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Laura Devine Immigration

Work 0207 469 6460
London, New York

Sophie Barrett-Brown

Work +44 (0)20 7469 6460
Laura Devine Immigration

Work Department

Immigration Law


Senior Partner and Head of the UK Practice


Sophie is Senior Partner and Head of UK Practice at Laura Devine Immigration in London.  With over 20 years’ experience, she is described by top legal directories as having “exceptional knowledge” and “very close attention to detail”; “she sees the big picture and has a thorough and sound historic knowledge of her subject matter which is needed in a subject matter which is constantly changing”. 

Sophie’s clients are drawn from all sectors and range from multinational corporations to entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals and families.

Sophie has extensive experience in all aspects of UK business immigration and nationality law and EU free movement. She is skilled in all Tiers of the points-based system (PBS), including sponsored migrants, entrepreneur and investor routes as well as discretionary applications.

Sophie is also widely regarded for her policy work, regularly participating in policy consultations and working parties, including managing the company's numerous submissions to the Migration Advisory Committee's (MAC), Home office and the Home Affairs Select Committee, to which she has provided evidence on a number of occasions.

Sophie is a prolific speaker and commentator on immigration topics, presenting internationally and frequently commenting in the general media. Commended for her ‘generosity in sharing her knowledge’ for the benefit of the profession and immigration law practice in the UK, she was Chair of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) from 2007 to 2012, with which she continues to work extensively on various working groups and to deliver training. Sophie is currently a member of both the Lexis PSL Editorial Consulting Board and The Law Society Brexit Migration Strategic Reference Group.


The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)LexisNexis Consulting Editorial BoardThe Law Society.


2000 - QLTT - BPP Law School
1996-1997 - BVC Inns of Court School of Law
1993-1996 - LLB University of Wales

London: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

Sophie Barrett-Brown - Laura Devine Solicitors

Within: Immigration

Immigration boutique Laura Devine Solicitors has a ‘well-earned reputation for excellence’, ‘undertakes the highest quality work’ and ‘excels in identifying pragmatic and creative solutions in order to meet the client’s objectives in the swiftest manner possible’. The firm has a substantial human rights and appeals practice, which advises on a range of issues covering oversta-s, separated families, elderly dependants and incapacitated applicants, as well as high profile asylum claims for politically exposed persons and other individuals.  Its business immigration department, which is particularly noted for its strengths in US and UK immigration law, regularly acts for multinational companies, SMEs, start-ups and executives. Managing partner Laura Devine is a ‘visionary leader’; ‘the client experience is at the heart of all she does’. Other key figures include ‘exceptional’ UK practice head Sophie Barrett-Brown; Anastasia Tonello, who is the global head of the firm’s US practice; and senior attorney US practice head in London Christi Hufford Jackson, who is a ‘dynamic practitioner, unsurpassed in identifying the best solution to a tricky problem’. Head of compliance and risk Natasha Chell is a ‘polished professional with an excellent client manner, who inspires complete confidence and consistently provides well thought out advice’, and is experienced in corporate immigration, with particular strengths in advising on sponsor licencing and Tier 2 matters. Senior solicitor Francesca Sciberras is ‘extremely professional’, ‘always accommodating’ and ‘gives clients the hard line, but also understands the reality of the client’s business’. Malini Skandachanmugarasan heads the appeals and human rights department, which includes recently promoted senior solicitor Matthew Wills, who also handles business immigration, and solicitor Zeena Luchowa.

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