I am passionate about immigration law and I fight hard for my clients. I founded and edit the Free Movement immigration law blog and campaign on issues including the rights of EU citizens and family members, immigration detention and harsh family immigration rules.
My work ranges from business and sensitive personal immigration issues with boutique solicitor firms through family immigration work, nationality opinions and EU free movement issues to domestic violence and asylum cases for law centres and high street practices. My practice covers the full spectrum of immigration law.
I also represent members of the public directly under the public access scheme.
An esteemed and popular immigration barrister, he is particularly highly regarded by peers and widely recognised for his editorship of the Free Movement blog. He is known for his handling of EEA claims, and has been active exploring the impact of Brexit on free movement. His client base is varied, and includes high net worth private individuals, law centres and businesses of all sizes.
Strengths: “He is an excellent practitioner who has encyclopaedic knowledge of the area.” “He has an extraordinary amount of energy and commitment.”
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Ryanair against SSHD in a case that concerned ‘carrier liability charge’ after an alleged failure to check the immigration documents of a passenger.
‘Very sharp, approachable and good to work with.’
‘An absolute star.’
An esteemed and popular immigration barrister, he is particularly highly regarded by peers and widely recognised for his editorship of the Free Movement blog. His client base is varied, and includes high net worth private individuals, law centres and businesses of all sizes.
Strengths: “Extraordinary energy and commitment.” “Very responsive. He offers highly detailed advice and comprehensive knowledge of case law.”
‘Very good strategically and a highly persuasive advocate.’
One of the foremost experts on EU immigration, Yeo continues to be applauded for his editorship of the Free Movement blog. In addition to nationality and asylum law, his substantial expertise in family law makes him particularly useful where Children Act issues arise.
Strengths: “He writes the blog that all immigration lawyers read.” “He is an extremely experienced counsel, is very knowledgeable, approachable and committed.”
A sought-after immigration junior who displays exceptional talent when representing refugees, high-profile individuals and businesses at court. He also edits the acclaimed Free Movement blog and ‘Butterworths Immigration Law Service’.
Expertise: “He has good knowledge of the broader palette of immigration and can always place the issue in the wider context.” “He has a solid understanding of immigration law, including the very complex matters, and is able to deal with things promptly.”
Has a wide-ranging practice and regularly represents both clients in asylum cases and high net worth individuals.
“He is clear, to the point and practical, which is always an important skill, particularly in immigration matters.”
“I have found him to be very thorough and responsive. The clients like him and feel confident in his ability to represent them.”
Colin Yeo is an ‘excellent’ barrister, who is rated highly by instructing solicitors. He is acknowledged by the immigration practitioners’ community not only for the casework he undertakes but also because of the widely read Free Movement blog he produces.
My career began at two charities, the Immigration Advisory Service and the Refugee Legal Centre. I became a pupil then tenant at Renaissance Chambers before moving to Garden Court Chambers in 2013.
I have acted in many significant cases in the thirteen years I’ve been working in immigration law and I am widely known and respected in the sector. As well as editing the Free Movement blog I am an editor for the Butterworths Immigration Law Service and sit on the editorial board of LexisNexis Immigration PSL. I was previously an elected member of the executive committee of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association.
I can be instructed for legal work directly by members of the public without using a solicitor under the public access scheme. This can save on your legal costs. It also gives you direct access to your barrister. The public access scheme is only suitable for some people, though: those who can take control of their own case but with the guidance of a barrister to help them.
Under the public access scheme your case is yours, under your full control. You can buy in as much or as little help as you choose.
As a barrister, I specialise in appeals and applications for judicial review. I do not generally assist members of the public with initial applications to the Home Office or an Entry Clearance Officer.
There are some restrictions on what I can and cannot do under the public access scheme. I would strongly recommend taking a look at the guide provided by the Bar Council if you are seriously contemplating engaging my services as a member of the public.
✔ Meet with you to discuss your case
✔ Draft letters and legal documents for you
✔ Advise you on anything to do with your case
✔ Attend court for you
✘ Conduct litigation
✘ Act as your address for receiving legal documents
✘ Serve or post documents for you
✘ Lodge your claim at court
Under the public access scheme, your case remains yours and you retain formal conduct of the case. You are named on court papers as your own representative with my name included as your barrister. Your address is used for correspondence.
I have been quoted in or written articles in a number of national newspapers and been interviewed on television and radio on many occasions. I continue to be available for media comment on immigration law and policy issues, although court and family commitments are a constraint!
I have been quoted in front page stories on immigration law in The Times and The Telegraph and have also been quoted in The Economist, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Mirror and The Daily Mail. I have previously written for The Guardian and in The Financial Times.
From time to time I also appear on television and radio when an immigration story hits the news. I have been interviewed on the Today Programme on Radio 4, BBC News, Newsnight, Channel 4 News and Sky News.
If you would like to instruct me for legal work, please contact Garden Court Chambers. If you would like to send me a message about something else, use the form below and I will try and get back to you. Please note I cannot give free legal advice.
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Garden Court Chambers
57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3LJ
t 020 7993 7600
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(c) Colin Yeo 2014