Mikhil joined chambers in September 2014.

Mikhil specialises in judicial review including injunctive relief of administrative decisions such as unlawful immigration detention and removal decisions.

Before being called to the Bar in 2005, Mikhil spent 15 years providing advice, guidance and consultancy on technical environmental and health and safety matters.

PERSONAL PROFILE

Mikhil practises in public law and human rights law particularly arising from his immigration practice, specialising in judicial review including injunctive relief of administrative decisions such as unlawful detention and removal decisions.  He has also acted in decisions relating to leave to remain, permission to work, statelessness, access to student loans and has successfully required the SSHD to return clients unlawfully removed.

Before being called to the Bar in 2005, Mikhil spent 15 years providing advice, guidance and consultancy on technical environmental and health and safety matters.  He speaks German fluently.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Immigration and asylum

Mikhil offers advice and representation in asylum, deportation, entry clearance, the Dublin Convention, trafficking, students, nationality and EEA matters.  He has successfully represented many clients facing conducive deportation and unlawful detention.  He has represented at the Asylum and Immigration Chamber, in the First-Tier and in the Upper Tribunal, the Administrative Court, and the Court of Appeal.  He is currently pursuing a number of applications to the European Court of Human Rights.

Mikhil’s practice also involves consideration of European law, in particular the freedom of movement and citizenship provisions including derivative rights.

Business immigration

Mikhil has advised on civil penalties, tier 2 sponsorship issues, including suspension, and revocation of licences, best practice and has acted in judicial reviews of licence revocations.

Environmental law

Mikhil has an extensive background in environmental law with specific focus on waste and contaminated land.  He has defended in environmental and health and safety prosecutions including statutory nuisance, he has advised on regulatory PPC and planning issues, contaminated land and nuisance.

REPORTED CASES

  • Semeda, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (statelessness; Pham applied) (IJR) [2015] UKUT 658 (IAC) 
  • Raja, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (IJR) [2015] UKUT 58 (IAC) (28 January 2015). 
  • AM (Belarus) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 1506  
  • GP & Ors (South Korean citizenship) North Korea CG [2014] UKUT 391 (IAC)
  • AV (DRC) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 937
  • KS (Burma) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWCA Civ 67
  • R (Shaw) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWHC 42 (Admin)
  • Harrison (Jamaica) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 1736
  • ZS (Jamaica) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 1639
  • R (Cisse) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWHC 2819 (Admin)
  • Sanade and others (British children – Zambrano – Dereci) [2012] UKUT 00048 (IAC)
  • RO (Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 1521
  • R (Rangwani) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWHC 516 (Admin)
  • BA (Yemen) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWCA Civ 726
  • R (MN (Tanzania)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] 2 All ER 772
  • R (AE (Libya)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWHC 154 (Admin)
  • Carvalho v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] EWCA Civ 1406 
  • PATRICK KINGONZILA V UNITED KINGDOM 41930/08 [2009] ECHR 1572
  • R (FE (Ethiopia)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] EWHC 1756 (Admin)
  • LG and CC (EEA Regs: residence; imprisonment; removal) Italy [2009] UKAIT 00024, [2009] Imm AR 691 

Mikhil accepts pro bono work, especially in asylum where the changes in legal aid have created significant problems of access to the courts.

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS

  • Haldane Society
  • UK Environmental Law Association

CALL YEAR

2005

QUALIFICATIONS

BSc
MSc (Pollution Control)
LPC
BVC

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