Kathryn Cronin

Year of Call: 1980

"Kathryn is an absolute expert in cases involving the crossover of children and immigration issues." "Her advocacy is superb."

Chambers UK, 2019 (Family)

"She is an exceptional senior junior who is prepared to take on any challenge. Excellent with clients."

Chambers UK, 2019 (Immigration)

"Her crossover knowledge and skills are second to none. She's very imaginative, creative and knowledgeable, and a great choice for the most difficult cases regarding surrogacy and adoption."

Chambers UK, 2018 (Family)

"Kathryn is exceptionally bright, but also down-to-earth. She is the go-to barrister for complex matters requiring knowledge of both family and immigration law, including surrogacy and adoption."

Chambers UK, 2018 (Immigration)

"A go-to advocate for complex international adoption and surrogacy cases and any family placement where there is an immigration crossover. She is highly skilled and great with clients."

Chambers UK, 2017 (Family)

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Kathryn has an extensive and varied immigration, asylum and family law practice. She is known for her representation of vulnerable clients, in particular asylum and human rights cases involving women and children. Kathryn was ranked for immigration (Band 1) and family law in Chambers UK 2019.

CROSS-BORDER FAMILY CASES

Overview

Kathryn has considerable experience in crossover areas where family or childcare cases involve associated issues on immigration status, or concerning immigration cases where there are family and childcare law and practice considerations.

She frequently advises in family proceedings concerning immigration and nationality issues as well as international adoptions, international surrogacy arrangements and transnational care and child placement arrangements.

Notable Cases

AT and another (Article 8 ECHR - Child Refugee - Family Reunification : Eritrea) [2016] UKUT 227 (IAC) (24 March 2016)

X (Foreign Surrogacy: Child's Name), Re [2016] EWHC 1068 (Fam)

Z, Re (Foreign Surrogacy: Allocation of Work : Guidance on Parental Order Reports) (Rev 1) [2015] EWFC 90 (16 November 2015)

S v G (Relocation to Russia) [2015] EWFC 4 (14 January 2015)

JS (Former unaccompanied child - durable solution) Afghanistan [2013] UKUT 568 (IAC) (29 August 2013)

AA (unattended children) Afghanistan CG [2012] UKUT 16 (IAC) (01 February 2012)

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IMMIGRATION: ASYLUM AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Kathryn is known for her representation of vulnerable clients, in particular asylum and human rights cases involving women and children. She regularly provides advice to parties, local authorities or guardian's ad litem concerning the steps to be taken to resolve immigration problems whether for parents or for minors.

She frequently advises in family proceedings concerning immigration and nationality issues as well as international adoptions, international surrogacy arrangements and transnational care and child placement arrangements.

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Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

Overview

Kathryn has represented many persons trafficked for sexual or domestic labour purposes.

Notable Cases

HD (Trafficked women) Nigeria (CG) [2016] UKUT 454 (IAC) (17 October 2016)

MS (Trafficking - Tribunal's Powers - Art. 4 ECHR : Pakistan) [2016] UKUT 226 (IAC) (23 March 2016)

EK (Article 4 ECHR: Anti-Trafficking Convention) Tanzania [2013] UKUT 313 (IAC) (19 June 2013)

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Administrative and Public Law

Overview

Kathryn undertakes leading work in public law.

Notable Cases

W v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 1733 (Fam) (07 July 2017)

RA & Anor, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (IJR) [2015] UKUT 242 (IAC) (30 March 2015)

MA & Ors, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWCA Civ 1446 (01 December 2011)

RT, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWHC 1792 (Admin) (13 July 2011)

NXT, R (on the application of) & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWHC 969 (Admin) (15 April 2011)

T & Ors, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] EWHC 3572 (Admin) (21 December 2010)

EN (Serbia) v Secretary of State for the Home Department & Anor [2009] EWCA Civ 630 (26 June 2009) [2010] 1 QB 633, [2010] 3 WLR 182

US (Nepal) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWCA Civ 1057 (10 September 2008)

AM (Serbia) & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2007] EWCA Civ 16 (25 January 2007)

Secretary of State for the Home Department v. K [2006] UKHL 46 (18 October 2006) [2006] 3 WLR 733, [2007] 1 AC 412

Ahmadi & Anor, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2005] EWCA Civ 1721 (12 December 2005)

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Family Law and Immigration

Overview

Kathryn has expert knowledge of the intersection between family law and immigration law. She frequently advises in family proceedings concerning immigration and nationality issues as well as international adoptions, international surrogacy arrangements and transnational care and child placement arrangements.

Notable Cases

F v M & Anor [2017] EWHC 949 (Fam) (26 April 2017)

N (A Child), Re [2016] EWHC 3085 (Fam) (1 December 2016)

KB & RJ v RT (Rev 1) [2016] EWHC 760 (Fam) (07 April 2016)

G, Re [2014] EWHC 2605 (Fam) (29 July 2014) [2015] 1 FLR 1402

WT (A Child), Re [2014] EWHC 1303 (Fam) (04 March 2014)

X (A Child), Re [2013] EWHC 689 (Fam) 27 March 2013)

R (a Child), Re [2012] EWHC 2956 (Fam) (24 October 2012); [2013] 1 FLR 1487

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Background

Kathryn was an active member of Chambers from 1980 to 1989, and following varied legal experience in Australia, where she is admitted to practice, she returned to Chambers in June 2001.

In her first period at chambers from 1980 to 1989, Kathryn had an extensive practice in immigration, asylum and family matters. She was particularly involved in cases involving unaccompanied child refugees. She was the author of the handbook published by the Children's Legal Centre entitled: Children: Immigration and Nationality and advised them generally on immigration and nationality issues concerning children.

