Index of tables
- Blake Lapthorn
DJ Webb & Co
- Doyle Clayton Solicitors
- Duncan Lewis Solicitors
- Gross & Co (Bury St Edmunds)
Immigration: human rights, appeals and overstay
- Bernard Andonian - Gulbenkian Andonian
- Sophie Barrett-Brown - Laura Devine Solicitors
Carter Thomas Solicitors
- Laura Devine - Laura Devine Solicitors
- Marian Dixon - Wright Hassall LLP
- Tracy Evlogidis - Morgan Lewis LLP
- Shizuko Fujimoto - Baker & McKenzie LLP
- Roger Gherson - Gherson
Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP
- Elspeth Guild - Kingsley Napley LLP
- Chris Magrath - Magrath LLP
- Sharmila Mehta - Magrath LLP
- Julia Onslow-Cole - PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP
- Kamal Rahman - Mishcon de Reya
- Nicolas Rollason - Kingsley Napley LLP
- Ben Sheldrick - Magrath LLP
- Alison Stanley - Bindmans LLP
- Karen Sturtivant - Sturtivant & Co
- Philip Trott - Bates Wells Braithwaite
DJ Webb & Co
Bates Wells Braithwaite displays ‘extremely good knowledge of the area’, and ‘consistently offers good, prudent advice’ on ‘high-profile’ matters. Philip Trott’s team continues to advise international music artists on gaining entry to the UK, while other clients of the ‘excellent’ team include Nike (UK) and the British Red Cross. The ‘committed’ Christopher Randall is ‘clearly very good’, and is recommended for his knowledge of the immigration rules for overseas domestic workers. Trott has ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration law’, and solicitor Tom Ketteley is noted for his ability to ‘anticipate legislative changes and tailor advice to it’.
The ‘excellent’ and ‘very knowledgeable’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP has ‘outstanding technical knowledge in UK immigration and free movement’. It advises entrepreneurs on applications for Tier 1 visas, and has a particular niche advising in relation to surrogacy issues. The ‘incredibly smart’ Nicolas Rollason heads the team, with other recommended individuals including Andrew Tingley, who is a ‘robust advocate for his clients’; the ‘first-rate’ Elspeth Guild; and Ilda de Sousa, who ‘knows the law inside out’ and was promoted to the partnership in May 2013.
Laura Devine Solicitors is ‘superb’, and highly regarded by peers. The firm represents clients in the finance, consultancy, manufacturing and legal sectors, and has recently seen an increase in work from clients in fashion, sport and the arts. Sophie Barrett-Brown and Laura Devine are highly rated.
PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP is highlighted for its ‘excellent’ service and ‘impressive’ business acumen and industry knowledge. The team is well known for its crisis management work and represents higher education institutions, corporate clients and financial institutions. Head of department Julia Onslow-Cole is recommended for her ‘tenacity and drive to get the job done’. Linda Rowe ‘provides clear strategic and business-conscious advice’, and was promoted to the partnership in 2013 together with Jurga McCluskey.
Baker & McKenzie LLP has an ‘excellent immigration department’ which acts for multinational companies and high-net-worth individuals. Clients are impressed by the team’s ‘depth of knowledge’ and ability to apply it relevantly to clients’ business needs. Tony Haque is ‘knowledgeable on corporate immigration’.
Carter Thomas Solicitors was established in April 2013 by Nichola Carter, who previously headed Penningtons Solicitors LLP’s immigration practice. Carter has ‘an exceptionally strong reputation amongst the education sector’.
Specialist global immigration firm Fragomen LLP advises on business visitor visas, temporary work and residence permits, and student-related matters, among other areas. Highly regarded managing partner Caron Pope is experienced in Tier 1 (investor) applications for clients of private banks and high-net-worth individuals, with a strong focus on Eastern Europe and China. Alex Paterson relocated to the firm’s Perth office.
Boutique firm Gherson demonstrates an ‘outstanding’ degree of professionalism and honesty, and is ‘committed to providing clients with high-quality advice’. Representing FTSE 100 companies, multinationals, start-ups and individuals, the firm takes a ‘solution-based’ approach and employs ‘innovative’ arguments. Roger Gherson is ‘a dynamo’, and solicitor Kathryn Bradbury is ‘an incredibly experienced and conscientious practitioner’. Consultant Lisa Amos heads the business immigration practice.
Magrath LLP is ‘always willing to go the extra mile’, and gives ‘appropriate and individually tailored advice’. Highlights in 2012 included advising on naturalisation applications, and various Tier 1 (general) and Tier 2 (general) applications. Clients praise Chris Magrath for his knowledge of the system and his ability to apply it to clients’ businesses. Sharmila Mehta is ‘exceptional’, and Ben Sheldrick is also a key name.
In line with the broader firm’s focus, Mishcon de Reya’s team acts for a range of high-net-worth individuals. The firm has ‘impeccable standards of work’, and has particular expertise in Tier 1 (investor) applications and naturalisation applications. The ‘extremely professional’ Kamal Rahman heads the practice and is noted for her ability to ‘think outside the box’. Assistant Steven Bostock is also recommended.
Morgan Lewis LLP has a growing reputation following the arrival of Tracy Evlogidis from Speechly Bircham LLP in May 2012. The firm was retained by LOCOG as its sole UK immigration adviser, entailing advice in relation to employees, consultants, sponsors, visitors and volunteers. Evlogidis is ‘very calm and measured’, and an ‘excellent adviser’.
