Theo joined the 36 Group in March 2021 having previously completed pupillage and become a tenant at his former chambers Lamb Building.
Within 5 months of coming to the Bar, Theo had already represented clients in both the Court of Appeal and the High Court. Theo practises in the following areas:
- Immigration, international protection and public law
- Civil (common law)
Immigration, international protection, and public law
Theo represents immigration and asylum clients in both the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals, as well as appearing in judicial review proceedings in the High Court.
Prior to coming to the Bar Theo had already gained extensive experience in the immigration and asylum fields, having worked at the leading specialist firm Luqmani Thompson & Partners as a Law Society-accredited Senior Caseworker. In that role he had personal conduct of numerous asylum claims, specialising in particular in UASC (unaccompanied asylum seeking child) cases. This included working with victims of trafficking and victims of torture, in tandem with organisations such as Freedom from Torture.
During his time at Luqmani Thompson, Theo also assisted the senior partners on a wide range of immigration andpublic law matters including at the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court level (e.g. WA (Pakistan) v SSHD EWCA Civ 302), conducting legal and country research as well as other casework tasks, and working on complex criminal deport matters as well as on public law actions such as injunctive relief applications (stays on removal).
Additionally as part of his own caseload Theo advised and represented private clients making human rights based applications, and had conduct of Tribunal appeals.
Theo's first practical contact with the area of immigration law was during his legal studies, when as a volunteer for Haringey Migrant Support Centre he assisted (in a non-advisory capacity) clients of the Centre on a wide range of immigration and related matters, and worked on the preparation of cases including pro bono appeals. Through his pro bono immigration work he also had contact with many prominent NGOs in the immigration sector such as Migrants Organise and Coram Childrens Centre.
He continues to pursue his passion for pro bono work as a barrister, representing immigration clients at bail hearings with Bail for Immigration Detainees and taking on cases through Advocate.
Pro bono background
Theo is a passionate pro bono advocate. Beyond his immigration experience and current pro bono activities (seeabove), prior to commencing independent practice he gained pro bono experience in a wide variety of areas, including representing numerous clients as a Free Representation Unit volunteer in employment and social security matters, drafting case documents, helping negotiate settlements (including, in one case, to a value of £30,000), and representing clients in the Employment and Social Security Tribunals from 2015 to 2019.Additionally from 2015-16 he assisted the National Centre for Domestic Violence on numerous County Court injunction matters.
Appointments & Memberships
- Immigration Law Practitioners' Association
- Administrative Law Bar Association
KG v SSHD UKUT PA/00269/2019 – successfully appealed the First-tier Judge’s decision to refuse asylum, ongrounds that expert psychological assessment had not been properly taken into account, and persuaded UTJ of theneed for a fresh hearing.
- Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School
- Graduate Diploma in Law, City University of London
- BA Music (Hons.), University of Oxford
Queen Mother's Scholarship, Middle Temple
Prior to coming to the Bar, Theo was a classical musician building a career as an orchestral and choral conductorand performer. Outside of his legal practice he continues to work as Director of Music at a large parish church insouth London.
Theo has a keen interest in current affairs, history and economics, and enjoys outdoor activities including surfing, sailing and hiking.