JENNIFER BLAIR

Jennifer is a public law lawyer who specialises in advice and representation in all areas of immigration, asylum, nationality, deportation, EU free movement and human rights law. She undertakes advocacy in both publicly and privately funded cases. She deals with the full range of asylum work, as well as entry clearance, in-country immigration cases, unlawful detention claims, judicial review and Exceptional Case Funding challenges. She has experience in applying international human rights standards to immigration and asylum cases and a special interest in cases involving discrimination or equality and diversity issues. 

Jennifer regularly represents children, care leavers and young adults, including in cases where an application for special measures is needed for vulnerable witnesses or the appointment of a Litigation Friend is called for. With a background working on migrant human rights and child welfare issues in the equalities team of a large London local authority, Jennifer is able to bring a wealth of experience to cases concerning the welfare and best interests of children, including age dispute cases. 

Jennifer has experience working with clients with complex mental health difficulties, including in detention, and is adept at advising on/using expert evidence about conditions on return for clients with additional vulnerabilities, particularly where cases involve domestic abuse or human trafficking. Jennifer regularly advises on women’s rights cases and has particular experience working with the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). 

Due to a past practice in criminal law, Jennifer has a practical understanding of the criminal justice, sentencing and probation systems which assists in deportation cases and bail applications. Jennifer has also worked on family cases where a child’s immigration status is relevant – including care, non-molestation, adoption and declaration of parentage cases – so she can provide advice on immigration for family proceedings. 

Jennifer has previously delivered training nationally for the No Recourse to Public Funds Network and the Women’s Resource Centre. She has worked as an MP’s caseworker and she is a founder of the Big Voice London youth legal project. She has volunteered for a number of organisations in the United Kingdom and for the Legal Resources Centre in South Africa and she is prepared to take on pro bono work in appropriate cases. She is closely involved with the No5 Chambers and City University Immigration Human Rights Project.  

Jennifer is currently working closely with the charities Migrants Organise and Haringey Migrant Support Centre.