Biography

Lawrence specialises in UK immigration, asylum and nationality matters. He appears in the First-tier and Upper Tribunal, as well as the High Court and the Court of Appeal. He has a keen interest in contentious immigration matters, and frequently represents individuals in matters involving human rights, asylum, EEA, deportation, PBS, and bail hearings. Lawrence advises on technical and complicated aspects of immigration law. He is highly experienced in judicial reviews and appeals, and has drafted many successful grounds in both arenas.

Lawrence writes on a range of immigration law issues, and is a contributing author for LexisPSL Immigration where he provides case summaries, analysis, and commentaries. He has written on topics including ETS/TOEIC, tax discrepancy cases, human rights, and Common Travel Areas. He is also on the LexisPSL Q&A panel of authors.

Before joining the Bar, Lawrence worked for three years at a boutique immigration and human rights law firm as an in-house appeals advocate. His considerable experience in working with members of the public and familiarity with all stages of legal casework gives him an edge when assisting clients on a direct access basis. Lawrence is professional and approachable, making him adept at dealing with difficult, sensitive, and vulnerable clients and putting them at ease.

Lawrence also previously interned for seven months at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He was part of the defence team for cases involving Kenya and Sudan. He also assisted in the Kosovar case of The Special Prosecutor v. Fatmir Limaj, where his work contributed to the defendant’s acquittal for war crimes.

Having been born and raised in Japan to British-Iranian parents, Lawrence is fluent in Japanese and Persian. Beyond his legal interests, Lawrence enjoys photography. His work has been displayed at exhibitions, featured in National Geographic, and published in coffee table books.

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Contact details

020 7353 6802 / l.youssefian@goldsmithchambers.com;

Areas of Practice

Immigration
  • Year Qualified

    2013

    Education

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

    Memberships

    Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association