With a PhD in Law from King’s College London (2019) and an LLM from Harvard Law School (2001, Kennedy Memorial Trust Scholar) Dr Chelvan’s intellectual capacity for providing cutting edge and world class advice is well known in the market.
Dr Chelvan has been listed as a Leading Junior in Immigration (London) since the 2006 editions of both Chambers UK and Legal 500. Since 2017, Chelvan has been ranked in Band 1 Immigration for Legal 500.
He has been the recipient of various awards for his work in the field and is regularly consulted by national and international media for comment on immigration. He was one of the volunteers for the ‘I Am An Immigrant’ 2015 poster campaign to detoxify and humanise the immigration debate.
Dr Chelvan represents clients at all levels of Tribunal and appellate Courts adopting a forensic and client focussed approach to litigation. He is specifically parachuted into appellate litigation in the Higher Courts where matters previously have been unsuccessfully litigated.
Dr Chelvan is particularly sought after for Direct Access work for clients who wishes to ensure any application is thoroughly prepared with an eye for detail. He is a sought after public speaker and trainer both here in the UK and internationally.
“A very knowledgeable and passionate lawyer who will give you a straight answer, and who isn’t afraid to speak his mind. He’s quite a force in this area.” “He is a master of his subject. He makes powerful and creative submissions and his advocacy skills are very impressive and persuasive.”
Chambers UK 2020
“His expertise in sexual identity-related asylum claims is world-renowned.”
Legal 500 2020
Kousar (and ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ. 2462