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Best Practice in Asylum Cases

Speaker: Raphael Jesurum
Chambers: Lamb Building

Raphael Jesurum
Lamb Building

In this crucial and extremely well-received seminar, Law Friends stalwart Raphael Jesurum gives an expert breakdown of best practices in asylum cases, providing a vital toolkit for all immigration lawyers, with particular focus on:

  • Interview
  • Preparing for the Appeal
  • Witness Notes
  • Witness Reluctance
  • Securing Attendance
  • Witness Preparation

Relevant case law

R v Momodou [2005] EWCA Crim 177, [2005] 1 WLR 3442

Raphael practises in asylum, immigration and nationality law. He appears regularly in the Upper Tribunal, the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal.

Raphael’s main interest is strategic litigation: working in partnership with solicitors to identify new legal points, training caseworkers to spot them, and advising early in order to test the issues on appeal. The aim is to build cases with overwhelmingly strong evidence, and develop arguments to test and change the law.

An example is the successful campaign to secure settlement rights for the children of Gurkha veterans. Before coming to the bar, Raphael was a successful broadcaster and foreign correspondent, working for the BBC and other international news outlets. He reported on the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, the Albanian uprising in 1997 and separatist violence in Macedonia.