Lawrence commenced pupillage at Richmond Chambers in December 2016.

Before pupillage, Lawrence worked for three years as a paralegal at a boutique immigration and human rights law firm. He specialised in preparing and representing appeals before the First-tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal. Lawrence has considerable court experience in a broad range of subjects including students, entrepreneurs, EEA nationals and their family members, human rights, asylum, settlements, visit visas, deportation as well as bail hearings. Lawrence also has a wealth of experience in drafting grounds for permission to the appeal to the Upper Tribunal and for Judicial Review. His experience at a solicitor’s firm and familiarity with all stages of legal casework gives him an advantage when advising and representing clients.

Lawrence also previously interned for seven months at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He was on the defence team for the killing of UN peacekeepers by the rebel movement in Darfur (The Prosecutor v. Abdallah Banda and Saleh Jerbo) and the 2007 post-election violence orchestrated by high-ranked officials in Kenya (The Prosecutor v. Francis Muthaura). Lawrence also assisted in a case involving the massacre of Serbian civilians in Kosovo (The Special Prosecutor v. Fatmir Limaj), where his work contributed to the defendant’s acquittal for war crimes in Kosovo.

Lawrence was born and raised in Japan, and is fluent in Japanese and Farsi. Beyond his legal interests, Lawrence enjoys photography. His work has featured in National Geographic, displayed at an exhibition, and published in coffee table books.

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Areas of Practice

  • Year Qualified



    Bar Professional Training Course, Kaplan Law School
    LL.B. (Hons), University of Liverpool


    Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association