10 December 2018 - Article
Assisted a senior executive relocate to the UK his family which included an adult sibling with a learning disability who was fully dependant on him. The immigration rules do not provide for adult dependant relatives to join individuals in the UK under the Points Based System. I prepared detailed legal representations in support of the application and his dependant sibling was issued a visa to the UK outside the provision of immigration rules on a discretionary basis.
Represented a young adult before the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum) and prevented his deportation from the UK on the basis that he had been registered as a British citizen whilst a minor. The fact that the decision to naturalise his parents had been invalidated due to their non-attendance at the citizenship ceremony, did not mean that the decision of the Home Office to register the client as a British citizen had also been invalidated.
Assisted a client who had been living in the UK on and off, under a variety of visa categories, for a period of approximately 18 years with an application for indefinite leave to remain on the basis of her lawful residence. I asked the Home Office to consider that the client had been physically and lawfully present in the UK for 14 out of the 18 years and that they not treat her continuity of residence as broken. The application was approved.
Represented a female client who had been the victim of a rape in the UK and assisted her with her claim for asylum. Her asylum claim was approved by the Upper Tribunal on the basis that she was a member of a Particular Social Group as she would have been the victim of gender based violence if returned to her country of origin, the same country the perpetrator of her rape had been deported to.
Worked as the legal representative in the following reported case: TTB and Others v the United Kingdom - 5470/09  ECHR 2224 (22 December 2010), BN (Article 8 – Post Study Work) Kenya  UKUT 162 (IAC) and AA (Sudan) [Appellant] v The Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 95 - CS/2006/1906.
England and Wales, 2007
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
Supervisor and level 2 under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation scheme
Me in a minute
Having discovered immigration law, I immediately knew that this was the field I wanted to practise in.
For as far back as I can remember, I had always wanted to be a lawyer. After completing law school and applying for a conveyancing paralegal position, I discovered immigration law and immediately knew that this was the field I wanted to practise in.
UK immigration law is fast paced and ever-changing, meaning that you constantly have to keep up to date with the law, changing your approach and strategies as a lawyer. It also incorporates a variety of sub areas including nationality law, European law, corporate immigration, general immigration, asylum, human rights and litigation. Every case is different, with varying complexities that bring their own challenges and it is this which has maintained and enhanced my interest in the field over the past 13 years.
I advise a variety of individuals and corporate clients with their UK immigration queries, whether this be applying to come to the UK as an investor or entrepreneur, bringing their family to the UK or assisting with the management of their Home Office Sponsor duties and overseas employees in the UK.
Outside the office I like to try to keep fit, and whilst I am nowhere near as good as I used to be, this includes ice skating on a regular basis. In the past, I was a member of Synchronised Ice-Skating teams and represented the UK at both national and international levels.