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, asylum and nationality law. She accepts direct access work in appropriate 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 worked in the UK and overseas, including with refugees, the internally displaced and the trafficked for the UN and NGOs 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 and the immigration aspects of Brexit. 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’ and ‘Unlawful detention’ for Free Movement. She regularly contributes case notes for use by practitioners to the Free Movement website.
She divides her time between London and the West Country.
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 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.
Bar Council representative to Home Office Simplification of the [Immigration] Rules Review Committee
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 Lexis PSL Consulting Editorial Board
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
Anti-trafficking Legal Project
Housing and Immigration Group
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
Joint Hons French and Philosophy (Oxon)
MA Human Rights and Civil Liberties Law.
Diploma in Law.
Legal analysis of incorporating into UK law the birthright commitment under the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement 1998, Northern Irish Human Rights Commission and Irish Human Rights and Equalities Commission, March 2020
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’,  Vol. 28, No. 4 IANL, 336-354
‘The UK’s new statelessness determination procedure in context’  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)
Contributor to L. Fransman, British Nationality Law (Third Edition), (Bloomsbury Professional 2011)
‘Statelessness: the “de facto” statelessness debate’  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  Vol. 24, No. 2, IANL, 113-132
‘The draft (Partial) Immigration and Citizenship Bill and related documents (Legislative Comment)’  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’  Vol. 22, No.3 IANL 218-235
‘Expulsion and exclusion’  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 and 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)