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Philip Trott

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Bates Wells

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Immigration and employment.


Partner in charge of the immigration team; primary areas of practice relate to applications for both corporations and individuals under the Points Based System, including work-related permits (Tier 2), business (Tier 1 – entrepreneur), investors (Tier 1 – investor), sole representatives, free movement for employed and self-employed individuals within the EEA, related family applications, the implications of Brexit, British and alternative citizenship and all related advice; client base is diverse and represents both corporations and individuals, with an emphasis on sports and media-related work and cases involving national security issues; media-related clients include Channel 4, FremantleMedia, Endemol (Big Brother), 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Bruno Mars, Lil Wayne and Ceelo Green; practicing in this area for over 30 years and has taken an active interest and participated in the reform of business and employment-related immigration law and teaching fellow professionals; is an expert witness for legal proceedings involving immigration law. Regular TV/radio commentator on immigration issues including the BuzzFeed immigration options for Paddington Bear.


Qualified 1979; assistant solicitor Lawford & Co 1979-82 and partner 1982-89; partner Thomson Snell & Passmore 1989-92; partner Bates Wells Braithwaite 1992; member of executive of Immigration Practitioners Association (ILPA) 1984-88, 1994-95, 2001-02; chairman ILPA 1986-88; joint convenor of Economic Migrantion Sub-Committee of ILPA 1994 to date; regular legal and professional journals contributor; lecturer for the Law Society and other course providers; co-author McDonald’s Immigration Law and Practice (7th ed); co-author Immigration Law and Practice (Jackson, 3rd ed). Editorial board of Lexis Nexis PSL on immigration.


Fluent French.


ILPA; American Immigration Lawyers Association; Employment Lawyers Association; Law Society.


Dauntsey’s; Portsmouth Grammar School; University College, London (1976 LLB).


Sailing, walking.

London: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

Philip Trott - Bates Wells

Within: Immigration

Bates Wells' immigration team is 'outstanding'; it 'offers a very high level of service' and it is 'particularly good at providing holistic advice'. For business immigration, the team - which is led by Chetal Patel and features the 'eminent' Philip Trott - is instructed by major businesses and charities, and it is also experienced in handling immigration matters for high-net-worth individuals and well-known celebrities. In an example of its charity sector experience, the team advises Climate Policy Initiative on the recruitment of sponsored workers and on sponsor licence obligations and duties. The firm also advises on a raft of personal immigration matters, where Tim Barnden heads the team. Here, the team regularly advises on complex personal immigration matters, and handles cases which engage Article 8 of the ECHR, the right to private and family life. It also handles asylum and other protection claims for individuals and charities. Barnden is noted for his experience in handling applications by couples and families, LGBT applicants, and handles refugee cases. Senior associate Katie Dilger handles a range of personal immigration instructions and is 'attentive and responsive at all turns'.

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