New Judicial Appointments


Chambers is delighted to announce that two further members of Chambers have been appointed as fee-paid (part-time) members of the judiciary.

Frances Allen

Frances Allen (1995 Call) – Frances has been appointed in two jurisdictions: as Fee-Paid Employment Judge and Fee-Paid Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal, assigned to the Immigration and Asylum Chamber (IAC).

In her practice, Frances practises in public law with particular expertise in immigration and asylum, mental health and capacity, inquests (representing interested persons) and animal rights law. Frances also advises and provides expert opinions on immigration and nationality issues in family proceedings. In May 2017, she was appointed co-author of the Immigration Law Handbook. She has extensive experience of representing vulnerable adults, persons who have been affected by traumatic events, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and victims of trafficking.

Jamil Dhanji (2010 Call) – Jamil has been appointed as Fee-Paid Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal, assigned to the Immigration and Asylum Chamber (IAC).

Jamil is a public and human rights lawyer, specialising in personal and business immigration, international protection and nationality law.  He has over a decade’s experience representing individuals at all levels in appeals and judicial reviews raising issues of asylum & international protection, trafficking, unlawful detention, human rights, EU and nationality law. He also regularly advises and acts for businesses and charitable organisations in immigration matters.

Frances and Jamil are also joined by four other recent appointments to the Employment Tribunal with Guy Davison, Samina Iqbal, Joseph Plowright and Sarah Pinder joining as fee-paid Judges whilst retaining their current appointments as Fee-Paid FTT Judges, assigned to the IAC.


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