Ranjiv is a specialist in immigration challenges by way of Judicial Review against decisions by public authorities, with particular focus on cases with an interface between Immigration and Human Rights law, Immigration and Social Welfare law, and Immigration and European Union law. He is known for his multi-disciplinary approach to practice and has been involved in a number of important cases in these areas.
He combines practice with training and writing in his specialist areas of law.
"His expertise in complex immigration matters is second to none. He is passionate and dedicated to achieving the best outcome possible. He is open and collaborative in his approach. He is an extremely experienced advocate who is well respected by the higher courts."
Legal 500 2023
"His expertise in complex immigration matters is first rate. He is inspirational in his drive to succeed and his ability to untangle difficult legal issues."
Legal 500 2022
"A very impressive barrister who is meticulous and extremely thorough."
Chambers and Partners UK 2022
“.. Impressive… with a strong track record acting for claimants in major detention and deportation appeals before the higher domestic and European Courts. He takes a notably multi-disciplinary approach to his practice with cases often involving human rights and EU law considerations.” “He works phenomenally hard for his clients.” “He is impressive and his knowledge of nationality law is fantastic.”
Chambers and Partners UK 2021
R (AC) Algeria v SSHD  EWCA Civ 36;  1 WLR 2893
Important guidance from the Court of Appeal on “grace periods” and immigration detention.
Akinyemi v SSHD (No.2)  EWCA Civ 2019;  1 WLR 1843
Important guidance from the Court of Appeal on the correct approach to public interest considerations in deportation appeals under Part 5A NIAA 2002.
R (DM)(Tanzania) v SSHD  EWHC 2576;  ACD 133
Successful challenge to immigration detention in context of pending asylum claim and lengthy delay in provision of release accommodation.
SSHD v AB (Jamaica) and AO (Nigeria)  EWCA Civ 661;  1 WLR 4541
Important guidance from the Court of Appeal on the correct approach to Article 8 appeals when considering Part 5A NIAA 2002.
R (Kedienhon) v SSHD  EWHC 3373 (Admin)
Successful challenge to immigration detention in context of delay in provision of release accommodation
R (HC) v SSWP and others  UKSC 73;  3 WLR 1486
Consideration by Supreme Court of interface between domestic social security legislation and EU law.
R (Gudanaviciene) v FTT  EWCA Civ 352;  1 WLR 4095
Guidance from the Court of Appeal on costs and JR claims against tribunals/courts.
Akinyemi v SSHD  EWCA Civ 236;  1 WLR 3118
Important guidance from the Court of Appeal on lawful residence for the purposes of deportation action
NA (Libya) v SSHD  EWCA Civ 143;  Imm AR 1200
R (SG, K and YT and RG) v SSHD and EHRC  EWHC 2639  ACD 133
Challenge to asylum support payments by SSHD. Represented YT and RG.
VOM v SSHD  UKUT 410 (IAC);  INLR 464
Procedural guidance from UT on rights of appeal against UT decisions.
R (CTMU) v Southwark LBC  EWCA Civ 707;  HLR 36
Challenge to local authority assistance under s.17 Children Act 1989.
R (O) v SSHD  UKSC 19;  1 WLR 1717
Guidance from Supreme Court on challenges to immigration detention and mental health.
R (SS) v SSHD  EWHC 3595;  4 WLR 19
Challenge to complex case concerning fresh claim submissions and immigration detention.
R (Gudanaviciene) and others v Director of Legal Aid Casework and Lord Chancellor  EWCA Civ 1622;  1 WLR 2247
Important guidance from Court of Appeal on legal aid funding for appeals under LASPO. Represented Gudanaviciene.
R (De Smet) v SSHD  EWHC 4527 (Admin)
Novel case concerning interface between immigration detention and criminal proceedings.
Harrison and AB (Morocco)  EWCA Civ 1736
Important guidance from the Court of Appeal on the Zambrano principle. Represented AB.
R (Essa) v UT and SSHD  EWCA Civ 1718;  Imm AR 644
Important guidance from the Court of Appeal on protection from deportation under EU law.
R (YZ) v SSHD  EWCA Civ 1022;  INLR 60
Important guidance from the Court of Appeal on when the SSHD can be ordered to return an appellant wrongly removed from the UK.
R (MK and AH) v SSHD and Refugee Action  EWHC 1896 (Admin)
Successful challenge to SSHD’s policy on asylum support requiring delay in provision of s.4 accommodation.
R (Anam) v SSHD No.2  EWHC 1770
Successful challenge to lengthy immigration detention.
R (Mayaya AO and HE) v SSHD  EWHC 3088;  1 All ER 1491
Represented AO and HE, successful challenge to decisions on duration of leave after successful appeals.
R (MK and TM) v SSHD  EWCA Civ 671;  1 WLR 765
Consideration of extent of provision permissible under s.4 IAA 1999.
R (BP and others) v SSHD  EWCA Civ 276;  1 WLR 3187
Procedural guidance on right to an oral hearing in JR proceedings.
FM (Zimbabwe) v SSHD  EWCA Civ 168
Successful appeal in relation to protection claim despite subsequent country guidance reaching a different conclusion on the issues.
R (K) v SSHD  EWHC 1528
Successful challenge to refusal to grant status after immigration appeal allowed.
R (A and others) v Lambeth LBC and SSHD  UKSC 8;  1 WLR 2557
Important guidance from Supreme Court on age assessments: whether a person was a child was a question of fact to be determined by the Courts, not the local authority. Represented Intervener (Children’s Commissioner).
VW and others v SSHD  EWCA Civ 5;  INLR 295
Court of Appeal judgment on the correct approach to Article 8 in immigration appeals.
Shortlisted for Legal Aid Barrister of the Year (2013 and 2015)
Administrative Bar Law Association (ALBA)
Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA)
ISCL (Bar Finals)
Published articles and seminars presented
Current: providing updates for Butterworths Immigration Law Service and particularly in relation to Human Rights and Immigration law. Previously: providing legal updates on immigration developments for Legal Action Group (LAG) monthly magazine/bulletin.
Training /seminars on legal developments in relation to practice areas for Legal Action Group (LAG) and Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI).