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For some, Duncan Lewis Solicitors is ‘in a class of its own’. The Cardiff office has become an integral part of the firm’s UK-wide capability, which includes a large legal aid immigration practice and a market-leading reputation for immigration judicial review matters. The team, which is praised for its ‘deep commitment to clients’, features several key practitioners, including the ‘empathetic, intelligent and professionalVinita Templeton, who has ‘well-rounded knowledge of UK immigration laws’; the ‘meticulous and top-classVanessa Delgado, who conducts advocacy at First and Upper Tribunal levels; and Sian Pearce, who has niche expertise in handling cases with a community care angle including trafficking and age assessment challenges.

Sitting within the firm’s broader employment group, Capital Law Limited’s immigration offering provides a ‘responsive and very knowledgeable service’. The ‘calm and very professional’ Alexandra Christen is recommended across a range of matters including in relation to Tier 2 of the points-based system where she is able to ‘translate the requirements of the Home Office into simpler terms’. Associate Esyllt Green is also recommended. Clients include Graig Shipping, Creditsafe Business Solutions and Formatt-Hitech.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP regularly advises education sector clients, including independent schools, universities and further education colleges, on immigration matters. Senior associate Nerys Ireland exclusively focuses her immigration practice on Tier 4 education-related matters; she recently assisted a Russell Group university through a comprehensive UKVI inspection and successfully negotiated retention of licences for a number of further education colleges. Associate Francesca Smith also handles education-related matters as part of a broader immigration offering, and has been advising a university in the north of England on ongoing Tier 4 compliance matters.

With practitioners based out of Newport, Cardiff and Swansea, the ‘very experienced and helpful’ team at niche immigration firm NLS Solicitors has the strength-in-depth to handle a tremendous volume and range of privately funded and legal aid work. The ‘very reliable and professional’ Nicholas Webb provides ‘real depth of knowledge and attention to detail’, particularly as it relates to business immigration and advising companies and individuals on meeting Home Office requirements for Tier 1 and Tier 2 visas. Other recommended practitioners include Louise Fenney, who has a particular specialism in trafficking cases, and Shahnaz Nowaparast, who handles a significant amount of asylum work.

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