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Elizabeth Ruddick


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Elizabeth is qualified as a solicitor as well as an Attorney and Counsellor-at-Law in the State of New York.

Elizabeth has been described by the Legal 500 as a ‘brilliant practitioner with extraordinary attention to detail’. She first practiced immigration law in the US in 1996 and in the UK in 2007 and was admitted to the New York bar in 1999 and as Solicitor in England and Wales in 2011.  She has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1998.

Elizabeth represents clients with regard to a broad range of UK immigration and asylum matters, with an emphasis on family and private life-based applications, complex naturalisation cases and refugees.

She is dedicated not only to obtaining results for her individual clients, but also to challenging broader patterns of unlawful conduct by the Home Office, about which she has been interviewed by the BBC, the Guardian and  the Times.  She played a leading role in the test case of Awuah and Others, which formed the basis for the current Presidential guidance on costs awards in the First-tier Tribunal.

As a dual US/UK qualified lawyer, she has experience both in preparing asylum and immigration applications and in advocacy and legal argument, and has appeared as an advocate before both the First-tier and Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber.

Elizabeth was born in the United States and has lived in Germany and Italy as well as the UK.  She immigrated to the UK in 2000, as the family member of an EU citizen, and became a British citizen in 2006.  Before studying law, she worked for five years as a trade union representative.

Elizabeth graduated from Harvard University (BA cum laude), and obtained an MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and a Juris Doctor degree from the Boston University School of Law (summa cum laude).

Interests: Hiking, dance, travel, the New York Mets