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Ben Amunwa

Ben enjoys a thriving practice in commercial, civil and public law. His advocacy is praised by Judges, opponents and clients. He is known for his exceptional client care and attention to detail in complex and urgent cases. Ben provides practical, cost-effective and punctual advice to a range of clients, including local authorities, professionals, businesses and individuals.

Before coming to the Bar, Ben spent over a decade in the charity sector supporting individuals in crisis. His experience of management and media enables him to perform calmly under pressure. Clients value his accessible manner and his ability to explain difficult areas of law.

Ben is the Founder and editor of Law, mostly

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Practice notes

This Practice Note examines the powers of the Home Office to detain individuals when exercising immigration control. It includes an overview of the Home Office’s policy on detention as well as a discussion of who is liable for detention and who is considered unsuitable for detention. It also identifies the places in which a person may be detained for immigration reasons.

Illegal working: dealing with employees
Illegal working: dealing with employees
Practice notes

This Practice Note considers how an employer should deal with the situation where it has identified that an employee does not have, or may not have, the right to work in the UK. It looks at employment status, the circumstances when a potential illegal worker may be identified and best practice on how to deal with the situation (including conducting an investigation and following a fair procedure). The Practice Note also discusses various scenarios which may arise in practice, including where an employee may not have the right to work due to matters which were in control of the employer, and circumstances where a person may have a right to reside and work in the UK that is not immediately apparent on the face of their documents (eg which stems from either European law or an entitlement to British citizenship). It also considers the various employment law issues that may be relevant, including unfair dismissal, discrimination and breach of contract.

Immigration bail
Immigration bail
Practice notes

This Practice Note provides an overview of immigration bail following the implementation of the bail provisions set out in the Immigration Act 2016. It covers bail powers, enforcement powers, bail application processes and conditions of bail. The relationship between bail and a person’s immigration status is also discussed, as well as some matters specific to criminal offenders.

Practice Area


  • Contributing Author
  • Other Publications


  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID)
  • Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP) duty advocate
  • Immigration Law Practitioners Association

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