Ronan Toal

Year of Call: 1999

"He has an exceptional legal mind and an uncanny knack of seeing the real crux of a case. His written work is clear and succinct, and he is calm, clear and extremely persuasive on his feet."

Chambers UK 2019 (Band 1)

'He is self-evidently brilliant and will go the extra mile for clients."

Legal 500 2019 (Tier 2)

"He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration law and is creative in arguments." "He has a formidable intellect, and is excellent at advocating in difficult cases."

Chambers UK 2018 (Band 1)

"He has a fantastic ability to elucidate complex matters, and displays great empathy and patience with clients."

Legal 500 2017 (Tier 2)

"One of the most brilliant minds I have ever worked with. Notwithstanding his genius, often rooted in his innovative approach, he is down-to-earth, inclusive and generous."

Chambers UK 2016 (Band 1)

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Ronan's practice covers all areas of asylum and immigration. He has a detailed knowledge and understanding of the complex and changing interrelationship of international and European law, domestic legislation, immigration rules and policies and judicial decisions that make immigration and asylum a complicated area law.

IMMIGRATION: ASYLUM AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Overview

Having worked in the area since 1989, Ronan has a detailed knowledge and understanding of the complex and changing interrelationship of international and European law, domestic legislation, immigration rules and policies and judicial decisions that make immigration and asylum a complicated area law. He is able to identify practical and creative solutions to his clients' immigration problems and to give clear and comprehensive advice. His assistance ensures the most effective presentation of his clients' cases to the immigration authorities and to the courts and tribunals. Ronan edits Macdonald's Immigration Law and Practice, the leading practitioners' text.

He has made a number of fact-finding visits to Kenya and Djibouti to gather evidence for use in Somalis' asylum and family reunion appeals, including in a number of country guidance cases.

Ronan has recently been instructed in cases involving challenges to:

  • Refusals of applications for leave to remain under the points based system and under the family immigration rules
  • The withdrawal of sponsorship licences
  • The deportation of individuals convicted of manslaughter and of conspiracy to import heroin and of individuals with serious mental illnesses
  • Decisions to remove individuals that would cause catastrophic harm to their health
  • Decisions to remove long resident individuals
  • Denial of rights of appeal
  • Detention under Immigration Act powers
  • He has also been instructed in civil claims for damages for unlawful detention and damages for refoulement

Notable Cases

HH (Somalia) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] EWCA Civ 426
Whether an individual could win an appeal on asylum or human rights grounds on the basis that he or she would be at risk of harm en route to a safe home area.

R (AM (Somalia)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] EWCA Civ 114
Whether certification of a human rights claim, after an appeal had commenced, could bring the appeal to an end.

BA (Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] UKSC 7
In what circumstances the making of human rights claim entitled an individual to appeal against an immigration decision whilst still in the UK.

R (Ozcan) v Immigration Appeal Tribunal [2002] EWCA Civ 1183
Whether removal of an asylum seeker to Turkey exposed him to risk of persecution.

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Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

A growing part of Ronan's practice consists of cases concerned with trafficking in human beings, including: appeals against deportation of victims of trafficking; claims for judicial review of the Home Office's conduct and policy in relation to trafficking victims; an intervention in the Supreme Court in a case where the Court of Appeal held that a victim of trafficking was not entitled to recover damages from her traffickers owing to her unlawful presence in the UK; civil claims for violations of victims' Article 4 ECHR rights and exploration of remedies in respect of systemic failures by the UK to protect victims of trafficking.

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Administrative and Public Law

Overview

Ronan has been actively involved in lobbying on behalf of the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association in respect of legislative, rules and policy changes.

Notable Cases

Secretary of State for the Home Department v Pankina [2010] EWCA Civ 719
Whether the Secretary of State could lawfully include elements of the points based system in policy documents rather than immigration rules.

HH (Somalia) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] EWCA Civ 426
Whether an individual could win an appeal on asylum or human rights grounds on the basis that he or she would be at risk of harm en route to a safe home area.

R (AM (Somalia)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] EWCA Civ 114
Whether certification of a human rights claim, after an appeal had commenced, could bring the appeal to an end.

BA (Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] UKSC 7
In what circumstances the making of human rights claim entitled an individual to appeal against an immigration decision whilst still in the UK.

CN (Burundi) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2007] EWCA Civ 587
Whether removal of an individual would breach Article 3 of the ECHR owing to the consequences for his mental health.

Saad, Diriye and Osorio v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2001] EWCA Civ 2008
Whether an appeal on asylum grounds could succeed even though the appellant had leave to remain and so was not facing removal from the UK.

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IMMIGRATION DETENTION CIVIL CLAIMS

HXA v The Home Office [2010] EWHC 1177 QB
Claim for damages for unlawful detention.

R (Abdillahi) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] EWHC 808 Admin
Judicial review of detention pending deportation.

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Publications

Ronan is a general editor of Macdonald's Immigration Law and Practice

He was a consultant editor of Halsbury's Laws of England: Immigration and Asylum

He is an author of Blackstone's Guide to the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009

He is a former contributor to Blackstone's Criminal Practice and the author of articles in Immigration and Nationality Law and Practice

Training and Seminars

Ronan provides training for the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association on: advocacy, Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and new legislation.

Education

  • BA History
  • CPE

Professional Membership

  • Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA)

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