Immigration Detention

Practice Summary

Claims arising out of Immigration Detention draw on Doughty Street’s traditional strengths:  immigration; civil actions against public authorities; and public law. 


We have established the Immigration Detention group, the first and, so far, only such specialist grouping at the Bar. The aim is to pool our collective expertise in the field, add value and promote best practice. 


The team includes a wide-range of practitioners with significant experience in challenging unlawful immigration detention and pursuing civil damages claims arising out of detention under the Immigration Acts.  Our members have been instructed in many of the leading cases over the past decade and have helped shape this fast moving area of law. Our members are also experienced in negotiating settlements in the best interests of clients and in working proactively with solicitors to do so at the earliest possible stage in litigation.


Members of the team lecture widely and have authored a number of important practitioners’ texts, including: Foreign National Prisoners, Law and Practice, LAG 2012, Laura Dubinsky with Alasdair Mackenzie and Hamish Arnott; The Law of Habeas Corpus (3rd Ed) Judith Farbey QC, R.J. Sharpe, and Simon Atrill; and Asylum and the European Convention on Human Rights (5th edition), 2010, Council of Europe Human Rights Files, Nuala Mole and Catherine Meredith.


For a selection of the team's cases please click here.


Click here to read the team blog.

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