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Gross & Co is ‘very strong – the firm has a longstanding reputation for excellence and stands out as one of the leaders in this field’. ‘Very approachable and knowledgeable’ senior partner Graeme Kirk heads the immigration department and is ‘always happy to share his knowledge and experience’. He is well versed in all aspects of business immigration, including applications for entrepreneurs and investors under the five-tier points-based system. His list of clients includes international banks, large UK and multinational corporations, and small enterprises. Also recommended are solicitor Sohan Sidhu, who has 18 years’ experience, and solicitor Naomi Ogo, whose broad practice covers UK visa applications as well as other employment law matters on behalf of Japanese clients. The firm recently advised a number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals from countries such as South Africa, China and Russia on Tier 1 investor applications.

The immigration practice group at Mills & Reeve LLP is led by associate Alex Russell in Norwich, who is a leading adviser to the education sector and last year assisted many university clients with analysis of the implications of the EU referendum result on staff from the European Economic Area (EEA). Clients recommend associate Emma Tuck, who also advises higher education institutions on Tier 4 student visa applications. Consultant Tracy Yates has a broad practice that includes immigration advice on sponsor licences, the recruitment of foreign nationals, operational matters and visa applications. She has a particularly strong reputation among health-sector clients. Highlights included advising two universities in preparation for Home Office sponsor compliance audits; assisting numerous NHS Trusts with their sponsorship obligations in relation to the employment of overseas nurses; and handling Tier 2 sponsorship matters to enable Red Gate Software to employ skilled software developers from abroad.

Birketts LLP is ‘proactive, prepares clients for the process with an understanding of their business needs and is good value for money’. ‘In the complex and onerous world of work permits you need the kind of professional, proficient and friendly service the firm provides’, says one client. The firm covers the full spectrum of immigration work and has seen an increase in clients seeking support with Home Office enforcement matters, EEA nationals looking to secure their status in the UK in the aftermath of the EU referendum, and corporates needing advice on the changes to rules that affect migrant workers. In ‘Extremely knowledgeable’ senior associate Clare Hedges heads the team from the Cambridge office and ‘has excellent communication skills, makes the process clear and hassle-free, and is non-judgmental when clients ask silly questions’. Hedges advised Host Europe Group Limited on visa sponsorship matters and its successful application for a Tier 2 sponsor licence, and acted for the London Diocesan Fund in numerous matters including Tier 5 religious worker visas.

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP advises many clients in the commercial and education sectors on a wide range of matters including licence issues, Tier 2 visas, right to work and modern slavery statements. Its strong local client base continued to grow, as did its work for clients on a national basis. Specialist corporate immigration and employment solicitor Rebecca Bridges is a key part of John Macaulay’s employment and employee benefits team and is ably supported by solicitors Sophie Kerry and Stephanie Wilcox. Bridges is known for her expertise in executive immigration matters and providing support in sponsorship licence applications. She recently advised a client in the education sector on Tier 2 visa extensions and on a review of contractual documentation with another sponsor of Tier 5 employees.


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