Vijay Jagadesham

Barrister at Garden Court North Chambers

Vijay “undertakes a wide range of immigration and asylum work, most notably on behalf of vulnerable adults and children”(Chambers and Partners, 2019). Vijay recently returned from his sixth trip to the island of Samos in Greece, where he provided legal aid to asylum seekers and drafted numerous applications to the European Court of Human Rights in relation to age-disputed unaccompanied minors, and exceptionally secured “interim measures” against the Greek government in relation to breaches of Article 3 ECHR. 

Vijay regularly engages in age assessment challenges and is particularly well placed to do so in light of his experience in immigration and asylum law and civil litigation, including actions against the police. Vijay also draws on his significant public law expertise, including two successful challenges in the Supreme Court, in bringing public law challenges in relation to all levels of decision-making. He also advises on claims for damages, under the common law and the HRA 1998. He is a contributor to the 9th edition of Macdonald’s Immigration Law and Practice. 

Vijay's upcoming training

Tuesday 19 January 2021, 14:00 – 17:00, 3.0 CPD Hours

Tutors: Mala Savjani, Solicitor at Wesley Gryk Solicitors and Vijay Jagadesham, Barrister at Garden Court North Chambers

Reviewing the protection afforded by Article 8 ECHR in 2021, in conjunction with recent authorities and policy/statutory changes, in order to equip practitioners for their cases relying on family and private life.

The topics include: 

– the relationship between Article 8 and the Immigration Rules and the public interest considerations in the NIAA 2002 (as amended);
– ‘insurmountable obstacles’ and family life;
– best interests of children;
dependent relatives, carers, and ‘non-standard’ family life;
– Article 8 and students/workers;
criminal deportation; and,
– Article 8 and appeals, including ‘new matters’


Vijay's Past Training

Wednesday 12 August 2020, 14:00 – 17:15

Tutors: Vijay Jagadesham, Barrister at Garden Court North Chambers and Laura Gibbons, Public Law Solicitor at Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit

This webinar will undertake a refresher of the underlying legal principles in age assessment challenges, as well as addressing recent developments and best practice.


• Scope of the judicial review
• Requests for reconsideration
• Interim relief and responsible local authority
• Appearance & demeanour
• Holistic and thorough age assessments that incorporate the informed views of others
• The benefit of the doubt
• Issues with appropriate adults
• Issues with witness statements
• Making good use of documentary evidence
• Targeted disclosure requests and challenging restricted disclosure