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Omar Shibli
Barrister | Garden Court Chambers

Omar became a tenant at Garden Court in 2007 after successful completion of his pupillage. He is a practitioner specialising in asylum, immigration and family law, with a particular interest in child protection and cross-over work between these areas.

His practice in immigration includes immigration rules, EEA, deportation and asylum appeals. In that context his work has included representation of a number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children. Notable work to date includes assistance on an application to the European Court of Human Rights, regarding the potential use of Interpol as a mechanism of persecution by member states.

In family law he practices in both private and public law proceedings, acting for parents and children, both in their own right and through children's Guardians. His varied practice ensures he appears before a variety of Tribunals including: Family Proceedings Courts, County Courts, the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Omar has a developing High Court practice. In immigration law he has experience of making judicial review applications, including urgent applications for interim relief. In family law he has appeared before the High Court, both in care proceedings and wardship proceedings under its inherent jurisdiction. Omar also has a developing Court of Appeal practice which includes arguing complex points of statutory construction.

Omar's expertise lies particularly in cases of cross-fertilisation between immigration and family law. A number of his family cases are those in which a proper understanding of the client's immigration status in those proceedings is vital to ensure their best interests are represented. Similarly, he has acted in immigration proceedings where the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal had to consider the Article 8 rights of a family faced with removal, where one child of the family was to remain in the UK under local authority care

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Omar Shibli
Barrister | Garden Court Chambers

Omar became a tenant at Garden Court in 2007 after successful completion of his pupillage. He is a practitioner specialising in asylum, immigration and family law, with a particular interest in child protection and cross-over work between these areas.

His practice in immigration includes immigration rules, EEA, deportation and asylum appeals. In that context his work has included representation of a number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children. Notable work to date includes assistance on an application to the European Court of Human Rights, regarding the potential use of Interpol as a mechanism of persecution by member states.

In family law he practices in both private and public law proceedings, acting for parents and children, both in their own right and through children's Guardians. His varied practice ensures he appears before a variety of Tribunals including: Family Proceedings Courts, County Courts, the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Omar has a developing High Court practice. In immigration law he has experience of making judicial review applications, including urgent applications for interim relief. In family law he has appeared before the High Court, both in care proceedings and wardship proceedings under its inherent jurisdiction. Omar also has a developing Court of Appeal practice which includes arguing complex points of statutory construction.

Omar's expertise lies particularly in cases of cross-fertilisation between immigration and family law. A number of his family cases are those in which a proper understanding of the client's immigration status in those proceedings is vital to ensure their best interests are represented. Similarly, he has acted in immigration proceedings where the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal had to consider the Article 8 rights of a family faced with removal, where one child of the family was to remain in the UK under local authority care

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