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JCWI's Immigration Law Team

Nicola Burgess JCWI2

Nicola Burgess

Supervising Solicitor

Nicola has ten years’ experience working in immigration and asylum law. She qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and is also an IAAS level 2 accredited caseworker. Nicola has a particular interest in legal aid work and assisting the most vulnerable: including victims of torture, those with mental health issues and victims of trafficking.

She has developed considerable expertise in representing foreign national prisoners in challenging their deportation and securing their release from detention. Nicola regularly secures damages on behalf of her clients who have been found to be unlawfully detained.

Nicola’s list of reported cases:

SSHD v Hassan Abdi and Afrah Khalaf v SSHD [2011] EWCA Civ 242

R (on the application of Aziz) v SSHD [2011] All ER (D) 237 (Feb)

Krawetskiy v SSHD [2013] EWHC 2325 Admin

ZA (Iraq) v SSHD [2015] EWCA Civ 168

Abunasir v SSHD [2015] EWHC 2145 (Admin)

AT and another (Article 8 ECHR – Child Refugee – Family Reunification: Eritrea) [2016] UKUT 227 (IAC)

Alex Cooray

Alex Cooray


Alex Cooray joined JCWI on 1 September 2014.  He was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors on 1 March 2010.  He has been accredited as a Senior Caseworker under the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme since 2004, and as a Supervisor since 2005.

His experience in immigration law includes asylum, applications under the Immigration Rules, applications outside the Immigration Rules on Human Rights grounds, challenges to deportation, challenges to ‘third country’ removal, applications on medical and psychiatric grounds and matters relating to citizenship.

He has experience of initial applications, appeals before the First Tier Tribunal (where he is an experienced advocate), applications and appeals to the Upper Tribunal, applications for Judicial Review, and applications to the Court of Appeal.

Alex gives telephone advice for undocumented migrants on JCWI’s free Irregular Migrant Line.  He also gives free advice at outreach sessions conducted in tandem with the Red Cross.