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Amie Higgins

Head of Public Law / Solicitor

Amie as the Head of our Public Law department is a Senior Public Law and Immigration Solicitor and is accredited as a Supervisor and Advanced Caseworker under the Law Society’s Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS).

Amie was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in 2005 and cross qualified as a Solicitor in 2008.

Having started her private practice career in a high street firm in South Yorkshire, Amie then went on to establish her own niche Immigration & Human Rights firm in 2012. As a specialist renowned for her work with victims of trafficking and modern slavery, Amie resigned from her role as Director in 2018 and has since worked as a Solicitor & Training Lead at the Anti-Trafficking & Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU) before joining BHD.

Amie is engaged by the Law Society as an external assessor for the Advanced Caseworker and Supervisor accreditation scheme.

Amie won the Legal Aid Practitioners Group award for Immigration Lawyer of the Year in 2010 and has been recommended as an individual practitioner by the Legal 500: “Noted for her ‘professional, empathetic work ethic’, ‘top-notch lawyer’ Amie Higgins is recommended for her ‘specialist knowledge in assisting asylum seekers and survivors of trafficking’” and “Sheffield-based Amie Higgins, is ‘a dynamic innovator with a sharp intellect’ and is singled out for her work in asylum and human rights cases, as well as representing victims of human trafficking”

Amie’s most notable cases include: SU v The United Kingdom 75184/11, TD and AD (Trafficked women) (CG) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department, [2016] UKUT 00092 (IAC), JT (Cameroon) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department, [2008] EWCA Civ 878, Macastena v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 1558.

Amie specialises in all aspects of immigration, asylum and human rights work, representing both private and legally aided clients from initial application to appeals in the First-Tier/Upper Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal. Amie has an impressive success rate and is a highly sought after practitioner.

Her work with victims of trafficking and modern slavery is particularly impressive and she is frequently instructed in public law challenges on the legality of Home Office and NRM decisions. Amie works closely with support workers and legal practitioners across the country, providing training and support to develop knowledge and understanding of the rights and entitlements of victims of trafficking and slavery.

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