Our ‘brilliant and dedicated lawyers’ ranked in the Legal 500 for 2022
Date posted: 30 September 2021
We are thrilled that all three of our departments – Public Law, Family and Immigration – have been ranked in the 2022 UK edition of the prestigious Legal 500.
A number of our senior lawyers have been ranked as leading lawyers and many of our lawyers have been singled out for individual recognition.
Congratulations to the whole team of lawyers at Wilsons. We Believe in Justice for All and aim to deliver the best service to all our clients whether privately paying or funded by legal aid.
Here is what the Legal 500 had to say about each of our departments…..
Public Law, Civil Liberties and Human Rights
James Elliott – Head of Public Law
Wilson Solicitors are ‘really at the top of the game in the civil liberties and human rights field’ and stands out for its ‘experience in immigration matters’. The firm is also active in judicial review claims and has strength across a range of civil litigation. Judicial review and civil liberties specialist James Elliott leads the team and is ‘outstanding on detention matters’ and has a strong track record in public inquests and legal challenges against Home Office policies. The ‘brilliant and dedicated’ Public Law team predominantly represents migrants, victims of human trafficking and prisoners in judicial reviews serving to protect and enforce fundamental human rights. Recently, Nina Rathbone Pullen and Hannah Watkins represented one of three claimants in a test case concerning the provision of accommodation to destitute migrants, which resulted in the High Court finding that the claimant had suffered degrading treatment in violation of Article 3.
Testimonials for Public Law
‘Brilliant and dedicated lawyers.’
‘Katy Robinson and James Elliot are both stalwarts of the scene. I think they are really good – very experienced, committed and reliable. At or near the top of the area’.
‘James Elliott is outstanding on detention matters particularly, as is Nkiru Okafor’.
‘Nina Rathbone Pullen is fantastic – very thoughtful, very detail-oriented, knowledgeable, highly committed to her clients’ interests, excellent judgment both on law and tactics’ and ‘a superb strategist.’
‘They are incredibly well prepared, dedicated and really know their stuff, but importantly, they never forget that there is always a client at the heart of every important legal challenge’.
‘Stand out head and shoulders above the rest for their client care and preparation of litigation. The quality of preparation by the team is consistently excellent.’
‘Excellent committed solicitors. Fantastic client care, particularly good with vulnerable clients. Work incredibly hard to achieve the best results for clients.’
‘A uniformly great team: diligent, easy to work with, conscientious and committed to their clients. They have an in-depth knowledge of the law and procedure.’
Head of Family Department – Aysen Soyer
Wilson Solicitors is vastly experienced in all areas of family, matrimonial and childcare law. It routinely advises on divorce and financial settlements as well as private children law and domestic abuse cases. In addition it frequently advises on nuptial agreements, international adoptions and other areas such as forced marriage and surrogacy cases. Aysen Soyer heads the department that includes a number of highly rated practitioners such as Patricia Beckett and Amna Khaliq.
Testimonials for Family Law
‘Aysen Soyer and her team at Wilsons are outstanding, caring and responsive‘.
‘One of the few firms outside central London who can mix it with the ‘magic circle’ firms of inner London. Aysen Soyer is vastly experienced and capable. She offers her HNW clients a real alternative to the vastly expensive firms of central London which is every bit as good and probably far more direct. She is incredibly engaging with her clients but can pack a punch with the best of them. Juanita Kareer is incredibly hardworking and diligent about her clients. She is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to legal advice, regardless of their financial circumstances‘.
‘Always good back-up when dealing with senior staff; go the extra distance for clients; good instructions; know cases very well indeed. Amna Khaliq is always available to deal with queries or chase maters up; Patricia Beckett prepares her cases immaculately‘.
‘It has amassed over the last few years an impressive depth and experience in relation to international child abduction. Amna Khaliq (Partner) is a pleasure to work with – an efficient and highly effective lawyer. Felicity Jones (Solicitor) very conscientious and able‘.
‘I have never needed a legal team before, and so this was a scary experience. Wilson Solicitors helped myself and my family through a very difficult time. Felicity Jones is one of the most caring, sensitive, kind and knowledgeable professionals I have worked with‘.
‘All of its solicitors work proficiently, expertly and successfully. All of the solicitors at Wilsons are a pleasure to work with and appear against in court. They are always bright, well prepared and keen to work collaboratively. They approach the most complex cases with ease and enthusiasm. The following people regularly instruct me and are excellent: Baljit Bains, Felicity Jones, and Juanita Kareer‘.
‘I have been consistently impressed by the commitment all members of the family team have towards their clients. They are genuinely interested and caring as well as being effective in the service they deliver. I have worked most closely with Baljit Bains over the last year and found her to have an intelligent, thoughtful approach to her cases. She is very easy to work with as she’s responsive and proactive in ensuring that I have what I need to deliver my part of the service to her clients‘.
‘Baljit Bains is what makes this team unique. She is undoubtedly one of the finest lawyers in London. She is intelligent, insightful, hardworking and committed. She pursues her cases with skill and vigour. Her influence ensures that those working under her follow the same pattern. Baljit Bains is the beating heart of this firm, she is what makes it so good’.
Anita Vasisht – Head of Immigration
Praised as ‘a pioneering firm in the sector‘, Wilson Solicitors handles a range of legal aid and privately funded work including detention issues, nationality work and asylum mandates. Anita Vasisht leads the department and has extensive knowledge of Palestinian refugee claims; she also specialises in cases where there are allegations that the appellant poses a threat to national security. Managing partner Matthew Davies is a key contact for immigration issues arising to EU law and Brexit-related matters, and senior consultant Michael Hanley focuses on nationality work and also advises on the immigration elements of international surrogacies.
Testimonials for Immigration
‘Wilson Solicitors’ offering in the field of immigration and immigration-related public law and human rights work is stellar. They have been a pioneering firm in the sector for many years. In my view, they manage to conduct a high volume of asylum and related work without compromising on quality in any respect, in a way that no other firm I can think of manages to do. Their immigration-related public law offering is also superb.’
‘The outstanding team in the immigration sector for all areas of asylum and overstaying including appeals. Meticulous and inspired pursuit of every possible line of enquiry to produce the best evidence for the case in hand.’
‘Anita Vasisht and Chris McKendry are two of the most committed solicitors I have ever met. They give their full attention to every case.’
‘Wilsons have extremely high standards in their work. Case preparation is always superb, and highly organised. Care, compassion and commitment to the client are always at the heart of it. If I had a friend in need of immigration advice I would direct them to Wilsons.’
‘The team stands out as caring deeply about every client.’
‘Muhunthan Paramesvaran’s work was outstanding. He gave helpful and pertinent advice and then was totally supportive throughout the process. I could not recommend him more highly.’
‘Shining stars in the field. Meticulous, detailed approach. Thorough, humane, focused client care. Prompt and engaged. An absolute asset to the field of immigration and human rights law.’
‘I worked with Anita Vasisht for years and I honestly can say that I have rarely met a lawyer with so much passion for her clients and civil rights. She is dedicated to her clients and to her team. She works endless hours and is always interested in the personal wellbeing of the clients.’
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