Pierre is a specialist immigration and human rights barrister with over 5 years’ experience practising in the field of immigration and asylum, as both a Level 3 OISC-accredited advocate and since being called to the Bar. He is also experienced in general civil and criminal matters and often accepts instructions in the county, magistrates and Crown courts, particularly where cases have aspects which are related to the immigration regime.
Pierre acts most regularly in appeals and judicial reviews across a wide range of immigration, asylum and nationality law matters in the IAC and Administrative Court. He also has a growing drafting practice with successes in the IAC, High Court and Court of Appeal.
Prior to pupillage Pierre spent over 3 years working as an immigration advocate at a private firm in London. During this time, he gained experience advising clients across the full spectrum of immigration categories and appeared frequently for clients in the Immigration Tribunal in bail hearings and asylum, human rights and EEA appeals.
Recent cases in which Pierre has been involved include: a successful judicial review challenging a nationality decision after a decade trying to establish the claim and four refused applications in R (Salih) v SSHD  EWHC 2539 (Admin); an appeal against deprivation of citizenship on national security grounds following remittal to SIAC by the Supreme Court in Pham (“B2”); a JR and subsequent appeal concerning registration under the statelessness provisions of the British Nationality Act 1981 in MK (India); several out of hours applications for injunctions successfully preventing removal and numerous challenges to Home Office policy and the Immigration Rules.
Pierre has a particular interest in judicial review work, with an emphasis on challenges to nationality decisions under the 1947 and 1981 Acts. He has also brought a number of successful claims on public law grounds on behalf of Tier 2 sponsors and Tier 1 entrepreneurs under the PBS.
Pierre is particularly sensitive to vulnerable clients, with experience in cases involving unaccompanied minors and clients with physical and mental health issues. Pierre also has represented foreign criminals and often acts pro bono in bail and substantive matters on behalf of individuals and charities in some of the most difficult cases in the immigration system.
BPTC, University of Law, Bloomsbury
MA Law, University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College
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