Samina Iqbal

Samina Iqbal

Call: 1999

The Legal 500, 2020 Edition

"Knows immigration law inside-out and is impressive on paper as well as on her feet."

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Since 2000, Samina specialises in immigration law with a background in family law.  She has recommended as a Leading Barrister in Band 4 in immigration law by The Legal 500 2020 Edition as someone who ‘knows immigration law inside-out and is impressive on paper as well as on her feet. ’

She is joint-head of the Immigration team with her colleague Sarah Pinder.  She is also committed to providing training to pupil barristers and was approved to become a pupil supervisor in 2011.  In suitable cases, Samina will undertake direct access work for members of the public.

Samina was also first appointed as a Fee-Paid Judge in the First-Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) in 2006 and was at the time one of the youngest appointees.  She has subsequently been appointed to the Social Entitlement Chamber in 2018 and in 2017, as an Environment and Traffic Adjudicator.

Samina has also often been called upon as immigration expert in family proceedings on issues of nationality, status and rights of parties.  Her expertise is underlined by the article she co-authored on “Family and Immigration Proceedings – treading the minefield for the practitioner” for the  Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law Journal (IANLJ).

Languages spoken:

  • Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi
  • Kiswahili
  • Basic German, Basic Italian

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Immigration Barrister

Her practice in this area of law has grown over the years, alongside her commitment to ensure that those most vulnerable members of society receive the best possible representation.  She is passionate about access to justice and consistently delivers excellent client-care and service.

Samina has been instructed to act on a number of complex business immigration cases and she has never failed to impress clients with the depth and breadth of her knowledge, given her background in this area.  Samina is approachable, with a very loyal following of clients, especially as she is known to be efficient and organised in her work.

Her practice in immigration is extensive, including being instructed regularly as counsel on Judicial Reviews matters and appeals to the Court of Appeal.  She has also in the past been instructed as counsel in SIAC cases.

She regularly delivers training in relation to the latest immigration developments, is contributor to Lexis Nexis’ practice notes, as well as their webinars.  Samina is also an editor for Butterworths Immigration Law Service

Selected Training

EU citizens in the UK after Brexit (2019/2020) – AstenJ Professional Training

The Do’s and Don’ts of EU Settled Status applications (2019) – Society of British-Bangladeshi Solicitors

Unlawful Detention in Civil Courts (2018/2019) – Goldsmith Chambers, AstenJ Professional Training& Law Friends Society with promotion clip here

Webinar on Hostile Environment Measures with Sarah Pinder (2019) – Lexis Nexis

Webinar on Immigration Law – Spring Update with Kezia Tobin (2019) – Lexis Nexis

“Samina Iqbal is thorough in her preparation and engaging in her delivery.  Her seminars are well received for focusing on relevant topics with practical skills and knowledge”, Wasantha Tennakoon, Principal at AstenJ Professional Training

Other Training

Samina’s commitment to training newly qualified advocates, led to her co-founding, a pro-bono organisation, WiGS (Women Internationally Gaining Skills) to support female advocates, in countries where there is a greater need for legal representation of women appearing in Courts at all levels, and a marked absence of female advocates able to provide such representation. Samina trained in the ‘The Hampel Method’, used by the four Inns of Court in the UK.  WiGS’ and Samina’s first project was met with immense positive and enthusiastic participation, running successfully from the 6th March 2020 to 8th March 2020 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Notable cases:

