An excellent barrister, whose clients are in very safe hands.
Rory has almost 20 years' experience in the asylum and immigration field and has appeared in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. His practice covers the full spectrum of immigration law, ranging from business and personal immigration issues, PBS, EU free movement and entry clearance appeals at first instance and on appeal/reconsideration, through to asylum, human rights, trafficking, deportation and removal cases.
Rory is recommended as a leading junior in Immigration. According to Chambers and Partners 2014 he "has a highly methodical and understated approach, but it's hugely effective; you can rely on him to get the job done”, and according to Chambers and Partners 2015 he "is praised by instructing solicitors for his sensitive handling of refugees and vulnerable claimants".
Rory also acts in judicial review proceedings in areas including immigration and asylum, asylum support, homelessness and allocations and community care. He has a significant Court of Protection practice, which includes cases arising from the social welfare and housing spheres in which Rory is instructed by the Official Solicitor where a party lacks mental capacity.
Rory gained five years' experience of adjudicator and tribunal hearings prior to being called to the Bar as a caseworker and subsequently a legal officer at Refugee Legal Centre in London (1995 to 2000). Prior to that, he spent several years employed as a welfare rights worker, including employment in Liverpool City Council Welfare Rights Unit and London East AIDS Network. Rory undertook pupillage at Arden Chambers and Mitre House Chambers, and has been a tenant of Garden Court North Chambers since 2002.
Rory acts in judicial review proceedings in areas including immigration and asylum, asylum support, homelessness and allocations, and community care. He has experience of applications for interim injunctive relief by urgent paper application, telephone application, and, since the regionalisation of the Administrative Court, by way of without notice applications in person.
Rory has almost 20 years’ experience in the asylum and immigration field. He has considerable experience of conducting asylum, human rights, PBS, trafficking and entry clearance appeals at first instance and on appeal/reconsideration, and has appeared in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Rory deals with increasing numbers of appeals against deportation following the introduction of automatic deportation of “foreign criminals” by the UK Borders Act 2007, under which such persons must be deported unless contrary to the Refugee or ECHR conventions or EC law. He deals with deportation cases involving serious criminal offences, including manslaughter, rape and other serious sexual offences, and cases involving supply of class A drugs.
Rory also has considerable experience of bringing judicial review challenges against refusals by the Secretary of State to accept fresh claims for asylum.
In 2015, Rory was appointed as a Deputy Upper Tribunal Judge (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and sits part time at Field House.
Rory acts in both public and private residential landlord and tenant possession proceedings, in particular arising from neighbour nuisance, disrepair claims including claims for personal injury, unlawful eviction, anti-social behaviour injunctions, homelessness (including appeals to the county court), and judicial review of housing authority decisions.
Rory has been instructed by the Official Solicitor in cases where a party lacked mental capacity, and has appeared in the Court of Protection in relation to proceedings under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Rory has appeared in the Court of Protection in Leeds and Manchester, instructed in each case by respondents who were family members of the person (P) lacking capacity, in respect of disputes involving P’s welfare. The cases have required the Court to decide where P was to live and with whom P was to have contact. In one case where there were very serious concerns about the risk of harm to P if some family members were permitted to have contact with her. Rory has been involved in the instruction of expert witnesses such as independent social workers, and has undertaken advisory work in addition to advocacy.
In addition to matters in the Court of Protection itself, Rory has dealt with a number of cases in the County Court in his social housing practice where a defendant has lacked, or appeared to lack capacity. He was recently successful in obtaining an order dismissing a landlord’s application for final injunction and for committal for breach of interim injunction on the basis of the defendant’s lack of capacity to retain information about the nuisance clauses in her tenancy agreement, or the terms of an interim injunction.
Rory has also acted in a complex case involving a local authority appointeeship unit acting as deputy for P, issuing possession proceedings against P’s brother who had been granted a license to occupy P’s property prior to P lacking capacity. This involved the licensee applying to be substituted for the appointeeship unit as deputy for P.
Rory has also been involved in disputes with local authorities regarding lack of effective assessment under section 47 NHSCCA 1990 and lawfulness of decisions as to provision of services. He is interested in cases where local authorities appear to have a conflict of interest; on the one hand seeking orders declaring it to be in the best interests of P to remain in residential care (a consequence of which would be that P’s home would be taken into account as a capital resource), whilst on the other hand failing to prepare adequate care plans and support packages for a proposed discharge of P to their home.
Rory has experience in asylum support cases, and is developing his experience in community care law. Rory has also appeared as counsel before the Social Security Appeal Tribunal (now the Social Entitlement Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal).
Rory is experienced in defending applications for injunctions and breaches of injunctions.
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