Sarah Pinder

Sarah Pinder

Call: 2006

"Her standout qualities are how approachable, level-headed, smart and patient she is."

Legal 500 2017 (Immigration)

"Her combination of immigration and children law expertise sets her apart."

Legal 500 2016 (Immigration)

"She has an excellent grasp of the issues".

Legal 500 2015 (Immigration)

"A real rising star"

Legal 500 2014 (Immigration)

"An excellent advocate with a high success rate because of her aptitude and preparation."

Legal 500 2018 (Immigration)

"A very effective, calm and considered approach in advocacy, an attribute which is often well-received by judges."

Legal 500 2020 (Immigration)

"Sarah Pinder is an experienced immigration law trainer reputed for her knowledge packed seminars which offer an abundance of practical skills and technical insight."

Wasantha Tennakoon, Principal at AstenJ Professional Training

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Sarah practises in the fields of immigration law with some family law (children).  She has been recommended as a Leading Barrister in Band 4 in immigration law by the Legal 500.  In the 2020 edition, Sarah is described as having ‘a very effective, calm and considered approach in advocacy, an attribute which is often well-received by judges. ’  She has been previously recommended for being ‘an excellent advocate with a high success rate because of her aptitude and preparation’ , whose ‘standout qualities are how approachable, level-headed, smart and patient she is’.  Sarah was first listed in the 2014 edition as a “real rising star”.

Prior to joining the Bar, Sarah practised in immigration and asylum law as a senior caseworker in a not-for-profit organisation in South London.  This has given her the grass-roots experience in preparing cases before they reach appeal stage as well as a grounding for true team-work with her professional and lay clients.

Sarah is committed to publicly funded work and ensuring access to justice for those most vulnerable. She is naturally friendly and approachable as well as meticulous and creative in her approach to cases.  In suitable cases, Sarah will undertake public access work, directly for members of the public. In chambers, Sarah leads the immigration team together with her colleague Samina Iqbal.

Sarah has recently been appointed as a part-time First-Tier-Tribunal Judge of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, sitting in Birmingham IAC.  In July 2015, Sarah was also appointed as an Independent Funding and Costs Adjudicator for the Legal Aid Agency.

Sarah is bi-lingual in French and has a fair knowledge of German.

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Immigration Barrister

Sarah is a highly effective and sensitive advocate and is passionate for the field of immigration law and all that it encompasses.  Sarah has considerable experience in all aspects of immigration, asylum and human rights law in the immigration tribunals, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.  Sarah also has expertise in nationality matters.

Sarah has been instructed by family solicitors to provide expert and independent immigration opinions for parties, who have immigration issues and might be involved in care or other proceedings within the family courts.

Sarah is very experienced at delivering training in immigration and nationality law, both through training companies/CPD providers (MBL Seminars, Lexis Nexis, CLT, AstenJ Professional Training & Law Friends Society) and in-house seminars for firms of solicitors and second-tier organisations and associations.  Sarah welcomes these opportunities as a way of updating herself on the law and current practice and liaising with fellow practitioners in a more informal and dynamic environment.

Selected Training

“From Tier 1 Entrepreneurs to Innovators – A Whistle-Stop Tour” – May 2019, Law Friends Society with promotion clip here

“Brexit – Where are we going ?” – October 2019, Law Friends Society with promotion clip here

“The Minefield of Tier 1 Entrepreneur Applications & the Genuineness Test” – July 2019, AstenJ Professional

“Innovator applications – Are they for real !?” – October 2019, AstenJ Professional Training

“Article 8 ECHR Update” – September 2019 & February 2020, Society of British-Bangladeshi Solicitors & AstenJ Professional Training

Webinar on Hostile Environment Measures with Samina Iqbal (2019) – Lexis Nexis

“Sarah Pinder is an experienced immigration law trainer reputed for her knowledge packed seminars which offer an abundance of practical skills and technical insight”, Wasantha Tennakoon, Principal at AstenJ Professional Training

