IMMIGRATION LAW

Overview

Church Court Chambers has a growing immigration team who specialise in a number of different areas. We are happy to accept instructions at all levels of the immigration process, including drafting grounds, advice and pre-action protocol letters.

All members of the Immigration team have extensive experience in the area of asylum and humanitarian protection; from drafting representations prior to asylum interview to appeals before the higher courts. Members of chambers have been successful in achieving their clients release and removal from the Detained Fast Track process. Our clients know that when we represent them at hearings their cases will be dealt with professionally and with sensitivity. Members have dealt with clients who have been victims of sex and drug trafficking, torture and rape.

We always aim to work closely alongside instructing solicitors in the preparation of the case and crucially, the preparation of witness statements. Members often attend conference with clients prior to the hearing itself in order to finalise documentation and build a relationship of trust.

Church Court immigration team specialises in a wide variety of countries, including but not restricted to; Afghanistan, Albania, Bhutan, Burma (Myanmar), China, Democratic Republic Congo, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Nigeria, Pakistan (including Ahmadi), Somalia, Sri Lanka (Tamil and Singhalese), Syria and Uganda.

We have good relationships with a number of different experts (mental health, scarring, country experts) which enables us to commission expert reports on behalf of the client where necessary.

Immigration rules and regulations are becoming increasingly complex. The immigration team work alongside solicitors in the preparation of applications with a view to ensuring a positive decision. In the event that applications are refused we assist with drafting grounds and representation at hearings, including advice on evidence and detailed skeleton arguments when necessary. Members of chambers also frequently lecture in changes to the immigration regulations and relevant caselaw.

Examples of cases dealt with are; EEA residency permits (including “marriages of convenience”), entry clearance (including sole responsibility and spousal visas) and Points Based System cases (including Tier 1 entrepreneurship applications).

Members of chambers have been successful in obtaining leave for individuals who have been present in the UK for a number of years without legal status. We are able to advise upon FLR(O) applications, that often involve a large volume of documentation, from start to finish.

Our article 8 family and private life expertise includes representation at deportation appeals, cases involving “best interests of the child” and those involving exceptionally compassionate family circumstances. This can include securing injunctions to prevent removal.

Chambers is committed to providing a range of services under the direct access scheme, where clients can approach a barrister directly instead of through a solicitor. However not all cases are suitable, and in the event that one is not, we will advise the client to seek the assistance of a solicitor.

Previous direct access cases include; judicial reviews, EEA applications, FLR(O) applications and business immigration advice.

Chambers is happy to provide lectures or bespoke seminars to solicitors on any area of immigration, including the preparation of cases and appeals.