Roxanne Frantzis

Roxanne Frantzis

ROXANNE FRANTZIS

Year of call: 2003

Call clerks: 0113 297 1200

Email clerks: clerks@kbwchambers.com

  • Recommendations/Rankings

    Consistently ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners and a Leading Junior by Legal 500

    Current recommendations are as follows:

    Chambers & Partners 2018

    “A leading immigration and public law barrister. She has a broad practice and is particularly adept at handling deportation and trafficking cases for vulnerable clients. She offers a breadth of knowledge in cases concerning statelessness and nationality law.

    Strengths: “She is an exceptional specialist immigration barrister. She has unbeatable technical expertise.” “She is outstanding.”

    Recent work: Successfully acted in a public law challenge to the decision of the SSHD to refuse to grant further leave to remain to a Tier 1 Entrepreneur.”

    Legal 500 2017:

    Public Law Leading Junior: “Highly recommended for immigration matters”

    Professional Memberships

    Member of ILPA; EIN; ALBA

    Member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

    Member of the North Eastern Circuit

    Positions Held

    Head of the Immigration Team, KBW Chambers.

    Junior Counsel to the Crown: Regional Panel 2012 to 2018

    BPP Leeds (BPTC) Tutor: Asylum Detention Deportation Extradition Course

    Practice Summary

    As head of the Immigration Law Team at KBW Chambers, Roxanne acts for the asylum/immigration claimant/applicant at all levels of the Tribunal (IAC) and higher courts with particular emphasis on judicial review work in the Upper Tribunal.

    Roxanne specialises in cases involving victims of modern slavery and those subject to deportation orders.

    Having commenced her practice in this field in London, Roxanne has considerable and varied experience in making applications to and appearing before the Court of Appeal. Roxanne appears regularly before the Upper Tribunal on Judicial Review applications: an extensive practice including obtaining out of hours injunctions and preparation of Pre Action Protocol Letters.

    Roxanne undertakes the full range of work in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber (First-tier and Upper Tribunal) presenting appeals on asylum, deportation, in-country immigration and entry clearance matters. She is always happy to advise in the preparation of these cases.

    Roxanne has in the past specialised in dealing with asylum claims from Iraq, Sri Lanka, Eritrea and Ethiopia however she can be relied on to be up to date on the country situation of any Claimant she is asked to represent.

    Roxanne is regularly asked to advise on family law proceedings with an immigration aspect on behalf of all parties or one party specifically (including Local Authorities): the impact of on-going contact proceedings in deportation/human rights appeals and the rights of other family members, typically children or a parent, and the impact of immigration decisions upon their rights.

    As a member of the Attorney General’s Regional Immigration Panel, Roxanne frequently appeared in the Administrative Court and Upper Tribunal both at the oral permission and substantive hearing stages of judicial review claims.

    As a result of her practice in this area of the law, Roxanne has forensic experience of arguments run under the Human Rights Act and is passionate about the same.

    Roxanne offers total commitment to those who she represents.

    Notable Cases

    R (oao) GXR v SSHD [2018] (UTIAC) A matter involving an alleged victim of trafficking. Aspects of the challenge sought to impugn part of the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s practical ‘Guidance to Competent Bodies’, the published policy document through which the SSHD complies with her international obligations to potential victims of trafficking, thus making the case of wider public importance. The Claim involves consideration of extensive medical and Metropolitan Police evidence.

    R (oao) Saudoun v SSHD [2017] (UTIAC) A judicial review claim concerning a foreign criminal who applied to revoke the deportation order made against him on the basis that he is at risk on return to Iraq owing, primarily, to the absence of a particular document (a CSID card).

    RN v SSHD [2017] a legally complex case involving cross jurisdictional definitions of ‘parent’ in the context of surrogacy arrangements and the Immigration Rules.

    VCH v SSHD [2016] (UTIAC) A judicial review action challenging the decision of the SSHD to revoke a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence of a Care Home. This is a niche area of immigration law that is heavily regulated. The jobs of three foreign national workers were at stake in addition to the effective functioning of a care home for the elderly, vulnerable and infirm. The matter involved extensive reference to the regulatory framework and evidence which included many files of care records, meeting logs, medical equipment inventories and job descriptions/structures.

    R(oao) Shaban v SSHD [2015] (UTIAC) – A case involving successful challenge to the SSHD’s policy of requiring contemporaneous documentation to amend details contained on a Certification of Naturalisation/Registration (ie a birth certificate produced in the year of an applicant’s birth) to amend incorrect details contained on a registration certificate (received upon naturalisation). This claim has wide ranging implications for all individuals who wish to correct either their passport and/or registration certificate but cannot (possibly because they left their country of birth many years ago) produce contemporaneous evidence of the registration of their date of birth or name etc ie from the year of their birth.

