Rachel Pennington

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Career background

Called in July 2013 following completion of the BPTC at the University of Law, Birmingham : winner of the University BPTC mooting competition 2012-2013.   Thereafter, completed the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme (October 2013). 

Prior to commencing pupillage. worked as a litigation caseworker for UK Visas and Immigration, managing unlawful removal and unlawful detention judicial review cases, and worked as a casework assistant for the Manuel Bravo Project in Leeds, a charity that provides legal assistance to asylum seekers unable to secure legal aid. 

Undertook pupillage with Gurdeep Garcha, and joined Citadel as a tenant in 2015.


Practice details

Thus far, instructions have included :


  • in the Magistrates' Court and Youth Court, a variety of instructions to prosecute and to defend, including Confiscation and Forfeiture Proceedings under POCA 2002, motoring offences and civil applications in the Magistrates Court (for example, under the Police Property Act, or in relation to Dangerous Dogs). When prosecuting, has appeared on behalf of the West Midlands Police, UK Borders Agency, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, as well at the CPS. 
  • has represented various defendants charged with assault, benefit fraud, theft and harassment. 
  • Crown Court work has included bail hearings, various cases listed for sentence, and appeals against conviction and sentence. 


Has successfully represented clients in the First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tier Tribunal, in both immigration and asylum matters.