Barry O’Leary, who became a partner in the firm on 1 October 2006, read law at Cambridge University and attended law school at the College of Law, London. He qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and joined Wesley Gryk Solicitors in January 2000.
His practice deals with the full range of immigration and nationality issues, with a particular emphasis on: applications based on partnership and family; applications following international surrogacy arrangements; and asylum and human rights claims based on sexual identity.
He is a member of the Law Society Immigration Law Committee; has for several years taught immigration law to other immigration lawyers on behalf of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association; and he provides legal advice on a voluntary basis for the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group.
He is the author of the immigration chapter of the Law Society Publication “Civil Partnership – the Law in Practice”; Co-author of ‘International Surrogacy Arrangements’, Family Law Journal; and the author of the December 2016 Lexisnexis article ‘Immigration certification—‘remove first, appeal later’’.
He gave evidence in Parliament before the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration concerning the introduction of the immigration rules for family members, and is on the advisory board of SOGICA, a research project that explores the social and legal experiences of asylum seekers across Europe claiming international protection on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”