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Year of Call:  1993

Position:  Head of Immigration, Asylum & Nationality

Joanne Rothwell Public Law CV

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Joanne Rothwell - Public Law

Joanne has expertise in all areas of Immigration and Nationality law and European law at all levels including the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal, Administrative Court, House of Lords and European Court of Justice.

Joanne has a varied practice within her field and is instructed by Local Authorities, NGO’s, Law Centres and Private Law firms. 

Joanne has a special interest in the crossover of immigration law with family law and prepares opinions for Local Authorities and Law firms for use in the Family Division. 

Joanne undertakes seminars at solicitors firms and is an assessor at Central Law Training. 

Joanne practices Immigration and Nationality Law and European law relating to free movement of people, business immigration and deportation issues.

From a nursing and counselling background with emphasis on mental and women’s health, Joanne’s dissertation in her LLB (Hons) focused on Judicial Review within the area of Mental Health.


LLB (Hons), RGN (Registered General Nurse), RMN (Registered Mental Nurse)




Joanne was appointed as at part-time (fee paid) Immigration Judge within the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal in 2006 and as an Adjudicator for the Legal Services Commission for Funding Review in 2005.

Joanne is a consultant for Azarmi & Co Legal Services. 


Routinely acts for highly vulnerable clients, including minors and individuals with mental health issues. Her broad caseload regularly sees her acting in complex immigration, asylum and nationality matters.
Chambers UK 2017

?Very friendly and cordial while staying highly professional.’
Legal 500 2016

Sits as a Tribunal Judge and has a wealth of experience handling nationality, asylum and EU free movement matters. She has a particular interest in cases featuring mental health issues. "She is phenomenally clever and wonderfully capable." "Every time there is an element of complexity of law or sensitive issues, she is the one I go to without fail."
Chambers UK, 2016

‘Her areas of expertise include free movement of people, business immigration and deportation issues.
Legal 500, 2015

'Adopts a hands-on approach.'
Legal 500 2014

She is "a real stalwart," according to those that use her. 
Chambers UK 2014

The 'impressive' Joanne Rothwell
Legal 500 2013

Joanne Rothwell is a part-time immigration judge and a highly experienced immigration junior. Sources are extremely impressed with her industriousness and "amazing success rate."
Chambers UK 2013


R v SSHD ex parte Boybeyi [1997] INLR 130 CA

Zeqiri v SSHD [2001] 1 All ER (D) 120

R v SSHD ex parte Zeqiri [2002] UKHL 3

R (on the application of Tum and Dari) v SSHD [2004]1 CMLR 1091

R (on the application of Tum and Dari) v SSHD [2004] 2 CMLR 1131

DK (Serbia) v SSHD [2006] All ER (D) 312 (Dec)

R (on the application of Tum and Dari) v SSHD (Case C-16/05) [2008] 1 CMLR 18 [2007], [2007] All ER (D) 115 (Sep) ECJ. 

SSHD v TB (Jamaica) [2008] All ER (D) 90 Aug