Asylum & Immigration
"Kenworthy's Chambers has a group of eight immigration practitioners, seven of whom devote themselves solely to the cause. Members appear regularly at the new regional venues of the Administrative Court in Leeds and Manchester and are no strangers to the Court of Appeal."
Chambers & Partners 2012, ranking Kenworthy's Chambers in Band 1 for Immigration sets on the Northern Circuit.
Recent years have seen an increasing demand for high quality representation in this field. Kenworthy's Chambers, having been at the forefront of Asylum and Immigration law for a number of years, have accordingly 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 is now renowned for its expertise in this area and probably has the largest dedicated team of asylum and immigration practitioners in the North of England.
The high quality of advocacy is supported by a comprehensive service in all aspects of Asylum and Immigration law and Judicial Review.
The team consists of 8 barristers, 7 dedicated Immigration specialists and 1 Immigration/Employment. Members have experience of family law and can advise on cases involving both areas. The team's strength comes from members working together in chambers whenever possible. This 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 recieve constant up-to-date knowledge of the approach the Asylum and Immigration Tribunals are taking in practice (from North Shields to Newport, London to Glasgow).
The team are dedicated to providing CPD accredited training for solicitors and other caseworkers. Last year's training included Criminal Deportations and Judicial Review, and a (continuing) quarterly update on case law and practice for the eight Law Centres operating in the region. 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 to improve 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 caused by invalid Removal Directions or failure to consider the factors in rule 395C. They 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 they work - both instructing instructing solicitors and lay clients.