Syed Naqvi is a Partner 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 individuals with visa applications 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 and 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 Tribunal and has conduct of numerous appeals and judicial reviews in the Upper Tribunal, the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal.
As an experienced litigator Syed has been involved in a number of important cases including the listed case of SF, R (on the application of) v SSHD  EWHC 2705 (Admin) which was a successful judicial review challenge in a trafficking case and SSHD v Gedi AA/02649/2015 which was a successful judicial review concerning whether the Secretary of State could issue a second deportation order once a first one had been successfully appealed.
Syed has particular expertise in relation to deportation cases and works in conjunction with our in-house crime department as well as organisations such as Medical Justice and Detention Action in halting unlawful removal actions. Syed recently managed to obtain an urgent injunction to stop an escorted removal of a vulnerable client to the DRC. Our client’s case was reported by the Guardian newspaper.
Syed also represented one of the clients who was scheduled to be removed to Jamaica on the much publicised ‘Jamaica 50’ Chartered flight. This case received widespread national and international media coverage.
Syed has worked on the very important listed case of Gedi, R (On the Application of) v SSHD  EWCA Civ 409. The Court of Appeal in this case declared that the Home Office had imposed curfew restrictions on an individual in circumstances where they did not have a power to do so.
Syed has a unique insight and specialisation in national security/SIAC cases and was involved in the successful G3 SIAC case (15/12/2017 SC/140/2017) which was referred to in the Shameema Begum nationality deprivation SIAC appeal. Syed has continued to represent clients in nationality depravation and exclusion cases.
Syed acted for the charity Migrant Rights Network in their application to intervene in the Court of Appeal case: The Queen on the Application of Balajigari v SSHD  EWCA Civ 673. This case involved refusal of indefinite leave to remain applications based on tax-related issues under paragraph 322(5) of the Immigration Rules. Syed has very recently represented an appellant in a Court of Appeal case: Tahir Yaseen v SSHD, C5/2018/0820. The Court of Appeal allowed the appeal of the appellant (who was unsuccessful at the FtT and UT) involving “character” issues arising from tax related matters in the context of Paragraph 276B(ii)(c) of the Immigration Rules.
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 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.