She is the most impressive barrister I have ever worked with in my whole career. She brings calm and compassion which puts our clients at immediate ease.
Kerry Smith was called to the Bar in 2002 and is an experienced practitioner, specialising in Immigration and Court of Protection work. She also has substantial expertise in human rights and public law challenges, with a strong and successful judicial review practice.
Kerry is public access qualified and has a thriving practice, regularly accepting instructions from lay clients directly across her practice areas.
Kerry is Head of Chambers.
Ranked in Band 1 for Immigration in the 2023 edition of Chambers and Partners, Kerry is described as:
'Excellent, flexible, approachable and supportive.'
'...the full package in terms of what you want in a barrister: approachable, reliable, analytical, passionate, and her advocacy skills are faultless.'
Kerry is highly regarded by her instructing solicitors, who have said:
'She consistently demonstrates a high level of commitment to clients and will always investigate every legal avenue to further the case.'
'My client was very impressed with Kerry, as was I. Her advocacy style is calm and thorough, easy to follow, and she displays a depth of knowledge.'
‘Kerry is the full package in terms of what you want in a barrister: approachable, reliable, analytical, passionate, and her advocacy skills are faultless.’
Kerry is an experienced immigration practitioner. She has practised in immigration law since being called to the bar in 2002, first as an advocate at a niche immigration solicitors firm and, from 2005, as a barrister at Garden Court North Chambers.
Kerry’s expertise enables her to represent individuals in all aspects of immigration, nationality, asylum and human rights law. She advises and represents individuals in cases in the First-tier and the Upper tribunal, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
Recent cases have included:
She is regularly instructed to represent individuals in judicial review proceedings.
Kerry is experienced at representing employers and businesses in various immigration matters, including, but not limited to: civil penalties for allegedly employing illegal workers, and sponsorship licences for employing Tier 2 and Tier 5 migrants. Her work includes providing advice and representation in court proceedings, and extends to advising solicitors and employers on the practices and procedures employers ought to have in place. Kerry is also an experienced employment law practitioner and her wealth of knowledge in this jurisdiction is of considerable assistance in providing advice and representation to employers with immigration or quasi-immigration issues.
Kerry is a contributor to the Ninth Edition of Macdonald’s Immigration Law and Practice.
‘Kerry is very thorough and methodical, and demonstrates a good grasp of the facts in a case.’
Kerry has a busy and developing Court of Protection practice, mainly acting for the protected party or relatives. She is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor and numerous Accredited Legal Representatives.
Kerry deals with a wide range of health and welfare case, including section 16 applications and section 21A deprivation of liberty challenges. She has experience of dealing with:
Kerry prides herself in working collaboratively with instructing solicitors, providing advice at every stage of proceedings.
Kerry acts for individuals in community care matters, including in judicial review proceedings. Her practice involves challenges to assessments, content of care plans and accommodation-related matters. Kerry’s particular expertise in immigration law enables her to ably represent individuals subject to immigration control in asylum support and community care judicial reviews. Her knowledge of discrimination law also lends itself to cases involving the overlap between discrimination and community care.
Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA)
Court of Protection Bar Association (COPBA)
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