Kathryn Cronin, and the 'very enthusiastic' Sadat Sayeed are praised, as are rising stars Navtej Singh Ahluwalia ('a safe pair of hands') and Mark Symes ('young and clever').
With extensive expertise in all areas of immigration law, and an unrivalled reputation in this field, Garden Court Chambers is consistently recognised as the leading set in immigration law. This is an area which constantly evolves and the textbook writing and public speaking we perform ensures that our legal knowledge is absolutely at the cutting edge - so that we can provide the best possible representation to clients.
We provide specialist immigration, EC and nationality advice to high net worth and private individuals, as well as a range of businesses, companies and institutions, covering all levels of appeal and judicial review work, appearing in the First-Tier Tier Tribunal through to the House of Lords and beyond to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Whether you want a big hitter for a case that needs smooth representation in the Tribunal, or academic expertise for something tricky in the higher courts, we have the individuals you need.
Some members of the team are registered for direct access by which the public can instruct counsel without using a solicitor. Feel free to contact our clerks to discuss whether your legal problem can benefit from the efficiencies that direct access brings.
We also offer expertise in all aspects of asylum and human rights law, including complex cases involving extradition requests. A number of team members were involved in high-profile ECHR and UK litigation concerning Khodorkovsky, Berezovsky as well as the extradition case of Pinochet. For further information in these areas please visit our Immigration (Asylum and Human Rights) page.
Immigration and the Points Based System
With our in depth knowledge of the new Points Based System we advise and represent individuals in their applications to come to the UK as highly skilled workers, entrepreneurs, investors, graduates, sponsored skilled workers, students and temporary workers. We provide advice on all other immigration applications including, but not limited to, indefinite leave to remain applications and spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner, children and visitor applications. Whether you are a student who has fallen foul of the complexities of Tier 4, or working here trying to negotiate the Home Office guidance on extending your stay, we can offer timely, effective and creative advice to best safeguard your interests.
We also advise a range of businesses, companies and institutions on all aspects of sponsorship licenses under the Points Based System and on how to achieve compliance with UK immigration legislation. Many sponsors are wary and concerned at the penalties they could face (civil and criminal) if they get anything wrong. Our legal team can help you address these concerns. In short if you have a difficult problem arising in the context of economic migration, you should the advantages that will be brought by a legal team with our experience of public law as well as immigration law, so that every angle can be adequately covered.
Important cases include:
Pankina and others v SSHD (2009)
LA (para 289A: causes of breakdown) Pakistan (2009)
NA & Others (Cambridge College of Learning) Pakistan (2009)
OO & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2008)
R v Secretary of State for the Home Department ex parte Arman Ali (2000)
European Union Free Movement Law
We offer advice and representation on European free movement applications. Team members have carried out significant work on the scope of free movement rights throughout the law's development for EEA nationals, their family members and for nationals of 'Association Agreement' states. Notable cases include:
Low & Ors, R (on the app. of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2010)
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v Dias (2009)
Jeleniewicz v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2008)
Teixeira v London Borough of Lambeth & Anor (2008)
Lui v Secretary of State for the Home Department; Wang v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2007)
R (Abdirahman) v SSWP (2007)
GC (China) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2008)
(1) KG (Sri Lanka) (2) AK (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2008)
R (Payir and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2008)
The Queen, on the app of Veli Tum, Mehmet Dari v SSHD (2007)
Barnet LBC v Ismail and Abdi (2006)
Baumbast and R v SSHD, ECJ (2002)
The Queen v SSHD, ex parte (1) Julius Barkoci (2) Marcel Malik (2001)
Nationality and Citizenship
Individuals who come to the UK under the Immigration Rules, Points Based system or EC law can become eligible for indefinite leave to remain or permanent residence in the UK, meaning they can stay here without any time limit. Some individuals decide they wish to become British citizens. Thanks to our in depth knowledge of the recent changes in legislation we are able to offer expert advice on all the complexities of nationality law, advising on the different routes to citizenship in the UK. Cases include:
AKA MH and Others v Secretary of State for he Home Department (2009)
The Queen v SSHD ex parte Kaur (2001)
R v SSHD ex parte Ullah (2001)
R v SSHD ex parte Montana (2000)
Publications and Training
We are committed to maintaining high standards of legal expertise at the Bar and in the other branches of the profession, and aim to achieve these through publications and through training. Three members of our team, Peter Jorro, Mark Symes and Adrian Berry have recently published the 2nd edition of Asylum Law and Practice. The team is involved in many of the leading publications in the field. Our publications include: Macdonald's Immigration Law and Practice, Fransman's Nationality Law and Practice Halsbury's Laws (British Nationality, Immigration and Asylum) Blakcstone's Criminal Practice 2007 (Immigration Offences) JCWI Handbook on Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law 2006, Free Movement of Persons in the Enlarged European Union Asylum Law and Practice Team members also contribute to Butterworths' Immigration Law Service and the Immigration and Nationality Law Reports.
We see training as an important part of our role. Over the years, publishers such as Butterworths have published some of our highly regarded seminars as books. We regularly teach courses and give papers and seminars; in particular, many of us provide ILPA and LAG training. In addition, we have run training days with Liberty and for legal service providers outside London in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Leeds. Some members have served on Law Society and Bar Council committees, and have made interventions on policy and law reform.
We are therefore well placed to offer full and comprehensive advice on all recent developments in immigration law.
If you would like more information about our immigration team email the clerks firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the Immigration - Business and Private team are listed below - click on their names to go to their profiles.