Notable Cases

  • Commonwealth Veterans v SSHD & SSD – Sarah is representing as junior eight Fijian HM Forces veterans in a potential group action against the SSHD and the MOD.  The group action raises intended challenges to the departments’ practices, including (i) breaches of guidance and general failings relating to post-discharge immigration status/procedures; (ii) fees involved in post-discharge applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain; and (iii) the Minimum Income Rule for personnel’s pre-existing families. The claim raises complex, nuanced and historic issues of discriminatory treatment and between Commonwealth and UK personnel/veterans in the enjoyment of rights under the Armed Forces Covenant.  Comparisons have been drawn with Home Office policies on fees and family reunion for Afghan interpreters. There has been domestic and international media interest already cf. Gurkhas with considerable public condemnation of the callous treatment of veterans who have faithfully served the United Kingdom; some for over a decade and whose families have also served the UK in other areas of public life.  The coverage includes: The Guardian 8th March 2020 & 9th March 2020 (quoting Sarah), The Times and The Daily Telegraph 15th March 2020
  • Granted permission to apply in judicial review proceedings in the High Court in a claim involving a dual British national challenging the fairness and rationality of the SSHD’s British passport policy “Use and Change of Names” of 16 August 2016.
  • Granted permission to appeal by the Court of Appeal in judicial review proceedings where the Upper Tribunal refused permission to apply to a team of Tier 1 Entrepreneurs.  Grounds of appeal included procedural unfairness and irrationality.
  • Granted permission to apply for judicial review following an oral renewal hearing in a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) entry clearance case raising irrationality and unfairness grounds in response to a ‘genuineness’ refusal.  This was the second time permission had been granted in the same case as the first set of proceedings settled and the applicant was then refused entry clearance again.
  • Reah, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (IJR) [2016] UKUT 55 (IAC)
  • LH & IP (gay men: risk) Sri Lanka CG [2015] UKUT 00073 (IAC)
  • AK & SK (Christians: risk) Pakistan CG [2014] UKUT 00569 (IAC)
  • Commonwealth HM Forces veteran Judicial review challenge and unlawful detention claim –  Sarah represented a detained former member of HM forces from the Commonwealth.  The case received substantial press coverage: The Telegraph 14.11.2013The Times 14.11.2013The Daily Mail 15.11.2013The Independent 16.11.2013The Guardian 16.11.2013 & The BBC 16.11.2013
  • Rajbhandari (PBS: funds – available) Nepal [2012] UKUT 364 (IAC)

Publications

  • “Immigration Law and Tier 1 Entrepreneur Applications” with Law Brief Publishing Ltd.
  • Contributing author to Lexis PSL Immigration.

Family Barrister

Sarah has developed an expertise in family law, specialising in children law, including both private disputes concerning contact and residence arrangements and public / care proceedings. Through this, Sarah has been able to pursue her keen interest in crossover areas concerning children, their best interests and their interplay.

Appointments


  • Part-time First-Tier-Tribunal Judge in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber (January 2019 – to date)
  • Independent Funding Adjudicator, Legal Aid Agency (July 2015 – to date)
  • Drafting Committee Member, Bar Human Rights Committee (August 2015-2019)

Education & Qualifications


University of Warwick – BA (Hons) Law and Sociology

Lycée International de Ferney-Voltaire, France – Baccalauréat à Option Internationale

Memberships


  • Human Rights Lawyers Association
  • Immigration Law Practitioners Association
  • Bar Human Rights Committee

Recognition


  • Legal 500 – 2018 edition – Band 4: ‘an excellent advocate with a high success rate because of her aptitude and preparation.’
  • Legal 500 – 2017 edition – Band 4: ‘her standout qualities are how approachable, level-headed, smart and patient she is’
  • Legal 500 – 2016 edition – Band 4: ‘her combination of immigration and children law sets her apart’
  • Legal 500 – 2015 edition – Band 4: ‘she has an excellent grasp of the issues’
  • Legal 500 – 2014 edition – Band 4 leading junior counsel in immigration: ‘a real rising star’
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