The Immigration Team

Practitioners at Lamb Building are instructed in cases at all levels, from the statutory tribunal system through appellate and judicial review work up to the United Kingdom Supreme Court, European Court of Justice, and European Court of Human Rights. Our work which focuses exclusively on the representation of individuals and non-governmental organisations, reflects our strong civil liberties ethos. Members have been involved in leading cases at all levels up to the House of Lords/Supreme Court, including in recent years R (otao Fitzroy George) v SSHD [2014] UKSC 28, [2014] 1 WLR 1831; R (otao ST (Eritrea)) v SSHD [2012] UKSC 12, [2012] 2 AC 135; R (otao Quila & Anor) v SSHD [2011] UKSC 45, [2012] 1 AC 621; R (otao Baiai, Trczinska, and others) v SSHD [2008] UKHL 53, [2009] 1 AC 287, and many appeals in the Court of Appeal and public law proceedings in the Administrative Court. The UK Legal 500 Bar 2014 cites Lamb Building as a leading set in Immigration, including business immigration, stating that 'Members of Lamb Building have considerable experience handling work permit, business, naturalisation and nationality issues' and describing Lamb Building as 'a strong common law set, with notable strengths in criminal and public law, particularly involving immigration and nationality issues.'

Members of the team have long placed a particular emphasis upon the quality of advocacy and advice they provide. All members share the team's long-standing commitment to the protection of individual rights and the empowerment of the vulnerable in our community and seek to sustain and develop this commitment. Members have expert knowledge of all areas of immigration and nationality law including European Community free movement and fundamental rights law, the law of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the law of the Turkey-EEC Association Agreement (the Ankara Agreement), the international law of nationality and statelessness. A primary area of the team's activity remains refugee and human rights law, including the law relating to detention of asylum seekers and others.

Members, including the most senior practitioners, are committed to providing legal representation of high quality for the socially disadvantaged including representation under Community Legal Service schemes and/or pro bono representation where necessary. The members of the team, including the most senior, support the Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) bail rota: Lamb Building despite the relatively small size of the team is the second from top provider of assistance to claimants through BID in the United Kingdom. Some senior members are Case Reviewers for the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

Members regularly provide legal training to solicitors and other professionals. For more details about our CPD-accredited courses see the Seminars listings page. To discuss any specific training requirements you may have, please contact our Chambers Administrator.

For details of team members practicing specific areas see below:

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