Best Lawyer - Immigration
A fantastic practitioner with an energetic and creative approach.
Tim Barnden is a recognised leader for personal immigration work, receiving accolades for his representation of partners, spouses and dependants in particular
Praised for his boundless energy and enthusiasm as well as his excellent technical knowledge
Recognised as a Next Generation Partner
Best Lawyer - Immigration Law
Has 'great client skills and is adept at finding a solution and preparing appeals to the highest standard'
“Recognised as a Best Lawyer”
"A really good, inspiring communicator"
Tim is a "really dedicated and knowledgeable lawyer"
Tim has 'a wonderful rapport with clients'
"His commitment to clients and strength and breadth of his knowledge is fantastic"
"His work is of the highest quality."
I am first and foremost an immigration problem solver. I work to establish rights of residence in the UK for individuals, couples and families, even in the most challenging of circumstances, and often in the face of a refusal culture.
I have two decades of experience of working with a truly diverse client base. I make it my job to deliver secure outcomes whether dealing with creatives, refugees, LGBTIQ applicants, vulnerable adults, children, or high net worth individuals. I am also lucky to lead an immigration team which has the right resources and expertise to meet the variety of the challenges that our case load presents.
He had not appreciated the particular items of evidence which he needed to provide in support of his application, found himself having to appeal and faced losing his business as he was unable to travel. He had also unwittingly jeopardised his status altogether by travelling after making his application. I protected his positon by filing an appeal, but then worked to put together a fully supported fresh application which required an intensive amount of liaison with his accountants. Given his lack of immigration status, I then needed to persuade UK Visas and Immigration (“UKVI”) to operate their discretion and accept the application despite the issues with his status. The strategy worked and he now has his permanent stay, and is able to travel again and sustain his business.
When he was a teenager he had been victimised in a European country, and years later found himself facing extradition to that country on criminal allegations which he denied. He won his case against extradition, but his application to stay here with his young family was refused by the Home Office. I secured expert evidence and liaised with the lawyers who had represented him in his extradition case. The Tribunal allowed his appeal against the refusal in emphatic terms and he now has a permit which confirms he has a right of residence here under EU law.
This involved careful advice as to how they might be able to spend time together here in the UK by proper use of the Visitor category, and also to ensure that they documented all of their time together both here in the UK and overseas. The UK partner’s prominence as a performer meant that the highest degree of confidentiality and speedy processing was of prime importance, and a positive decision was secured rapidly once they were able to demonstrate that their time spent living together both here and elsewhere met the UKVI’s criteria.
The family had ill-advisedly been pursuing the case relying upon much more stringent immigration rules than those available under EU law. I worked to demonstrate that his dependency upon his mother engages both his and her rights under EU law, whilst at the same time making use of the Government’s “Settled Status” and “Pre-Settled Status” schemes.