Grace Brown is a public law practitioner with a particular focus on human rights, immigration and refugee 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 and busy human rights and immigration barrister.
Grace is appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission's preferred Panel of Counsel.
Grace's in-depth areas of expertise include cases involving:
- Family and private life
- Domestic violence and gender-based claims
- Unlawful detention
- International protection claims
- Age disputes
- Family reunion
- Entry clearance
- Points Based System
- Construction and interpretation of rules and law
Grace is a busy practitioner and works for a wide range of clients. She has extensive knowledge and experience in claims, appeals and judicial review which enables her to authoritatively advise in a range of case-types and appear in hearings in the Immigration Tribunals and Higher Courts. In addition, her written work is widely regarded as being effective in a significant proportion of cases in producing the desired results, be it for example in obtaining permission to appeal, permission to apply for judicial review and/or in managing to persuade the Secretary of State to reverse an adverse decision. Grace is also an experienced Public Access trained and qualified practitioner and regularly takes instructions direct from the public.
GW (FGM and FGMPOs) Sierra Leone CG  UKUT 108 (IAC) - first case to bear directly on the issue of the significance to be attached to FGM Protection Orders in immigration proceedings and the first country guidance on FGM and women in Sierra Leone. Read Grace's Free Movement blog on the case for more details.
Kazim & Anor, R (on the application of) v SSHD  EWCA Civ 1163 - Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) case, whether funds were 'available' for investment.
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 - whether removal was unlawful under paras 8-10 of Schedule 2 to the 1971 Act
VN (Chicago Convention - s 86(4)) Iran  UKUT 303 (IAC)
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 has developed an impressive practice in community care judicial reviews for which she is well-suited given her extensive experience in public law. She has particular expertise in cases involving the non-provision of services to children who lack secure immigration status in the UK and who need accommodation and support from local authorities. Grace has successfully acted in a number of cases involving destitute children and adults who need urgent access to the Court in order to challenge unlawful decisions and/or processes.
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; see here.
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; see here.
Grace has advised a local action group on 140-dwelling development proposed by the London Borough of Haringey.
Grace is a Trustee of the Haringey Migrants Support Centre where, from 2013, she started providing free immigration advice and free representation to services users.
She has also provided legal advice at Windrush Legal Clinics and is working pro bono on a large number of Windrush and Windrush-related cases.
She is a volunteer supervisor for the immigration law clinic at Exeter University.