Miranda Butler

Year of Call: 2013

Miranda practises predominantly in immigration law, as well as public law and civil liberties. She joined chambers in 2017 as a tenant, having previously worked in a mixed civil and public law chambers. Miranda is public access accredited. She welcomes direct requests for advice or representation from clients.

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IMMIGRATION: ASYLUM AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Overview

Since starting tenancy in 2015 Miranda has developed a broad immigration and asylum practice. She is regularly instructed in matters before the High Court, Upper Tribunal and First Tier Tribunal.

Her practice encompasses asylum and human rights appeals with substantial experience of deportation, EEA cases, the Points Based System and claims related to children. Miranda regularly handles judicial reviews claims related to unlawful detention and certification, including urgent applications for interim relief.

Miranda also undertakes advisory work on a broad range of immigration-related issues, including naturalisation and citizenship issues.

Notable Cases

R (KG) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, an unlawful detention claim challenging the provision of healthcare in immigration detention, led by David Lock QC and Anthony Vaughan.

ZS v Secretary of State for the Home Department, challenge to the implementation of the 'Dubs' Amendment, led by Sonali Naik QC and Bryony Poynor.

MD v Secretary of State for the Home Department: successful challenge to refusal of asylum for a victim of human trafficking. Also obtained release from immigration detention.

AD v Secretary of State for the Home Department: overturned asylum claim refusal in the Upper Tribunal in relation to a conscientious objector from Algeria, including a challenge to the House of Lords' decision in Sepet and Bulbul.

AK v Secretary of State for the Home Department: successfully defended a Rwandan national against the Home Office's exclusion from leave to remain on the grounds of alleged involvement in genocide.

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Civil Liberties and Human Rights

Overview

Miranda works on a broad range of human rights claims, including issues of unlawful detention, prisoners' rights and freedom of expression litigation. She regularly handles claims under the ECHR as part of her immigration practice.

Miranda has experience in litigation before the European Court of Human Rights, having acted for the freedom of expression NGOs intervening in the cases of Khadija Ismayilova v Azerbaijan and Big Brother Watch v UK.

She was awarded the 2017 Pegasus Scholarship and spent three months working as a stagiaire in the UK division of the Court.

In October 2018 Miranda started teaching Medical Law at LSE in addition to her practice.

Notable Cases

R (KG) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, unlawful detention claim challenging the provision of healthcare in immigration detention, led by David Lock QC and Anthony Vaughan.

Khadija Ismayilova v Azerbaijan: counsel for various freedom of expression NGOs supporting a claim by a jailed journalist challenging mistreatment and covert surveillance by the state.

Big Brother Watch v UK: counsel for the interveners in a challenge to the bulk interception and processing of metadata by the UK and its data sharing with foreign states in the European Court of Human Rights.

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Administrative and Public Law

Overview

Miranda is regularly instructed on judicial review claims, including fresh claim and certification challenges as well as cases of unlawful detention.

From 2014 - 2015 Miranda worked as the judicial assistant to Lord Kerr JSC at the Supreme Court. During that time she worked on a variety of high-profile public law cases.

Prior to pupillage Miranda volunteered in Pentonville and Wormwood Scrubs prisons as a teacher and has a strong background in penal reform. She has a particular interest in prison law claims, and has been instructed on challenges to the strip searching of prisoners.

Notable Cases

R (KG) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, an unlawful detention claim challenging the provision of healthcare in immigration detention, led by David Lock QC and Anthony Vaughan.

ZS v Secretary of State for the Home Department, challenge to the implementation of the 'Dubs' Amendment, led by Sonali Naik QC and Bryony Poynor.

During her time as a judicial assistant to Lord Kerr JSC Miranda worked on various public and administrative law cases, including:

R (Evans) v Attorney General [2015] UKSC 21: the 'Prince Charles' letters' case, a freedom of information challenge to advocacy correspondence between the Prince of Wales and government departments.

R (Carlile) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] UKSC 60: a claim brought by various members of the House of Lords to allow a dissident Iranian politician to enter the UK in order to address Parliament.

R (Keyu and ors) v Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and anor [2015] UKSC 69

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Employment and Discrimination Law

Miranda has an extensive background in a range of private law areas, including employment, commercial and negligence claims. She has worked across the spectrum of civil law proceedings both as a judicial assistant in the Supreme Court and in private practice.

Miranda appears in the Employment Tribunal and has a particular interest in discrimination claims.

Before beginning pupillage Miranda acted as a pro bono representative in Employment Tribunal proceedings for the Free Representation Unit. In her previous chambers Miranda worked on a variety of employment law disputes, including claims for holiday pay and unlawful discrimination claims.

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Pro Bono Work

Miranda is a coordinator of the Refugee Legal Support Athens Project, which sends experienced immigration practitioners to Greece to provide legal advice and representation for asylum seekers. She has acted as an advocate for refugees in both Chios and Athens, during which time she gained particular experience of working with unaccompanied minors and on claims under the Dublin III regulation.

She represents immigration detainees on a pro bono basis for Bail for Immigration Detainees and has worked on various death row appeals for the Death Penalty Project.

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Publications

Athens Legal Support (Counsel Magazine, July 2017)

Limbo: a virtual experience of waiting for asylum (The Guardian, July 2017, contributor)

Athens Refugee Legal Support Project: what's happening on the ground (Free Movement blog, June 2017, co-author)

The EU-Turkey refugee deal only succeeded in one thing (New Statesman, December 2016, co-author)

The constitutional implications of Brexit (Solicitors' Journal, July 2016)

Awards

Pegasus Scholarship (2017)
Administrative Law Bar Association Scholarship (2015)
Selected for Frank Knox Fellowship (not taken up) (2015)
Times Law Award Finalist (2014)
Inner Temple Major Scholarship (2012)
Inner Temple Exhibition (2011)
MPhil Scholarship, Classics Department, Cambridge University (2010)
King's College Scholarship, King's College, Cambridge (2009)
Henry Arthur Thomas Award, King's College, Cambridge (2008)

Education

  • Bar Professional Training Course (Very Competent), Kaplan Law School
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction), City Law School
  • MPhil in Classics (Distinction), King's College, University of Cambridge
  • MA in Classics (First Class), King's College, University of Cambridge

 

Professional Membership

  • Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA)
  • Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
  • Human Rights Lawyers' Association (HRLA)
  • Liberty
  • JUSTICE
  • Refugee Legal Support: Athens

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