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Gross & Co advises UK-based businesses employing foreign nationals,  foreign businesses and entrepreneurs setting up operations in the UK, and private individuals and families moving to the UK. The firm 'deserves a high ranking because it is head and shoulders above the competition in East Anglia', according to one client. The practice provides 'high-quality representation across the immigration spectrum, from human rights applications and appeals to corporate immigration'. Another comments that the 'friendly, warm, approachable, accessible team performs at all times with confidence and integrity'. 'Exceptionally experienced' practice head Graeme Kirk is a leading light and clients praise his 'extensive knowledge and his courteous and calm manner' and remark that he has 'particular expertise in business immigration and European free movement law, in which his work has always been exemplary'. Immigration specialist Sohan Sidhu is 'a very safe pair of hands in everything from complex human rights appeals to business immigration matters; he is completely committed to his clients, and always goes the extra yard to provide the best possible service'. Solicitor Naomi Ogo returned to Japan, but the firm hired solicitor Meenal Goyal, who is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi.

At Mills & Reeve LLP, principal associate Alex Russell leads the immigration practice and exhibits 'a strong pragmatic approach with sound advice and knowledge'. He has 12 years' experience and advises clients in diverse business sectors, though he has niche expertise in acting for universities. His work includes compliance audits, advice on Visa applications, strategic immigration support, policy drafting and training for HR teams and managers. In 2017, he assisted an engineering company with a Home Office sponsor compliance audit, which required a complete review of all policies, processes and systems. He also provided support to more than 30 organisations including universities, NHS Trusts, companies and charities, to deal with the immigration implications of the Brexit vote. Consultant Tracy Yates is also recommended for business immigration matters. She recently worked with Russell to advise a software company on the recruitment of multiple skilled employees under Tier 2.

Birketts LLP¬†provides ‚Äėvery good and very knowledgeable service and support‚Äė. One client describes the practice as ‚Äėoutstanding ‚Äď the firm had current, in-depth knowledge of Visa¬† processes, relevant regulations, supporting document requirements and timelines‚Äė. Another describes 'thorough knowledge of immigration legislation, especially the points based system'.¬†'Supportive and understanding' senior associate Clare Hedges, whose employment law practice has now transitioned to focus full-time on immigration, has ‚Äėexcellent knowledge of immigration matters and¬†knows the pitfalls of¬†getting Visas‚Äė. Clients praise her ‚Äėspecialist knowledge of and insights into immigration law and her impressive track record of assisting clients to a successful conclusion'. She is now supported by a specialist paralegal. Her recent highlights include advising the Bishop of Lincoln on the appointment of a new Bishop's Chaplain, which involved ensuring the recruitment process¬†complied with the Home Office's resident labour market test. JRL Group and Frontier Developments are also among her clients.

At¬†Greenwoods GRM, the lawyers are 'very responsive, very clear in their communication and go beyond necessity to ensure that clients are satisfied'. Solicitor¬†Rebecca Bridges¬†specialises in immigration matters and is a key part of¬†John MacAulay's¬†employment department. She is ‚Äėan expert in her field, extremely thorough and gives great attention to detail'. Clients praise her 'tailored and clear explanations, her patience, her understanding and knowledge of clients and the law'. Associate¬†Vincent Galea¬†is also recommended. The firm advises numerous clients in the¬†commercial and education sectors on matters including licensed sponsor issues; Tier 1, 2 and 5 visas; right to work; and modern slavery statements. Bridges recently advised a company in the travel sector on international secondments.

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