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Paul Duffy

Senior Advisor

"Paul is an expert in immigration law with two decades of experience, from serving as a Tribunal Presenting Officer to a Senior Caseworker in UKVI, and has influenced significant legal decisions in the UK's higher courts."

Paul Duffy

Senior Advisor


Paul has worked in the Field of immigration law for almost two decades accruing an expert knowledge of immigration law.

Beginning as a Presenting Officer appearing as an advocate in the First-tier Tribunal on behalf of the Secretary of State in all types of cases from asylum and deportation to spouse visas and bail hearings.

He then undertook a brief stint in as an Asylum Decision Maker, interviewing asylum claimants and making decisions on their asylum claims.

He spent 5 years as a Senior Presenting Officer appearing in the Upper Tribunal on behalf of the SSHD, drafting grounds of appeal, skeleton arguments, and rule 24 responses and litigating cases in the higher courts.

He became a Senior Caseworker in the Allowed Appeals Review Team managing a team of Drafters responsible for reviewing allowed appeals.  Initially he had responsibility as lead on Protection issues (Asylum/HP – including Trafficking) and then more recently as the lead on Foreign National Offenders.

During the time as a Senior Caseworker, he drafted guidance documents and training materials for use across the entire UKVI appeals estate.

Notable Cases :

Upper Tribunal

Durrani (Entrepreneurs: bank letters; evidential flexibility) (Rev 1) [2014] UKUT 295 (IAC)

Fayyaz (Entrepreneurs: paragraph 41-SD(a)(i) – “provided to”) [2014] UKUT 296 (IAC)

Akhter and another (paragraph 245AA: wrong format) [2014] UKUT 297 (IAC)

KV (scarring – medical evidence) [2014] UKUT 230 (IAC)

Court of Appeal – as instructing client.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department v Devani [2020] EWCA Civ 612

Antonio v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWCA Civ 809

Supreme Court – as instructing client.

MS (Pakistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] UKSC 9

Robinson (Jamaica) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] UKSC 53

SC (Jamaica) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] UKSC 15

HA (Iraq) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] UKSC 22


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