Our Staff – James Tierney

James Tierney LL.B. BCL (Oxon) LPC

Position: Solicitor
Tel: 020 3876 7643
Mob: 07977 022543
Fax: 020 3876 7804
Email: james.tierney@mergullaw.co.uk

Primary Areas of Expertise

Immigration law

James heads our immigration department. He has cultivated extensive experience of UK immigration law and European immigration over the years. His previous work has included:

  • Points-based system applications of all types (Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Investor; Tier 2 skilled migrants; Tier 4 students; Tier 5 Temporary workers and religious workers)
  • Visit visa applications
  • Short-term study visa applications
  • Turkish Businessman visa applications
  • Family visas (including spouse visas)
  • Tier 2 & Tier 5 license applications
  • EEA residence card applications
  • EEA permanent residence applications
  • EEA family permits
  • Administrative reviews
  • Appeals of all types

James regularly advises a range of different types of clients from individuals to businesses to religious organisations on immigration-related matters.

Finally, James represents clients in the immigration tribunal.

Public law and human rights

James specialises in judicial review claims, particularly those that are immigration related. He prepares pre-action letters, drafts proceedings and runs cases to trial.

James also regularly deals with human-rights claims, particularly those concerning the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights.


James has a niche practice assisting college and university students with extenuating circumstances applications, appeals and disciplinary matters, including appearing before university disciplinary panels.

Through his contacts,    James also assists families from abroad with finding and applying for places at public schools for their sons and daughters.

Other Areas of Expertise

Civil litigation

James has worked in the area of civil litigation since 2012.  During this period, he has run his own caseload, comprising claims on all the tracks. He has regularly drafted pleadings and SSDs, negotiated settlements and taken witness statements. He has attended CMCs and hearings on behalf of clients at the county court and the High Court.

Within civil litigation, James has cultivated a particular specialism in personal injury. He has handled traffic accident claims, fatal accident claims and catastrophic brain-injury claims.

Commercial law

James has gained exposure to both contentious and non-contentious work. He has drafted contracts, partnership agreements and constitutions for charities, and dealt with complex commercial litigation pertaining to breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation.

Other experience:

Before completing his training contract, James worked as a paralegal to Rauf Khalilov, branch manager of our Mergul Law branch, for 3 years. He also lectured in public law and human-rights law at several universities, including the University of East London, University of Essex and SOAS (University of London).

Qualifications and awards

James has an LL.B. (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) from St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford.

James is a recipient of the Astbury Scholarship from Middle Temple. This scholarship is awarded to a small number of Oxford and Cambridge graduates who show particular promise.