Margaret Phelan sits as a fee paid First-tier Tribunal Judge at the Asylum Support and Social Security Tribunals and has been an author of the Immigration Law Handbook since the fifth edition. She previously practised as a barrister specializing in immigration law at Renaissance Chambers.
James Gillespie practised as a barrister specializing in immigration, asylum and nationality law for 16 years before retiring from the bar in 2009. Prior to this he worked for 7 years for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants advising on immigration law and representing people in immigration appeals. He was a founder member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association and served on its executive committee until 1992. He was Managing Editor of the quarterly journal Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law from1989 until 2002 and is currently a member of the Editorial Board. He is joint author of Guide to Representation in Immigration Appeals (ILPA, 2007). He has been joint author of this book since its 3rd edition.