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Chetal Patel

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Chetal advises individuals on securing leave to enter and remain in the UK under the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent/Promise, Entrepreneur and Investor Point Based System sub-categories.

She regularly advises organisations on matters relating to applying for, maintaining or renewing sponsor status, in particular under Tiers 2 and 5. Her advice to organisations includes providing pragmatic guidance on the requisite HR processes, assisting with immigration audits, meeting compliance obligations and preparing clients for and attending pre/post UK Visas & Immigration visits.  As part of this work, she also advises on our Tier 2 applications.

She is part of BWB’s cross departmental Education team, London & Partners and India Group.

Her clients operate in a number of sectors including charity, creative, education, finance, healthcare and media. The nature of Chetal’s work has also meant that she has plenty of experience advising a broad range of clients from high net worth individuals and start-up companies to multinational companies.

Chetal regularly delivers training sessions on business immigration related topics to fellow practitioners and organisations. She also contributes commentary and know-how to journalists. 


  • Trained at Birketts LLP, 2007.
  • Admitted as a Solicitor, 2009.
  • Solicitor, Birketts LLP, 2009.
  • Solicitor, Gherson, 2011.
  • Solicitor, Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2013.
  • Associate, Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2015.
  • Senior Associate, Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2016.
  • Partner, Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2018




  • Member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association.
  • International Associate member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.


  • Swansea University, LLB (Hons) Law and Business Studies, 2002-2005.
  • The College of Law, Legal Practice Course, 2006.

London: Human resources


Within: Next generation lawyers

Chetal Patel - 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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