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Business and private immigration


Our expertise

Garden Court’s Immigration Team continues to be the premier collection of immigration barristers in the UK. We remain the only barristers’ chambers ranked in Band 1 of the Chambers UK Bar Guide.

We provide specialist immigration, EC and nationality advice to high net worth and private individuals, as well as a range of businesses, companies and institutions, covering all levels of appeal and judicial review work, appearing in the First-Tier Tribunal through to the Supreme Court and beyond to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Whether you want a big hitter for a case that needs smooth representation in the Tribunal, or academic expertise for something tricky in the higher courts, we have the individuals you need.

Some members of the team are registered for public access by which the public can instruct our barristers without using a solicitor. To find out more, visit our immigration public access page.

We also offer expertise in all aspects of asylum and human rights law, including complex cases involving extradition requests.

What others say

“The foremost set leading the way at the London Immigration Bar, Garden Court Chambers houses an unsurpassable team of advocates who handle the full gamut of immigration matters. Its practitioners, from top-quality juniors to renowned QCs, appear in the highest courts acting on behalf of vulnerable clients and high net-worth private individuals alike.” Chambers UK Bar Guide

Immigration and the Points Based System

With our in depth knowledge of the Points Based System we advise and represent individuals in their applications to come to the UK as:

  • Highly skilled workers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Investors
  • Graduates
  • Sponsored skilled workers
  • Students
  • Temporary workers

We provide advice on all other immigration applications including, but not limited to, indefinite leave to remain applications and spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner, children and visitor applications. Whether you are a student who has fallen foul of the complexities of Tier 4, or working here trying to negotiate the Home Office guidance on extending your stay, we can offer timely, effective and creative advice to best safeguard your interests.

We also advise a range of businesses, companies and institutions on all aspects of sponsorship licenses under the Points Based System and advise on how to achieve compliance with UK immigration legislation. Many sponsors are wary and concerned at the penalties they could face (civil and criminal) if they get anything wrong. Our legal team can help you address these concerns.

European Union Free Movement Law

We offer advice and representation on European Union free movement applications. Team members have carried out significant work on the scope of free movement rights throughout the law’s development for EEA nationals, their family members and for nationals of ‘Association Agreement’ states.

Nationality and Citizenship

Individuals who come to the UK under the Immigration Rules, Points Based System or EC law can become eligible for indefinite leave to remain or permanent residence in the UK, meaning they can stay here without any time limit. Some individuals decide they wish to become British citizens. Thanks to our in depth knowledge of the recent changes in legislation we are able to offer expert advice on all the complexities of nationality law, advising on the different routes to citizenship in the UK.

Publications and Training

We are committed to maintaining high standards of legal expertise and aim to achieve these through publications and through training. We regularly teach courses and give papers and seminars; in particular, many of us provide training for the Immigration Law Practitioners Association and Legal Action Group. In addition, we have run training days with Liberty and for legal service providers outside London in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Leeds.

We are involved in influencing and lobbying governments on law and policy, in media commentary, and in consultancy work internationally. The team writes, edits, or co-authors all the authoritative texts on immigration, asylum and nationality law.

We are therefore well placed to offer full and comprehensive advice on all recent developments in immigration law.