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Year of Call:  1994

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Alison Harvey Immigration

Alison Harvey has returned to practice from the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association where she was General Secretary, then Legal Director. 

She trains, lectures and writes widely on immigration, asylum, nationality and human rights law.  She is a contributor to Fransman’s British Nationality Law and to Macdonald’s Immigration law and Practice.

She has worked in the UK and overseas, representing clients before the Home Office, tribunals and courts, including working at the Refugee Legal Centre, Asylum Aid, and South West Law. She has worked with refugees, the internally displaced and the trafficked for the UN in West Africa, Darfur and Azerbaijan.  She has worked extensively on the development of immigration law and policy in the UK, advising those lobbying on, and challenging, a total of nine immigration Acts (to date) as well as on the development of the points-based system and the immigration aspects of Brexit.  Recent training credits include ‘The Immigration Act 2016’, ‘Nationality Law is Fun’ and ‘Advanced Naturalisation’ for the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association and ‘Trafficking: identifying and assisting victims’ for Free Movement.

She is co-chair of the Trustees of Kalayaan, working with overseas domestic workers, and led for Kalayaan in its work with its legal team for its intervention in the Supreme Court in the Reyes case.

She has been appointed Special Advisor to the Joint Committee on Human Rights for its enquiry Detention of Windrush Generation.


Joint Hons French and Philosophy (Oxon.)
MA Human Rights and Civil Liberties Law. 
Diploma in Law.                        

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Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law
Member of the Expert Advisory Panel of the Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants.  Chair of Trustees, Kalayaan (working with overseas domestic workers).                  


Described by one admirer as a ‘star of the immigration law world’, she will be missed by the many lawyers she has inspired over her years at the [Immigration Law Practitioners’] association. As a trainer and writer, she is a leader in her field… the area of law in which she enjoys such a high reputation…Her forensic attention to detail has also proved invaluable in the ongoing wrangles over the detail of legal aid policy and regulations.”

Steve Hynes, Legal Action Group

“If you want to look up how the Immigration Act 2016 works in practice, A Guide to the Immigration Act 2016 by Alison Harvey and Zoe Harper is the definitive guide to the legislation.” Colin Yeo, review on FreeMovement.org.uk.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS                                                    

Nationality law: righting the wrongs of history: (2017) Vol. 31, No.4 IANL 289-307

A Guide to the Immigration Act 2016, Alison Harvey and Zoe Harper, Bloomsbury Professional, 24 March 2017

Implications of Brexit for Immigration Law, Legal Action, November 2016

‘” Omnibus liberis hominibus”: The Rights of Refugees, Migrants and Exiles’, in E. Gibson-Morgan and A Chommeloux (Eds) The Rights and Aspirations of the Magna Carta (Springer, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

Deprivation of nationality: implications for the fight against statelessness, Questions of International Law, 30 September 2016

‘Immigration detention in the UK: recent developments’ (2016) Vol. 30, No.3 IANL 222-251

Contributor to Ian Macdonald QC and Ronan Toal (Eds), Immigration Law and Practice, (Ninth edition) (Butterworths Lexis Nexis, 2015)

‘Citizenship: a right or a commodity to be bought and sold?’  Paper for Biennial Global Immigration conference November 2015 (International Bar Association, 2015)

Use it lose it: legal aid for immigration cases, Legal Action, June 2015

‘Recent Developments on Deprivation of Nationality on Grounds of National Security and Terrorism Resulting in Statelessness’, [2014] Vol. 28, No. 4 IANL, 336-354

‘The UK's new statelessness determination procedure in context’ [2013] Vol. 27, No. 4 IANL 294-314

Contributor to H. Crawley (Ed.), Working with children and young people subject to immigration control: Guidelines for best practice, (ILPA)

Resources Guide for Legal Practitioners Working with Refugee Children (Third Edition), (ILPA 2012)

Contributor to L. Fransman, British Nationality Law (Third Edition), (Bloomsbury Professional 2011)

‘Statelessness: the "de facto" statelessness debate’ [2010] Vol. 24, No. 3 IANL, 257-264

Ian Macdonald QC, Laurie Fransman QC, Adrian Berry, Alison Harvey, Hina Majid, and Ronan Toal Blackstone's Guide to the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 (OUP 2009)

The Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 [2010] Vol. 24, No. 2, IANL, 113-132

‘The draft (Partial) Immigration and Citizenship Bill and related documents (Legislative Comment)’ [2008] Vol. 22, No. 4 IANL, 322-332

‘Human trafficking - the road to ratification of the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Beings in the UK’ [2008] Vol. 22, No.3 IANL 218-235

‘Expulsion and exclusion’ [2007] Vol 22 No. 3 IANL, 208-222

Contributor to M. Symes and D. Jones (Eds.), Immigration Accreditation Manual (first and second editions), (HJT Training, 2005 and 2006)

Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants Etc.) Act 2004, (Butterworth’s Lexis Nexis, 2004)

Contributor to Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, Current Law Series) (Sweet & Maxwell, 2003)

Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, (Butterworth’s Tolley 2003)

‘The 1999 Immigration and Asylum Act and how to challenge it: a legal view’ in S. Cohen, B. Humphries and E. Mynott (Eds.), From Immigration controls to Welfare controls, State of Welfare Series) (Routledge 2001)

Contributing editor to Butterworth’s Immigration Law Handbook (Butterworth’s Tolley, 2001)

Contributing editor Butterworth’s Immigration Law Service, (99-2001; 2003-2006)

Reviewing the Asylum Determination procedure: a casework study (Refugee Legal Centre, 1998)

‘The risks of getting it wrong’ in F. Nicholson and P. Twomey (Eds) Current Issues in UK Asylum Law and Policy, (Ashgate, 1998)

The risks of getting it wrong (Asylum Rights Campaign, 1996)