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Jennifer Lanigan

Year of call: 2018

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Jennifer has a broad and varied common law practice. She welcomes instructions in all areas including family, immigration, personal injury, and general civil. She has been instructed as sole counsel in cases up to and including the Court of Appeal.

Jennifer read English Language and Literature at Oxford University and was called to the Bar by Middle Temple as a Queen Mother scholar in 2018. Prior to commencing pupillage, Jennifer volunteered with various organisations, including the Free Representation Unit, the National Centre for Domestic Violence, and the Citizens Advice Bureau.



Jennifer frequently appears on behalf of Appellants in the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal in asylum, deportation and human rights appeals. She recently successfully appealed the revocation of her client’s refugee status. Jennifer has experience representing vulnerable clients including victims of torture and victims of trafficking. Jennifer has experience of advisory work as well as drafting grounds of appeal and grounds for judicial review, often under significant time pressure. Jenny regularly provides representation via Bail for Immigration Detainees.


Private Law

Jenny has experience representing clients at all stages, from case management hearings and applications to fact finding and final hearings. She regularly acts in proceedings involving Child Arrangements Orders, Specific Issue Orders, Prohibited Steps Order and Special Guardianship Orders. Most recently, Jenny successfully represented a client in a multi-day fact finding hearing, where all seven of the client’s allegations (including those of domestic abuse) were made out. Jenny also has particular experience in both seeking and resisting Non-Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders.

Matrimonial Finance

Jenny regularly acts for clients in matrimonial finance proceedings and accepts instructions at all stages, from preliminary advice to final hearings.

Probate / Inheritance

Jennifer accepts instructions in claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and in probate claims. During pupillage, she gained experience in this area, especially of successful mediations involving adult children of the deceased.


Jenny has a rapidly growing public law practice. She is frequently instructed in cases involving breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010. She has a particular interest in this area, having focused on public law and human rights law during her master’s degree at LSE. She has experience of a wide range of issues including disability discrimination, discrimination on the basis of religion, victimisation, harassment, and unlawful detention. Jenny is frequently instructed to provide advice and drafting. In appropriate cases, Jenny is willing to act on a pro bono basis.


Jennifer appears on behalf of both claimants and respondents in the First Tier Tribunal. She has successfully represented clients at all stages, from preliminary hearings through to final hearings. This includes experience of dealing with Rule 50 orders, strike out applications, and costs applications. Jennifer also has experience of successfully negotiating settlements.


Jennifer has a strong civil practice. She regularly appears in the County Court in small claims and fast track applications, case management hearings, disposal hearings and trials. She is experienced with seeking and resisting strike out applications, as well as applications for relief from sanctions. Jenny has experience in road traffic claims, aviation claims as well as employer’s liability and public liability proceedings. Jenny also undertakes drafting and advisory work


Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School
LLM (Distinction), London School of Economics and Political Science
Graduate Diploma in Law, City Law School
BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, Pembroke College, Oxford University

Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple

Family Law Bar Association
Bail for Immigration Detainees
Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit)


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