Patrick Lewis

Year of Call: 1997

"He's incredibly thorough and knowledgeable, always adds something to the case, and is excellent with nervous clients. He's also a very persuasive advocate." "He has a lovely manner and is very calm."

Chambers UK, 2020

"Knows the law well and has a fantastic calm manner with clients and in court."

Legal 500, 2020

"He has a fantastic manner with the clients and the court, as well as in-depth knowledge of the immigration rules, guidance and general legal argument."

Chambers UK, 2019

"His knowledge combined with his pragmatic and realistic approach makes him formidable."

Legal 500, 2019

"We are very impressed with his knowledge of the immigration field and the way he works with our clients."

Chambers UK, 2018

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Patrick is a practitioner specialising in advice, representation and advocacy in all areas of immigration, asylum, nationality, deportation, detention, EU free movement and human rights law. While he is regularly instructed in appeals in the Court of Appeal and the High Court he has maintained his practice at the Tribunal Level.

Immigration Law

Patrick is a practitioner specialising in advice, representation and advocacy in all areas of immigration, asylum, nationality, deportation, detention, EU free movement and human rights law. While he is regularly instructed in appeals in the Court of Appeal and the High Court he has maintained his practice at the Tribunal Level. This gives his clients the advantage of an experience gained from having appeared in this Jurisdiction for over 21 years, making him one of the most experienced barristers practising in this field.

Patrick has been practising in the field of immigration law since 1992, and while he also undertook pupillage in family and criminal law, his decision to practice exclusively in immigration and human rights law has meant that he can specialise in every aspect of this increasingly complex area. The range of appeals in which he has successfully represented includes challenges to every type of immigration decision made by either Entry Clearance Officers abroad or the Secretary of State in the UK. He fully appreciates the fundamental importance of such appeals to those affected by adverse decisions.

Patrick acts for individuals and commercial undertakings in relation to matters arising for economic migrants under the points-based system (Tiers 1, 2 and 5) and other routes. Among other things, he provides advice to individuals and to banks and financial entities in relation to the Tier 1 (Investor) route, and to individual and sponsors under the other routes. He has advised in a number of applications for leave to enter or remain in the UK as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur). His practice also involves advising in applications or representing in appeals by individuals and companies who wish to establish or maintain a business in the UK under the EC Association Agreements.

He frequently acts for clients whose appeal involves close family members such as a spouse, parent or a child. In many of these cases his expertise in the Immigration Rules, the European Convention on Human Rights and European Community law has proved to be decisive in the outcome of the appeal.

He has successfully acted for a number of individuals who have been granted leave to remain in the UK and subsequently applied for Indefinite Leave to Remain but whose application has been refused.

He is increasingly instructed in advising on the preparation and drafting of initial applications made both overseas and within the UK with the objective of avoiding the delays and expense of the appeal process.

Patrick has also been instructed to act for a significant number of individuals who face deportation having been convicted of serious criminal offences, including hijacking, terrorism and major drug importation. This is in addition to being instructed in proceedings occurring in the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC), where national security grounds have been invoked by the Secretary of State. He has been instructed in a number of high profile cases.

His level of experience is such that he has been recognised as an expert on UK Immigration Law in proceedings in the High Court Principal Registry of the Family Division and foreign jurisdictions.

Patrick has been identified as one of the "Leaders at the Bar" in Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession for the last eight years.

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Publications

Patrick has been a contributor to various chapters of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th editions of Macdonald's Immigration Law and Practice, recognised as the leading text on Immigration Law.

Training and Seminars

Patrick has regularly led training in immigration law. He has lectured, and on occasions devised training courses, for the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, The College of Law and Central Law Training.

In addition he has provided in-house training for different firms and voluntary sector organisations. He has also been involved in lobbying and advising on asylum and immigration legislation.

Awards

Patrick was awarded the Major Award of the Queen Mother Scholarship, awarded to outstanding entrants to the Bar, and the Blackstone Exhibition Entrance Award by the Middle Temple.

Other Activities

Patrick acted as legal adviser to the Management Consultants GVA who undertook a review and evaluation of a pilot procedure for assessing asylum claims whereby legal funding was front-loaded in an attempt to avoid delay and unnecessary appeals.

He has regularly led training in immigration law and has also been involved in lobbying and advising on asylum and immigration legislation.

Latest News

Asylum Appeal allowed outright by Court of Appeal in RS(Sri Lanka)

Patrick Lewis of Garden Court Chambers represented the Appellant, and he was instructed by Arun Gananathan of Birnberg Peirce.

28 October 2019

How will the UK immigration system cope with no deal Brexit?

Written by Patrick Lewis of Garden Court and Anne Morrison of Davidson Morris.

22 August 2019

Court of Appeal case gives guidance as to how Tribunal judges should approach the assessment of credibility in asylum cases

Patrick Lewis instructed by York Solicitors on behalf of the Applicant and Hafsah Masood instructed by GLD on behalf of the Respondent.

22 February 2019

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

Garden Court wins Legal 500 crime set of the year award

The winners in these awards are chosen by the Legal 500 as a result of thousands of interviews with firms, sets and counsel.

8 October 2015

Court of Appeal allows criminal deportation appeal in “terrorist” case

Stephen Knafler QC and Patrick Lewis represented the appellant, YM.

13 October 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

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Education

  • BSc Economics
  • LLM (European Law)
  • CPE

Professional Membership

  • Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
  • Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA)

 

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