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Philip Trott

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Bates Wells Braithwaite

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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 Braithwaite

Within: Immigration

The ‘outstanding’ team at Bates Wells Braithwaite delivers a ‘professional’ service, and is praised for its ‘accurate, informed legal advice and conscientious, committed representation’. It acts for a range of individuals, including several well-known entertainers, as well as charities, media companies, and education-sector clients. Clients include Hillsong Church London, which it advises on a range of matters including applications under the Tier 2 and Tier 5 route for individuals to come to the UK to help serve the work at the Church in a variety of roles. Global Innovation Fund, Quant Marketing Company, Natural Resources Charter and Mixam UK are also clients. Philip Trott is a ‘stalwart of the immigration world’ and has ‘vast experience’ in commercial immigration, where recently promoted partner Chetal Patel is also a key figure. Department head Tim Barnden has ‘great client skills and is adept at finding a solution for the client and preparing appeals to the highest standard’; he is particularly known for his work on applications made by couples and families, including advice for LGBT applicants. Senior associate Katie Dilger, who is ‘excellent with clients’ and has a ‘wealth of experience’, is also active in personal and human rights mandates.

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