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Rebecca Chapman

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Rebecca Chapman
"A delight to work with." "Willing to pursue complex arguments with vigour."

Chambers UK, 2019

"Her manner and empathy towards clients makes them open up and have confidence in their representation." "She has impeccable advocacy skills, particularly in the higher courts."

Chambers UK


Rebecca practises in all aspects of immigration, asylum and administrative law.

What others say

Chambers UK have listed Rebecca since 2008 and, since 2009, she has been listed in Band 1.

Rebecca has been listed in the Legal 500 since 2003 (currently Tier 2):

“She is passionate, intelligent and reliable. She is able to respond quickly in an emergency, think flexibly and insightfully, and see each case afresh, no matter how many similar cases she may have done before.”
Chambers UK 2018

“She is very compassionate and strong on children or family cases.” “An absolutely fantastic advocate.”
Chambers UK 2017

“Her manner and empathy towards clients makes them open up and have confidence in their representation.” “She has impeccable advocacy skills, particularly in the higher courts.”
Chambers UK 2016

“A dynamic and professional immigration junior with significant experience of handling complex and sensitive immigration claims where vulnerable women or children are seeking assistance. She is frequently instructed to conduct ground-breaking judicial reviews.” “She brings a wealth of experience, and is excellent with clients, meticulous in her approach, and great at finding solutions. She is incredibly hard-working and prepares to a very high standard.”
Chambers UK 2015

She “continues to be the counsel of first choice in cases involving spouses,” and is noted for her client care, particularly when it comes to vulnerable clients. “She has a fantastic rapport with clients and is extremely bright.” “She brings years and years of experience to the work.”
Chambers UK 2014

“A first port of call for many solicitors”; “…she is amazing with clients, and especially good at putting traumatised and vulnerable people at ease.” “She really stands out” and is valued for her strategic approach when litigating cases against the Home Office.”
Chambers UK 2013

Rebecca has been listed in the Legal 500 since 2003 (currently Tier 2):

“She is at the cutting edge of immigration and asylum law.”
Legal 500 2017

“A first choice for complicated protection and family life claims.”
Legal 500 2016

“Detailed, thorough, determined, and client-friendly; a real claimant-orientated fighter.”
Legal 500 2015

“A real expert, with great client-handling skills.”
Legal 500 2014

“Lovely to work with and good with clients.”
Legal 500 2013

“Her skeleton arguments are a ‘model of their kind’.
Legal 500 2012

Significant Cases

SS Malaysia (2013) EWCA Civ 888
Whether the circumcision of a male child engaged Articles 3 and 8 of ECHR.

R (ota) Shah (2013) EWHC 2206 Admin
Legacy – no legitimate expectation that Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) rather than Discretionary Leave (DL) would be granted; unfairness did not amount to unlawfulness.

OO (Algeria) (2013) UKUT 63 (AIC)
Country guidance decision regarding the risk of persecution to gay Algerians.

MM (Zimbabwe) v Sec State Home Dept (2012) EWCA Civ 279
Whether Article 8 engaged and, if so, the test was to be applied in respect of a deportation appeal where the appellant suffered from severe mental health issues.

IA (Turkey) (2010) EWCA Civ 625 (distinguishing TB (Jamaica)
Unlawfulness earlier in the decision meaning that history may, in principle, sometimes taint a subsequent immigration decision but an earlier immigration decision by the Secretary of State of the Home Department (SSHD), which might have been appealed to the Tribunal, but which has not been appealed, or not been appealed in time, must subsequently be treated by all parties as lawful.

R (ota) Ahmed (2009) EWHC 2676 Admin
Judge Ouseley ordered the SSHD to return the claimant to the UK from Iraq following a finding that his Article 8 rights had been breached.

R (ota) Abdullah (2009) EWHC Admin 1771
Whether the unmarried third country national partner of an European Economic Area (EEA) national has an in-country right of appeal.

R (ota) Malik (2008) EWHC Admin 888
Judicial review of the decision to remove a third country national to Greece under the provisions of the Dublin Convention.

Jasim v SSHD (2006) EWCA Civ 342
Risk on return to an Iraqi Kurd.

AC (Turkey) (2004) UKIAT 00122
Whether the Article 8 rights of the mother, who was facing deportation, were shared by her daughter.

AA (Somalia) (2002) UKIAT 05720
Geledi are a sub-clan of the Benadiri minority clan and are thus at risk of persecution.

R (on the application of) B v an Adjudicator (2002) EWHC 1469
Medical evidence has to be considered by an adjudicator when assessing the credibility of an asylum applicant.

Seminars and Training

Rebecca is a regular trainer for the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) and has also conducted training sessions for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrations (JCWI), Amnesty International and FORWARD UK.

Rebecca regularly trains and speaks at conferences and seminars concerned with the rights of refugee and migrant women, particularly on domestic violence and trafficking, both to lawyers and community groups and organisations.


Before joining Garden Court Chambers in 2013, Rebecca practised at Tooks Chambers for 17 years. Prior to this, Rebecca worked for the Refugee Legal Centre (latterly Refugee and Migrant Justice) for four years.

Rebecca is an external examiner for the Human Rights LLM at the University of York.


Rebecca lives in London with her partner and son.