Priya Solanki


Specialist in

Direct Access


Priya is a busy and experienced specialist in immigration and asylum law. She appears very regularly before the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chambers and the Administrative Court. She has an expanding practice in the Court of Appeal.

She is frequently instructed in appeals against decisions of the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal, and in judicial review and administrative review challenges against decisions of the Secretary of State.

Within her areas of practice her work includes refugee and human rights claims, trafficking claims, family and private life claims, deportations including Operation Nexus cases, bails, European applications, entry clearance matters, points-based system cases, interim relief applications, unlawful detention claims, civil penalties for illegal workers, asylum support and unaccompanied and age-disputed migrant children.

She has a particular interest in and experience of cases involving domestic violence, mental health issues and vulnerable clients. She regularly provides in-house training and seminars on domestic violence. She has completed a Mental Health Law Accreditation Course and is known to have a very calming and reassuring manner with clients with complex health issues.

Priya is regularly instructed to provide expert advice on immigration issues in family proceedings and vice versa.

She has been involved in several notable cases and has represented high-profile clients. Priya is very committed to pro-bono work and this is detailed further below.

What the directories say

2017 Legal 500
Cited as a leading junior in Immigration (including business immigration):
“She has a sharp mind and demonstrates excellent client care”


Manchester Metropolitan University (Bar Vocational Course) 2008
University of Liverpool (LLB (Hons)) 2007

Professional Qualifications
Mental Health
Mental Health Lawyers Association Panel Course (2013)
Asylum and Immigration
CLT Ltd LSC Supervisor – Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme (2011)
CLT Ltd LSC Senior Caseworker – Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme (2009)

NVQ Mediation Practice for Experienced Mediators – Level Three (2010)
NVQ Family Mediation Theory and Practical – Level Three (2009)

Professional Memberships

Women’s Migration & Asylum Network
Young Legal Aid Lawyers
Human Rights Lawyers Association


Priya is fluent in Gujarati. She also speaks basic Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi and Level 1 British Sign Language.


In 2013 Priya was nominated for the Sydney Elland Goldsmith Bar Pro Bono Award in recognition of her outstanding commitment to pro bono work, assistance of the Bar Pro Bono Unit and other charitable organisations.

Priya was awarded the Richard Isaacson Memorial Scholarship Award for the highest Bar Vocational Course mark achieved by a new practitioner on the Northern Circuit in 2008.