Michael West 2012
  • Areas of Expertise

    Civil litigation
    Public/administrative law & human rights
    Immigration & JR
    Housing / Landlord & Tenant

  • Education

    1997-2004 – The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree
    2004-2008 – University of Bristol (French BA Hons, 2:1)
    2009-2010 – University of Law (GDL, Commendation)
    2010-2011 – University of Law (BPTC, Very Competent)

  • Contact Details

    020 7404 0875
    020 7404 8377

Immigration and asylum
Michael has a solely appellant based practice and has appeared with success in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals, the High Court, and the Court of Appeal.
Michael acts in all areas of immigration and asylum law, including: under the European Convention on Human Rights; under The 1951 Refugee Convention / international protection; deportation appeals; immigration detention and bail; points-based system cases (Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 4); entry clearance; and cases involving European Economic Area law.
Michael is frequently instructed in asylum / international protection cases involving persons fleeing gender-based harm or who fear persecution due to sexual orientation or gender identity.
Michael regularly undertakes public law work including judicial review challenges to: certification of human rights and protection claims; adverse decisions on fresh claims; British Nationality cases; points-based system cases; and removal and deportation decisions.
Michael’s practice covers all areas of children law and Family Law Act 1996 proceedings. He has experience in both public and private children cases. Michael frequently appears in matrimonial proceedings and is regularly instructed in financial remedy cases.
Michael has a broad civil law practice with a particular emphasis on housing law (including residential and commercial landlord and tenant). Michael worked as a solicitor's agent for two years prior to commencing practice at the Bar and has attended over 1200 hearings in the High Court and County Courts.
Recent or notable cases:
RB (Bangladesh) v Secretary of State for the Home Department C5/2018/0957
Permission to appeal granted by Lord Justice Singh in a Court of Appeal (Civil Division) case concerning the second appeals test. Permission on all grounds granted including a challenge to the construction of section 117B(6) and to the reasonableness of British citizen children having to either live in Bangladesh or with their sole British parent in the UK. Full substantive appeal hearing is scheduled for after March 2019.
KP (Pakistan) & Anor. v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 1722
Successful application for permission to appeal, appearing before Lord Justice Irwin in the Court of Appeal (Civil Division), concerning the degree of evidential flexibility obliged to be applied by the Secretary of State in addressing deficiencies in documentation under the points-based system in light of paragraph 245AA of the Rules, the different policy guidance, and the Supreme Court case of Mandalia.
R (on the application of Lucky Begum) v Secretary of State for the Home Department CO/2229/2018
Successful application in the High Court for oral renewal of permission to bring judicial review challenging a decision of the Secretary of State under the British Nationality Act 1981 by reference to section 4 and the Schedule to The Immigration (Certificate of Entitlement to Right of Abode in the United Kingdom) Regulations 2006, where paternity of the father of the applicant and the veracity of birth certificates were in issue.
R (on the application of Sabikunnaher) v Secretary of State for the Home Department JR/8714/2017
Successful oral renewal of application for judicial review in the Upper Tribunal challenging a decision by the Secretary of State to certify as clearly unfounded the appellant’s claim under Article 8 of the ECHR.
SM v Secretary of State for the Home Department AA/00034/2016
Successful asylum appeal under the Refugee Convention and Articles 3 and 8 of the ECHR, against the decision by the Secretary of State to refuse to grant international protection to an appellant from Pakistan fearing gender-based harm and discrimination on account of her disability and severe mobility issues.