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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Cartwright King delivers ‘exemplary service’ and is experienced in the full spectrum of immigration, asylum and nationality law, covering both personal and business immigration work, with particular expertise in Tier 2 applications and sponsorship licences. Director Laura Pinkney heads the team, which includes ‘prompt and responsive’ solicitor Mark Benton and associate Rita Kotecha.


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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The ‘very good’ department at Chattertons predominantly advises business clients, with marked strength in the circus, engineering and higher education sectors. Visa and residence card applications, especially in family reunion contexts, are key areas of expertise alongside advice on sponsorship licence compliance. Human rights and European Union immigration law are also part of the team’s portfolio. Solicitor advocate Louis Harman directs the practice. In addition to successfully appealing a refusal to grant leave to remain for a client based on human rights grounds, the group also recently secured long-term visa for foreign senior managers.

Niche immigration practice Paragon Law acts for both individuals and businesses, with a particularly strong track record in advising on corporate immigration compliance and on the immigration aspects of establishing new businesses in the UK. The group also demonstrates prowess in outward immigration work towards India, China and the United States as well as human rights and asylum matters, including deportation and detention advice. Thalej Vasishta is the main contact in a growing team that saw Deirdre Sheahan, Aldijana Hoad and Mark Lilley-Tams promoted to directors.

Browne Jacobson LLP impresses with its ‘excellent service level’ and mainly assists small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations with special sector expertise in the private healthcare and education sectors. Though the caseload displays a broad matter spectrum, immigration through the points-based system and sponsorship licences form a significant portion of instructions on the business immigration side while Tier 1 and 2 visa applications make up the lion’s share in immigration work for high-net-worth individuals. Associate Helen Taylor heads the practice. Recent highlights include advising a multi-brand luxury jeweller on applications for multiple restricted certificates of sponsorship aimed at allowing the transfer from individuals in China and Taiwan. Aurum Holdings is also on the client list.

Shoosmiths LLP specialises in business immigration law, with particular strength in advising on sponsorship licences, applications for indefinite leave to remain and settlement as well as in assisting with visa applications under tiers 1, 2 and 5. Helen Burgess heads the practice. Associate Hayley Gilbert left the firm.

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