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Duran Seddon

  • Call: 1994
Duran Seddon
"His drafting, technical analysis and distillation of complex arguments are second to none."

Chambers UK, 2019

"He is an intellectual heavyweight, extremely experienced and does leading work."

Legal 500, 2019


Duran Seddon (call 1994) practises in immigration, asylum, nationality, human rights and public law.

He is ranked for immigration in Chambers UK 2019 (Band 1) and in the Legal 500 2019 (Tier 1).

“His drafting, technical analysis and distillation of complex arguments are second to none.” “Technically proficient, forensic, strategic, and really good at Russian claims.”
Chambers UK 2019

“He is an intellectual heavyweight, extremely experienced and does leading work.”
Legal 500 2019

“He’s a joy to work with, extremely thorough and a real asset in any case.” “He is experienced, hard-working and analytical.”
Chambers UK 2018

“He is exceptional with difficult political asylum matters.”
Legal 500 2017

“Duran is very bright and very experienced.” “He is extremely clever and has an amazing eye for detail.” 
Chambers UK 2017

A go-to barrister for complex asylum cases.’
Legal 500 2016

“He is a real dynamo, analysing complex facts and law, and producing beautifully argued legal writing.”
Chambers UK 2016

“Highly recommended.”
Legal 500 2015

Over the years, Duran has been involved in a range of high profile, significant cases including years including Onibiyo (the first major asylum ‘fresh claim’ case and the first return to Nigeria following the execution of the Delta campaigners); the ‘Oakington Detention Centre’ case; the long-running Afghan / Stanstead ‘hi-jack’ case; Singh & Singh (first SIAC asylum case); Huang & Kashmiri (leading article 8 case); Szoma -v- DWP (social security and lawful presence); R (C) -v- Minister of Justice (breach of article 3 in use of restraint on children in Detention Training Centres); EB (Kosovo) (leading case on article 8 and delay) (see further below for these and other significant reported cases).

Recent significant cases that Duran has been involved in include:

  • MF (Nigeria) -v- SSHD [2014] 1 WLR 544 (article 8 / criminal deportation) (test case)
  • HA (Iraq) -v- SSHD [2015] Imm AR 2, 207 (article 8 / criminal deportation), now pending in Supreme Court for 2016
  • ST & ET -v- SSHD [2014] EWCA Civ 188 (UNHCR designated ‘mandate’ refugees)
  • GS (India) & Others -v- SSHD [2015] 1 WLR 3312 (test case on risks to health / article 3)
  • R (MS) -v- SSHD [2015] EWHC 1095 (Admin) (test case, ‘third country’ Dublin returns)
  • R (Ivlev) -v- ECO, New York [2013] EWHC 1162 (Admin) (‘non-conducive’ US exclusion)

Duran has been instructed to assist, advise and represent in cases involving senior political and or business figures from Russia, the republics of the former Soviet Union, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Kenya, Egypt and countries of the Middle East, who have been subject to politically motivated prosecution for alleged offences of fraud and corruption. The cases have involved applications before the Europe Court of Human Rights as well as lengthy applications (investor ‘switching’, asylum, human rights) and appeal processes in the UK.

He continues to act for clients at all levels, from sporting figures (cricket, basketball, football) to impoverished Chagos Islanders seeking residence and support in the UK.

Duran has also made significant contributions to the stock of published knowledge in the areas in which he practices. As well as making past contributions to Macdonald, Halsbury’s Laws and books on welfare and migration for CPAG, he is the main author and editor of JCWI’s Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Handbook of JCWI’s Guide to the Points Based System. The latter two publications were purchased by the Ministry of Justice in bulk and distributed to each Immigration Judge. He is also on the editorial board of Immigration and Nationality Law & Practice.

Most significant reported cases involved in:

MS (Palestinian Territories) -v- SSHD [2010] UKSC 25, [2010] INLR 475 (Supreme Court)
Jurisdiction of the AIT in case involving an immigration ‘decision to remove’ where removal not legally feasible pursuant to Schedule 2 1971 Act.

Huang & Kashmiri -v- SSHD [2007] UKHL; [2007] 2 AC 167 (HL)
Approach of the Court to the Strasbourg concept of ‘proportionality’ and the intensity with which the Court must conduct its review of executive decisions in this area. The immediate context was Article 8(2) ECHR and the question whether ‘true exceptionality’ was the proper bench-mark before the immigration appellate authorities.

Saadi -v- UK, Applcn No 13229/03, 29 January 2008 (Grand Chamber, European Court of Human Rights)
This case had previously been determined in the High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords (as well as the first Chamber of the ECtHR) and was a challenge to the Oakington Detention Centre regime – the flagship fast-track asylum processing centre – by which asylum seekers are detained for the administrative purpose of determining their claims.

F (Mongolia) -v- (1) AIT; (2) SSHD [2007] EWCA Civ 769 [2007] 1 WLR 2523, Times 28 August 2007 (CA)
Intervention by the Public Law Project to challenge to the regime of statutory review whereby immigration applicants are prevented from access to the High Court by way of judicial review.

EB (Kosovo) -v- SSHD [2008] UKHL 41[2008] 3 178 (HL)
The issue before their Lordships was the effect of Home Office administrative delays in decision-making in asylum claims with the result that the applicant puts down roots in the UK and established family and private life connections here under Art 8 ECHR. In May 2008, the House of Lords gave judgment for the appellant (EB).

R (AC, by his litigation friend) -v- Secretary of State for Justice [2009] 1 QB 657
The Court of Appeal quashed the Secure Training Centre (Amendment) Rules 2007 which added to the criteria upon which physical restraint/removal from association can be used on children in secure training centres, that such powers could be triggered in order to ensure “good order and discipline”. The Rules were quashed on the grounds that the Secretary of State had failed to consult the Children’s Commissioner, or conduct a race equality impact assessment. In addition, the Court of Appeal held that the Rules were in violation of Articles 3 and 8 ECHR.

Szoma -v- Secretary of State for Department for Work and Pensions [2006] 1 AC 564) (House of Lords)
Asylum-seekers in the UK with temporary admission were ‘lawfully present’ under the relevant Income Support Regulations, themselves based on obligations under the Council of Europe Social Charter and the European Convention on Social and Medical Assistance.

R (S) -v- SSHD [2005] INLR 575 (Admin Court and CA)
The ‘Afghan Hi-jackers’ case: policy of Secretary of State to deny leave to asylum seekers successful in ECHR claim and to leave them in legal limbo was outwith the powers of the Immigration Act 1971.

R v SSHD ex parte Mersin [2000] INLR 511
Principles relating to prejudicial delay in issuing immigration status papers.

Holub v SSHD [2001] 1 WLR 1359 CA
Right to education under Article 2, First Protocol ECHR and extra-territoriality of ECHR.

R v SSHD ex parte Onibiyo [1996] QB 768 CA
The foundation case establishing the concept of ‘fresh’ asylum claim and setting down the criteria making a fresh claim which was subsequently written into the Immigration Rules.

R v Radiom & Shingara [1997] ECR I-3341 ECJ
Legal remedies under Council Directive (EEC) 64/221 for those excluded from reliance on EU rights of free movement

R (Mani) v Lambeth LBC [2002] 5 CCLR 487
Access to s.21 1948 Act support; first instance.

R (Anufrijeva, Mambakasa) v SSHD [2004] QB 1124
Test case on principles relating to damages for breaches of human rights, in particular Article 8 ECHR.

R (Alexis, Anamaly & Naraina) v West Sussex County Council
Citizenship under British Overseas Territories Act 2002 and claims to community care support against local authority.