R (MS and others) v SSHD  EWHC 1095 Admin)
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Harriet is a specialist immigration practitioner who provides advice and representation in nationality, immigration, asylum, human rights, trafficking, business and economic immigration and related public law. She regularly appears in the Asylum and Immigration Chamber of both the First and Upper-tier Tribunal, the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal. She is also experienced in urgent removal cases and is comfortable taking instructions at short notice.
Harriet accepts instructions across a broad range of immigration matters, including advice and representation on appeal, for judicial review, and strategic and advisory work. Her practice often involves challenging removal, detention, certification, decisions under the National Referral Mechanism, and fresh claim refusals.
She has particular expertise in third country cases, including Italy and Hungarian returns, and was instructed for the Claimant NA in the test case MS & Others.
Harriet is delighted to advise on complex and routine nationality issues, including tracing, and decisions to refuse applications for naturalisation on bad character grounds. She represented several clients who received unreasoned bad character refusals on grounds of national security, and is currently instructed in a resulting appeal before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC).
She has been instructed in country guidance cases, including guidance on returns to Mogadishu, Somalia (AMM & Others) where the Tribunal found a universal risk of FGM to women in Somalia; and the most recent guidance on returns to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, (BM & Others) where the Tribunal found a risk to members of APARECO. In addition to DRC and Somalia, Harriet’s asylum practice is wide ranging: she has notable experience in Tamil, and Iranian cases. She is instructed in several challenges to decisions made in the former Detained Fast Track. She is a compassionate advocate, and is understanding of the needs of vulnerable clients.
Harriet is an active member of ILPA, and is appointed as ILPA’s representative on the Chief Inspector for Border and Immigration’s Independent Advisory Group on Country Information (IAGCI).
Harriet has a growing business immigration law practice. She is public access qualified, and is happy to advise directly where suitable. She is studying for the Chartered Tax Advisors’ examinations.
Harriet is the lecturer and module Convenor of the LLM course “Refugees and Human Rights” at LondonMet University which she has taught for 8 years.
Harriet worked for two years as the Legal Officer on the Robert Hamill Inquiry into police collusion in Portadown, Northern Ireland in 1998. She was instructed to advice on inquiry process and procedure for victims in the Leveson Inquiry. Her inquest practice includes representing the families of those deceased following mental health history.
Harriet lives part–time in Catalonia where she works remotely, rock climbs and paraglides. She is available to be contacted by email, on her UK mobile phone, or via the clerks. She is happy to take on instructions at short notice, including returning to London, which she does frequently for court appearances and conferences.
London School of Economics: Law
University of Essex: International Human Rights Law
Inns of Court School of Law: BVC
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