Immigration in East Anglia

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP is one of the few firms in the region with a dedicated immigration practice and frequently handles applications for investors, entrepreneurs and exceptional talent, skilled and temporary workers, students and family members. Recently, it has been particularly busy advising EEA nationals on pre-settled and settled status applications. Legal director Clare Hedges leads the immigration practice from Cambridge but works across firm's entire five-office network, which now includes a presence in London. Legal executive Dasha Ball in Norwich deals with applications for settled status, spouse visas and has a specialist interest in nationality cases.

Practice head(s):

Clare Hedges

Other key lawyers:

Dasha Ball

Key clients

Frontier Developments plc

TTP plc

McCormick (UK) Limited

St Andrew’s Tutorial Services Limited

Healthcare Homes (Spring) Limited

Healthcare Homes LSC Limited


Cresset Biomolecular Discovery Limited

Owlstone Medical Limited

SPT Labtech Limited

London Diocesan Fund

Church of England Central Services

The Bishop of Lincoln

Work highlights

  • Retained immigration advisers to Frontier Developments plc. Handled numerous visa applications for Tier 2 General visas and then Skilled Worker visas, including first visas for EU nationals and visas for interns.
  • Applied for sponsor licence following client’s acquisition of a group of care homes and advised on transfer of sponsorship responsibility for nurses whose employment had transferred under TUPE.
  • Advised a couple on their successful applications for naturalisation as British citizens, having supported them throughout their immigration journey over a number of years, in circumstances where work travel was in excess of maximum permitted absences.

Ellisons Solicitors

'The practice puts its clients first', says a client of Ellisons Solicitors. The firm assists UK-based businesses with the employment of foreign nationals, as well as foreign businesses and entrepreneurs setting up businesses in the UK. It also supports employers in their applications for sponsors licences. Practice head Graeme Kirk is 'deeply intelligent, extraordinarily skilled and a ridiculously hard worker', and is recognised nationally and internationally as one of the UK's foremost immigration specialists. The 'helpful and articulate' Sohan Sidhu has almost 25 years' experience and advises on all aspects of immigration law.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Kirk

Other key lawyers:

Sohan Sidhu; Meenal Goyal


‘I found the practice as a whole to provide good quality advice in a methodical manner. The response to queries have been very good and quick. The practice, in my opinion, puts its clients first, which is very thoughtful.’

‘Sohan Sidhu has been very helpful and articulate when presenting his advice. I found Sohan to have good and relevant up to date knowledge. There is no ambiguity when dealing with Sohan; he is always clear and relays his advice is easy-to-understand language. This is a very important trait in Sohan which differentiates him from his competitors.’

‘We have a great working relationship with Sohan Sidhu. Sohan is extremely flexible with his calendar and often slots us in a a moments notice. He’s very knowledgeable, or if there is something he needs to look up he gets back to us extremely quickly. I’d be very quick to recommend Sohan to colleagues and other businesses.’

‘Graeme Kirk and Meenal Goyal at Ellisons Solicitors are strategic and highly intelligent, and consistently deliver high quality service. Their energy and enthusiasm for service are endless and they always ensure a solution-focused and expertly designed outcome. The team are reliable, flexible and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Meenal Goyal is extremely knowledgeable, dedicated, and trustworthy as she continued to assist and advise us with the necessary information that was beneficial for our case. She went above and beyond to assist us with the necessary information that enabled our case to be successful. I am happy to recommend her to whoever needs her services.’

‘A very solid and experienced immigration practice.’

‘Graeme Kirk has significant experience and a good way with clients.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Calloway Golf Ltd on obtaining a Sponsors Licence and then in relation to several Tier 2 and skilled worker applications.
  • Advised and obtained Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) extension for an entrepreneur who had switched from her initial investment to a new investment during her first three year visa, following serious issues with her UK business partner.
  • Advised German company Baufritz Gmbh with workforce travelling regularly to the UK for building projects on Brexit implications on their future working arrangements and possible options under UK immigration rules.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has a full-service national practice that handles business, student and personal immigration matters. Operating across its entire network of offices, the practice is led from Norwich by Alex Russell, who frequently assists clients in the education, healthcare, sport, life sciences, technology and charities sectors. A key strand of the firm's work consists of supporting universities, NHS trusts and other large organisations in navigating the post-Brexit immigration system. Emma Tuck in Cambridge handles student immigration for higher education institutions, while Tracy Yates in Norwich has spent 25 years focused purely on business immigration matters.

Practice head(s):

Alex Russell

Other key lawyers:

Emma Tuck; Tracy Yates

Key clients

University of East Anglia

Volkswagen Financial Services


Rheinmetall BAE Systems

Baxter Healthcare

Red Gate Software

Horizon Discovery

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

The Sainsbury Laboratory

King’s College London

Stone King LLP

Stone King LLP is best known for its work in the education and charities sectors, and its specialist immigration practice is heavily focused on advised schools and academy trusts with visa applications. In the charities sector, it frequently advises religious organisations with applications for members to remain in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme. 'Her professional knowledge, competence and efficiency are most helpful and reassuring', says a client of practice head Julie Moktadir in Cambridge, who also handles immigration matters for private individuals and start-up companies.

Practice head(s):

Julie Moktadir


‘I have found Julie Moktadir to be very knowledgable and helpful with our sponsorship queries. She is always prompt and clear with her responses.’

‘The things I appreciate most from the team who have helped me in my recent immigration application are their efficiency and good use of technology which has been particularly helpful during the periods of lockdown we have had.’

‘It’s a real pleasure to work with Julie Moktadir who acted for me in my recent immigration application. Her professional knowledge, competence and efficiency are most helpful and reassuring. In addition, with her warm personality and excellent communication skill, she is approachable and makes me feel very much at ease especially during these difficult times of Covid.’

‘I have worked with Julie Moktadir at Stone King for about two years now. We are forever grateful to her support and knowledge of immigration law. Julie operates in a professional manner. She is very helpful, reassuring and client driven. I would definitely recommend seeking Julie’s legal advice.’

‘The team was well coordinated and offered an integrated service so there was always somebody I could contact/talk to. Proactive in sorting issues in advance and preparing for the processes ensuring a good flow.’

‘We have been clients of Stone King for over 25 years. Our experience of their professional approach to matters has been excellent. We have been impressed by their response time especially in the area of immigration and visa applications. Julie Moktadir’s advice and support has been invaluable.’

‘Julie Moktadir is very knowledgeable, and patient. We have had some tricky situations over the past 12 months and Julie’s calm approach and the knowledge she has made things much easier for us. ’

‘The practice is able to adapt their advice based on your business. We have a unique structure and links between our sponsor schools. The Stone King team understands this and is more likely to give us the advice that works across the group. Julie Moktadir builds a relationship with the people in our schools so it is very easy to discuss complex issues with her.’

Key clients

Poor Servants of the Mother of God

Sisters Hospitallers

United Church Schools Trust

European national

T4 UK Franchise Limited

River Learning Trust