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Laura Devine Immigration

Work 0207 469 6460
London, New York

Francesca Sciberras

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

Work Department

Immigration Law


Francesca is a Senior Solicitor at Laura Devine Immigration in London who has focussed exclusively on UK immigration law since 2010.

Francesca’s regularly advises employers on complex Tier 2 issues, delivering strategic solutions to multinational businesses for their global transfers to the UK and sponsor licence applications. Francesca has substantial experience in EU free movement and frequently provides counsel to EEA nationals and their employers on the immigration implications surrounding Brexit. Francesca serves many of the company's highest profile multinational corporate clients, financial organisations and legal firms as well as start-ups and businesses within the arts industry.

Francesca is described as "extremely professional", "always accommodating" and a solicitor who "gives clients the hard line, but also understands the reality of the client's business".

A seasoned presenter, Francesca routinely provides training to clients and other immigration lawyers on Tier 2 and Tier 2 compliance through the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA). She is also an active member of the International Bar Association (IBA), having spoken at both the 2017 and 2018 annual conferences on the topics of ‘international students’ and ‘corporate immigration law practice management’ respectively.


2013 - Admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales
2009 - 2010 - LPC, The University of Law
2005 - 2008 - LLB, University of Southampton

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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