Bryony Rest

Partner

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My practice areas include the points based scheme, family settlement and visitor applications, students, European Economic Area (EEA) law, nationality, asylum and human rights, trafficking, deportation and challenging detention.

I am a solicitor and partner and head of the immigration department.  I have recognised expertise and many years experience in all aspects of immigration law. I am accredited by the Law Society as an advanced immigration caseworker (Level 3) and supervisor.

I am ranked in Band 2 in the North for Immigration law in the Chambers and Partners Directory who describe me as “an excellent practitioner with a particularly good understanding of complex issues”, and as “highly regarded by market sources for her expertise in all areas of immigration law”.

My practice areas include the points based scheme, family settlement and visitor applications, students, European Economic Area (EEA) law, nationality, asylum and human rights, trafficking, deportation and challenging detention.

I have particular expertise in the points based system and have successfully challenged refusals under Tiers 1, 2 and 4 on appeal. I undertake complex asylum and human rights cases, including trafficking cases, and challenges to detention.

I advise individual and  corporate clients in all areas of immigration law and represent clients in appeals before the immigration tribunals and higher courts, and in judicial review applications.

I believe passionately in representing my clients’ interests and ensuring that their voices are heard. I offer a friendly and warm listening ear, and provide clear, pragmatic and timely advice throughout a case to assist my clients achieve the best possible outcome.

I was shortlisted, one of three nominees, for the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG’s) Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in Immigration Award 2011 in recognition of my dedicated work and compassion for my clients.

I have also appeared as an immigration expert on two BBC Inside Out documentaries, BBC Look North and BBC Radio Newcastle’s Breakfast Show.

I deliver training on immigration law to the Legal Ombudsman on behalf of the University of Northumbria.

I qualified as a solicitor in 1996 gained my masters degree (LLM) in international law from the University of Nottingham.