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Immigration: business - ranked: tier 4


Immigration boutique DavidsonMorris is instructed by multinational companies and UK-based businesses and organisations, as well as business owners and management executives on a range of immigration issues. Clients are drawn from sectors including tech, leisure, hospitality, food, retail, design, education, sports, energy and financial services sectors on global mobility matters, compliance, risk management and applications, and the team is also noted for its experience in challenging Home Office civil penalty fines. The firm, which is led by 'expert' managing director Anne Morris, acts as retained legal advisers to clients including online furniture retailer and the Gordon Ramsay Group.

Practice head(s):Anne Morris

Other key lawyers:Jemima Johnstone; Adam Hoefel; Rebecca Hone


'The main feature of working with Anne Morris is that the answer is always at her fingertips; this is both in terms of the technical legal position and the practical next steps to take.'

'Anne Morris is an expert.'

Key Clients

Gordon Ramsay Group

Scuderia Torro Rosso

University of York


Wright Brothers Spitfire

Stagg & Barber

Mogul Restaurant

Work highlights

  • Advises the Gordon Ramsay Group on a range of immigration compliance and visa applications.
  • Advises Jagex on all immigration matters such as Tier 2 visas and intra-company transfers.
  • Successfully defended Mogul Indian Greenwich (T/A Mogul Indian) against a Home Office fine for illegal working.
  • Advises Italian Formula 1 team, Scuderia Torro Rosso, on a range of immigration issues, which recently included an on-site audit.
  • Successfully represented Wright Brothers Spitfire on its challenge against a civil penalty.

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