All members of Senate House Chambers take on privately and publicly funded work at every level of court. Our barristers provide a wealth of specialist knowledge and experience.

Immigration Law

We have an expanding immigration practice. Members of the Immigration team are regularly instructed on behalf of the Home Office at the First Tier Immigration Tribunal.

Our junior members are able to assist with the preparation of statements under the Public Access scheme. In that regard, we accept instructions from Public Access trained barristers where it has been agreed with their lay client that another Public Access barrister may conduct such specified work.

The range of immigration issues we can assist with includes, but is not limited to:

  • Entry Clearance
  • Asylum appeals
  • Visa appeals
  • Appeals against refusal of leave to remain
  • Appeals on the basis of Human Rights

Senate House Chambers Immigration Law Team

Ayesha Bell-Paris
Year of Call: 2012


Year of Call: 2012

Inn of Court: Lincoln’s Inn

Degree(s): BA (English); University College London
Graduate Diploma in Law; Kaplan Law School, London

Bar Professional Training Course: Kaplan Law School, London

Scholarships and Awards:
Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
Winner of the Crowther Shield Advocacy Competition (Lincoln’s Inn)

Appointments and Memberships:
Treasury Solicitor “Baby Barrister” Scheme
IPSEA Tribunal Support Volunteer
Denning Society (Lincoln’s Inn)

Practice Areas: Family Law, Civil Law, Immigration

Public Access scheme:
Ayesha is able to accept instructions under the Public Access scheme.

Profile:
Ayesha joined Senate House Chambers as a tenant in 2014, following the successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Michelle Christie. She has since developed a busy and varied practice and has gained experience in all of chambers’ practice areas.

Family Law:
Ayesha receives instructions in all areas of family law; including both public and private law children proceedings, injunctions under the Family Law Act 1996 and matrimonial finance applications.

Ayesha enjoys a balanced practice, having represented local authorities, parents, grandparents and children’s guardians. Her sensitive and pragmatic approach has been commended by lay clients and Judges alike. She also appreciates the importance of being able to work as a team alongside her professional clients.

Ayesha often acts for vulnerable clients, such as those for whom English is not their first language or those represented by the Official Solicitor.

Through her work with IPSEA, Ayesha also has an interest in cases involving Education Law. She welcomes instructions from parents of children attending the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.

Criminal Law:
 Ayesha has a thriving criminal practice, which continues to expand both in terms of prosecuting and defending. Ayesha has had particular experience in the youth court, has been instructed on behalf of the Royal Mail and has also acted for Police Federation members who are facing criminal proceedings.

Civil Law:
 Ayesha regularly appears in the County Court and is instructed in relation to housing matters, small claims trials and other civil applications.

Immigration: Ayesha has gained experience representing the Entry Clearance Officer and Secretary of State at the First Tier Immigration Tribunal and also welcomes instructions from Appellants.

Background:
 Prior to securing pupillage, Ayesha worked as a freelance outdoor clerk in the Family Courts and was largely based at the Principal Registry of the Family Division in London. She also represented appellants at the Social Security Tribunal through the Free Representation Unit and was an IPSEA volunteer, acting for parents at Special Educational Needs Tribunals.

Interests: Ayesha is a certified scuba diver and enjoys travelling to foreign climes so that she can make new underwater friends. When on dry land, Ayesha enjoys cooking, going to the theatre, electronic music and all equestrian pursuits.

Kate Yeomans
Year of Call: 2007


Year of Call: 2007
Inn of Court: Gray’s Inn
Degree: LL.B (Hons)

Kate joined chambers as a pupil in October 2015 after practicing as a county court advocate for several years. Kate has recently completed her first six under the supervision of Lianne Murphy (Joint Head of Chambers).

Kate has gained valuable experience observing private and public children law and financial remedy proceedings during her first six. Kate has also spent time with the Crime Team and has seen a range of criminal cases in both the Magistrates and the Crown Court.

Kate will be available for instruction from 12th April 2016 in all main areas of law, commensurate with her experience and year of call.

For advice or representation that is timely, thorough and effective, contact us:
Tel – 01604 210 979
Fax – 01604 622 283
Email – clerks@senatehousechambers.com

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