Immigration in East Anglia

Ellisons Solicitors

Ellisons Solicitors in Bury St Edmunds has an immigration offering ‘whose strength lies in their deep understanding and expertise of the subject matter‘, which is known for its ‘agility and responsiveness’. Experienced practitioner in this area Sohan Sidhu heads up the practice. Sidhu acts for a multitude of UK businesses seeking to employ foreign nationals, as well as foreign businesses and entrepreneurs setting up in the UK. Additionally, Sidhu acts for private individuals, many of whom rely on his ability to speak Punjabi and Hindi. He frequently advises members of the US military stationed in the UK, as well as former fighter pilots and army engineers wishing to extend their stay.

Practice head(s):

Sohan Sidhu

Other key lawyers:

Meenal Goyal; Graeme Kirk


‘This unique practice specialises in various aspects of law. Their strength lies in their deep understanding and expertise of the subject matter. In comparison to other firms, this practice is known for their agility and responsiveness.’

‘The team is able to provide a quick turnaround time on projects and is available to answer questions and provide updates accordingly. Additionally, their billing structure is transparent and easy to understand, which is a refreshing change from the complicated billing systems often used by larger firms.’

‘Sohan Sidhu stands out due to his knowledge, expertise, and dedication to his clients as well as his deep understanding of immigration law and his ability to provide practical solutions to complex problems.’

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP‘s Norwich office is a key hub in its firm-wide immigration practice, which ‘provides good, sound advice, especially on visa immigration matters'. The firm advises clients in the education, health, charity, life sciences, technology, sports, and private wealth sectors, and it has stellar roster of clients, among them King’s College London, Triumph Motorcycles and Red Gate Software. Clients of practice head Alex Russell praise ‘the clear advice he provides' - he recently assisted a software company with its role as as Level 1 user on a sponsor management. Consultant Tracy Yates is ‘very responsive whether the question is complex or simple – everything gets a considered and thorough response‘.

Practice head(s):

Alex Russell

Other key lawyers:

Tracy Yates


‘Mills and Reeve provide us with employment and immigration advice for all things in the UK and beyond. As a global organisation with offices in 2 other countries but workers spread across the world, Mills and Reeve use their partner network and connections to provide us with great employment and immigration advice globally. They connect us to the right people internally even on issues we hadn’t thought of.’

‘People across their employment and immigration teams are all excellent and thoughtful communicators. They actively listen to the issues and concerns of their clients and ask clear and relevant questions to tailor their advice to needs. They don’t make assumptions or sweeping statements, instead they return with clear, comprehensive answers that provide you with all you need.’

‘The team is responsive and provides good, sound advice, especially on visa immigration matters. They have a good knowledge of our business and how to support it in the best way. Their webinars are also full of relevant and insightful information.’

‘I’ve always been appreciative of and confident in the advice and guidance that the team provides.’

‘Alex Russell instils confidence and assurance which is what we’re looking for in order that we are legally compliant and following best practices.’

‘The team has a great depth of knowledge in this subject area. They are always up-to-date with changes in legislation and cases that may impact its interpretation. The webinars they run are excellent in sharing knowledge broadly and they are also very responsive to specific queries and to hold one-on-one discussions on any point.’

‘Their support navigating the complicated application processes, licence process and the way visa and immigration services operate is invaluable; they share hints and tips on what the department are looking for to ensure our applications go through smoothly.’

‘Tracy Yates’ level of expertise should be noted; her insights into the relevant processes and her support with our prospective employees, supporting them through the complicated and explaining things in a simple way for them and us, stands out. Tracy is very responsive whether the question is complex or simple – everything gets a considered and thorough response.’

Key clients

Triumph Motorcycles

King’s College London


Anglo Beef Processors

Baxter Healthcare

Red Gate Software

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

Charles River

The Sainsbury Laboratory

Multiple private individuals

Work highlights

  • Advised a software development company on the sponsorship of staff for Skilled Worker visas.
  • Advised a bank in registering as a sponsor under the points based system.
  • Delivered immigration training to the HR team of a leading UK charity.

Stone King LLP

Stone King LLP‘s Cambridge-based specialist immigration team focuses predominantly on workforce shortages, and on assisting teachers in obtaining Skilled Worker visas with a view to them coming to the UK to work in both mainstream and independent schools. The firm also assists independent schools with student and child student sponsor licences. The practice led by partner Julie Moktadir also acts for clients in the charity sector, as well as assisting private individuals with, inter alia, partner visa applications. Moktadir recently advised Taiwanese bubble tea company T4 UK in its obtaining of four Skilled Worker Visas for Taiwanese nationals.

Practice head(s):

Julie Moktadir


‘We are very happy with the service Stone King provided.’

Key clients

T4 Franchise UK Limited

International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)

Global Overview Europa Limited

Tenzo Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted T4 UK with applying for a sponsorship licence and obtaining four Skilled Worker Visas for Taiwanese nationals who are specialists in this niche sector.
  • Assisted a company in obtaining a sponsor licence under the Skilled Worker and Global Business Mobility – Senior or Specialist Worker routes.
  • Assisted a growing restaurant analytics business with applying for a sponsorship licence due to the shortage workers with specialist skills within the UK.