Alison Harvey

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Alison Harvey returned to practice in 2017 from the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association where she was General Secretary, then Legal Director.
She represents clients in the high court and in the tribunals, particularly in the Upper Tribunal. A substantial part of her practice is advice on complex points of immigration and nationality law. She accepts direct access work in appropriate cases. She also acts as an expert witness in immigration cases, including professional negligence cases.
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 advised on the civil penalty regime, and the different tiers of the points-based system. She has considerable experience with the “good character and incorrect tax returns” cases, being an expert on good character through her work on nationality law.
She has worked in the UK and overseas, in West Africa, Darfur, Azerbaijan and Greece. 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, where she was present at the meetings in negotiation with the Home Office and the immigration aspects of Brexit. Training credits include ‘The Immigration Act 2016’ for the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association. She regularly contributes case notes for use by practitioners to the Free Movement website.
She divides her time between London and the West Country and is happy to see clients in London or Bristol.
Fluent in French
“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
“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
Bar Council representative to Home Office Simplification of the [Immigration] Rules Review Committee
Member Lexis PSL Consulting Editorial Board
Researcher, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Citizenship and the Good Friday agreement
Advisor to the Joint Committee on Human Rights in the UK parliament for its enquiry into immigration detention, specialising in the detention of the Windrush generation.
Member, editorial board of the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law
Chair of Trustees, Kalayaan (working with migrant domestic workers)
Associate member, European Network on Statelessness
Member, Expert Advisory Panel of the Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants
Inner Temple Major Scholarship
Administrative Law Bar Association
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
Joint Hons French and Philosophy (Oxon.)
MA Human Rights and Civil Liberties Law
Diploma in Law
Alison has written in the below:
Nationality law: righting the wrongs of history: (2017) Vol. 31, No.4 IANL 289-307A
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)
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
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 and Maxwell, 2003)
Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, (Butterworth’s Tolley 2003)
Contributing editor to Butterworth’s Immigration Law Handbook (Butterworth’s Tolley, 2001)
Contributing editor Butterworth’s Immigration Law Service, (99-2001; 2003-2006)

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