    R(oao) Onyango v SSHD [2014] (UTIAC) – The case for SSHD succeeded when the Claim was withdrawn halfway through the final hearing in light of the view expressed from the Deputy President of the Upper Tribunal, Judge Ockelton. The issue was the application of the public law duty of ‘remedial action’. If C was correct in his claim this would have been tantamount to a finding that the duty is of virtually limitless application with far reaching consequences for SSHD’s decision making processes and would have dramatically affected timely decision making by placing an overwhelming burden on her and those taking decisions on her behalf.

    LS v SSHD [2014] (UTIAC) – LS was trafficked to the UK and forced in to prostitution. LS fell pregnant and managed to escape when being transported for an enforced abortion. A number of significant issues arose: (i) the sensitive factual nexus required a very careful approach to client care and instructions (ii) the appeal was conducted with a support worker and LS’s 6 week old baby present which required specific management of the hearing (iii) the case raised important issues surrounding the risk on return to Albania for single mothers to illegitimate children (which issue is now the subject of County Guidance in another case).

    R (oao) Nasseri v SSHD [2014] (UTIAC) – This claim challenged the approach of SSHD to transitional cases caught by the Immigration Rules changes in relation to Article 8 ECHR which came in to force on 9th July 2012. Is a grant of Discretionary Leave (DL) pursuant to the pre 9th July 2012 policy on DL a relevant consideration for the Secretary of State in deciding any application for an extension of that leave after 9th July 2012 where circumstances have changed? Should lawful leave acquired under the old DL policy count towards the ten year route to settlement required under the new regime?

    R (oao) Mahmoodi & Hanif v SSHD [2014] (UTIAC) – Permission was granted in this complicated matter the issue in which was the Entry Clearance Officer’s (ECO) (and Administrative Reviewer’s) consideration of this entrepreneurial team’s application to enter the UK. Following permission being granted the ECO agreed to consider the application afresh and the decision is awaited. The Claimants’ application for entry clearance comprised over 1000 pages of detailed evidence of company accounts, business plans and personal back accounts. The decision refusing the applications comprised in essence two substantive paragraphs. The decision of the Court in granting permission to move for judicial review sent a clear message to ECOs that Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrant are complicated applications both factually and legally and that full and adequate consideration must be given to all documents submitted and a proper opportunity must be given to deal with all matters arising out of the application at an interview.

    R (oao M) v SSHD [2013] (EWHC) – judicial review claim involving the interpretation of the Dublin Regulations;

    R (oao M) v SSHD [2013] (EWHC) – judicial review claim involving the failure of the SSHD to make a contemporaneous removal decision in the case of an overstayer;

    AT v SSHD[2013] (IAC) – an asylum appeal (Sri Lanka) involving complicated scarring and medical issues;

    R (oao T) [2013] (EWHC) –judicial review of the decision of the SSHD to place T on temporary admission and treat him as an overstayer notwithstanding that he had applied in time to extend his leave to remain;

    BM v SSHD [2012] (IAC) – deportation appeal in circumstances where BM had been convicted of causing death by dangerous driving, was married to an individual with refugee status and had three children one with ILR the others British Citizens;

    AYW v SSHD 2012 (IAC) – deportation appeal in circumstances where AYW was a national of Holland.

    Reported cases

    TD & AD (Albania) CG (UTIAC) [2016] 92

    Country Guidance case on the risk on return to victims of trafficking from Albania.

    WM (Afghanistan) + 3 others [2016] EWCA Civ 662

    Conjoined appeals in which the Court of Appeal provided guidance on the application of Section 117 (NIAA 2002) to deportation appeals. A complex case with far reaching implications in respect of statutory interpretation

    Sivanesan v SSHD [2008] EWHC (Admin) 1146;

    Successfully represented the Claimant in a claim for judicial review challenging the decision of the Secretary of State to refuse to accept representations on behalf of a Sri Lankan Tamil as amounting to a fresh claim for asylum.

    NF (Ghana) v SSHD 2008 EWCA Civ 906

    Successfully acted for the Appellant before the Court of Appeal at a substantive hearing challenging the application of the policy relating to the use of enforcement action against the parents of children with seven years continual residence in the United Kingdom.

