We are an experienced department practising in a wide range of immigration matters.  We deal with cases from the initial application stage through to the First Tier and Upper Tribunals, higher courts and European courts.  We are committed to providing high quality representation and advice.

Examples of the sorts of cases we do include:

  • Asylum applications
  • Applications for Refugee Family reunion
  • Applications under the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Citizenship and nationality applications
  • Family applications
  • Applications for entry clearance
  • Domestic violence applications
  • Deportation
  • Detention and bail
  • Applications under the Turkish Association (Ankara) Agreement
  • European law
  • National security cases
  • Judicial Review
  • Appeals


Who we are

Our department consists of an experienced team of solicitors and caseworkers all of whom have more than 2 years experience in asylum and immigration work. The team is supervised by four solicitors all of whom have over 12 years experience in asylum and immigration work.

Roba Al-Ghabra (Solicitor)
Irfan Cangatin
Rachael Despicht (Solicitor)
Elizabeth Farrell
Daniel Furner (Solicitor)
Arun Gananathan (non practising Barrister)
Sumiya Hemsi
Nigel Leskin (Solicitor)
Mishka Nelson (Solicitor)
Sonia Routledge (Solicitor)
Sumaiyah Anwar – Trainee
Kai Ming Man – Trainee




Wherever possible our work is funded by legal aid. With effect from 1st April 2013 the coalition government removed Legal Aid funding from most non-asylum immigration work. We continue to do asylum work under legal aid and also other immigration work that remains in scope for legal aid, or where legal aid can be obtained under Exceptional Case Funding, subject to the applicant meeting the necessary requirements. Where there is no legal aid we offer competitive rates. We will always discuss our charges with you at the outset of your case.
When legal aid is not available we usually charge a fixed fee and the average cost of a standard immigration application or a standard immigration appeal is £1800 plus VAT (where appropriate) not including disbursements. In some circumstances we can offer a reduction on this fee. A full case specific estimate can be obtained by contacting us.
Disbursements are costs that are payable to third parties and include such payments as Home Office fees for making the application, fees for expert reports which we will decide with you in advance whether they are necessary and interpreter’s fees (which are on average £20 per hour depending on language and availability).
We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Please see the Home Office website for current processing times. However we will work with you to ensure all applications, appeals etc are prepared and submitted within the required time frame.


New enquiries

We can take details of your matter by telephone. Due to our busy practice and the fact that we are a relatively small department, we can only accept calls on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm.
Alternatively you may send an email to BPPImmigrationDept@birnbergpeirce.co.uk and we will respond within 24 hours.

Please note that we cannot take drop in enquiries.