barristersYear of Call: 1993

Areas Of Practice

Pearl’s practice is mainly in Immigration and Public law, with an emphasis on human rights issues. It includes all aspects of Immigration, including asylum, humanitarian protection, deportation, entry clearance, settlement (including victims of domestic violence), legacy, unaccompanied minors, European Union issues and the Points-Based Scheme. She has extensive experience in dealing with a wide range of countries in representations before the First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and the Administrative Court, and applications to the Court of Appeal.

Judicial review the Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD)'s decisions to certify appeals (e.g. polish nationals, on the basis of incompatibility of the statutory provision of certification under S115 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 with the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) on the ground of discrimination on the basis of nationality (Krystyna Musial and Elzbieta Witkowska, Dec 2002);

Judicial review the SSHD’s decisions to refuse to consider failed asylum seekers’ fresh claim applications;

Judicial review to challenge the SSHD’s decisions under the Immigration rules and the failure to issue removal directions (Obeng Oct 2013, Addo November 2013);

Injunctions to the Administrative Court to prevent removal of failed asylum seekers;
Challenge to the Administrative Court that an Entry Clearance Officer was not entitled to depart from the clear meaning of an Immigration Judge’s decision by failing to implement the substance of the decision (Abdul Mozahid, 24th October 2007);

Right of residence of Other family members of an EEA national (VN (EEA rights – dependency) Macedonia [2010]) UKUT 380 (IAC)

Challenge to the Tribunal as to whether the refusal by Colombian nationals to pay extortion money to Guerilla groups amounted to imputed political opinion within the Refugee Convention (Garcia Sergio De Jesus Castiblanco (+3) v SSHD (IAT), 16th July 2002).

Overturned Immigration Judges’ decisions at the Upper Tribunal for refusing to remove asylum and human rights cases from the fast-track appeal system.

As an Independent Financial Adjudicator and Cost Assessor, Pearl reviews funding decisions in immigration and family appeals to the Tribunal, Administrative Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Requested by the Legal Services Commission (LSC) to sit on a Special Committee to provide legal guidance to the LSC on the impact of the Court of Appeal’s decisions on Zimbabwean cases.

Education

Direct Public Access Scheme - College of Law, London (2011)
Bar Vocational Conversion (practising) - BPP Law School (1997-1998)
Bar Finals (Non-practising) - Called: Lincoln’s Inn - South Bank University (1992-1993)
LL.B. Law Degree: Upper Second Class Hons - University of East London (1989-1992)
Practice at the bar
Mansfield Chambers (2013-)
Renaissance Chambers (2011-2013)
Argent Chambers (2011)
12 Old Square Chambers (2010-2011)
9 King’s Bench Walk, Ground Floor (2002-2010)
2 Middle Temple Lane (2000-2002)

Other Experience:

Independent Financial Adjudicator (Immigration) - Legal Aid Agency (2012-)

Independent Cost Assessor (Family) - Legal Aid Agency (2012-)

Independent Funding Adjudicator - Legal Services Commission (2004-2012)

Legal Protection - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) (1997)
Provided legal advice to asylum seekers and legal practitioners on asylum law and policies in the UK; participated in discussions with the Home Office, Immigration Judges and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs); reviewed conditions of detention of asylum seekers, including unaccompanied minors and assessed whether they were in accordance with UNHCR’s guidelines by regularly visiting detention centres; and represented UNHCR at the 20th Assembly session on the adoption of a resolution within the Legal Committee.

Legal Advisor on International Human Rights Law - Aire (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) Centre (1994-1996)
Drafted opinions on domestic immigration cases concerning their compatibility with the ECHR; drafted ‘Rule 36’ indications under the Commission’s Rules of Procedures and prepared Observations in response to UK Government’s Observations; and conducted a joint seminar, which related to case studies on international human rights law to legal practitioners and NGOs.

Professional Membership

Human Rights Lawyers’ Association
Languages
Basic Malay, Mandarin and Cantonese