Immigration and human rights law
Grace is a public law practitioner with a particular focus on human rights, refugee, immigration and child law.
She commenced practice in 1995 inspired by the desire to promote the rights of the under privileged and disadvantaged and quickly established herself as a well-respected human rights and immigration practitioner.
She has extensive knowledge and experience in Children Act proceedings, enabling her to authoritatively advise and appear in complex immigration proceedings involving private or public law Children Act proceedings.
Grace is very regularly instructed in judicial review work. In the relatively few cases where settlement is not achieved following the grant of permission, she often appears before the Upper Tribunal and Administrative Court in oral permission and substantive hearings. Grace frequently undertakes advisory work and applications for permission to appeal to both the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal. Grace’s in-depth areas of expertise include:
- Family and private life rights of migrant children and children born in the UK
- International protection claims
- Unlawful detention
- Family reunion
- Entry clearance
- Points Based System
- Construction and interpretation of rules and law
Grace has attended Traveller Movement training on working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller clients (2016).
Grace advises in professional conduct proceedings and regulatory matters, having previously served as a Disciplinary Tribunal member.
Environmental and Planning law
Grace has a long-standing interest in conservation, ecology and the environment. She is currently instructed, alongside a number of other barristers, by a charity-objector to the Welsh Government’s proposed M4 corridor (relief road) around Newport. A scheme with an estimated cost of £1 billion; http://www.wtwales.org/wildlife/m4-road-proposals
In 2011, Grace was part of a legal team, led by Michael Mansfield QC, advising and assisting a legal team in Canada supporting the challenge by indigenous people there to a fracking project, known as the tar sands projects. She maintains her interest in this challenge and campaign; http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/campaigns/Energy/tarsands/.
Grace has advised a local action group on their proposed by the London Borough of Haringey. The development would adversely impact a number of amenities including a local park.
General editor of Butterworths Immigration Law Service.
Contributor to the Ninth Edition of Macdonald’s Immigration Law & Practice (published 2017), the leading practitioner text in immigration law.
Contributor to the Legal Action Group ‘Recent Developments in Immigration Law’ from 2010 to date.
Contributor to the Free Movement immigration law blog.
QUB v SSHD  EWHC 1494 (Admin) – unlawful detention
EM (Kosovo) v SSHD C5/2016/1951 – obtained settlement in Court of Appeal case concerning deportation where the Upper Tribunal hearing had taken place in the client’s absence.
AO (Nigeria) & ors v SSHD C5/2016/2467 – obtained settlement in Court of Appeal case concerning asylum and long residence children.
AK (Afghanistan) C7/2015/3743 – obtained settlement in Court of Appeal case concerning an asylum claim of a minor and article 8 ECHR.
RT v SSHD C2/2014/2013 – obtained settlement in Court of Appeal case concerning long residence/overstaying and health (HIV).
AZ (Asylum-‘legacy’ cases) Afghanistan  UKUT 00270.
AR & FW  EWCA Civ 1310 and Rabah & Ors  EWHC 1044 (Admin); test case on question of whether a person can be kept on temporary admission in circumstances where it cannot be said there is ‘some prospect’ of their removal from the UK.
KJ  EWCA civ 468; reasonableness of relocation of Iraqi Christian convert to the KRG.
Lim  EWCA Civ 773; questions arising under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 s.10 are to be regarded as appealable and reviewable.
Tosun  EWCA Civ 958; risk on return to Turkey.
B  EWCA Civ 954; effect of delay in processing appeal.
Grace is Public Access trained and qualified and regularly takes instructions from Public Access clients. She is experienced in Public Access work and has been carrying out this work since 2010.
Between 2003 and 2009, Grace delivered regular training seminars for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), the Immigration Advisory Service and HJT.
She has also delivered many in-house seminars to professional clients on areas covering the best interests of the child, deportation, EEA migration and disputed age cases.
Mentor on the Inner Temple Mentoring Scheme and has, since 2001, mentored many students studying for the Bar.
Pro bono and voluntary
Since 2013 Grace has been regularly providing free immigration advice and free representation at the Haringey Migrant Support Centre.
Grace has been an invited speaker at Black History Month events arranged by groups including departments in the London Boroughs of Islington and Camden and has provided motivational talks to school students in Year 11 and above.
Grace appeared on The Limehouse Podcast on 8 May 2018. She was interviewed by William Porteous about Windrush. You can listen on SoundCloud.