Syed Naqvi is a Solicitor and Head of our Immigration Department. Syed advises individuals, NGOs and businesses on immigration Law. He leads a team which has extensive experience in all aspects of immigration law.
Syed has a wealth of experience in advising individuals on asylum, human rights and EEA cases. He is also able to assist individials with visa applications as well and general immigration advice.
Syed provides comprehensive immigration advice to overseas entrepreneurs on start-up visas, innovator visas as well as visas in the event of intra-company transfers. Syed advises on the sponsorship licence system as well as the impact immigration policies can have on a business in the UK.
Syed regularly appears as an advocate in both the First-tier Tribunal, Upper-tier Tribunal and has conduct of numerous judicial reviews in the Upper-tier Tribunal, the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal.
As an experienced litigator Syed has worked on a number of important cases including SF, R (on the application of) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 2705 (Admin) which was a successful judicial review challenge in a trafficking case and Secretary of State for the Home Department v Gedi AA/02649/2015 which was a successful judicial review concerning whether the Secretary of State's could issue a second deportation order once a first one had been successfully appealed.
Syed also worked on the very important case of Gedi, R (On the Application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 409, the Court of Appeal declared that the Home Office had imposed curfew restrictions on an individual in circumstances where they had no power to do so. If you have been subjected to curfew requirements by the Home Office we may be able to assist you with investigating whether you are entitled to damages in light of the decision in Gedi. Contact Syed for further information.
Syed recently acted for Migrant Rights Network [hyperlink] in their application to intervene in the Court of Appeal case: THE QUEEN ON THE APPLICATION OF BALAJIGARI v SSHD  EWCA Civ 673. At the centre of this case was the Home Office’s allegation that the appellants’ conduct, rendered their presence in the UK ‘undesirable’ and justified an outright refusal of their ILR applications based on tax-related issues with the HMRC under paragraph 322(5) of the Immigration Rules. The case resulted in the Court of Appeal rendering a judgment in favour of the appellants. The Home Office sought permission to appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision to the Supreme Court but subsequently withdrew their permission application.
Syed has advised the English Language Test Victims group and has successfully assisted a considerable number of clients impacted by the TOEIC visa scandal obtain redress through the courts.
Syed has represented a number of high profile clients including senior members of the deposed Egyptian government, prominent members of South Asian political parties, senior journalists and religious clerics fleeing persecution in their native countries.
Syed is often asked for comment by the media and recently commented in the Guardian on allegations that the Home Office regulalry refused visitor visas for trivial reasons and used scare tactics when people complained. Syed has also provided his take on various other topical immigration law related news stories appearing in the Independent and the Guardian newspapers:
Syed often uses his strong links with NGOs and journalists to conduct campaigns and lobby the Parliament in order raise profile of his client’s issues. Syed recently briefed the Government's Home Affairs Select Committee on immigration issues which resulted in the Home Affairs Select Committee questioning the Minister for Immigration.
Syed has a large following particularly from the South Asian and the Latin American community and often gives talks at community events and forums. Syed recently gave a talk on the implications of Brexit and the EU Settlement Scheme at an event sponsored by the Mayor of London.