Imogen Townley read Arabic and Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Manchester, and graduated in 2013 with First Class Honours. One year of her undergraduate degree course was spent studying in Cairo, Egypt.
She joined Wilsons in 2014, completed her training in our immigration department and qualified as a solicitor in 2018. She is a Supervising Senior Caseworker under the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme.
Imogen specialises in immigration-related judicial review applications and asylum law. She regularly accepts instructions in urgent removal cases and has developed considerable experience assisting people detained under immigration powers, including bringing challenges to curfew decisions. Her work preventing unlawful removals has been covered in the national press.
She has a particular interest in assisting victims of trafficking to be properly identified and in acting for them in their immigration matters. Imogen’s dedication to justice in this area is reflected in her work on the recent important case of R (MN & IXU) v SSHD (AIRE Centre and Anti-Slavery International intervening), a landmark appeal to the Court of Appeal in the area of human trafficking promulgated in December 2020. The appeal challenged a negative Conclusive Grounds decision and resulted in an important judgment regarding the assessment of credibility in trafficking claims and the correct standard of proof to be applied. Not only was this a great outcome for Imogen’s client IXU, the impact of the judgment is widely significant; it will help vulnerable people be more easily identified as trafficked persons, which in turn will enable them to gain protections which they are entitled to.
Imogen volunteers at the New North London Synagogue (NNLS) destitute asylum seekers drop-in service.
Interests: film and fiction, recipes, travel.