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Cartwright King’s personal immigration practice houses solicitors Rita Kotecha and Andrea Muckley, who assist individuals with matters such as visa applications, nationality and citizenship queries, appeals, bails and judicial review proceedings. The group also manages asylum and human rights cases, and applications for a refugee status and permanent residence. Recent work saw the team advising an American citizen who overstayed on a visitor visa, guiding an Indian citizen through complex proceedings to obtain residency, and handling a judicial review for a charity following its license suspension. Rachel Harvey joined Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

Chattertons’ sector expertise spans engineering and construction, further education, food, care homes and circuses. The team advises on a range of EU and human rights matters such as threatened sponsor licence revocation and sponsor duty compliance. It assists individuals with settlement visas, EEA permanent residence applications and matters regarding nationality entitlement of children born overseas. Edward Conway leads the practice.


Paragon Law

This specialist corporate, personal immigration and asylum practice is known both for its expertise in the business sector, advising businesses to employ skilled migrants’ and overseas investment and for its ground-breaking work in the publicly funded arena. With offices in China and India as well as the UK, the firm benefits from wide international expertise and connections.

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Paragon Law is best known for assisting UK companies planning to employ foreign nationals and acting for foreign companies and individuals seeking to settle, invest or trade in the UK. Outward immigration advice for India and China is also a strength, in addition to asylum and human rights work and cases of deportation and detention. Clients have included companies in sectors such as retail, energy, construction, life sciences and education. Thalej Vasishta and Kirin Abbas are recommended.

Browne Jacobson LLP is recommended for a range of employment-related immigration matters. On the contentious side, the group represents applicants against allegations of illegal working filed by the Home Office. It is also advising a large transport company on TUPE matters related to migrant workers, assisting a major retailer with a cross-border employee transfer, handling a Tier 2 licence application for a start-up company and supporting a client in a number of notifications from the Home Office alleging illegal working. ‘Very knowledgeable’ practice head Helen Taylor ‘understands commercial reality well’. Associate Hayley Gilbert joined Shoosmiths LLP.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors’s immigration and asylum practice specialises in contentious matters. It represents vulnerable clients such as trafficking or torture victims in detention-related matters, handles judicial review applications and proceedings, and assists individuals with appeals and higher court cases. The team also acts for unaccompanied asylum seeking children in asylum fast-track cases. Sangita Shah represented an individual in a First Tier Tribunal asylum appeal involving issues of misleading the Home Office, and assisted a family member of an EEA national with the application for permanent residence, complicated by previous non-disclosure of an unspent conviction. The firm also acted for a victim of torture from Cameroon in judicial review proceedings challenging unlawful detention, and managed an asylum application for an inter-faith married couple. Kaajal Chandrasingh joined the Royal College of Nursing as an immigration solicitor.

The team at Shoosmiths LLP is ‘exceptionally responsive’ and ‘willing to hand-hold to whatever degree is required’. It focuses on assisting employers with obtaining sponsorship licenses and also handles other immigration aspects of employment, such as visa and permanent residency applications. Practice head Helen Burgess, together with associate Hayley Gilbert, who recently joined from Browne Jacobson LLP, assisted Dassault Systems UK with the detention of an employee at Manchester Airport caused by a visa error. The group is also advising Semtech and its UK subsidiaries on business immigration matters, including license management, allocation of restricted and unrestricted certificates and reporting on migrant activity. Xbridge, Coca-Cola European Partners, Sales InterAction and Ultralinq are new client wins.

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