Asylum and Refugees

It is a sad reflection of today’s world that refugees, asylum-seeking and human rights are becoming more and more pressing issues. Those going through such a stressful experience often need supportive, specialist advice to help resolve difficult situations.   

How can Thorntons help?

We are unique in that we are the only sizeable Scottish law firm with a team of lawyers dedicated solely to asylum and refugee law.

Our clients come from all around the world and we have handled cases from almost every country that produces refugees. Our refugee law expert, Jamie Kerr is described in the Legal 500 directory as “outstanding in asylum matters” and has lectured extensively on refugee law.

We handle all types of cases and have significant experience in dealing with sensitive and high profile cases. We understand the internal politics of the world’s conflict zones and realise the realities of life in politics, business or the military in such countries. We are well placed to advise on asset confiscation and complex cases involving exclusion from the Refugee Convention.

We are also human rights champions and have a proven track record in defending human rights at home and abroad. We can act for governments, individuals or campaigning groups in cases involving human rights violations, either current or historic.

Key Contacts


Vincent Chung

+44 1382 229111


Nicola Weir

+44 131 225 8705

Our Local Offices

We have offices across Scotland, offering legal advice and property services

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+44(0)1382 229111


+44(0)1333 314395


+44(0)1241 872683


+44(0)1334 652285


+44(0)131 225 8705


+44(0)1307 466886


+44(0)1592 268608


+44(0)1674 673444


+44(0)1738 621212

St Andrews

+44(0)1334 477107

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