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Senior Practice Manager:
Abdul Hafeez

Practice Group Clerks:
Craig Wain

Lucas Bennett
Gavin John
Christy Irvine

Chief Executive & Director of Clerking
Tony McDaid

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Tel: +44 (0) 845 210 5555
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Becket Bedford - Public Law

Expert in nationality, immigration and asylum law, human rights, EU and discrimination law. 

Major private clients include Samsung and businesses seeking advice and representation in connection with work in the UK, residency, citizenship, and EEA free movement.

Publicly funded work, including country guidance cases, for asylum seekers, exclusion case, unaccompanied minors, deportees, and victims of domestic abuse. 

Will make emergency telephone applications for injunction in third country cases. Will apply for discretionary leave and damages arising out of delay. 

Permitted to undertake work on a direct public access basis. 

Particular expertise on the Refugee Convention and on the Common European Asylum System: Dublin II, Qualification Directive, Procedures directive and EU Charter of Fundamental Rights; as well as Free Movement or Residence Directive and the EEA Regulations 2006.

Appears regularly before the full Court of Appeal, and by video link from Chambers on applications the Court of Appeal, to the Administrative Court, as well as in Tribunal. Has considerable experience in petitioning the Lords, the European Court of Human Rights, and the European Court of Justice.

Paper based practice consists mainly of advices, settling grounds for reconsideration and of appeal to the court of appeal, drafting grounds for judicial review, petitions to the Lords and the ECtHR as well as applications for preliminary ruling from the ECJ.


LLB (Hons) (Wales)
Winston Churchill Prize 1989
Bar Council European Stagiaire 1990
Approved for direct public access

Public Procurement in Europe: enforcement and remedies, Butterworths (1997) 
European Travel Laws, Wiley & Son (1997)


Cases of Note:
(Court of Appeal or above)
• KH (Sudan) v SSHD [2008] EWCA Civ 807 (test case on Dafur and internal relocation under Refugee Convention)
• FJ (Iran) v SSHD [2008] EWCA Civ 865 (Error of law - Reasons challenge)
• HH (Iran) v SSHD [2008] EWCA Civ 504 (Attempt to assert asylum as a civil claim within meaning of article 6 ECHR) 
• R (H) (by OH) v SSHD [2008] EWCA Civ 245 (whether by Articles 8 and 14 ECHR, rights available to EU citizens in the UK should be accorded to domestic citizens too)
• IO (Somalia) v SSHD [2008] EWCA Civ 1457
• Brown v L.B. Croydon [2007] EWCA 32 (test case on the application of the reverse burden of proof in discrimination claims) 
• AG & Ors v SSHD [2006] EWCA Civ 1342 (test case on returns to Somalia - whether UK policy infringed UN sanctions)
• Ali v SSHD [2006] EWCA Civ 484 (whether EU Residence directive demonstrated lacuna in former restrictions on free movement) 
• Ibrahim v SSHD (2005) 14 December 2005 (error of law – reasons challenge)
• Ahmed v SSHD [2005] EWCA Civ 636 (reversed following successful application to the ECtHR Ahmed v UK (31668/05)
• Omar v SSHD [2005] EWCA Civ 285 (whether EU Regulation incorporated the Dublin Convention into domestic law)
• Otshudi v SSHD [2004] EWCA Civ 893 (whether lawful to accept the asylum claim of one brother but to reject that of another with identical history)
• Jay v UK (ECtHR) 30242/03 (whether widower entitled to widows’ pension discrimination under articles 8 and 14 ECHR and article 1 of Protocol 1) 
• Joynson v European Commission [2002] ECR II – 2085 (judicial review of European Commision decision by CFI)
• Roberts v European Commission [2001] ECR II – 1881 (judicial review of European Commission decision by CFI)
• Portman Building Society v Dusangh [2000] EWCA Civ 142; (2000) Lloyds Rep Bank 197 (modern case on unconscionable bargain)
• Parkes v Esso Petroleum Co Ltd [1999] EWCA Civ 1942 (test case on petrol tie and commercial agents)
• Crehan v Courage Ltd [1999] EWCA Civ 1501 (test case on claim for damages under article 81 against co-contractor)
• Trent Taverns v Sykes [1999] EWCA Civ 643 (test case on claim for damages under article 81 against co-contractor and whether CA bound by its own previous decision on EU law)
• Gibbs Mew PLC v Gemmel [1998] EWCA Civ 1262 (test case on claim for damages under article 81 against co-contractor)
• Harrison v Matthew Brown PLC [1997] EWCA Civ 2606 (Beer tie case)
• Greenalls Management Ltd v Canavan [1997] EWCA Civ 2240 (application of block exemption overturned in Joynson above)