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Immigration: asylum and human rights

“The foremost set leading the way at the London Immigration Bar”

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Garden Court’s Immigration Team continues to be the premier collection of immigration practitioners at the Bar. We remain the only set ranked in Band 1 of the Chambers UK Bar Guide, with 25 individual barristers ranked for their immigration expertise.

The team is involved in the leading cases in the Senior Courts, in influencing and lobbying governments on law and policy, in media commentary, and in consultancy work internationally. The team writes, edits, or co-authors all the authoritative texts on immigration, asylum and nationality law. We are committed to representing vulnerable clients. 

What others say

“The foremost set leading the way at the London Immigration Bar, Garden Court Chambers houses an unsurpassable team of advocates who handle the full gamut of immigration matters. Its practitioners, from top-quality juniors to renowned QCs, appear in the highest courts acting on behalf of vulnerable clients and high net-worth private individuals alike. Many of them have recently been leading the way on policy and casework to relieve the refugee crisis in Calais and across Europe.”
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Areas of expertise

The team covers all aspects of immigration work including:

  • Asylum and international protection
  • Family and children immigration
  • National security, terrorism and international armed conflicts
  • Human rights
  • EU free movement
  • Commercial and business immigration (including the Points Based System)
  • Sponsor licences for businesses and colleges
  • British nationality
  • Trafficking
  • Deportation
  • Third country removals
  • Foreign criminal matters
  • Immigration detention
  • Migrant welfare
  • Private immigration work, acting for individuals from the highest echelons of international politics, business and sport

The team represents clients at all levels from the First-tier Tribunal, to the Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Team members regularly act in the most sensitive and controversial cases, often in the national security context before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC).

The team provides strategic advice in other countries, working in partnership with local lawyers, and on applications from other countries to international tribunals such as the European Court of Human Rights. Members of the team also engage in international policy work through a variety of institutions including UNHCR and the Council of Europe.

Domestically, outside of their formal practice, members work with NGOs and community organisations on policy work. These include ILPA, ATLeP, JCWI, Liberty, Amnesty International, and the Trafficking Law and Policy Forum.

Notable cases

Details about our high-profile immigration and asylum cases can be found here on the news pages of our website.


We have authored or contributed to all of the authoritative texts on immigration law including:

  • Macdonald’s Immigration Law and Practice (Butterworths LexisNexis, 9th edition 2015)
  • Immigration Appeals and Remedies Handbook (Bloomsbury, 2015)
  • Immigration Practice and Procedure in Family Proceedings (Jordans, 2013)
  • Fransman’s British Nationality Law (Bloomsbury Professional, 3rd edition 2011)
  • JCWI Guide to the Points-Based System (JCWI, 2011)
  • Halsbury’s Laws of England (Butterworths 5th ed, vol. 4 2011) British Nationality
  • Asylum Law and Practice (Bloomsbury, 2nd edition 2010)
  • Blackstone’s Guide to the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 (Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • Support for Asylum Seekers and other Migrants (Legal Action Group, 2009)
  • HJT and ILPA’s Home Office Policy Manual (HJT, 2009)
  • Blackstone’s Guide to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 (Oxford University Press, 2009)
  • Jackson and Warr’s Immigration Law and Practice (Tottel, 4th edition 2008)