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Immigration, Asylum & Nationality

Chambers & Partners Ranking Kenworthy's Chambers in Band 1 for Immigration Sets on the Northern Circuit 2012-2017:

The leading immigration set in the Northern Circuit, Kenworthy's Chambers offers the full suite of immigration and asylum law services with advocates drawing on their family law experience to offer a more complete service to clients. Its members frequently appear in the Upper Tribunal and at judicial review.

Client service: Courtney Soden is the set's immigration clerk. "Courtney is great - she's very quick to respond, and confirmations, bookings and fee notes are sent out quickly. The clerks are very user-friendly and very easy to get hold of."

Legal 500 Ranking Several of our Immigration Team Tier 1 for Public Law on the Northern Circuit 2016:

Kenworthy's Chambers is well known for its immigration and asylum practice, where the highly experienced members represent individuals in their appeals against the Secretary of State.

  • Asylum
  • Civil penalties
  • Commercial immigration
  • Human rights
  • Immigration
  • Nationality

Recent years have seen an increasing demand for high quality representation in this field.  Having been at the forefront of Asylum & Immigration Law for a number of years, Kenworthy's Chambers have expanded their capacity by recruiting several additional, long established and highly experienced practitioners.

The success of this project is demonstrated by the fact that Kenworthy's Chambers is now renowned for its expertise in this area and probably has the largest dedicated team of asylum & immigration practitioners in the North of England.

We deliver a comprehensive service combining a high quality of advocacy and meticulous preparation in all aspects of Asylum & Immigration Law and Judicial Review.

The team consists of 7 barristers, 6 dedicated immigration specialists and 1 immigration/crime.  Members have experience of family law and can advise on cases involving both areas.  The team's strength derives from members working together in Chambers whenever possible, which allows them to easily exchange information, legal updates and tactics.

In particular, this close way of working assists individual barristers and allows informed representation when taking over returns from others.  As a result of the intense teamwork, members are well versed in and constantly receive up-to-date knowledge of the approach the Asylum & Immigration Tribunals take in practice.

The team are dedicated to providing CPD accredited training for solicitors and other caseworkers.  Previous training topics have included criminal deportations, developments in Judicial Review and the Upper Tribunal, and covering practical experience of the Admin Court in the regions outside London.  The team have also provided training on the new Tier 2 skilled workers (with ILPA), immigration detention, 'automatic' deportation and the effects of the latest reorganisation of the Tribunals (into upper and lower tiers).

Working together has also assisted in improving judicial (and hence Home Office) practice.  For example, the team believe that their concerted presence, particularly in the North, has helped to prevent unlawful removal decisions.  Members of the team have also effectively raised the implications on human rights of delay in decision-making and on family life of deportation.  Teamwork has thus benefited those with whom we work - both instructing solicitors and lay clients.


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