Sanaz Saifolahi

Sanaz Saifolahi

Call: 2000

"She is an outstanding lawyer with a superb legal intellect and excellent tactical skills. She prepares methodically leaving nothing to chance, is very hard-working and has an excellent knowledge of the relevant law."

Legal 500 - 2022

"She is exceptionally strong in cases involving EU freedom of movement and human rights law."


‘Sanaz is an outstanding lawyer. She prepares her submissions fastidiously and they are invariably cogent and persuasive. She has an excellent knowledge of relevant case law and statutory guidance and is impressive both on paper and in court.’

Legal 500-2024

“Excellent counsel covering a range of areas in the field of immigration law and practice. Consistently meticulous and conscientious in her work and importantly receives excellent client feed back.”

Solicitor client

"She is technically gifted, has a keen eye for detail and is able to simplify complex issues."

Chambers & Partners 2024

"Thorough, logical and exceptionally knowledgeable, which immediately puts clients and instructing solicitors at ease."

Chambers & Partners 2024

‘Sanaz is a brilliant and confident advocate; her drafting skills are impeccable and knowledge on immigration/public law is second to none.’

Legal 500 2021

"Sanaz Saifolahi is a renowned immigration barrister with considerable experience in the rights of EU nationals and their families. She has deep expertise in all aspects of human rights law and acts for a range of clients, including highly vulnerable individuals."

Chambers & Partners 2022

‘Sanaz is an exceptionally talented barrister with an impressive analytical mind and an in-depth knowledge of the relevant law and procedure, which includes keeping closely up-to-date with changes.'

Legal 500 2023

"Sanaz is approachable and highly pragmatic, offering clients a grounded perspective to appropriately manage expectations."

Chambers & Partners - 2024

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Sanaz is ranked as a leading junior within Legal 500 2024 edition (Band 2- immigration) and within Chambers & Partners 2024 edition (Band 4-immigration). She is an established practitioner within immigration, asylum, human rights and public law, including SIAC.  Her passion for this area of law began when she undertook an internship at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1999, working on the Kosovo repatriation programme.

She is well regarded for her meticulous case preparation, effective advocacy and her empathetic, personable nature.

Fully committed to legally aided clients, Sanaz is also instructed by private clients, businesses, OISC organisations and charities. She is qualified to undertake direct access work.

Sanaz was recognised in the ‘Junior Pro Bono Barrister of the Year’category at the Advocate Pro Bono awards 2019 and was awarded a High Commendation for her work.

In addition, Goldsmith Chambers received a commendation for ‘Outstanding Achievement’ at the LexisNexis 2020 Legal Awards in the Case of the Year category for Banger (see below) in which Sanaz represented Ms Banger, with Anthony Metzer KC.

Sanaz was also shortlisted in the ‘Barrister/Advocate of the Year’ category at the Women in Law Awards 2020.

As a mentor for law students through the University of Warwick Bar Society and Bridging the Bar, Sanaz recognises the importance of providing support and guidance to those hoping to enter the profession and in particular, those from underrepresented groups.

She is also available to deliver training and seminars for professional clients, businesses (including HR) and charities on all aspects of immigration law.

Farsi (conversational).




Interested in instructing Ms Saifolahi?

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Immigration Barrister

Notable Cases

  • GH v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2023]- The applicant was granted entry into the UK under the EEA Regulations and then applied for leave to remain under EUSS. The case concerns the interpretation of “facilitation of residence” following Celik. Permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal granted by the Court of Appeal.
  • Rexhaj (extended family members: assumed dependency) [2023] UKUT 00161
  • Elais v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] Sanaz represented the appellant before the FtT against the refusal of a residence card as a durable partner of an EEA National. The case was later reported in the Upper Tribunal.

  • The Queen on the application of D v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] – Permission granted in an oral permission application.  It was argued that a domestic violence application was a human rights application and on this basis, the applicant ought to have the right of appeal to the First Tier Tribunal.
  • The Queen on the application of P v SSHD [2019] – Sanaz was led by Anthony Metzer KC in this significant judicial review where it was argued that the EEA Regulations were unlawful in failing to recognise the extended family members of an EEA national’s spouse. A second challenge was raised challenging the removal of appeal rights for extended family members following Banger. The SSHD conceded the written application on the basis that she would amend the Regulations, which was done – see changes in regulations here.
  • Banger (EEA: EFM – Right of Appeal) [2019] UKUT 00194(IAC)
  • Secretary of State for the Home Department v Banger C-89/17 – Judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union which has resulted in an amendment to The (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016. These amendments have reinstated appeal rights for extended family members and have extended the application of Regulation 9 to include extended family members.
  • Banger (Unmarried Partner of British National : South Africa) [2017] UKUT 125 (IAC) (30 March 2017) – Led by Anthony Metzer KC.  Reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union. Issues: whether the rationale in Surinder Singh applies to the unmarried partner of a British National. Furthermore, whether the removal of extended family members’ appeal rights is contrary to primary EU law.
  • LS (Article 45 TFEU – derivative rights) [2018] UKUT 00426 (IAC) – LS was the primary carer of a British Citizen child. It was successfully argued that Article 45 of the TFEU applied and that on this basis LS ought to be able to remain in the UK.


Assessor for the Law Society Immigration Law Advanced Accreditation Scheme


Assessor for the Law Society ‘Immigration Law Advanced’ Accreditation Scheme


Immigration Law Practitioners Association


Finalist – Women in Law Awards 2020 – Barrister of the Year

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