Peter Blackwood

Peter was awarded a First class LLB (Hons) in 2008, was called to the Bar in 2009 and completed his pupillage in February 2016.

Peter specialises in immigration, nationality and free movement law, having practised in this area almost exclusively since 2009. Peter successfully argued, at an oral hearing, that permission to bring judicial review proceedings should be granted in relation to the Secretary of State’s refusal to grant indefinite leave to remain to Tier 1 (General) Migrant on grounds of discrepancies between income figures submitted to the Home Office and HMRC. As an OISC Level 3 senior immigration adviser Peter provided the specialist immigration advice identified by the Supreme Court in the landmark evidential flexibility case of Mandalia v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] UKSC 59. While accredited at Level 2 of the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme, Peter conducted the procedural research which enabled the successful application for permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal in MA (Pakistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWCA Civ 322. Judicial feedback has included: “attractive argument”; “eloquent argument”; and “very proper, careful and measured submissions”.

Peter’s other legal experience includes discrimination and employment. With a background including youth work and commercial business operations, Peter has experience assisting those who need help making their voices heard in a range of environments.