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Kenworthy’s Immigration Team Ranked Tier 1 in Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2020!

by Kenworthy's Chambers 23/10/2019

Kenworthy's Chambers Immigration team have been ranked in Tier 1 for the set's Asylum and Immigration Practice in Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2020:

"Highly established market-leading set for immigration work, covering asylum, nationality, human rights and also business immigration law. Members primarily act on the claimant side, with clients including asylum seekers and trafficking victims. Recent case highlights include AMM & Others, an important Country Guidance case with respect to the prospects for vulnerable individuals in Somalia. Sources highlight how "highly successful" the barristers are in their immigration work."

The clerks were also recognised with sources describing the team as: "The clerking at Kenworthy's is probably the best around - you can get responses from them literally the minute after your query." Clerking is overseen by Maria Rushworth and Courtney Soden, who are said to be "absolutely brilliant - highly organised and highly efficient."

Individuals Ranked

Gita Patel

Acting exclusively for claimants, she attracts praise for her sensitive representation of vulnerable clients, including victims of trafficking and seriously ill asylum seekers. Areas of expertise include human rights law, asylum and public law issues.
Strengths: "She has an excellent rapport with instructing solicitors. She goes the extra mile for all our clients, and always tries to get the best possible result for them." "Just very, very effective. It's her experience and know-how: she has a really good understanding of the dynamics of a hearing room and is very wise, very understated and gets the job done."

Shazia Khan
Enjoys a fine reputation in the immigration law space, handling a broad range of matters including asylum and nationality law matters and cases with a human rights component. She has recently been involved in Country Guidance-related work.
Strengths: "Consistently one of our first choices for all types of case, she's particularly good in complex matters like deportation cases and public law immigration challenges. She always wants the best for clients." "She's very incisive. She has great clarity and this sort of deeply forensic approach to cases. She can rapidly assimilate all the issues and facts."

Mark Schwenk
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, and has a particular focus on EEA rights. He has experience in representing colleges whose licence to sponsor international students has been withdrawn.
Strengths: "He was impressive when I opposed him recently."
Recent work: Successfully represented an EEA national in attempt to deport him following conviction for a criminal offence.

George Brown
A high-calibre immigration lawyer with an extensive immigration, asylum and nationality practice. He is experienced at handling judicial reviews in both the First tier and Upper Tribunals. He represents individuals in deportation and unlawful detention cases.
Strengths: "Excellent, and has the experience to deal with complex cases." "A veteran and a very reliable barrister - there's no drama or fuss, he just gets the job done."

Rebecca Pickering
A reliable immigration lawyer who regularly appears before the First-tier and Upper Tribunals. Her practice covers matters such as deportation, Country Guidance and the points-based system. She has experience representing vulnerable clients including children and victims of trafficking.
Strengths: "Excellent with vulnerable clients and minors, always goes the extra mile, and is extremely approachable." "Highly experienced barrister with a speciality in family and migration cases."