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Mark Schwenk

  • Year of call: 2001



Top Ranked in Legal 500 2016:
Mark Schwenk is reported in the Legal 500 2016 edition as "Experienced in Court of Appeal immigration cases".

Top Ranked by Chambers & Partners 2012-2017
Mark is capable of handling the full range of immigration and asylum matters at judicial review, the Upper Tribunal and the High Court. Schwenk is well versed in complex human rights and unlawful detention issues.
Strengths: "Mark is an experienced immigration advocate with excellent legal knowledge of the civil penalties system and grounds for appeal."

Mark's main practice areas are asylum & immigration, judicial review, civil penalties and human rights. After training at a South London legal aid practice, Mark qualified as a solicitor in 1996.

Later that year he moved to Manchester to take up a position as a solicitor at the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, later becoming senior solicitor.

During his time at the Immigration Aid Unit, Mark acted for hundreds of immigrants and asylum seekers, preparing their cases and representing them before the Tribunal.  Mark set up and obtained funding for a project to advise detainees at Manchester Airport.

In addition whilst at the Immigration Aid Unit, Mark was also involved in a number of anti-deportation campaigns in the North of England.

Mark is a Member of the Greater Manchester Law Centre Management Committee.

Reported Cases

  • AMM and Others (conflict; humanitarian crisis; returnees; FGM) Somalia CG [2011] UKUT 00445 (IAC)*
  • R (on the Application of Lamrani) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWHC 3059 (Admin)**
  • South Manchester Law Centre v The Legal Services Commission (CO/9689/2010)
  • AA (language diagnosis; use of interpreters) Somalia [2008] UKAIT 00029 - AIT reported
  • AM (Begedi - members generally at risk) Somalia [2005] UKAIT 00107
  • A (Somalia) [2004] UKIAT 00031
  • AA (persecution - 'causing' - public affection - religion - unmarried) Iraq CG [2002] UKIAT 07246
  • SF (Article 3 Prison Conditions) Iran CG [2002] UKIAT 00973 (Fazilat)
  • Odumosu v SSHD 17109 IAT - 22nd May 1998

* At the time of writing, the most recent Country Guidance case on Somalia which informs all current decisions regarding Somalia.  Described by the Tribunal hearing the appeal as: "conspicuously well-argued by Counsel".

** Challenge to the lawfulness of immigration detention.

Professional Memberships & Publications

Greater Manchester Law Centre Management Committee Member