Priya Solanki

Barrister at One Pump Court Chambers

Priya is a busy and experienced specialist in immigration and asylum law. She appears regularly before the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chambers and the Administrative Court. She has an expanding practice in the Court of Appeal.

She has a particular interest in and experience of cases involving domestic violence, trafficking, mental health issues and vulnerable clients. She is known to have a very calming and reassuring manner with clients with vulnerabilities. She regularly provides in-house training, seminars and webinars. 

She is cited as a leading junior in Immigration (including business immigration) in Legal 500 with the Directories stating, “she has a sharp mind and demonstrates excellent client care”, “she is tactically astute, good under pressure and very persuasive in court” and “she is very knowledgeable in presenting appeals”

Priya's Upcoming Training

Priya's Past Training

In this webinar, we will consider the difficulties that can arise with the requirements for indefinite leave to remain for victims of domestic violence, how clients who do not meet the Appendix FM DV immigration rules can be assisted. We will discuss challenging adverse decisions for these Applicants and also making applications for victims under the EEA Regulations.


Friday 06 March 2020, 10:00 – 17:00

ILPA will be hosting its inaugural ‘Women in the Hostile Environment Conference’ in celebration of International Women’s Day on 06 March 2020. International Women’s Day (08 March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This conference aims to cover a broad range of issues and developments facing women in the hostile environment, as well as sharing campaign initiatives, strategic litigation cases and best practice.

The conference will be addressing the following topics:

  • Women in the hostile environment
  • Access to primary and secondary healthcare and maternity charging
  • The Istanbul Convention
  • European Law and Article 8 of the ECHR
  • Destitution and Section 17 of the Children’s Act 1989
  • Detention
  • Trafficking and the NRM

This conference is also an opportunity for us to celebrate the contributions of women within the legal and immigration sector in challenging systemic, structural and social inequalities as well as the positive impact they make to the lived experiences of migrant women and their families in the UK and abroad.

Chair: Nicole Masri, Rights of Women


Lucy Mair, Barrister, Garden Court North Chambers

Neena Acharya, Senior Solicitor, Coram Children’s Legal Centre

Carita Thomas, Solicitor, ATLEU,

Katy Robinson, Partner, Wilsons Solicitors,

Priya Solanki, Barrister, One Pump Court

Louise Hooper, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Abi Brunswick, Director, Project 17 and member of the Unity Project Steering Committee

Rosalind Bragg, Director, Maternity Action

This will assist practitioners who wish to have more knowledge of best practice and procedural issues that often arise with vulnerable clients including, for example, the complexities in the appointment of litigation friends.

With reference to authorities and policy guidance, we will examine how a client’s mental health is relevant to credibility and risk on return, as well looking at how we can successfully argue health grounds under Articles 3 and 8 ECHR and Paragraph 276ADE(vi).


Tutor: Priya Solanki, One Pump Court Chambers 

In this webinar, we will have a detailed look at the law on certified asylum and human rights claims. We will consider how practitioners can best use the current authorities and policy guidance to challenge decisions with success. This webinar is suitable for practitioners working in immigration and asylum law. It is suitable for individuals who are seeking more knowledge and experience in challenging certifications by judicial review and it will be a useful refresher and update course for those who are experienced in this field.

In this webinar, we will cover the following:

  • Clearly unfounded certifications under s.94 of the Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (‘the 2002 Act’)
  • A detailed consideration of case law regarding s.94 of the 2002 Act, with practical tips of how this can be used in individual cases
  • Discussion on the UKVI Policy Guidance on s.94 certifications, including how this is useful on Article 8 ECHR claims
  • An update on the case law regarding certifications under s.94B
  • Delay certifications under s.96 of the 2002 Act, with consideration of the applicable policy guidance and authorities
  • A brief look at certifications under EEA law
  • Practical tips and examples on challenging adverse decisions by judicial review


Tutor: Priya Solanki, One Pump Court Chambers

The appeal regime is complicated. The right to appeal and grounds of appeal were severely restricted through the Immigration Act 2014. Practitioners need to be familiar with the current system and the complexities of issues such as new matters. This webinar is suitable for practitioners working in immigration and asylum law. It is suitable for individuals who are frequently involved in appeals to the Tribunals and challenges by administrative review.

Tutor: Priya Solanki, One Pump Court Chambers

In this webinar, we will look at how to successfully argue claims based on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). We will discuss the need for expert medical and country evidence and what this should address. We will have a detailed look at various country guidance decisions and useful Policy Guidance documents. There will also be a consideration of the link between asylum and immigration law and FGM protection orders.

In this webinar, we will aim to cover the following:

• An understanding of what FGM is, including the types of FGM, the prevalence of the practice globally, cultural underpinnings and motives, consequences of FGM, issues relevant to risk
• A quick overview of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 and the mandatory reporting duties
• FGM Protection Orders (FGMPO) and the link between these and asylum law
• A look at relevant UKVI Policy Guidance
• Useful country guidance decisions to discuss risk factors, how to address arguments on credibility, state protection and internal relocation
• Dealing with practical issues such as anonymity and vulnerable applicants
• Expert evidence
• Practical tips and examples
• Case Activity / Group Discussions

Tutor: Priya Solanki, One Pump Court Chambers

In this webinar, we will look at the harsh test that applies to foreign nationals who are here as overstayers and make applications as partners under Appendix FM EX.1(b) and EX.2 of the Immigration Rules. We will consider recent authorities and how these have clarified the test. There will be a detailed look at policy guidance, practical tips and examples. This webinar will allow more effective applications to be submitted and for better challenges to adverse decisions.

In this webinar, we will cover the following:

• The test of insurmountable obstacles under EX.1(b) and EX.2
• A detailed look at UKVI Policy Guidance and how this can best be used to assist applications under EX.1(b)
• The current authorities, how these have explained this test further, with examples of the circumstances the courts and Tribunals have found unconvincing
• A discussion on useful evidence and arguments to advance in applications and appeals
• Challenges to clearly unfounded certificates, under s.94 of the Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, in EX1(b) decisions by way of judicial review proceedings
• Case Activity / Group Discussions

Domestic Violence in Immigration Law

Priya was an engaging trainer and passionate about the subject.

Domestic Violence in Immigration Law

 The tutor had an excellent approach and ability to explain complex situations in a relevant and clear manner. The case law examples and application along with the case study was particularly helpful.

Mental Health in Immigration and Asylum Law

The trainers’ knowledge was very wide ranging and she was very happy to engage with delegates’ comments and questions. I think ILPA mental health week has been really wonderful, thank you for all your efforts in arranging webinars, and thanks for all the useful well-being related website content. At this time, it has been helpful and greatly appreciated.

Mental Health in Immigration and Asylum Law

For such a broad area of the law Priya did a great job of giving lots of detail while getting through lots of material at the same time.

Mental Health in Immigration and Asylum Law

I liked the tutor and her teaching style. She clearly has a detailed knowledge of a complex and wide ranging subject matter and is ability to communicate concisely and clearly.