Immigration: Personal and Business

“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.”

Chambers UK Bar Guide

“Our case was very long and complicated, but here we are today with a totally different situation thanks to the help and support of Garden Court Chambers. We feel a sense of life again and look forward to building a life for our family.”

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Individuals and organisations can instruct our immigration law barristers directly for advice and representation relating to their immigration law needs.

Garden Court’s Immigration Team is recognised as the pre-eminent set of barristers in the UK for immigration law advice. We have been awarded the highest ‘Band 1’ status for immigration law advice by the independent Chambers Bar Guide rankings. You can be assured your case will be handled with unrivalled levels of expertise.

Areas of Expertise

  • Asylum and international protection
  • Family and children immigration
  • Private immigration work, acting for individuals from the highest echelons of international politics, business and sport
  • 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

instructing our barristers

We know the immigration system from end to end, and have seen every kind of problem. Our barristers have appeared in many of the cases that have shaped immigration law in the UK. All of the leading guides for immigration lawyers have been written by members of our immigration law team.

If your case is really important to you, then you may want to instruct a senior barrister, who is well known in the immigration Tribunal system and has very extensive legal experience. You may alternatively prefer to instruct a ‘junior’, who will still be experienced and knowledgeable, but can handle cases more cost-effectively. We have a barrister to suit every situation, backed-up by a sophisticated support team that helps you every step of the way.


how we can help

  • Strategic advice on the evidence and arguments you need to present for an application to the Home Office or Entry Clearance Officer
  • Realistic guidance on your options when your last application has failed (including further applications and legal challenges to the existing refusal)
  • Reading refusal letters and the underlying applications, and drafting administrative review applications
  • Advising on witness statements and supporting documents, providing persuasive grounds of appeal, written arguments for court hearings and the highest quality of representation at appeal hearings
  • Obtaining permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal against First-tier 
  • Tribunal decisions and then providing expert representation at subsequent hearings
  • Helping to steer a judicial review application to a realistic conclusion that best fights your corner.


recent successes for our clients

  • Overturning refusals based on dishonesty allegations, such as refusals of settlement because the Home Office do not accept your claimed earnings are genuine, including where there are inconsistencies between earnings shown on tax returns and immigration applications
  • Accusations that you have cheated in past English language tests
  • Omissions in application forms
  • Obtaining permanent residence for European Economic Area (EEA) nationals with complex histories of work, self-sufficiency and study
  • Obtaining indefinite leave to remain by demonstrating that the continuous residence period had been miscalculated by the decision-maker
  • Getting refusals overturned for much-loved family members who have been repeatedly denied visit visas
  • Getting visas for entrepreneur applicants whose application had been refused because their business was criticised as not being genuine
  • Persuading judges that Tier 1 applications should not have been refused on ‘genuineness’ grounds
  • Preventing deportation by putting together a watertight case on links to the UK
  • Obtaining a visa for an elderly adult dependent relative with complicated care needs that could not be met in their country of origin
  • Demonstrating that there really were “insurmountable obstacles” to relocation abroad for a loving couple whose “partner” application had been refused
  • Making further representations that were accepted as a fresh human rights claim, generating a further right of appeal.

The Team

Laurie Fransman KC

Year of Call: 1979

Year of Silk: 2000

Stephanie Harrison KC

Year of Call: 1991

Year of Silk: 2013

Sonali Naik KC

Year of Call: 1991

Year of Silk: 2018

Amanda Weston KC

Year of Call: 1995

Year of Silk: 2018

Nicola Braganza KC

Year of Call: 1992

Year of Silk: 2022

Duran Seddon KC

Year of Call: 1994

Year of Silk: 2023

Edward Grieves KC

Year of Call: 1995

Year of Silk: 2023

Irena Sabic KC

Year of Call: 2002

Year of Silk: 2023

Greg Ó Ceallaigh KC

Year of Call: 2006

Year of Silk: 2024

Kathryn Cronin

Year of Call: 1980

Peter Jorro

Year of Call: 1986

Rebecca Chapman

Year of Call: 1990

Valerie Easty

Year of Call: 1992

Navita Atreya

Year of Call: 1994

David Jones

Year of Call: 1994

Grace Brown

Year of Call: 1995

Louise Hooper

Year of Call: 1997

Patrick Lewis

Year of Call: 1997

Adrian Berry

Year of Call: 1998

Gordon Lee

Year of Call: 1998

Ronan Toal

Year of Call: 1999

Bojana Asanovic

Year of Call: 2000

Sadat Sayeed

Year of Call: 2001

Colin Yeo

Year of Call: 2002

Maha Sardar

Year of Call: 2002

Abigail Smith

Year of Call: 2003

Andrew Eaton

Year of Call: 2004

Mark Symes

Year of Call: 2004

Alex Grigg

Year of Call: 2007

Richard Reynolds

Year of Call: 2007

Helen Foot

Year of Call: 2008

Gemma Loughran

Year of Call: 2008

Ali Bandegani

Year of Call: 2009

Raza Halim

Year of Call: 2009

Gráinne Mellon

Year of Call: 2010

Bijan Hoshi

Year of Call: 2011

Taimour Lay

Year of Call: 2011

David Sellwood

Year of Call: 2012

Ubah Dirie

Year of Call: 2014

Matthew Ahluwalia

Year of Call: 2015

Zehrah Hasan

Year of Call: 2016

Ella Gunn

Year of Call: 2018

Eva Doerr

Year of Call: 2019

Rehab Jaffer

Year of Call: 2019

Alex Schymyck

Year of Call: 2020

Hannah Lynes

Year of Call: 2021

Jo Wilding

Year of Call: 2007

We are top ranked by independent legal directories and consistently win awards.

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