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 is instructed in judicial review proceedings, including obtaining interim injunctive relief by telephone application. He acts in:
Rory’s public law cases are often settled by consent order after permission to apply for JR has been granted, often with costs paid by the Respondent.
Rory was first attracted to work in the field of immigration and asylum law in 1995, then working as appeals caseworker at the Refugee Legal Centre, London. Rory converted to the Bar and has continued to practice in immigration and asylum law as a barrister since 2000.
Rory has appeared at every level of court in such matters, including the Supreme Court. His immigration practice involves personal immigration issues, including protection and human rights claims, trafficking; and deportation following conviction for serious criminal offences. He also advises in PBS applications and has advised businesses, and colleges holding Tier 4 sponsor licences. He is instructed in both statutory appeals and in judicial review matters in immigration, including obtaining urgent injunctions.
In deportation cases, he has acted in matters 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 or certifying such claims as clearly unfounded.
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 proceedings, in particular possession proceedings 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.
Issues of mental health or other disability often arise in housing matters, and Rory has regularly defended possession proceedings on public law grounds and grounds of discrimination under the Equality Act 2010, including failure of the claimant landlord to abide by their public sector equality duties under section 149 of the Act.
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 a developing Court of Protection (COP) practice and is regularly instructed in cases where the Official Solicitor (OS) is appointed. He acts in Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard challenges under section 21A of the MCA 2005, raising questions as to eligibility, capacity and best interests. He is also instructed to act for respondent family members in cases involving decisions about contact and residence, including cases where there have been allegations of financial or physical abuse of P by family members.
Rory’s COP work involves advocates’ meetings, round table meetings, negotiations at court, preparation of draft orders following hearings, and preparation of letters of instructions for expert witnesses, eg, independent social workers/section 49 psychiatric reports.
Issues of particular interest to Rory include:
In addition to matters in the COP 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 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 is interested in the overlap of public law duties owed to vulnerable and disabled clients. He has brought challenges to community care assessments under the Care Act 2014, whether as standalone issues or when arising in other contexts, eg, possession or Court of Protection proceedings.
Rory is experienced in defending applications for injunctions for anti-social behaviour under section 1 of the Anti‑social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014; Closure Orders under section 80 of that Act; and injunctions under section 34 Policing and Crime Act 2009 regarding alleged gang-related violence.
He also acts in committal applications for contempt of court following breach of injunction.
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