    R (on the application of Ranjan & Others) v SSHD [2007] EWHC (Admin)

    Acted for the Claimant: dealing with the risk on return to Sri Lanka for Tamils, cited with authority in the case of NA v The United Kingdom [2008] ECHR 616.

    Direct Access

    Roxanne accepts work on a direct access basis where appropriate.

    Seminars and Lectures

    Regularly gives CPD accredited seminars and lectures to solicitors on all matters within this dynamic area of the law.

    Additional Information

    Roxanne started practising in this area of the law from Chambers in London before moving to KBW Chambers in December 2008.

    Throughout her pupillage Roxanne volunteered at the Immigration Law Clinic at the Hackney Community Law Centre.

  • Recommendations/Rankings

    Chambers & Partners 2018

    “A leading immigration and public law barrister. She has a broad practice and is particularly adept at handling deportation and trafficking cases for vulnerable clients. She offers a breadth of knowledge in cases concerning statelessness and nationality law.

    Strengths: “She is an exceptional specialist immigration barrister. She has unbeatable technical expertise.” “She is outstanding.”

    Recent work: Successfully acted in a public law challenge to the decision of the SSHD to refuse to grant further leave to remain to a Tier 1 Entrepreneur.”

    Legal 500 2017

    Leading Junior: Public Law

    “Highly recommended for immigration matters”

    Professional Memberships

    Member of ILPA; EIN; ALBA

    Member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

    Member of the North Eastern Circuit

    Positions Held

    Junior Counsel to the Crown: Regional Panel 2012 – 2018

    BPP Leeds (BPTC) Tutor: Asylum Detention Deportation Extradition Course

    Practice Summary

    The Public Law jurisdiction is of particular interest to Roxanne and was the subject of her Master’s Degree Thesis for which she obtained a Distinction from the London School of Economics.

    As head of the Immigration Law Team at KBW Chambers, Roxanne acts for the asylum/immigration claimant/applicant at all levels of the Tribunal (IAC) and higher courts with particular emphasis on judicial review work in the Upper Tribunal.

    Having commenced her practice in this field in London, Roxanne has considerable and varied experience in making applications to and appearing before the Court of Appeal. Roxanne is regularly before the Upper Tribunal on Judicial Review applications: an extensive practice including obtaining out of hours injunctions and preparation of Pre Action Protocol Letters.

    As a member of the Attorney General’s Regional Immigration Panel, Roxanne frequently appeared in the Administrative Court and Upper Tribunal both at the oral permission and substantive hearing stages of judicial review claims.

    As a result of her practice in this area of the law, Roxanne has forensic experience of arguments run under the Human Rights Act and is passionate about the same.
    Roxanne offers total commitment to those who she represents.
     

    Notable Cases

    R (oao) GXR v SSHD [2018] (UTIAC) A matter involving an alleged victim of trafficking. Aspects of the challenge sought to impugn part of the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s practical ‘Guidance to Competent Bodies’, the published policy document through which the SSHD complies with her international obligations to potential victims of trafficking, thus making the case of wider public importance. The Claim involves consideration of extensive medical and Metropolitan Police evidence.

    R (oao) Saudoun v SSHD [2017] (UTIAC) A judicial review claim concerning a foreign criminal who applied to revoke the deportation order made against him on the basis that he is at risk on return to Iraq owing, primarily, to the absence of a particular document (a CSID card).

    VCH v SSHD [2016] (UTIAC) A judicial review action challenging the decision of the SSHD to revoke a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence of a Care Home. This is a niche area of immigration law that is heavily regulated. The jobs of three foreign national workers were at stake in addition to the effective functioning of a care home for the elderly, vulnerable and infirm. The matter involved extensive reference to the regulatory framework and evidence which included many files of care records, meeting logs, medical equipment inventories and job descriptions/structures.

    R(oao) Shaban v SSHD [2015] (UTIAC) – A case involving successful challenge to the SSHD’s policy of requiring contemporaneous documentation to amend details contained on a Certification of Naturalisation/Registration (ie a birth certificate produced in the year of an applicant’s birth) to amend incorrect details contained on a registration certificate (received upon naturalisation). This claim has wide ranging implications for all individuals who wish to correct either their passport and/or registration certificate but cannot (possibly because they left their country of birth many years ago) produce contemporaneous evidence of the registration of their date of birth or name etc ie from the year of their birth.

