Sara Anzani

Call: 2008

Practice areas

Public Access : Yes


  • LLB (Hons), First Class (Valedictorian) (Liverpool John Moores University) (2007)
  • Bar Vocational Course, Very Competent (Manchester Metropolitan University) (2008)


Sara specialises in all areas of asylum, immigration, nationality and administrative law.


Sara is an experienced immigration practitioner, specialising in all areas of asylum, immigration, nationality and administrative law.  She regularly appears before both the First-Tier and Upper Tribunal as well as the Administrative Court and Court of Appeal.

Sara has particular experience representing vulnerable individuals in claims for international protection, including victims of torture, sexual violence and trafficking.  She is frequently instructed in claims involving imputed political opinion and sexuality.

Sara also regularly takes instructions on matters of business immigration law, the Points-Based System and challenges under Article 8 of the ECHR.

Sara has a particular interest in judicial review. She has helped secure successful outcomes for individuals unlawfully detained by the state, and has considerable experience challenging fresh claim decisions and those certified under s94 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (clearly unfounded claims).

In suitable cases, Sara will undertake direct access work, directly for members of the public.


  • Inner Temple BVC Exhibition and Scholarship (2008)
  • Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition Winner (2007)
  • Liverpool Law Society Prize (2007)
  • Oxford University Press Prize (2004)


  • Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)
  • Bar Pro-Bono Unit
  • Bail for Immigration Detainees


  • Welsh

Related cases

  • Chaparadza, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 1209 (Admin) Led by Hugh Southey QC. Unlawful detention following SSHD’s failure to serve notice of a decision.  Damages of £10,500 awarded.
  • MP (Sri Lanka) & Anor v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 829 – Led by Raza Husain QC, alongside Rudolph Spurling. An appeal against GJ and Others (post-civil war: returnees) Sri Lanka CG [2013] UKUT 319.
  • Ganesabalan, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 2712 (Admin) –The Administrative Court, in allowing the application, found that where a person seeks to rely on private or family life under Article 8 ECHR, and the claim falls at the first stage under the Immigration rules, there is always a second stage where the Secretary of State must consider the exercise of discretion outside of the rules.
  • GJ & Others v SSHD (post-civil-war-returnees) Sri Lanka CG [2013] UKUT 319: For the second appellant (NT) with Rudolph Spurling of 10KBW.
  • JN, R (on the application of) v SSHD (CO/6005/2013) (unreported): Judicial review challenge to decision to deprive JN of British citizenship.
  • MF v SSHD (IA/07646/2013) (unreported): Indefinite leave to remain obtained for London Fashion Week designer.
  • SS (Sri Lanka), R (on the application of) v SSHD (CO/9012/2011): Dublin II Regulations challenge.

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