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Immigration, Asylum and Free Movement

Immigration, Asylum and Free Movement

Members of our immigration, asylum, and free movement team are regularly instructed in ground-breaking cases before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court as well as the Court of Justice of the European Union and European Court of Human Rights. We have particular expertise in complex and sensitive claims, including those involving national security evidence before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC). We provide expertise in the full range of disputes including refugee protection, all areas of immigration including business, students and other categories, deportation, immigration detention, and EU free movement rights. We work with UK based firms, international firms, NGOs and in-house legal teams in other organisations. We are regularly instructed to act for UNHCR in interventions on strategic cases before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Our members have worked on cases in many jurisdictions including the US, Turks & Caicos, BVI, Northern Ireland and Russia.

Our members are able to draw upon their expertise of international lawEU free movement regimes, international humanitarian law and extradition and mutual assistance.

Significant Cases

Significant cases include:

For a full and up to date list of cases please go to members’ individual CVs.

As part of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) has significantly expanded a number of aspects of its digital reform process. Under the resulting scheme, appellants are being routinely required to file all evidence in their appeal and a full Appeal Skeleton Argument at a very early stage in the proceedings. This effectively requires both barristers and solicitors to prepare the appeal in full, even where it is unlikely to be heard for some time.

The Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 come into force on 8 June 2020. These set new fixed rates which will apply to appeals to the FtT (IAC) made using the new digital process. 

Members of the Matrix immigration team are deeply committed to access to justice and to giving their best to their clients’ cases. Having considered the new fixed rates, each of them has reached the view that these will not adequately or sustainably remunerate the preparation of an appeal and full ASA. As reflected in the statement below, each has decided that, other than in exceptional circumstances, they will not accept instructions under the new procedure to prepare an Appeal Skeleton Argument unless specific provision is made for that work to be adequately remunerated. Members will reach individual decisions about whether there are exceptional reasons to accept instructions in a particular case. 

 You can read more about concerns raised in relation to the new fixed rates here:


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Nick Armstrong
Called: 2001 Solicitor: 1998
Michelle Butler
Called: 2007 Solicitor: 2002
Chris Buttler QC
Called: 2004 Silk: 2021
Ayesha Christie
Called: 2014
Anita Davies
Called: 2011
Raj Desai
Called: 2010 Solicitor: 2007
Emma Foubister
Called: 2016
Jonathan Glasson QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2013
Sarah Hannett QC
Called: 2003 Silk: 2021
Raza Husain QC
Called: 1993 Silk: 2010
Florence Iveson
Called: 2012
Tamara Jaber
Called: 2013
Jessica Jones
Called: 2013
Samantha Knights QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2018
Zoë Leventhal
Called: 2002
Rachel Logan
Called: 2008
Zoe McCallum
Called: 2016
Karon Monaghan QC
Called: 1989 Silk: 2008
Helen Mountfield QC
Called: 1991 Silk: 2010
Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh
Called: 2005 (England and Wales); 2013 (Northern Ireland); 2017 (Ireland)
Aidan O’Neill QC (Scot) QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 1999
Paul Skinner
Called: 2010
Hugh Southey QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2010 Called: 2010 (Northern Ireland)
Dan Squires QC
Called: 1998 Silk: 2016
James Stansfeld
Called: 2008
Rhodri Thompson QC
Called: 1989 Silk: 2002
Prof. Takis Tridimas
Called: 2000