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 underprivileged 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 was awarded the 2021 BSN Lawyer of the Year, in the Chambers category, at the UK Diversity Legal Awards.
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, enabling her to authoritatively advise in a range of case-types and appear in hearings in the 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. She is regularly instructed in Windrush cases, Windrush-related cases and also Windrush Compensation Scheme cases. She has detailed and in-depth knowledge of the legal, cultural and other issues that arise in Windrush cases and frequently advises solicitors, community groups and organisations on these issues. She is instructed in a significant number of Windrush cases that are aimed at challenging the apparent and various inequities and failings of both the Windrush Scheme and the Windrush Compensation Scheme.
Past notable cases can be viewed below. Click here to see a list of recent notable cases.
Howard, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 1023 (Admin) - successful challenge to a number of Home Office decisions, based on the good character requirement, refusing citizenship to a Windrush Migrant who had lived in the UK for 59 years.
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.
R (on the application of KO Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  9 WLUK 297 - successful challenge to 15-month immigration detention following conviction and 6-year prison sentence.
Kazim & Anor, R (on the application of) v SSHD  EWCA Civ 1163 - Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) case, whether funds were 'available' for investment.
Mohamed, R (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 3547 (Admin) – delays of 13½ years and 4 years in processing and progressing the Claimant’s claims for leave to remain in the UK were held to be unlawful.
R (on the application of Shkelzen Prendi) v Secretary of State for the Home Department CO/2339/2018 – lead case on whether the provisions in the Regulations excluding appeal rights for EFMs were faithfully transposed into domestic law resulting in appeal rights for EFMs being reintroduced in the Immigration (European Economic Area) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.
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 e.g. following a failure to treat an adult as a ‘former relevant child’.
Grace has a long-standing interest in conservation, ecology and the environment. She appeared in the M4 Corridor (Relief Road) Around Newport Inquiry, a scheme with an estimated cost of £1 billion; see here, which resulted in the plans of the Welsh Government to build the road being rejected.
Grace has advised a local action group on 140-dwelling development proposed by the London Borough of Haringey and also advised a local objector on the implications, as a result of traffic increase, pursuant to the proposed construction of a commercial warehouse on the boundary of protected land.
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 the tar sands fracking project. She maintains her interest in this challenge and campaign.
Grace is a Trustee of the Haringey Migrants Support Centre where, from 2013, she started providing pro bono immigration advice and pro bono representation to services users. She is also a trustee of the Voice of Domestic Workers.
Grace has provided legal advice at Windrush Legal Clinics and has advised, pro bono, on a large number of Windrush and Windrush-related cases. These include cases involving family members of Windrush migrants and also claims and potential claims for compensation. A significant amount of her caseload remains Windrush-related and pro bono. For over 1 year, Grace acted pro bono in three linked cases in which she formed and developed unique legal arguments based on the flaws and limitations of the Windrush Scheme.
She is a volunteer supervisor for the immigration law clinic at Exeter University.