About me

I am passionate about immigration law and I fight hard for my clients. I founded and edit the widely-read Free Movement immigration law blog, published Welcome to Britain: Fixing Our Broken Immigration System in 2020 and campaign on issues including the rights of refugees, EU citizens, immigration detention and harsh family immigration rules.

My work as a barrister based at Garden Court Chambers ranges from business and sensitive personal immigration issues through family immigration work, nationality opinions and EU free movement issues to domestic violence and asylum cases. My practice covers the full spectrum of immigration law. I have given expert evidence to parliamentary committees on several occasions and frequently appear in the media.

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.

Welcome to Britain: Fixing Our Broken Immigration System

Want to understand how our immigration, asylum and citizenship system really works and what really goes on? My book, Welcome to Britain: Fixing Our Broken Immigration System is available from Amazon, Waterstones or directly from the publishers, Biteback.

“A brilliant and urgently necessary book”

Amelia Gentleman, journalist

“Incisive and compelling”

The Secret Barrister

What the legal directories say

An esteemed and popular immigration barrister, he is particularly highly regarded by peers and widely recognised for his editorship of the Free Movement blog. 

“Colin is an exceptionally astute barrister; especially good on Brexit-related issues and advice.”

“His Free Movement blog is very far-reaching; it is a huge and amazing resource.”

Chambers UK (2020)

Colin has an encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration law; he is able to think outside the box and is great to work with.

Legal 500 (2020)

For previous legal directory quotes click here

In the media

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 EconomistThe New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, The IndependentThe Mirror and The Daily Mail. I have previously written in The Guardian and The Financial Times.

Television and radio

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. I cannot give free legal advice, though, I’m sorry.

Garden Court Chambers

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London WC2A 3LJ


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