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Ben Sheldrick

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Ben is head of the immigration department of Magrath LLP, and the firm’s Managing Partner. The department provides advice and assistance to major multinational companies and individuals of all nationalities seeking work authorisation, skilled migrant visas, family reunion and UK entry clearance. Ben is particularly focused on the financial services sector, acting as immigration counsel to major City institutions. He has experience in strategic immigration planning for large organisations and assists international assignment departments and human resources managers in developing compliance and legal right-to-work policies. Ben sits on the editorial board of Lexis Nexis to advise on their online immigration products. He also speaks regularly at major immigration conferences including the International Bar Association (IBA) and British American Business (BAB). Ben is co-editor of the Corporate Immigration Review, an annual publication addressing immigration developments around the world. He is also immigration technical partner to both Expat-Academy and the RES Forum.


Ben was called to the Bar in 1994 and practised as a barrister for a number of years before joining the solicitor’s profession. At the Bar he focused on immigration appeals, including applications for judicial review of decisions made by the Secretary of State. He also took cases to the Court of Appeal and the European Court of Justice. Ben has lectured extensively on immigration issues for organisations such as BPP Professional Development, Central Law Training and the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA). He contributes to a number of publications, including ‘In-House Lawyer’. He is actively involved with the economic migration sub-committee of ILPA.


French, Italian.


Active participant in Business Sub Committee of Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association. Course teacher at Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association. Ben is a member of International Bar Association, Investment Migration Council, Union Internationale des Avocats and American Immigration Lawyer's Association, Global Migration Section.


The Leys School, Cambridge; London University (1989 French with Italian 1st class); Inns of Court School of Law (1994 Bar Vocational Course).

London: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

Ben Sheldrick - Magrath Sheldrick LLP

Within: Immigration

Specialist business immigration outfit Magrath Sheldrick LLP has long-established experience of advising clients in the financial services sector; it is regularly engaged by major banks on a raft of immigration and global mobility issues. The team is also instructed by a number of ultra-high net worth individuals and household-name media and entertainment personalities. Senior partner Chris Magrath has a focus on UK and US immigration matters, while managing partner Ben Sheldrick stands out for his experience in advising clients in the financial services sector. Alfreda Joubert is experienced in acting for private clients, while Zulaykha Bhaijee primarily works with corporate clients.

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UK government issues Ďtechnical noteí on citizensí rights and administrative procedures post-Brexit

November 2017. By Ben Sheldrick

On 7¬†November 2017, the UK government provided the European Commission with a ¬Ďtechnical document¬í with the aim of further clarifying its proposals in respect of post-Brexit citizenship rights. The note aims to offer reassurance to EU citizens and their family members by setting out further details of how a new ¬Ďsettled status¬í scheme will operate in practice. [Continue Reading]

Brexit Update

October 2017. By Ben Sheldrick

The recent Government policy document leaked and published by The Guardian newspaper has given an indication of the post-Brexit immigration strategy. Despite not representing formal policy, given its unofficial status and the fact that the Government has yet to hear views from numerous stakeholders including the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), current Government thinking is represented within the document, including the two year ¬ďimplementation period¬Ē which has been increasingly discussed recently. [Continue Reading]

Tech Entrepreneurs take on the prime minister on immigration policy

December 2015. By Ben Sheldrick

The government’s policy of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands continues to attract fierce debate among important stakeholders. In a recent development, a number of the UK’s most powerful technology leaders have issued a warning to the prime minister that businesses within the technology sector will suffer if the Home Office presses ahead with plans to reduce the numbers of skilled migrants entering the UK from outside the European Economic Area. [Continue Reading]

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