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Miranda Butler

  • Call: 2013


Miranda joined chambers in 2017 as a tenant, having previously worked in a mixed civil and public law chambers. She practises predominantly in immigration law, as well as in public law and civil liberties.


Since starting tenancy in 2015 Miranda has developed a broad immigration and asylum practice. She is regularly instructed in matters before the High Court, Upper Tribunal and First Tier Tribunal.

Her practice encompasses asylum and human rights appeals with substantial experience of deportation, EEA cases, the Points Based System and claims related to children.

Miranda is increasingly involved in claims at the appellate level and deals with error of law hearings, including on claims related to LGBT+ identity, conscription and trafficking. In early 2018 she appeared with Sonali Naik QC and Bryony Poynor in the High Court case of ZS v SSHD, challenging the lawfulness of the Home Secretary’s implementation of the Dubs Amendment.

Miranda regularly handles judicial reviews claims related to unlawful detention and certification, including urgent applications for interim relief. She is currently instructed on the case of R (KG) v SSHD, an unlawful detention claim challenging the provision of healthcare in immigration detention.

Miranda also undertakes advisory work on a broad range of immigration-related issues, including naturalisation and citizenship issues.

Civil liberties and human rights

Miranda works on a broad range of human rights claims, including issues of unlawful detention, prisoners’ rights and freedom of expression litigation.

Miranda has experience in litigation before the European Court of Human Rights, having acted for the interveners in the case of Khadija Ismayilova v Azerbaijan. She also worked for the interveners on Big Brother Watch v UK, a challenge to the bulk interception and processing of metadata by the UK and its data sharing with foreign states.

She was awarded the 2017 Pegasus Scholarship and spent three months working as a stagiaire in the UK division of the Court.

Public law

From 2014 – 2015 Miranda worked as the judicial assistant to Lord Kerr JSC at the Supreme Court. During that time she worked on a variety of high-profile public law cases including:

  • R (Evans) v Attorney General
  • R (Carlile) v Secretary of State for the Home Department
  • Keyu and ors v Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and anor

Prior to pupillage Miranda volunteered in Pentonville and Wormwood Scrubs prisons as a teacher and has a strong background in penal reform. She regularly undertakes advisory work in prison law claims and is currently instructed in a number of linked civil claims arising out of unlawful strip searching of female prisoners.

Civil law, including employment

Miranda has an extensive background in a range of private law areas, including employment, commercial and negligence claims. She has worked across the spectrum of civil law proceedings both as a judicial assistant in the Supreme Court and in private practice.

Before beginning pupillage Miranda acted as a pro bono representative in Employment Tribunal proceedings for the Free Representation Unit. In her previous chambers Miranda worked on a variety of employment law disputes, including claims for holiday pay and unlawful discrimination claims.

Notable cases


  • ZS v Secretary of State for the Home Department: Challenge to the implementation of the ‘Dubs’ Amendment, led by Sonali Naik QC and Bryony Poynor.
  • MD v Secretary of State for the Home Department: successful challenge to refusal of asylum for a victim of human trafficking. Also obtained release from immigration detention.
  • AD v Secretary of State for the Home Department: overturned asylum claim refusal in the Upper Tribunal in relation to a conscientious objector from Algeria. This claim is ongoing and includes a challenge to the House of Lords’ decision in Sepet and Bulbul.
  • AK v Secretary of State for the Home Department: successfully defended a Rwandan national against the Home Office’s exclusion from leave to remain on the grounds of alleged involvement in genocide.
  • SH v Secretary of State for the Home Department: obtained an urgent out of hours injunction in the High Court preventing client’s removal.

Human rights

  • Khadija Ismayilova v Azerbaijan: counsel for various freedom of expression NGOs supporting a claim by a jailed journalist challenging mistreatment and covert surveillance by the state.
  • Big Brother Watch v UK: a challenge to the bulk interception and processing of metadata by the UK and its data sharing with foreign states in the European Court of Human Rights. Acted for interveners.

Pro bono

Miranda is a coordinator of the Refugee Legal Support Athens Project, which sends experienced immigration practitioners to Greece to provide legal advice and representation for asylum seekers. She has volunteered as an advocate in both Chios and Athens, during which time she gained particular experience of working with unaccompanied minors and on claims under the Dublin III regulation.

She represents immigration detainees on a pro bono basis for Bail for Immigration Detainees and has worked on various death row appeals for the Death Penalty Project.

Scholarships and prizes

  • Pegasus Scholarship (2017)
  • ALBA Conference Scholarship (2015)
  • Selected for Frank Knox Fellowship (not taken up) (2015)
  • Times Law Award Finalist (2014)
  • Inner Temple Major Scholarship (2012)
  • Inner Temple Exhibition (2011)
  • MPhil Scholarship, Classics Department, Cambridge University (2010)
  • King’s College Scholarship, King’s College, Cambridge (2009)
  • Henry Arthur Thomas Award, King’s College, Cambridge (2008)


  • Athens Legal Support (Counsel Magazine, July 2017)
  • Limbo: a virtual experience of waiting for asylum (Guardian, July 2017, contributor)
  • Athens Refugee Legal Support Project: what’s happening on the ground (Free Movement blog, June 2017, co-author)
  • The EU-Turkey refugee deal only succeeded in one thing (New Statesman, December 2016, co-author)
  • The constitutional implications of Brexit (Solicitors’ Journal, July 2016)