Rowena Moffatt

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Rowena Moffatt

Rowena is a public law practitioner whose main areas of practice are in judicial review, statutory appeals, human rights and EU law. She specialises in immigration and asylum law as well as other areas of administrative law, including community care and actions against the police. She has particular expertise in EU cases and is the co-author of EU Law in Judicial Review (OUP, 2014). Rowena is accredited for direct access, which means she can be instructed directly by anybody without the need to go through a solicitor. 


Rowena is recommended by Chambers and Partners, where she is described as a public law specialist "regarded for her ability to undertake the full suite of immigration matters on behalf of both private individuals and large businesses" and with comments including "very bright, thorough and offers excellent knowledge of EU law" and "a calm and assured all-rounder with the ability to handle PBS matters and complex human rights appeals with aplomb."


In addition to practice at the bar, Rowena regularly writes articles and gives talks. Between 2012-15, she completed a DPhil in law (Oxford University). She also convenes the Courts and Tribunals Working Group of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association, is Case Notes Editor of the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law, and writes practice notes for Lexis Nexis. During 2010-11, Rowena was judicial assistant to Lord Dyson at the United Kingdom Supreme Court.





  • Brexit: The Immediate Legal Consequences, Richard Gordon QC and Rowena Moffatt, The Constitution Society, 2016.
  • Textbook on Immigration and Asylum Law, 7th edn, Gina Clayton (EU Chapter), 2016
  • Judgment C-63/15 Ghezelbash and C-155/15 Karim, Case Comment, Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law ([2016] JIANL 30(3), 284-285)
  • Sanneh, Case Comment, Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law ([2015] JIANL 29(2), 232-233)
  • 2014 in Immigration, Citizenship and Deportation, Judicial Review ([2015] JR 20(1) 48-56)
  • The Ashgate Research Companion to Migration Law, Theory and Policy (Publication Review) ([2015] JIANL 29(1) 66-67)
  • The Law and Practice of Expulsion and Exclusion from the United Kingdom: Deportation, Removal, Exclusion and Denial or Deprivation of Citizenship, Eric Fripp, Rowena Moffatt and Ellis Wilford (Hart; Dec 2014) 
  • EU law in Judicial Review, Richard Gordon QC and Rowena Moffatt (OUP; Oct 2014)
  • ‘And Then They Came for Judicial Review: Proposals for Further Reform’, Rowena Moffatt and Carita Thomas, Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law ([2014] JIANL 28(3) 237-253)
  • XY & Z Case Comment, Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law ([2014] JIANL 28(1) 53-56)


Immigration Asylum and Personal

Rowena provides representation and advice to those with appeals in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber (First-tier and Upper Tribunals) and in immigration judicial review claims. Her expertise covers all areas of immigration and asylum law including the Refugee Convention, the European Convention on Human Rights, European Economic Area law, nationality law, detention and bail, removal and deportation, and the Immigration Rules including entry clearance and points based system applications.

Rowena frequently provides lectures and training on immigration and asylum law including, recently, at the Westminster Policy Forum on the future of judicial review (2015) and the Hart Judicial Review conference (2014). She is the current author of the Lexis Nexis Practice Notes on immigration appeals.

During her time as a judicial assistant at the Supreme Court, Rowena worked on a number of important immigration cases, including MA (Somalia) [2010] UKSC 49, Lumba, [2011] UKSC 12, Cart [2011] UKSC 28, and RT (Zimbabwe) [2012] UKSC 38.

Immigration Business and Commercial

Rowena has advised on cases under the Points Based System in connection with proceedings in both the Immigration and Asylum Chamber and the Administrative Court.

Administrative Law and Public Law

Rowena is regularly instructed in in judicial review proceedings challenging the decisions of public authorities. She has a particular interest in the reforms to judicial review and has published on the topic as well as working closely with ILPA, including involvement in drafting responses to the Government’s consultations on judicial review. She has specific expertise in relation to EU aspects of judicial review claims and is co-author of EU Law in Judicial Review (OUP 2014).

Actions against the Police and Public Authorities

Rowena is interested in claims arising out of unlawful detention under the Immigration Acts. Whilst judicial assistant to Lord Dyson MR at the Supreme Court she worked in particular on Lumba v SSHD [2011] UKSC 12. She also has substantial experience of bail hearings in the First-tier Tribunal, and has acted pro bono for Bail for Immigration Detainees.

International Law

Rowena has particular expertise in European human rights and European Union law. Her background is in EU law and she is co-author of EU Law in Judicial Review. She has also taught EU law on the Graduate Diploma in Law (2008-2009).

Equality and Discrimination

Rowena has expertise in equality and discrimination law, particularly cases with an EU element, and is keen to accept instructions in this area.

Community Care and Health

Rowena is eager to accept instructions in particular on issues arising from asylum support provision.


BA Hons (Oxon) English Literature and Modern Languages (First)

Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction)

Inner Temple Scholarship

LLM in European Law, College of Europe, Bruges (Distinction)

DPhil in Law (Oxon)



French (fluent)

Spanish (working)



Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association

The Constitutional & Administrative Law Bar Association

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