George Symes

Call: 2015

Practice areas

Education

  • BSc (Hons) Human Psychology (2:1)
  • LLB for Graduates (2:1)
  • BPTC (Very Competent)

Background

George joined 10KBW in 2017, following successful completion of his pupillage at the Government Legal Department. George has extensive experience dealing with Immigration, Asylum, Administrative, and Civil Law and is accepting instructions in all these fields.

George previously worked at the Attorney General’s Office, where he advised on both civil and criminal matters, including Unduly Lenient Sentences, Contempt of Court, and Consents to Prosecute. He also spent six months as a lawyer at the Department for Transport, where he advised on the interpretation of various treaties and conventions.

Immigration

George has been exposed to Immigration Law since the first day of his pupillage, and appears very regularly in the First-Tier and Upper Tribunal in both Asylum and Immigration matters. He accepts instructions from both Appellants and Respondent, giving an invaluable insight into the procedure.

He routinely handles cases regarding political opinion, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, trafficking, etc. from clients of various nationalities in both privately-funded and legally-aided cases. In addition, he has significant experience in ECHR cases, such as Article 8 claims for private and family life, and challenges to refusals of entry clearance. He is also instructed in EEA cases, such as challenging the Secretary of State’s refusal to issue Residence Cards.

George often appears in the Upper Tribunal for Judicial Review proceedings, for example, in those cases where clients do not have, or have been refused, a right of appeal.

Civil

George accepts instructions in many areas of civil law, and often appears in the County Court in Landlord & Tenant (e.g. possession claims) and Bankruptcy proceedings.

Given his background in the Government Legal Department, he also works on Public Law matters, including, for example, advising on and appearing in challenges to public bodies in legitimate expectation cases in the High Court.

Memberships

  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)
  • Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)

Languages

French (competent)

Interests

Outside of the Bar, George is a multi-award-winning magician.

George Symes
10 King's Bench Walk
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London EC4Y 7EB
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