Mike Poulter


Mike is a member of the Legal Aid team, where he primarily focusses on assisting those in immigration detention.

He has particular expertise in conducting Judicial Review applications against the Home Office, including claims challenging the lawfulness of detention, removal, certification decisions and refusals of ‘fresh claims’ for asylum, as well as delays in providing release accommodation.

He represented the Claimant in the first reported Judicial Review case to consider delays in provision of accommodation under Schedule 10 of the Immigration Act 2016 (R (AC (Algeria)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 188 (Admin)). He also represented the same Appellant in the linked Court of Appeal case of R (AC (Algeria)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 36, which considered the ‘grace period’ within which the Home Office must arrange for release of someone found to be unlawfully detained.

Mike also represents clients in deportation matters, asylum claims and appeals and is accredited by the Law Society as a Level 2 Senior Caseworker.

Mike graduated with a first class honours degree in English and American Studies from Keele University before obtaining his GDL at Oxford Brookes University and Master of Laws (LPC-LLM) from the University of Law, London. He initially joined Turpin Miller in 2014 before leaving to complete his Legal Practice Course, after which he returned to the firm and qualified as a solicitor in 2018.