    R(oao) Onyango v SSHD [2014] (UTIAC) – The case for SSHD succeeded when the Claim was withdrawn halfway through the final hearing in light of the view expressed from the Deputy President of the Upper Tribunal, Judge Ockelton. The issue was the application of the public law duty of ‘remedial action’. If C was correct in his claim this would have been tantamount to a finding that the duty is of virtually limitless application with far reaching consequences for SSHD’s decision making processes and would have dramatically affected timely decision making by placing an overwhelming burden on her and those taking decisions on her behalf.

    R (oao) Nasseri v SSHD [2014] (UTIAC) – This claim challenges the approach of SSHD to transitional cases caught by the Immigration Rules changes in relation to Article 8 ECHR which came in to force on 9th July 2012. Is a grant of Discretionary Leave (DL) pursuant to the pre 9th July 2012 policy on DL a relevant consideration for the Secretary of State in deciding any application for an extension of that leave after 9th July 2012 where circumstances have changed? Should lawful leave acquired under the old DL policy count towards the ten year route to settlement required under the new regime?

    R (oao) Mahmoodi & Hanif v SSHD [2014] (UTIAC) – Permission was granted in this complicated matter the issue in which was the Entry Clearance Officer’s (ECO) (and Administrative Reviewer’s) consideration of this entrepreneurial team’s application to enter the UK. Following permission being granted the ECO agreed to consider the application afresh and the decision is awaited. The Claimants’ application for entry clearance comprised over 1000 pages of detailed evidence of company accounts, business plans and personal back accounts. The decision refusing the applications comprised in essence two substantive paragraphs. The decision of the Court in granting permission to move for judicial review sent a clear message to ECOs that Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrant are complicated applications both factually and legally and that full and adequate consideration must be given to all documents submitted and a proper opportunity must be given to deal with all matters arising out of the application at an interview.

    R (oao M)[2013] (EWHC) – judicial review claim involving the interpretation of the Dublin Regulations.

    R (oao M) [2013] (EWHC) – judicial review claim involving the failure of the SSHD to make a contemporaneous removal decision in the case of an overstayer;

    R (oao T) [2013] (EWHC) –judicial review of the decision of the SSHD to place T on temporary admission and treat him as an overstayer notwithstanding that he had applied in time to extend his leave to remain;

    Reported cases

    Sivanesan v SSHD [2008] EWHC (Admin) 1146;

    Successfully represented the Claimant in a claim for judicial review challenging the decision of the Secretary of State to refuse to accept representations on behalf of a Sri Lankan Tamil as amounting to a fresh claim for asylum.

    R (on the application of Ranjan & Others) v SSHD [2007] EWHC (Admin)

    Acted for the Claimant: dealing with the risk on return to Sri Lanka for Tamils, cited with authority in the case of NA v The United Kingdom [2008] ECHR 616.

    Direct Access

    Roxanne accepts work on a direct access basis where appropriate.

    Seminars and Lectures

    Regularly gives CPD accredited seminars and lectures to solicitors on all matters within this dynamic area of the law.

    Additional Information

    Roxanne started practising in this area of the law from Chambers in London before moving to KBW Chambers in December 2008.

    Throughout her pupillage Roxanne volunteered at the Immigration Law Clinic at the Hackney Community Law Centre.

  • Professional Membership

    Member of the North Eastern Circuit

    Member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

    Practice Summary

    Roxanne undertakes all forms of business and property litigation and advisory work (including easements, restrictive covenant, boundaries, nuisance and trespass), landlord and tenant (both commercial and private and including assignment) and commercial litigation with a particular focus in recent cases on commercial contracts and the relationship between ‘agency workers’ and the ‘end user’ client in the civil engineering industry.

    Such work is undertaken at all levels and frequently involves cases of high value.

    Undertakes Inheritance Act claims and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975

    Roxanne has extensive experience of high value civil litigation.

    Roxanne has taught on the Property and Chancery BPTC course at BPP, Leeds.

    Roxanne accepts work on a direct access basis where appropriate.

  • Professional Memberships

    Member of the North Eastern Circuit

    Member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

    Practice Summary

    As a member of the dynamic personal injury team in Chambers, Roxanne has forensic experience of representing claimants in industrial disease litigation with particular focus on Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome and Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) claims and a consequent intimate knowledge of the complexities of the same.

    Roxanne takes pride in the close working relationships that she has formed with her solicitors and she enjoys regular and repeat instructions in industrial disease litigation as a result. She particularly enjoys working on such claims at the pre-issue stage and taking the time to have early conferences with claimants and medical experts.

    Roxanne has authored an article on the Baker v Quantum Clothing Group & Others litigation and has also co-authored articles on compensation for tinnitus for the British Tinnitus Association and texts on NIHL.

