Immigration and Asylum Lawyers – Garden Court North Chambers

Our team of immigration and asylum lawyers advises and represents people in applications to the Ministry of the Interior, appeals before the first instance and higher courts (immigration and asylum chamber). asylum), bail applications and applications for judicial review.

With the ‘hostile environment’ and Brexit resulting in numerous legislative and regulatory changes and litigation, as well as scandals such as Windrush, our team remained dedicated to providing accurate and creative assistance with real sensitivity to the impact. of the asylum and immigration decision. -manufacturing.

We engage in legal aid funded cases and members also volunteer their time when pro bono assistance is needed. Many of our immigration and asylum lawyers arepublic access-trained, meaning they can be instructed directly by members of the public in appropriate cases.

The team provides regular training and members have contributed to Macdonald’s Immigration Law and Practice and other texts and journals. We also comment in the media on immigration issues.

We are a multidisciplinary team and can advise you on matters that intersect with many other areas of law, such ascourt of protection,criminal,lodging,family,jailandsocial assistance benefits.

Protection and human rights: asylum, article 3 ECHR, statelessness

The team is passionateasylumwork and several members worked for immigration organizations and companies and/or international organizations including the United Nations, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International prior to joining the bar. Our work to protect and defend human rights includes complex humanitarian and medical appeals under Article 3 of the ECHR. Statelessness is another area of ​​our expertise and we can advise on stand-alone claims under Part 13 of the Immigration Rules as well as arguments arising from protection and human rights claims. We have extensive experience in representing vulnerable clients such as victims of torture, clients with serious mental health issues and children, and prioritize the need for them to participate in a way that is safe, enabling their voice to be heard and ensuring they understand the process.

Team members have been involved in appeals appointed as country counsel and have brought points of law before the Court of Appeal and/or through judicial review. Examples include:

Modern slavery, trafficking and domestic violence

We have particular expertise in cases involving modern slavery/trafficking and domestic violence. This includes issues related to applications for protection, but also cases challenging decisions made by the competent authority and advice on applications and decisions of the DVILR section (appendix FM to the immigration rules).

Notable cases include:

Lucy Mair also presented a modern slavery and trafficking webinar.

Article 8 ECHR: family immigration, removal

Our immigration and asylum lawyers have extensive expertise in cases involvingfamily life and private life(Article 8 ECHR) such as requests to join or stay with family members. We have won cases involving charges of deception, including ETS cases. We can also advise you on fee waiver issues. We act in the particularly difficult area of ​​deportation, where criminal offenses are involved. We can provide early stage advice on complex legal issues in this area of ​​law and what type of evidence will be required. We are aware of the distress caused by family separation and status uncertainty and strive to explain difficult concepts in a simple way and ensure effective participation and understanding.

EU Law and EU Settlement Regime

For many years the team has advised and represented EU national clients and their families in claims and appeals, including complex cases involving extended family members, retained rights and derived rights. We now support and represent clients who fall under the EU Settlement Scheme, including cases where deportation proceedings are pending. Team members who have expertise in housing and social security law advise in cases where the law is affected by immigration status.

Reported examples include:

Judicial review in the context of asylum and immigration

The team undertakes a wide range of public law work related to its expertise in asylum and immigration law, some of which are highlighted above. This includes challenges to new application denials, clearly unfounded certificates, negative age assessments, asylum assistance issues, delays in decision-making, public funding cases, applications of illegal detention and cases of urgent removal. The team has extensive experience in challenging denials of leave to appeal by the Upper Tribunal using ‘Cart JR’. We welcome participation in the pre-action stage.

Notable cases include:


The team can give advice on applications for British citizenship, including cases involving a complicated status search, issues of good character and where the applicant is a child in care. We also act in cases of deprivation of citizenship, both in appeal and in judicial review.

Employment and business immigration

Our team of immigration and asylum lawyers advise individuals on work and business options and have undertaken forensic reviews of denials, for example where ILR has been denied due to issues in HMRC records. We’ve also helped educational institutions facing sponsor license suspensions and revocations. At the High Court, we have assisted employers facing civil penalties.

‘Garden Court North Chambers is a ‘go to set’ for all aspects of immigration law. Customers praise the set for the “excellent level of customer service” and the “thorough training courses”

– The Legal 500 set, level 1, 2022

‘Garden Court North Chambers is home to one of the largest immigration teams in the Northern Circuit, and its lawyers are ‘leaders in their field’

– The Legal 500 set, level 1, 2021

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