From 1989 to 1996 Kathryn was associate professor in law at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, where she lectured and published on immigration, refugee and human rights law, and on children's law issues. From 1989 to 1996 she was also general counsel to the Australian parliamentary committee on immigration and advised the committee and parliament on legislative and policy matters associated with immigration and refugee law, including on the legislative arrangements for the domestic violence and gay partner concessions in the immigration rules.

From 1996 to 2001, Kathryn was commissioner and then deputy president of the Australian Law Reform Commission and principal author of their reports on children in the legal process and on the working practices of the Australian federal and family courts and merits review tribunals, including the immigration and refugee review tribunals.

Publications

Kathryn was for many years the senior author of Butterworth's Australian Immigration Law Service and the author of the entry on immigration, citizenship and refugee law in Halsbury's Laws of Australia. She is a joint author of Macdonald's Immigration Law and Practice 6th, 7th and 8th editions. She has published extensively on immigration, refugee, human rights and children's rights issues.

From 2001 - in addition to her practice at the Bar, Kathryn has continued her academic writing and training - including as a guest lecturer for the 2009 LSE masters programme Understanding Women's Human Rights - for which she wrote the course paper, Women Victims - Criminal, Anti-Trafficking, Asylum and Immigration Law Arrangements.

In addition Kathryn has undertaken training for organizations as diverse as the Law Society, law firms, local authorities, NGOs, ILPA, ATLeP, the Family Justice Council and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees. She is the author of numerous conference and training papers.

Training and Seminars

In addition to her practice at the Bar, Kathryn has continued her academic writing and training - including as a guest lecturer for the 2009 LSE masters programme Understanding Women's Human Rights - for which she wrote the course paper, Women Victims - Criminal, Anti-Trafficking, Asylum and Immigration Law Arrangements.

Kathryn has undertaken training for organizations as diverse as the Law Society, law firms, local authorities, NGOs, ILPA, ATLeP, the Family Justice Council and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees. She is the author of numerous conference and training papers.

Kathryn has lectured widely on immigration, children's law, refugee law and issues such as trafficking. She is a founder member and adviser to the Anti-Trafficking Legal Project (ATLeP).

Latest News

Family Law Update: The recognition of foreign adoptions

Written by Kathryn Cronin of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

17 December 2018

Inquiry into unaccompanied and separated minors in Europe

Written and oral evidence was submitted by Garden Court Chambers.

17 July 2017

European Court of Human Rights rules Bangladeshi migrants were subjected to forced labour and human trafficking and did not receive effective protection from Greece

Kathryn Cronin and Shu Shin Luh of Garden Court Chambers represented one of the interveners, Anti-Slavery International.

30 March 2017

Garden Court and Stephanie Harrison QC shortlisted for Human Rights and Public Law awards

Garden Court has been shortlisted at the Chambers Bar Awards, whilst Stephanie and our Public Law Team are shortlisted at the Legal 500 Awards.

21 October 2016

Key Nigerian Country Guidance case strengthens protection for trafficked women

Kathryn Cronin and Bijan Hoshi of Garden Court Chambers were HD's counsel.

18 October 2016

Kathryn Cronin and Naomi Wiseman shortlisted at Family Law Awards

Kathryn is shortlisted in the International Family Lawyer category, Naomi is shortlisted for the Family Law Young Barrister of the Year award.

1 September 2016

Keep children’s best interests at the heart of the asylum system

Law Centres Network report, co-authored by Kathryn Cronin, launched at the House of Lords.

10 November 2015

Chambers UK Bar Guide ranks Garden Court in Band 1

Garden Court Chambers recognised as a leading set for immigration, social housing, civil liberties, police law, Court of Protection, crime and inquests and public inquiries.

30 October 2015

High Court declares that Home Office asylum system fails to protect victims of trafficking, is discriminatory and breaches their human rights

Stephanie Harrison QC and Shu Shin Luh of Garden Court Chambers brought this test litigation.

20 July 2015

Australian PM refuses to deny paying people smugglers – reaction from Kathryn Cronin on Al Jazeera

Kathryn Cronin, Joint Head of Chambers at Garden Court Chambers, was interviewed on Al Jazeera about claims that Australian border officials paid an asylum-seeker boat crew to turn back to Indonesia.

17 June 2015

Home Office ordered to return mother and son unlawfully deported to Nigeria

Stephanie Harrison QC and Kathryn Cronin of Garden Court Chambers represented the mother and the child.

23 April 2015

Landmark Supreme Court judgment on human trafficking

Team of Garden Court barristers instructed by Anti-Slavery International in key Supreme Court case.

30 July 2014

UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women meets with Garden Court practitioners

Garden Court welcomes Rashida Manjoo to discuss practitioners’ experiences of dealing with victims of violence against women.

2 April 2014

Garden Court Chambers ranked Band 1 in Chambers UK 2014

We are once again delighted to have been ranked as a leading set by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers UK 2014 directory.

31 October 2013

Garden Court Chambers recommended as Top Tier Set in Legal 500 2013

Garden Court Chambers is once again delighted to have been recommended as a Top Tier Set in this year's Legal 500. We are recommended in six areas of law as a set, with 11 silks and 27 junior barristers recognised individually.

25 September 2013

Court of Justice decision on Member state responsibility for unaccompanied children seeking asylum

Unaccompanied children will not be moved from one European country to another to have their asylum claims decided if there are no members of the minor's family present in another Member State.

11 June 2013

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Education

  • BA (Hons)
  • PhD (History: Colonial Immigration Law and Practice)
  • Diploma in Law

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