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Based in the heart of Covent Garden, Richmond Chambers Immigration Barristers is a multi-award winning partnership of specialist immigration barristers.

Established in 2013 as the first barrister-only immigration law firm to be authorised in the UK, their immigration barristers have been helping foreign nationals and their families to live, work and study in the UK since the late-nineties.

The firm, widely regarded as the UK's leading barrister immigration law firm, specialises in providing expert legal advice and representation, directly to individuals and businesses, in relation to all aspects of UK immigration law.

Every client receives advice and representation directly from a specialist immigration barrister, combined with the level of service expected from a trusted law firm.

Personal Immigration

Richmond Chambers assists individuals with the full range of personal immigration matters, from preparing visa applications to enter and remain in the UK, to providing representation at appeals before the immigration tribunal and higher courts.

Areas of expertise include Investor Visas, Entrepreneur Visas, Partner & Family Visas, EEA Nationals & Family, Work Visas, Business Visas, Short Stay Visas, Student Visas, Settlement in the UK, British Citizenship and Human Rights.

Business Immigration

The firm also provides business decision makers with a range of business immigration services, from preparing sponsor licence applications, to visa applications for employees and advice on compliance.

Areas of expertise include Sponsor Licence Applications, Sponsor Licence Renewals, Sponsor Licence Refusals, Sponsor Licence Suspensions, Sponsor Licence Revocations, Compliance & Civil Penalties.

Business immigration sector specialisms include Private Wealth, Artists and Entertainers, Tech Startups and Digital Talent, Small and Medium Businesses, Research and Innovation, Sportspersons and Journalists and Media Professionals.

The Immigration Team

The Richmond Chambers immigration team, consisting of 15 immigration barristers and 2 pupil barristers, supported by 10 legal associates and 4 administrators, is one of the most experienced immigration law teams in the UK.

Paul Richmond has over 20 years experience practising UK immigration law.  He is ranked in Legal 500 as a leading immigration barrister, where he is described as “a text-book example of what a responsible and knowledgeable lawyer should be”.

Sarah Giddens was called to the Bar in 1999 and has practised successfully as a barrister for over 17 years. Sarah is one of the founding partners of Richmond Chambers and a key member of the Management Team.

Alexandra Pease has over 16 years experience in UK immigration law specialising in personal migration and is the head of Richmond Chambers’ personal immigration team.

Geraldine Peterson has specialised in immigration law since 1999. With 20 years experience, she has an established reputation for preparing high quality visa and immigration applications for business people, students, and family members seeking leave to enter/remain.

Alexis Slatter has specialised in immigration law for over 18 years. He is ranked in Legal 500 as a leading immigration barrister, where it is noted that: “His unassuming character belies his great strength and exceptional intellect in fighting your case.

Simon Canter specialises in all aspects of appeals related Immigration and Asylum law and is regularly instructed to challenge Home Office immigration decisions at courts ranging from the First Tier Immigration Tribunal to the Court of Appeal.

Jacinta Jones has practised successfully as a barrister for over 10 years in both the domestic and international spheres.  She has expertise in all aspects of immigration and nationality law, with a particular emphasis on human rights issues.

Tanya Murshed has worked in the field of immigration law for over 10 years.  She specialises in all aspects of immigration and nationality law, including cases involving the Points Based System, Family Migration, EEA free movement, Settlement, Citizenship and Human Rights.

Emma Greenwood is an experienced barrister who has been practising immigration law for over 7 years. She has significant expertise across all areas of immigration law, including cases involving the points-based system, family migration, EEA free movement, nationality, asylum and human rights.

Voratida Sangchant was called to the Bar in 2010 and has practised successfully as a barrister for over 7 years.  She has considerable experience as a court advocate and has developed an in-depth understanding of family and private life human rights-based claims.

Gillian McCall has experience assisting individual and business clients with their applications, appeals, judicial reviews and administrative reviews.  Gillian’s wide scope of knowledge of the Immigration Rules and case law allow her to advise clients on all aspects of their immigration cases and suggest suitable options for a successful outcome.

Dr. Catherine Taroni assists both business and individual clients across a broad range of immigration law, including the points-based system, family migration, EEA free movement, nationality, asylum and human rights.

Zarina Rahman works on a broad range of immigration applications and appeals including points-based system, family migration under Appendix FM and outside the Rules, settlement and EEA applications.

Alex Papasotiriou focuses on deprivation of citizenship appeals involving issues of British and international nationality law, judicial review claims against revocation of ILR, human rights applications and appeals involving overstayers, victims of domestic violence and children and EEA and deportation appeals.

Zoe Bantleman has a busy practise covering all aspects of UK immigration law, including the points-based system, family migration, free movement, nationality, deportation, asylum and human rights.

Knowledge Centre

Richmond Chambers' Knowledge Centre (available in English, Russian, Chinese and Arabic) has an extensive amount of free information on immigration law issues facing both individuals and businesses.  Barristers and legal associates publish several new articles every week, including how-to guides, FAQs, updates on changes in the immigration rules and case-law updates. The articles cover all areas of immigration law and are accessible via a searchable database.

Why choose Richmond Chambers?

Paul Richmond, Management Partner at Richmond Chambers, says:

"Our immigration barristers have helped scores of individuals and businesses obtain visas for the UK or challenge Home Office immigration decisions, bringing years of knowledge and experience to the table.

We work hard to understand our clients’ plans and objectives. Then we put together the right team, with the right mix of skills, languages and experience, to help our clients get to where they want to be as easily and cost-effectively as possible.

We’re obsessed with excellence and clear communication is vital to what we do. Our barristers work closely with our clients, to make sure that they always know what’s going on and that everything is delivered on time.

Our barristers are passionate about immigration law and bring enthusiasm and commitment to every case they work on. We care about our clients and always go the extra mile to ensure that everything is ‘just right’."

  • Immigration Barristers: 15
  • Pupil Barristers: 2
  • Legal Associates: 10
  • Administrators: 4
  • Breakdown of work %
  • Immigration (Personal and Business): 100

  • Languages
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Greek
  • Bengali
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Bulgarian
  • Welsh
  • Twi (Ghanaian)
  • Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
  • Member
  • Bar Association of England and Wales

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