Lawrence Youssefian

Lawrence Youssefian

Call: 2013

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Lawrence is an immigration practitioner with over 8 years’ experience, specialising in UK immigration, asylum and nationality matters. He has a busy practice representing individuals in the First-tier and Upper Tribunal, as well as the High Court and the Court of Appeal, in which his presentations are consistently commended by instructing solicitors and Judges. He is developing a reputation as a fearless and tenacious advocate, having won numerous difficult cases with limited prospects of success. As a conscientious and dedicated advocate, Lawrence welcomes a collaborative approach with solicitors to ensure the highest prospects of success.

Lawrence has a keen interest in contentious immigration matters, and is experienced in cases involving human rights, deportation, EEA, asylum, deprivation of citizenship, PBS, and bail hearings. With a growing expertise in technical and complex issues, Lawrence has had notable success in deportation/cessation cases involving criminality, long residence cases with excess absences, and cases involving children (both in-country and entry clearance). Lawrence also has an excellent track record with cases involving allegations of deception, including deprivation of citizenship, ETS/TOEIC, and Tier 1 (General) tax discrepancy cases.

Lawrence is highly experienced in Judicial Reviews and has secured permissions both on the papers and at permission hearings. He has been instructed on a number of urgent matters, some merely hours before permission hearings. He is also experienced with successfully drafting grounds of appeal to the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

Direct Access

Lawrence accepts instructions directly from the members of the public without the need to engage a solicitor or a legal representative.

Before joining the Bar, Lawrence worked at a boutique immigration and human rights law firm as an in-house appeals advocate. He also spent 2 years at a set of Chambers that focussed on direct access work. His considerable experience in working with members of the public and familiarity with all stages of legal casework therefore gives him an edge when assisting clients on a direct access basis. Lawrence is professional and approachable, making him adept at dealing with difficult, sensitive, and vulnerable clients.

Pro Bono

Lawrence frequently accepts pro bono instructions from Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit), Bail for Immigration Detainees, and Somers Town Legal Advice Corner.

Languages spoken:

Japanese and Persian


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Immigration and Public Law Barrister

Lawrence has a keen interest in deepening his knowledge of immigration law. He writes on a range of immigration law issues, and is a contributing author for LexisPSL Immigration where he provides case summaries, analyses, and commentaries. He has written on topics including ETS/TOEIC, tax discrepancy cases, human rights, and Common Travel Areas. He is also on the LexisPSL Q&A panel of authors. In addition, Lawrence delivers trainings in immigration law to various organisations, including AstenJ and Law Friends Society; his training has been described as “clear and accurate, simplifying a complex area for the audience” by a former Upper Tribunal Judge in attendance.

Before joining the Bar, Lawrence interned for seven months at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He was part of the defence team for cases involving Kenya and Sudan. He also assisted in the Kosovar case of The Special Prosecutor v. Fatmir Limaj, where his work contributed to the defendant’s acquittal for war crimes.

Having been born and raised in Japan to British-Iranian parents, Lawrence is fluent in Japanese and Persian. Beyond his legal interests, Lawrence enjoys photography. His work has been displayed at exhibitions, featured in National Geographic, and published in coffee table books.

Education & Qualifications

LL.B. (Hons) – University of Liverpool (2008 – 2011)

BPTC – Kaplan Law School (2012 – 2013)


Contributing Author for LexisPSL Immigration

Q&A Panel of Author for LexisPSL Immigration

Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)

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