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Immigration: business and private


Our expertise

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 Tribunal through to the Supreme Court 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.

What others say

“Garden Court Chambers remains the pre-eminent immigration set in the country, instructed in the most high-profile and sensitive matters across the spectrum of immigration, nationality and refugee law. In addition to advising on EEA free movement and PBS matters, including applications under Tiers 2 and 4, advocates have appeared before domestic and international courts of the highest levels on matters including trafficking, third country removals and deportation.” Chambers UK Bar Guide

Immigration and the Points Based System

With our in depth knowledge of the 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.

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.

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.

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.

We regularly teach courses and give papers and seminars; in particular, many of us provide training for the Immigration Law Practitioners Association and Legal Action Group. In addition, we have run training days with Liberty and for legal service providers outside London in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Leeds.

We are therefore well placed to offer full and comprehensive advice on all recent developments in immigration law.