Bindmans LLP is ‘exceptionally strong in all areas of immigration law’. Head of department Alison Stanley ‘has few peers’, is ‘an enormous asset’ to the firm, and is ‘hugely intelligent and knowledgeable about the law’. With ‘excellent advisory and litigation skills’, solicitor Emma Cohen is noted for her Tier 4 sponsorship work, and in 2012 advised the College of Naturopathic Medicine in a judicial review challenge to the UK Border Agency’s refusal to grant the college highly trusted sponsor status. Associate Liz Barratt ‘excels in contentious cases for children and other vulnerable clients’, and solicitor Roberta Haslam is also recommended. The practice includes detention, deportation and extradition matters, and business immigration.
The team at Gulbenkian Andonian is highlighted for its ‘top-class’ knowledge, ‘professional’ advice and impressive client care, and has seen an increase in instructions from Egypt and Syria. The ‘experienced’ Bernard Andonian advises on business and human rights issues; Dave Vasoodaven is noted for his work on appeals at tribunals and the High Court; and Teni Shahiean focuses on human rights issues.
The ‘very professional’ team at Squire Sanders LLP is led Annabel Mace, and acts for clients including WPP. It expanded with the arrival from Laura Devine Solicitors of Shanti Faiia, who provides ‘concise and pragmatic’ advice, and Kate Gamester from Fragomen LLP; and Supinder Sian was promoted to the partnership in May 2013. Rose Carey is now with Speechly Bircham LLP.
Clients of the ‘excellent’ team at Taylor Wessing LLP include Balfour Beatty Rail and Equinox Fitness. Recent work for the latter includes assisting a US executive in applying for a sole representative visa, ahead of his move to the UK to oversee the running of the company’s first operation outside of the US. Charlie Pring, who ‘knows his stuff’ and is ‘hands-on’, leads on US immigration issues, while Vikki Wiberg is the key contact for the team’s Chinese and Asian practice.
Bird & Bird LLP provides a ‘professional service’, and represents clients including Infosys Technologies and Philip Morris. In 2012, the firm assisted ZS Associates in obtaining certificates of sponsorship and associated entry clearance for several senior executives. Senior associate Jonathan Goldsworthy is recommended.
Jonathan Chaimovic heads the three-fee-earner team at Clyde & Co LLP. The firm advises global clients through its network of foreign offices and local correspondents, and advises on compliance/audit manuals for UK Border Agency A-rated sponsors.
Richard Nicolle’s team at Dentons is ‘very knowledgeable and extremely professional’, and is also noted by clients for the strength of its ethical values. It acts for corporate clients on sponsorship licence applications and visa applications under Tiers 2, 4 and 5, and advises high-net-worth individuals on Tier 1 applications. Senior associate Verity Buckingham, in Milton Keynes, is ‘very professional’ and ‘well researched’.
Lewis Silkin LLP provides a ‘professional service’ of a ‘good standard’. It is particularly strong in acting for law firms and advertising agencies, and also represents sports clubs and sports professionals. Andrew Osborne’s team advised Fulham FC in relation to its pre-season tour to China. Senior associate Ben Maitland joined the firm in July 2012 from Bates Wells Braithwaite, while Anita de Atouguia and George Koureas have left the firm.
Penningtons Solicitors LLP is in a transitional period following the departure of department head Nichola Carter to establish her own practice, and Philip Barth, who joined Withers LLP in January 2013. Pat Saini, ‘a growing force in immigration law’, was promoted to the partnership in April 2012 and was appointed as department head in September 2012. Clients include London Metropolitan University and Glasgow Caledonian University. Associate Hazar El-Chamaa is noted for her expertise in Tier 4 sponsor cases.
Wright Hassall LLP acts for clients in the retail and restaurant sectors, and advises on indefinite leave to remain and Tier 1 (general) extension applications. Marian Dixon heads the team, which is noted for its ‘high-quality work’.
Blake Lapthorn assists with Tier 1 visas and discretionary applications, among other areas, and advises clients ranging from multinationals to independent organisations. Gavin Jones is recommended.
Specialist immigration firm DJ Webb & Co has experience representing clients in appeals before the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal. The ‘intellectual’ David Webb is ‘very knowledgeable on personal immigration’, and heads the team.
Doyle Clayton Solicitors has gained new clients such as Domino’s Pizza and Morningstar. Owen Jones is ‘clear, concise and efficient’.
The ‘excellent’ Duncan Lewis Solicitors represents business and individual clients. Standout individuals in the large team include ‘highly competent solicitor’ Vicash Ramkissoon; the ‘calm, industrious and reliable’ Adam Tear; and James Packer, who is ‘exceptionally diligent’.
‘Heavyweight’ firm Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP has an ‘outstanding’ team. The ‘dedicated’ and ‘highly competent’ team is well regarded for its expertise in asylum and refugee status cases. Wesley Gryk and Barry O’Leary are ‘top-class lawyers’.
Fisher Meredith LLP ‘demonstrates longstanding and profound experience’ in immigration. Robert Sparks is recommended, and solicitor Gulcin Kashano has ‘detailed knowledge, and an outstanding mastery’ of the field.
Also noted for their immigration law capabilities are Bircham Dyson Bell; Bonheur Legal; Dundas & Wilson LLP; Hudson McKenzie; Mills & Reeve LLP; Morgan Cole LLP; Nicholas Moore; Pinsent Masons LLP; Speechly Bircham LLP; Stephens Scown LLP; and Watson, Farley & Williams LLP.