Julian Norman


Julian has fifteen years experience in immigration law. After ten years working in private practice initially as a paralegal and then qualifying as a solicitor in 2007 (specialising in immigration law) she was called to the Bar in 2012.

After being called to the Bar she has continued to build a practice in immigration and also extradition and regulatory work. She is registered to undertake Direct Access work and she is also a qualified mediator.

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Julian has worked in immigration law for fourteen years and is familiar with all aspects of immigration, including applications and appeals from the First Tier Tribunal to the Court of Appeal. She is experienced in entry clearance, immigration, asylum, deportation and EEA work and she specialises in particular in family immigration appeals which have an Article 8 element.

Julian also enjoys judicial review work, including fresh claims; unlawful detention; breach of human rights; fast track and securing emergency injunctions against removal. Julian also provides immigration training seminars and is available to bring these seminars to solicitors' firms.


Julian has an increasing practice in extradition law which is complementary to her substantial immigration background. She is familiar with European Arrest Warrants, all elements of ECHR argument and in particular Article 8 appeals, and is able to represent both Requested Persons and Requesting States.


In 2014 Julian was seconded to the Nursing and Midwifery Council where she appeared for the NMC in a wide range of hearings, and she has maintained a regulatory practice since then. She has experience of substantive hearings, interim order hearings and interim/substantive order reviews and has dealt with expert and vulnerable witnesses and a variety of legal issues. She has also gained significant experience in dealing with litigants in person. Julian is also familiar with the regulatory framework of other regulators.


Julian appears for the prosecution and defence in all types of criminal matters in the magistrates and Crown Courts. Her knowledge of the intersection between immigration and criminal law means that she is able to provide a holistic service to foreign national prisoners. Her methodical approach has been praised by solicitors and clients.

Notable cases

Kaftan v SSHD (unreported) - successfully argued that the appellant was entitled to refugee status on the basis of military service in Ukraine.

Hefnawy v SSHD (unreported) - successfully argued that the immigration officers’ evidence should be excluded as they had not obtained it in compliance with PACE, as they interviewed the appellant without offering an interpreter or access to a solicitor, and without properly cautioning him. The appeal was allowed (determination attached)

BH v SSHD (unreported) - successfully argued that the SSHD had not considered the evidence fairly in the case of a gay man from Turkmenistan

SSHD v Tuan Ha - where a parent has a subsisting relationship with a qualifying child, s.117B(6) protects that relationship. Click here for Bailii report.

Budathoki v SSHD - in assessing dependency of an elderly parent under the EEA Regulations, "it is not necessary that the person be wholly or even mainly dependent if a person requires material support for essential needs in part that is sufficient." The appeal was remitted and was ultimately successful. Click here for Bailii report.  

Liberman v SSHD - successfully argued that the First Tier Tribunal had applied the wrong standard of proof in an alleged sham marriage case under the EEA Regulations. Click here for Bailii report. 

SSHD v PF - successfully defended a decision allowing an appeal on Article 8 grounds where the appellant was HIV positive. Click here for Bailii report. 

Jiminez v SSHD - successfully challenged a First Tier finding of a sham marriage under the EEA regulations. The appeal was remitted and ultimately successful. Click here for Bailii report. 

R (Korobtsova) v SSHD - See case report via Bailii by clicking here

PO (Nigeria) (unreported) This was an appeal against deportation on Article 8 grounds which had been dismissed. Julian appeared for the Appellant, securing permission in the Court of Appeal to appeal further. In granting permission Ward LJ described Julian as a “persistent advocate.”

NMC v H - secured a striking off order against a nurse who had been convicted of four counts of child neglect. See here for press report.

R (Mazaza) v SSHD This was a judicial review of the Secretary of State’s decision not to treat the Claimant’s application for asylum as a ‘fresh claim’ under paragraph 353 of the Immigration Rules. The application had been made sur place as it related to the activities of the Claimant in the UK which postdated her previous claim for asylum. The claim was successful and paved the way for other members of the same group to make good their claims

Associations and memberships

  • Called to the Bar 2012
  • BA (Hons) – St Peter’s College Oxford
  • Member of Middle Temple
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
  • CPS Grade 1 prosecutor
  • MA (merit) Birkbeck College London
  • LPC (distinction) London Metropolitan
  • Graduate diploma in Law – London Metropolitan


• Julian is a regular contributor to the Guardian newspaper’s ‘Comment is free’ section. Here is a selection of her most recent articles:

1. Isa Muazu’s botched deportation

2. Theresa May’s assault on the right to family life

3. Chris Grayling’s attack on Judicial Review: meritless

4. Should the government hold auctions for UK visas?

• News@ONE July 2013: Judicial review in immigration matters

• Woman’s Hour, 28 May 2012, panel discussion on women asylum seekers

• BBC Learning, “Muriel Matters,” short film for children about the suffragette Muriel Matters and the legal minefield of direct action within the criminal law. First broadcast May 2012.

• Legal adviser for “The Appeal,” a Radio 4 play about asylum, 2006


• Lay magistrate, April 2010 – December 2016

• Trustee, FILIA