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Emma Cohen


Immigration, Asylum and Nationality

Emma is an associate in our Immigration, Asylum and Nationality team.

She covers all areas of immigration, asylum and nationality law including European law and deportation. She has particular interest and experience in complex immigration and nationality cases involving families and children including inter-country adoption and she regularly writes court reports on immigration issues in family cases.  She also has employment law experience which enhances her ability to advise individuals working in the UK and employers on immigration law matters. She is instructed by individuals, companies, NGOs, trade unions and local authorities. 

Although she has spent most of her post qualification experience working in immigration law in private practice Emma has also lectured at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. She is a regular trainer for the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) and writes on immigration law issues. She has provided training to employer clients, clinicians and social workers on aspects of immigration, nationality and human rights law. She is also a volunteer adviser for Rainbow Migration (previously UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG)). 

Education and career
  • From 1985 – 1989, Emma studied at Bristol University: BA – Special Honours in Hispanic Studies
  • She then studied at the College of Law from 1991 – 1993: Common Professional Examination (CPE) and Law Society Finals (LSF)
  • From October 1996 – March 1998, Emma worked in an Immunity Legal Centre in London as a solicitor
  • From April 1998 – August 2007, and October 1993 –October 1996, Emma worked as a Trainee/Solicitor/Partner/Consultant in the Immigration team at a large London firm
  • Between 2005 – 2007, Emma studied at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge: Post Graduate Certificate (PGCE) in teaching and learning (higher education)
  • From September 2007 – June 2009, she worked as an aasociate solicitor/solicitor specialising in employment and immigration, working in Stamford and Rutland
  • From August 2005 – July 2007 Emma worked at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge as a senior lecturer in Law
  •  Emma joined the immigration team at Bindmans in 2009 and was made an associate in 2013

What clients say 

Emma is professional while approachable, reassuring and very capable. I always feel confident that things will work out with her at the helm.

I wish to thank you for your kindness to me over the past years. You dealt with me in a professional way and showed patience and understanding. Many thanks for your excellent work on my behalf. You were so fair and transparent. I am so satisfied and grateful for everything you have done for me. I shall always say “I had the best possible solicitor Ms Emma Cohen” to fight my cause. 

Chambers and Partners UK 2023
  • Emma is ranked Band 2 for Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation. She is described as “composed and efficient.”
  • “Emma provides an excellent service – she is highly communicative, empathetic, professional and thorough.”
  • Emma is also ranked as Band 2 in Immigration: Personal. Feedback says she “is kind-hearted, professional and qualified. She gave me one of the best services I have ever experienced.”
  • “Emma Cohen is a delight to work with. She goes to bat for her clients.”
  • “I would not hesitate to employ Emma’s services in the future, and would recommend her to anyone requiring immigration legal support.”
  • Emma is recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ in Immigration: Human Rights, Appeals and Overstays.
  • “Emma Cohen was our solicitor. Throughout the case, she was outstanding due to thorough understanding of our case, extensive knowledge in her area and empathy with us as her client. Her communication skills with clients and other relevant parties are very impressive. She always goes an extra mile to fulfil the demands of the case.”
Chambers and Partners UK 2022
  • Emma is ranked Band 2 in Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation. Feedback describes her as “very impressive and experienced, especially on matters involving children.”
  • Emma is recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ in Immigration: Human Rights, Appeals and Overstay. Feedback describes her as “top of the field in cases relating to best interests of children; children in care; complex questions of settlement and criminality. Emma is dedicated to her clients and super-efficient.”
Chambers and Partners UK 2021
  • Emma Cohen is ranked in Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation (Band 2). Sources describe her as “impressively knowledgeable and experienced.”
  • Emma is ranked as a ‘Rising Star’ in the 2021 guide.
Chambers and Partners UK 2020
  • Emma Cohen is ranked in Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation (Band 2). Emma Cohen is ‘an extremely experienced practitioner with particular expertise in the complex overlap between immigration and family law’.
Chambers and Partners UK 2019
  • Emma Cohen is ranked in Immigration: Human Rights, Asylum and Deportation (Band 2). Emma has a ‘great ability to work with vulnerable clients.’  Another source states: ‘she is excellent: very solid and experienced, and has excellent client skills.’
Professional memberships
  • Emma is a member of Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)
  • Law Society IAAS Accredited Supervisor and Senior Caseworker