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Nicolas Rollason

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Nicolas is a partner and head of Kingsley Napley’s Business Immigration team, which is ranked in the top tier of leading UK directories as a ‘superb team of immigration lawyers’ with ‘enormous experience and great depth of practice’. The team’s dedicated immigration specialists advise clients on all areas of UK immigration and provide strategic advice to businesses on their UK and global immigration and compliance needs.

The team represents clients across a wide range of sectors, including financial services, law, media, energy, consulting and technology, with clients ranging from start-ups to household-name multinationals. The team also has extensive experience in advising tier one investors and entrepreneurs, internationally famous people and other high-net-worth clients, and has an established reputation for being able to deal with the most complex of cases.

Nick has extensive expertise across all immigration routes, with a widely recognised breadth of knowledge enabling him and his team to offer clear solutions to complex immigration problems. He is a well-known expert in EU immigration law and has litigated key test cases before the European Court of Justice. He is regularly consulted by the UK immigration authorities on proposed changes to UK immigration rules and policy. All aspects of UK corporate and personal immigration and nationality law, with particular expertise in EU free movement law.


Qualified 1996; Kingsley Napley 1997; partner 2003; head of the firm’s immigration practice 2009. Nick is a regular conference speaker and has written chapters on immigration in numerous publications, including ‘OUP Global Immigration Handbook’ and ‘LexisNexis Business Immigration Guide’. He was rapporteur to the Euopean Commission on the annual report on free movement from 1996-2005. He has also acted as a consultant to the OECD and International Labour Organisation on highly skilled migration issues.


Bilingual French.


Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA); Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL); founding member European Immigration Lawyers Network (EILN); international associate member American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); listed as a leading figure in Chambers UK and the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers; The Law Society; Justice.


Hertford College, Oxford (1989 BA); Guildford College of Law

London: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

Nicolas Rollason - Kingsley Napley LLP

Within: Immigration

The ‘brilliant’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP is particularly experienced in acting for business immigration clients in the legal, professional and financial services, media and entertainment, technology and energy sectors. It also handles multi-faceted immigration cases for private individuals. Department head Nicolas Rollason has ‘extensive experience, particularly in business-related immigration’ and provides strategic advice to businesses on their UK and global immigration needs, as well as advising investors, entrepreneurs, well-known individuals and other ultra-high-net-worth clients. Other key figures include Ilda de Sousa, who is ‘calm, professional and very easy to work with’ and regularly acts for investors, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals; the 'first-rateMarcia Longdon, who is particularly experienced in advising clients active in the creative and entertainment sectors; the 'excellentElspeth Guild; Andrew Tingley, who ‘inspires confidence’ and is ‘reassuring, unflappable and goes way beyond what is expected’ in his advice to high-net-worth individuals, start-ups in relation to Tier 1 applications, appeals, family applications, surrogacy and complex applications; and senior associate Katie Newbury, who is ‘very experienced and is adept at dealing with a range of clients’. She specialises in complex and challenging personal immigration instructions, such as applications for Tier 1 applications, nationality and human rights matters, as well as international surrogacy and adoption issues. Legal counsel Gillian Brownlee handles personal and business immigration matters and is experienced in advising high-net-worth individuals. Associates Conor Boyd, Kim Vowden, Rizwana Quazi and Jessica Jim are also recommended.

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