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Immigration Barrister

LL.B (Hons), Barrister

Called to the Bar: 2015

  • Education:
    • Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School London
    • Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP University London
    • LL.B (Hons), University of Athens
  • Practice:

    As an Immigration Barrister at Richmond Chambers, Alex advises, prepares applications and represents clients in appeals and judicial review proceedings in relation to all matters of UK immigration & nationality law, with an emphasis on human rights cases.

    In particular, Alex is regularly instructed in human rights challenges involving children, adult dependant relatives and medical or suitability issues. He also specialises in deportation appeals and deception cases, from deprivation of citizenship appeals, to judicial review claims against revocation of ILR and tax-related suitability issues. Alex further advises and assists with complex British nationality matters, such as historic Commonwealth cases requiring family status tracing, or cases involving adoption or surrogacy.

    Alex’s practice involves representing clients at immigration appeals before the Immigration and Asylum Chambers of the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal, against Home Office decisions. He has advocated on behalf of individuals and families in numerous human rights appeals, asylum appeals with trafficking elements, appeals relating to European nationals and their family members, deprivation of citizenship and deportation appeals and has often worked with vulnerable appellants and witnesses. Alex assists clients directly with immigration appeals at any stage of the process, including submission and preparation of the appeal as well as representation at the hearing. Alex also accepts solicitors’ instructions to represent lay clients at hearings.

    Similarly, Alex has experience in judicial review proceedings involving complex public law challenges where there is no right of appeal, from the pre-action protocol stage, to drafting detailed grounds and representing clients at judicial review hearings.

    Alex authors articles and opinions on a variety of matters relating to UK immigration and nationality law. His case notes have been published in ILPA (the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association) Monthly and the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law.

    Alex has been involved in immigration law since before qualifying as a barrister, having undertaken pro bono work in the field whilst completing the Bar Professional Training Course. Following that, Alex obtained a position at a top legal aid immigration law firm and quickly became accredited as a Senior (Level 2) Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme. Within that role, Alex represented individuals in their dealings with the Home Office, as well as during proceedings before the First-tier and Upper Tribunal. He specialised in assisting individuals in immigration detention with matters of bail, asylum, deportation, trafficking, human rights and particularly with bringing public law challenges by way of Judicial Review.

  • International Experience:

    Alex has a multi-jurisdictional background, having completed an undergraduate degree in law at the University of Athens and having registered as a trainee lawyer at the Bar of Athens.

    During his academic years, Alex participated in national and international mooting competitions both as a competitor and a mooting coach. Through those endeavours, he obtained numerous awards, most importantly, a personal oralist award by a member of the Magic Circle of British law firms.

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  • Testimonials:

    “I dealt with Alex Papasotiriou to prepare an Admin Review for the UK Border Force’s decision to revoke my father’s ILR. We were working to a very tight deadline of just a week and he was still able to formulate a very structured response for this. I found Alex to be prompt and professional throughout the whole process and have no hesitation in recommending his services to anyone.”
    M Ahmad – administrative review of decision to revoke ILR

    “My barrister Alex Papasotiriou was very supportive and paid great attention to every detail all through my application process. He was excellent, knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful throughout the period. He maintained a very professional approach but also came across very caring. Excellent service from start to finish.”
    Zakia Sultana

    “Alex Papasotiriou is helping me all the way through my case. He is very nice, and happy to explain every detail which I was not clear with. I really appreciate his patience, professional work and efforts during the whole process. He also sent me some relevant cases and articles to let me have a clearer understanding of the law, the process, and concepts. He gives brilliant advice too. And I’m glad my case is about to end with a successful result. I am more than happy to recommend Richmond Chambers and Alex Papasotiriou.”
    Lucia Zhu – successful judicial review of decision to refuse a Tier 4 student visa

    “RC were helpful and on point from the word go. Key points were addressed professionally and on time. Very helpful to understand the issues I faced and gave their professional services to overcome them.  Alex Papasotiriou, sir you’re a star as you went out of your work hours to help me with my case to get everything in order and presentable. A great success and would definitely recommend anyone who wants to bring their spouse to UK.  I’d know where to guide them to.  Great team and a great barrister.”
    Ahmed Al-Tamimi – application for spouse visa approved

    “Absolute Top-Notch Service!!! Professional, knowledgable, prompt, & with a courteous personable touch… We honestly couldn’t have asked for anything more than Alex and his team provided. Would happily use them again… Highly recommended!!!”
    Pete Brueckner – appeal against decision to refuse a spouse visa allowed

    “Me and my wife Anthony Watkins and Margaret Ama Watkins would like to say a big thank you to Alex for helping us get a good result in the courts.  He is very experienced at his job and I would recommend him to anybody.”
    Margaret Watkins – appeal against decision to refuse spouse visa extension allowed

    “They are the best. Job has been done very well. Very satisfied with their service. Very enthusiastic. My case dealt by Alex Papasotiriou. Highly professionals. If you have complicated case definitely go ahead with them.”
    Ricky Smith