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Laura Devine Immigration

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London, New York

Natasha Chell

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

Work Department

Immigration Law


Partner and Head of Risk and Compliance


Natasha is a Partner and Head of Risk and Compliance at Laura Devine Immigration (LDI) in London.

With over 15 years' experience in UK immigration law, nationality and EU free movement, Natasha was recognised in the Legal 500 UK 2018 as a “polished professional with an excellent client manner, who inspires complete confidence and consistently provides well thought out advice”, while Who’s Who Legal 2019 praise her for being “well known in the UK market for her impressive work handling immigration and free movement matters”.

With substantial experience and interest in the prevention of illegal working and risk management strategies, Natasha has developed the LDI's immigration compliance audit service for clients and provides strategic advice on Tier 2 compliance and remedies. She offers practical, focused training on ways to improve business systems to prevent non-compliance and has an impressive record in assisting many clients in maintaining an A rating with the Home Office, despite previous non-compliance. Amongst her accomplishments in this area are having a civil penalty cancelled and overturning a licence revocation.

Natasha also manages the LDI’s EU Brexit services for clients, creating tailored EU advisory services to businesses and their staff in order to help prepare them for the changes ahead following the UK’s anticipated withdrawal from the EU.

Natasha acts for a broad spectrum of clients, ranging from major multinationals to start-up businesses and individuals. She manages some of LDI’s highest profile corporate and education clients, including international financial service providers, insurance businesses, exclusive fashion, retail and entertainment organisations.

As a skilled and practised speaker, Natasha is frequently invited to present to clients and contacts at events across the UK. She is a prolific writer on UK immigration for both the HR media and leading legal research provider, LexisNexis.


2006 - QLTT - BPP Law School
2000-2001 - BVC Inns of Court School of Law
1997-2000 - LLB London Guildhall University

London: Human resources


Within: Immigration

Immigration boutique Laura Devine Immigration 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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