    Recent work has focused upon claims for psychiatric illness resulting from stress at work.

    Roxanne also regularly acts for both claimant and defendant in general personal injury litigation including high value claims and those of the utmost severity. In particular, Roxanne works closely with, advises and represents local councils in respect of personal injury claims.

    Whilst a member of the Attorney General’s Regional Panel of Junior Counsel Roxanne acted on behalf of the central and local government in all aspects of personal injury litigation including complex matters relating to self-immolation in a prison setting.

    Where appropriate, Roxanne is willing to conduct such litigation pursuant to a CFA.

    Roxanne accepts work on a direct access basis where appropriate.

    Lectures/Seminars

    Regularly gives CPD accredited seminars, lectures and training to solicitors on topics including most recently (i) the Limitation Act 1980 and (ii) medical causation in NIHL cases.

    Regularly gives CPD accredited seminars on personal injury matters generally including Chambers’ annual PI update.

    Seminars are also given on request and the same are welcomed.

  • Professional Membership

    Member of the North Eastern Circuit

    Member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

    Practice Summary

    Roxanne originally began practising in this area of the law when she joined the Free Representation Unit in London in 2002. Prior to that, 25% of her Master’s Degree in Public Law focused upon equality and discrimination law both in theory and in practice.

    Since that time Roxanne has gone on to enjoy considerable experience and success in practice within this jurisdiction.

    Very much at home in a Tribunal setting (she is the head of the Immigration Law Team in Chambers) Roxanne acts for both the Claimant and Respondent with a particular focus on unfair dismissal claims.

    Cases have included:

    • acting for the MOJ – two claims in direct and indirect religious discrimination alleged to have taken place at the hands of Prison Officers at HMP Wakefield
    • acting for the MOD – one claim of disability discrimination in the workplace where an employee argued that he had been forced to take sick leave owing to the treatment he had encountered by superiors due to his disability;
    • acting for the MOJ – three claims of direct and indirect discrimination and failure to make reasonable adjustments against Leeds and Wakefield County Court
    • acting for the Claimant – claim for failure to make reasonable adjustments in respect of a dyslexic student against Cambridge University

     
    Roxanne has provided CPD accredited training both in Chambers and in house (including mock Tribunal presentations) to both solicitors and corporate clients.

    Roxanne will accept work on a direct access basis where appropriate.

  • Practice Summary

    Experienced in civil matters involving the police.

    Additional Information

    Regularly gives seminars and lectures to solicitors in asylum, immigration and personal injury matters

    Started practising in London and on the South Eastern Circuit before moving to KBW Chambers in December 2008.

  • Professional Memberships

    Member of the North Eastern Circuit

    Member of the FLBA

    Recommendations/Awards

    Middle Temple Scholarship Award

    Practice Summary

    Practises in public law proceedings on behalf of the Local Authority, Parents and Guardians and in private law proceedings and a particular interest in financial remedy hearings.

    Roxanne receives instructions from a loyal client base across the region. Roxanne adopts an empathetic and approachable manner in conference which is balanced against a persuasive courtroom style.

    Public Law

    • Has acted for local authorities, parents, children’s guardians and interveners.
    • Experienced in particularly sensitive and complex care proceedings.
    • Considerable experience in alleged non-accidental injury cases and proceedings set in an unusual or sensitive cultural context.
    • Sexual abuse.
    • Serious domestic violence between parents.
    • Experienced in detailed cross-examination of expert witnesses.
    • Considerable experience of cross-jurisdictional issues in particular where one parent is resident outside of the UK.
    • Particular experience of representing vulnerable clients.

     
    Private Law

    • Has acted for applicants and respondents in a wide range of applications, with particular experience of representing victims of sexual abuse.
    • Instructed to represent clients seeking contact in the context of another parent implacably resistant to such contact taking place.
    • Serious allegations of domestic violence between parents.

     
    Financial Remedy

    • Experience of dealing with assets in multiple jurisdictions

     
    Notable Cases

    • Successfully represented on more than one occasion mothers accused of fabricating illnesses in their children: allegations disproved through the use of expert evidence and the marshalling of voluminous medical records. The children were ultimately returned to their mothers’ care.
    • Representation of a father in care proceedings who was resident in Ghana, including successfully arguing for the expert assessment of his living conditions in Ghana with a view to him assuming full time care of his children.
    • Experience of representing parents with severe mental health difficulties.
    • Experience of representing vulnerable parents.

     
    Additional Information

    Roxanne is often approached to provide expert evidence to the Court in public law proceedings with an immigration status element.