Richard Hopkin

Meet Richard Hopkin

Richard Hopkin

Senior Associate

Richard is a solicitor who began practicing immigration law when he started employment at the Home Office as a New Asylum Model case-owner in November 2006. He was thereafter employed by the Home Office between 2006 and 2015 variously as a Presenting Officer, and latterly a Senior Presenting Officer, as a national policy officer for the s. 94 Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 power, and as a senior caseworker / team manager in the Specialist Appeals Team, Angel Square.

He subsequently worked as a Grade 7 manager in HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service between 2015 and 2019, and has also taught immigration law as a visiting lecturer at the University of Law and worked as a locum Grade 7 lawyer at the Government Legal Department’s Home Office Immigration Teams.

He retains an academic interest in refugee / protection and deportation law – see – and accepts instructions in all areas of immigration, nationality and asylum law, including judicial review. He joined MRS Solicitors in March 2024.

Notable reported cases 

Significant unreported cases 

AQ v SSHD (IA/29066/2009) UT (IAC) 24/03/2010

Appellant convicted of conspiracy to wound with intent to do grievous bodily harm, conspiracy to possess an offensive weapon and violent disorder in gang attack which led to the death of the victim. SSHD sought to exclude appellant from the refoulment protection afforded by the 1951 Refugee Convention. Successfully appealed UT decision to the Court of Appeal (via UT) (sub nom AQ (Somalia) v SSHD [2011] EWCA Civ 695), and subsequently successfully excluded the appellant on UT rehearing.  

Bilal Ahmed v SSHD (IA/07231/2015) FtT (IAC) 14/08/2015.

FtT (IAC) statutory appeal and JR  (sub nom R (ex parte Bilal Ahmed) v SSHD (EEA/s.10 appeals rights: effect) IJR [2015] 00436 (IAC)). FtT hearing by panel of UT judges, at issue was whether marriage was one of convenience under EEA law. I successfully argued that it was – and permission to appeal was refused, see Ahmed, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ. 303 (08 March 2016) at paragraph 5. 

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