Areas of expertise include:

  • Protection Claims
  • Asylum & Immigration Tribunal
  • Human Rights-Article 8
  • Special Immigration Appeal Commission
  • Honour Violence
  • Forced Marriage
  • Statelessness
  • Deportation
  • UK Border Agency 
  • Settlement
  • Indefinite Leave to Remain
  • British Citizenship
  • Naturalisation
  • Adoption
  • EU Rights of Free Movement
  • EU Settlement Scheme
  • Student Visas
  • Points-based System
  • Entry Clearance
  • Business Visas
  • Start-up Visas
  • Sporting Visas
  • Licensed Sponsors
  • Business Immigration
  • Illegal Working
  • EEA Family Permits

Immigration Law Barristers

Trinity Chambers has the only specialist immigration practice group of barristers in the North East of England. Barristers in the group also receive instructions from solicitors from further afield and have developed a niche practice in private as well as publicly funded immigration matters.

Trinity’s Immigration barristers regularly attend the Immigration Appeal Tribunal at the Newcastle Civil and Family Courts and Tribunal Centre as well as hearings across England. The Immigration team covers all levels of representation, from the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal to the Special Immigration Appeal Commission and up to Judicial Review and Court of Appeal proceedings.

The team members are experts in all aspects of immigration including: protection claims, Article 8 human rights, entry clearance appeals, judicial review, settlement applications, naturalisation, nationality registration, EU matters, visa applications, in-country and out of country appeals, and work-related business immigration applications.

The ‘new’ Points-based System (PBS), which applies to a wide range of individuals including highly skilled migrants, entrepreneurs, investors, students, sportsmen/women and those sponsored by their employer, has slowly been simplified by the Home Office yet remains procedurally complex, making applications often stressful and cumbersome. Trinity Chambers’ Immigration barristers can help in various ways, including assistance with administrative reviews, appeals or Judicial Review.

The EU Settlement Scheme, applying to EU Nationals and their family members who entered the UK before 31st December 2020, can be a legally complex and challenging process. Though appearing simple and easy to access, the process is one which often involves numerous, complicated legal provisions. Immigration barristers at Trinity can advise on the breadth of issues related to EU Settlement including retained rights, Surinder Singh routes, Zambrano carers, extended family members and pre-settled versus settled status.

Trinity’s Immigration barristers can advise and assist on all aspects of business immigration law including: employers registering as licensed sponsors and maintaining A-rated status; the Points-based System; visas for highly skilled migrants and investors under Innovator or Start-up visas, Skilled Workers visas, Student visas and Temporary Worker visas; applications for visa entry clearance and further leave to remain; applications for settlement in the UK (indefinite leave to remain); naturalisation applications for British citizenship; applications for EEA family members; preventing illegal working; and generally advising on appropriate record-keeping and monitoring processes. 

Given the breadth of the practice areas which the barristers cover, there are often crossovers with other areas of law. Immigration barristers often provide expert immigration advice in ancillary areas such as family law (for example abduction, forced marriage and honour violence, nationality and leave to remain), criminal proceedings (for example extradition/deportation), as well as employment issues (for example business immigration, including the Points-based System). In addition, there are overlaps with public and administrative law, including Judicial Review of tribunal decisions and human rights issues.

The immigration barristers frequently provide ad hoc advisory services as well as training events including workshops, seminars and webinars to their solicitor clients, attracting Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) CPD accreditation.

Immigration work covered


Asylum Support

Asylum & Immigration Tribunal

Family Reunion

Human Rights

Humanitarian Protection


Honour Violence

Special Immigration Appeal Commission

Forced Marriage


Family Life

Private Life

Human Rights

Unmarried Partners

Special Immigration Appeal Commission


Entry Clearance

UK Border Agency

Financial Requirements

Family Reunion

Unlawful Detention

Certified Decisions

Removal Directions

Involuntary Return

Long Residence

2-year Route

5-year Route

10-year Route

Absences and Continuous Periods

Indefinite Leave to Remain

British Citizenship




British Overseas Territories Citizen

British Overseas Citizen



EU Rights of Free Movement

EU Settlement Scheme

Pre-Settlement Status

EEA Family Permits

Student Visas

Sporting Visas

Business Visas

Start-up Visas

Innovator Visas

Licensed Sponsors

Points-based System

Business Visitors

Entry Clearance

Unmarried Partners

Points-based System

Start-up Visas

Innovator Visas

Temporary Worker Visas

Business Immigration

Illegal Working

Licensed Sponsors

A-Rated Status

Employing Foreign Workers