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Brian Naumann

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Magrath Sheldrick LLP

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Immigration and Nationality


Brian is a solicitor with 14 years of experience in Immigration work and mainly assists private clients with their family and business immigration needs.  On the business side this includes helping Entrepreneurs who wish to set up new companies in the UK or invest into existing companies, Investors and highly skilled migrants who wish to settle in the Tier 1 (General) category.  Brian assists with Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (ICT) visa applications and Sponsor Licence applications for companies that wish to hire employees from outside of Europe.  He also assists Commonwealth nationals who wish to come and work in the UK through the UK Ancestry Route.  On the family side, he provides advice to those looking to join family in the UK under UK Immigration Law and under European Law.  Brian provides a comprehensive service which includes administrative review work, advocacy and negotiation with British Consulates and the Home Office where required.


Brian was called to the bar on 10 October 2002 and began his career working at Duncan Lewis Solicitors as a non-practising barrister, specialising in advocacy in asylum and human rights appeals.  He represented refugees and foreign criminals facing deportation from all over the world and advocated in four country guidance cases in 2004:

  • LB (Article 3 – Monrovia – Security) Liberia [2004] UKIAT 00299
  • AG (Returnees – Deserters – Prison conditions) Rwanda [2004] UKIAT 00289
  • RB (Algeria – Berbers) Algeria [2004] UKIAT 00220
  • FO (Risk – Service as village guard) Turkey [2004] UKIAT 00042.

Brian became an immigration supervisor in 2004.  He cross-qualified and became a solicitor in October 2005, working as a criminal and immigration solicitor, appearing in the magistrates' courts as a criminal trial advocate.  In 2007, Brian became head of the Asylum and Immigration Advocacy Department and in 2008 was made a Company Director/Partner.  At this point Brian was regularly taking immigration, asylum and human rights appeals to the court of appeal, two of which were reported as precedent:

  • JD (CONGO) [2012] EWCA Civ 327 (Second Appeals Test)

  • AL (ALBANIA) and ors [2012] EWCA Civ 710 (Costs in Statutory Appeals)

In 2011 he qualfied as a (civil) higher rights advocate before moving to PricewaterHouse Coopers Legal LLP in 2012 to assist with advising private clients.  He later moved to Magrath LLP the same year where he has worked until now.


English (Native), French (Fluent)


The Inner Temple, Immigration Law Practitioners' Association


Merchant Taylors' School Northwood 1991-1998, University College Durham 1998-2001 - LLB (hons), The College of Law Chancery Lane 2001-2002 - Bar Vocational Course.

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Adult dependant relatives and the ‘impossible’ threshold

September 2016. By Brian Naumann

In July 2012, the UK government made significant changes to the adult dependant relative immigration route which previously fell for consideration under Immigration Rule 317. The new rules contained in Appendix FM significantly changed the criteria for this visa category to the extent that, now, comparatively few applicants are successful and the category is all but closed off. The resulting detrimental effect on British families cannot be underestimated. [Continue Reading]

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