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Laura Devine Immigration

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London, New York

Malini Skandachanmugarasan

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

Work Department

Immigration Law


Senior Solicitor, Head of Appeals and Human Rights


Malini is a Senior Solicitor and Head of Appeals and Human Rights at Laura Devine Immigration in London. Highly regarded as an immigration law practitioner, her diverse work covers both complex, personal and business immigration instructions.  Malini is recognised as “a talented lawyer who blends expert knowledge with a common-sense approach and sense of humour”.

Malini specialises in personal and private client immigration matters with a focus on refusals, administrative reviews and appeals relating to complex discretionary matters and human rights issues. A large proportion of instructions relate to family members, private clients and human rights claims as well as the exercise of discretion and complex immigration applications. She is well-versed in applications requiring critical thinking and creative solutions within the Immigration Rules and on the basis of the European Convention on Human Rights. Many of Malini’s applications involve liaising with senior-level contacts at the Home Office.

Malini has substantial experience with personal immigration, serving diverse clientele with her unique skills in cases involving the general grounds of refusal, extradition, asylum, family migration, international surrogacy and adoption.

Additionally, Malini has an established a robust business immigration practice, advising corporate clients including educational providers, international law firms and media corporations on applications under the points-based system (PBS), including sponsor licences, Tier 2, right-to-work matters, Brexit issues and Tier 5 (Temporary Workers).

Malini is also a highly experienced trainer and speaks internationally on a range of immigration topics, including Brexit, global mobility, business visitors and trafficking. She has delivered talks at the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) and the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA).


2011 - Admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales
2006 - 2007 - Legal Practice Course - College of Law, Bloomsbury London
2002 - 2005 - BA (Jurisprudence) - St Peter's College, University of Oxford

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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