Nishan ParamjorthyYear of Call: 1999

Nishan specialises in immigration and human rights law and appears regularly before the First Tier and Upper Tribunals, the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal where he is viewed as a powerful and compelling advocate.

He is a very experienced advocate, with over thirteen years experience in appearing before both the immigration and criminal courts ( his last criminal trial being a five handed false imprisonment, firearms trial at Southwark Crown Court, being led by Harendra de Silva QC of Argent Chambers).

Nishan continues to advise high net worth individuals from Saudi Arabia and the Middle East concerning immigration matters. He also closely works with the Japanese Commerce and Industry here in the UK and is a regular speaker at JETRO talks. He regularly assists in corporate immigration matters and is presently a consultant to a well known South East Asian airline.

Nishan is regarded as being a real “court advocate” in every respect and is well known in the human rights jurisdiction for his persuasive argument and sheer tenacity, and for his unusually high success rate. He is a specialist in judicial review, deportation and complicated human rights cases.

Prior to joining the Bar, he toured Sri Lanka researching and preparing human rights documentation for the Law and Society Trust in Colombo and worked as a legal assistant for the Overseas Doctors’ Association representing doctors in local tribunals and before the General Medical Council.

He recently appealed successfully to the Supreme Court against the deportation of a group of Sri Lankan nationals.

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Areas of practice

Immigration, Nationality and Asylum

Human Rights

Public Law and Judicial Review

Notable Cases

GJ Sri Lanka [2014].– Counsel Initially for the Appellant. Country Guidance Sri Lanka.

KV (scarring - medical evidence) Sri Lanka [2004] UKUT 230 (IAC). Co-counsel in reported decision concerning scarring before Upper Tribunal.

Charter Flight Challenge – February 2013. Ground Breaking Challenge to the Home Office Policy on Charter Flight to Sri Lanka. Received widespread coverage in the media, particularly Channel Four, Sky News and Al Jazeera.

H.A.L. v United Kingdom - 61533/10 [2012] ECHR 923 (22 May 2012)

A v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWHC 117 (Admin) (08 February 2012).  Successful challenge to the return of failed asylum seekers to Sri Lanka before the Administrative Court in 2012.

EG V UK [2011]. Counsel in domestic proceedings.

KA  PAKISTAN [2010]. Counsel initially for the Appellant.

Sritharan, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] EWHC 1658 (Admin) (10 June 2009)

Lenin, R (On the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWHC 2968 (Admin) (03 December 2008)

A, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWHC 3199 (Admin) (18 November 2008)

PS V SSHD [2004].  Country Guidance for Sri Lanka

Unreported Cases

AA054722013 [2013] UKAITUR AA054722013 (11 November 2013)

AA055162011 [2013] UKAITUR AA055162011 (19 August 2013)

AA098862011 [2013] UKAITUR AA098862011 (5 July 2013)

Publications and Training

Channel 4 News- Last minute reprieve for Sri Lankan deportees - 31st May 2012


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