    • AK (Pakistan) – C5/2020/0108Deport appeal by the SSHD, against allowed appeal
    • SE v SSHD (2019) – Successful challenge to the SSHD’s failure to make a lawful decision with reference to the A’s private life in accordance with their own policy guidance.
    • DBD – v SSHD (2019) Successfully challenged the SSHD’s failure to accept an EEA application as valid, on the basis that the sponsor under Regulation 9 of the EEA Regulations, would have to be born British, was discriminatory under EU and domestic law.
    • HMH v SSHD (2019) – challenge SSHD certification of a failure to exercise the “most anxious scrutiny” when giving reasons why there were no very significant obstacles to reintegration and exceptional family life taking place abroad instead of in the UK.
    • GV v SSHD (2018) Granted permission to apply for JR in a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) case on the basis that the SSHD’s failure to request missing documents, which the Applicant had clearly evidenced in his application, fell foul of the common law principles of fairness. Matter was settled by consent.
    • RS v SSHD (2019) –  Challenge to the SSHD’s failure to respond to s.120 notice of RS, following the grant of settlement to her husband, who was the applicant in the reported case of R (on the application of Khan) v SSHD (dishonesty, tax return, paragraph 322(5) [2018] UKUT 00384 (IAC).  Matter settled by consent.
    • BS v SSHD (2018) Challenge to the SSHD’s assertion that TOEIC certificate fraudulently obtained and deception used in BS’s Tier 2 application. SSHD agreed to reconsider in line with Khan & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 1684
    • AK v SSHD (2016) Permission granted on 9 June 2017, to challenge SS certification of a failure to exercise the “most anxious scrutiny” when giving reasons why there were no insurmountable obstacles to family life settled by consent.
    • Zekaj, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 1643 (Admin) (26 April 2016) -Permission refused by the High Court, subsequently granted by the COA on the papers – trafficking case – settled by consent on 16thJanuary 2017
    • CD (Jamaica) C5/2015/2236 – deportation appeal of SSHD dismissed – 14thJuly 2016
    • JM v SSHD (2016)  – substantive JR dismissed – fresh claim in relation to disputed Eritrean/Ethiopian Nationality – 25thSeptember 2016
    • MT v SSHD (2015) substantive JR allowed – fresh claim in relation to Art 8 and carers – 9thMay 2016
    • MBv SSHD (2013) –  Permission granted on fresh claim 5thOctober 2016 – settled by consent
    • YP (Sri Lanka) [2015] EWCA Civ 1565 – deportation appeal dismissed – 8th December 2015
    • Hormozi CO/4803/2015 Hungary Dublin II – permission granted – settled by consent – 26thNovember 2015
    • Sv SSHD (2013) –  substantive JR dismissed –validity of application – 5th February 2015
    • R (on the application of Iqbal) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 1822 (Admin)
    • OS (Pakistan) [2014] EWCA Civ 949 Permission granted – evidential flexibility – settled – 17thJune 2013
    • Agubata v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 140(26 January 2012) 
    • MM and SA (Pankina: near-miss) Pakistan [2010] UKUT 481 (IAC)
    • BB v SSHD: SC/26/2003 (SIAC case – Challenge to the decision of the Entry Clearance Officer to refuse entry to an Indian National resident in the UK on the basis of national security. Matter was conceded before it went to court on the basis of representation made.
    • HH (Adjudicator reasoning – Risk on return) Afghanistan [2003] UKIAT 00138
    • The Secretary of State for the Home Department v Badu [2002] UKIAT 04731
    • Alfred Buba, Skender Rama (KLA – Deserters) Kosovo CG [2001] UKIAT 00003


  • Co-Authored – “Family and immigration Proceedings – treading the minefield for the practitioner” for the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law Journal (IANLJ) (Vol 33, No.3, 2019)
  • Contributing author to Butterworths Immigration Law Service
  • Contributing author to the LexisPSL Immigration
  • “Homeward Bound for Families Unlawfully Deported” –   LexisWeb
  • Practice Note on “Detention, temporary admission and bail” 2014 and 2015– LexisWeb
  • Practice Note on “Illegal Working”– 2011 – LexisWeb.


2018 – to date: Fee Paid Immigration Judge: Social Entitlement Chamber

2017: Environment and Traffic Adjudicators

2006 – to date: Fee Paid Immigration Judge: Immigration and Asylum Chamber

2004 – 2015: Adjudicator: Legal Services Commission Funding Review for                                   Immigration cases.

2011: Pupil Supervisor





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