Specialist inDirect 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.
Priya is often asked to provide in-house training and is happy to do this. She has delivered seminars on a range of topics, including domestic violence, civil penalties for employing illegal workers, Article 8 ECHR, the Immigration Act 2014, appeal rights and EEA law. Priya also provide seminars for the The Solicitors Group regularly.
Priya is a registered direct access barrister. She is often instructed directly by members of the public.
Priya is a Trustee at North Kensington Law Centre. She is also a Trustee at Asian Women’s Lone Parent’s Association.
Priya has provided regular legal advice surgeries for clients at Kalayaan (the migrant domestic worker charity) and through Rights of Women.
She regularly represents clients at bail hearings for Bail for Immigration Detainees and provides them with advice on potential unlawful detention claims.
She further regularly represents and advises clients via the Bar Pro Bono Unit. She is happy to take on cases on a pro-bono basis where this is appropriate.
Before coming to the Bar Priya was employed at solicitors firms and legal charities.
She was an Asylum and Immigration Supervisor and In-house Advocate at Jackson & Canter Solicitors in Liverpool. She also worked as a Senior Caseworker at Refugee & Migrant Justice (formerly the Refugee Legal Centre) in Leeds. In both of these roles she specialised in female asylum and immigration cases and advocated in Tribunals frequently.
She has also worked as an Accredited Family Mediator for Bolton & Salford Mediation Services.
Priya has taught law as a Criminal Law Tutor at the University of Liverpool.
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
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)
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.