Eva Doerr

Year of Call: 2019

Eva specialises in all areas of public and human rights law, with a focus on immigration and asylum law and challenges based on the Equality Act.

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Eva regularly appears before immigration tribunals and the Administrative Court and has particular expertise in retained EU law post Brexit and refugee family reunion in Europe. Eva also accepts instructions in protest, employment and equality cases.

Administrative & Public Law

Eva is developing a broad public law practice. She has experience and a particular interest in complex Judicial Review challenges involving strategic litigation.

Policy work and systems challenges
Eva enjoys working on systems challenges to immigration law and policy. She has done work supporting ILPA in making representations to the Home Office advocating for legislative change.

She was also recently instructed by an international organisation to conduct a high-level risk assessment of secondary legislation aimed at implementing the immigration changes following Brexit, and how this will affect those exempt from immigration control. Her work fed into submissions made to the Government which eventually led to legislative amendments in this area.

Notable Cases

R (otao AA) v SSHD JR/482/2021
Judicial review claim against refusal of AA’s application for family reunion with his brother in the UK under the Dublin III Regulations. I was instructed alongside Rebecca Chapman. This case has been covered by The Independent.

R (otao AD) v SSHD CO/2688/2021
This is the first of a number of Judicial Review claims challenging the SSHD’s policy not to issue family permits to extended family members of EEA nationals who succeed in their applications or appeal after 30 June 2021. I am instructed alongside Emma Daykin at One Pump Court chambers. Both ILPA and Here for Good have been involved in this litigation. This has been covered by Politico and The Independent.

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Immigration & EU Law

Overview

Eva is a specialist in all areas of immigration law including family, asylum, deportation, detention, nationality and trafficking. She has experience and a particular interest in complex Judicial Review challenges.

Prior to joining the Bar, Eva worked for over four years, on a wide range of immigration and public law matters at Laura Devine Immigration solicitors and as an assistant to Mark Symes. Eva has particular expertise in EU free movement law and the impact of Brexit on EEA nationals and their family members. She has given training on this topic on behalf of ILPA (her trainer profile can be accessed here) and for solicitors in-house. She also drafted Practice Notes on the EU Settlement Scheme for Lexis Nexis and Thompson Reuters Practical Law.

Notable Cases

R (otao AA) v SSHD JR/482/2021
Judicial review claim against refusal of AA’s application for family reunion with his brother in the UK under the Dublin III Regulations. I was instructed alongside Rebecca Chapman. This case has been covered by The Independent.

R (otao AD) v SSHD CO/2688/2021
This is the first of a number of Judicial Review claims challenging the SSHD’s policy not to issue family permits to extended family members of EEA nationals who succeed in their applications or appeal after 30 June 2021. I am instructed alongside Emma Daykin at One Pump Court chambers. Both ILPA and Here for Good have been involved in this litigation. This has been covered by Politico and The Independent.

Eva was instructed by an international organisation to conduct a high-level risk assessment of secondary legislation aimed at implementing the immigration changes following Brexit, and how this will affect those exempt from immigration control. Her work fed into submissions made to the Government which eventually led to legislative amendments in this area.

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Equality and Employment Law

Eva has a strong interest in employment law, particularly discrimination challenges under the Equality Act 2010. She has worked alongside Nicola Braganza in complex litigation on indirect discrimination on grounds of race and age before the Employment Tribunal in Essop v UKBA. This followed the landmark Supreme Court case of Essop & Ors v Home Office [2017] UKSC 27. Eva also assisted Nicola with a high-profile sexual orientation direct discrimination and victimisation claim against the Ministry of Justice, Plaistow v SSJ. She accepts instructions to represent individuals before the Employment Tribunal.

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Protest Law

Eva has developed an expertise in defending protestors against criminal charges on the basis of their human rights protected by Articles 10 and 11 ECHR.

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Background

Prior to coming to the Bar, Eva worked in international disaster relief and development mainly in South Asia and the Middle East. She also spent time for a small grassroots collective in Northern India where she supported caseworkers in representing individuals at panchayat hearings (local assemblies where disputes between individuals are settled).

Awards

Middle Temple, Jules Thorn Scholarship
University of Law, BPTC Prize for Excellent Results – Immigration and Asylum
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Scholarship

 

Pro Bono

Building on her past experience and her refugee law knowledge in the context of the global movement of people, she is a trustee of Refugee Legal Support which runs pro bono legal clinics in Athens and the UK. She is part of a three-person team overseeing RLS casework in the UK.

Education

MA International Conflict Studies, Kings College London (2014)
BA Politics, Freie Universitaet Berlin (2013)
BPTC and GDL, University of Law (2019)
 

Professional Membership

Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
Discrimination Law Association (DLA)
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)

Languages

German

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