Loughran and Co. Solicitors

Nicola Loughran

          Nicola Loughran is the founding principal of Loughran & Co. Solicitors. She has 16 years experience of advising asylum and immigration clients, including conducting asylum, human rights and immigration (private and publicly funded) appeals before the Immigration & Asylum Tribunal.

Nicola has earned a first-rate reputation in written and oral advocacy. She has lectured and written on several topics including gender issues, particularly female genital mutilation, and the use of language analysis in asylum claims at Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities and for the Scottish Immigration Law Practitioners' Association. Nicola has been invited to present an annual lecture to Glasgow University Law School’s Asylum and Immigration Honours Law class for the past six years. Nicola has also been invited to give a lecture at Edinburgh University's Asylum Law Honours Class for the past 3 years.

Nicola was awarded a First Class Scots Law degree from Strathclyde University Law School, and a Masters from Cambridge University.

Nicola sits on the Law Society of Scotland’s Accreditation Committee which appoints accredited specialists in the field of Immigration Law. Nicola trained for five years under the current of Chair of the Law Society’s Accreditation Panel for Immigration, Mr Charles McGinley of Gray & Company Solicitors.
Nicola was honoured with her firm being chosen to take care of the ongoing Immigration & Asylum cases of the Immigration Advisory Service in Scotland, which sadly fell into administration in July 2011. Any client formerly with the IAS, Glasgow, should contact Loughran & Co. urgently. Areas of expertise include asylum claims on the grounds of female genital mutilation, Kurdish ethnicity, political activity in Iran. 
Until 2012, Nicola held the position of Training Co-Ordinator of the Scottish Immigration Law Practitioners Association (SILPA).

Sporty Lawyer: Nicola was the under 16 Scottish Badminton Champion (singles, doubles and mixed!); played for Scottish Universities at both badminton and netball; won a Cambridge Blue for badminton and a half-blue for football (for scoring against Oxford!); Nicola won a special prize from The Independent / Scholastics Books for her children's short story, 'Bikes can get you into trouble'.