Immigration in East Midlands

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's immigration specialists work with members of other departments to provide a full range of services. The firm offers clients both corporate and personal immigration advice, and demonstrates particular expertise in Brexit planning matters. Rachel Harvey has been a key individual in the growth of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Paul Stokey

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Harvey

Cartwright King

Cartwright King is a strong choice for personal and business immigration advice. On the personal immigration side, it handles visitor visa applications, European applications and cases with local authorities involving children in care and victims of domestic violence. The firm's business immigration work includes advice on sponsorship licences and complex Tier 2 and Tier 5 applications. Associate Rita Kotecha leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Rita Kotecha


The immigration team at Cartwight King have a well deserved excellent reputation. They provide excellent advice and representation to clients. The applications and appeals are always very thoroughly prepared leading to successful outcomes for clients. The team members are up-to-date on changes in immigration law.’

Rita Kotecha is always very committed to achieving the best outcome possible for her clients. She works hard on her cases and is very good with clients.’

The staff was super supportive and informative, especially when Rita wasn’t available. I always felt welcomed and the staff as a whole were very knowledgeable.’

Rita Kotecha conducted business in a very efficient and entirely professional manner. I was impressed by her attention to detail at our meetings.’

OTB Legal

OTB Legal is a specialist immigration practice that was formed in April 2019. The firm acts for a mix of businesses, individuals and families. Directors Sally McEwen and Aldijana Hoad are key contacts for business immigration advice; their experience includes applications and renewals of sponsor licences, Home Office audits and auditing of HR systems. Mark Lilley-Tams has a strong track record advising clients on higher court work and judicial review applications. Lilley-Tams acts for a number of clients who are facing deprivation of citizenship actions. Clients praise the team for its 'outstanding support and guidance'.


OTB provided outstanding support and guidance. Their team of knowledgeable experts navigated us through complex immigration procedures and supported us with a Sponsor License audit and compliance.’

The team are always clear in their objectives and upfront about cost and timescales. Whilst a regional firm, they are more than capable of dealing with large and complex matters.’

Excellent service from the practice, cannot recommend enough. They are really approachable friendly and you feel at ease straight away.’

Mark Lilley-Tams is smart and a great professional. The communication with Mark is excellent and straight to the point. I am extremely happy with the service I have received from OTB Legal.’

I worked with Aldijana Hoad. I felt that she treated the matter seriously and carefully and her relationship with me sincerely. I highly appreciated her honest and conscientious approach.’

My personal experience with OTB Legal is outstanding and exceptional, Sally and the rest of the team make it look easy even when it’s a complicated case. She is brilliant, efficient and very friendly, she is helpful and very professional. I am impressed by all the work she has done for many years. I highly recommend them.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted Elena Perfileva, future Olympic figure skating prospect, with obtaining British citizenship by discretion.
  • Acted for Taulant Nuka and successfully challenged the Passport Office by way of judicial review for refusing to issue a British passport.
  • Advised a successful international tech company on obtaining a sponsor licence for a newly formed UK start-up and relocating directors to the UK.

Paragon Law

Paragon Law is a specialist immigration firm that handles corporate immigration compliance and advises clients on the immigration issues involved in setting up new businesses in the UK. The firm has a high level of expertise in individual immigration work, which includes advice to clients on visa issues, asylum and human rights matters, deportation and detention. Founding and managing partner Thalej Vasishta works with a broad range of businesses. Director Deirdre Sheahan leads the asylum and human rights team.

Practice head(s):

Thalej Vasishta

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre Sheahan

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors has significant expertise in immigration, asylum and judicial review claimant work. Its team is active in a wide range of matters, which includes representing vulnerable clients (such as victims of torture or trafficking) in asylum and human rights cases. The group is experienced in Immigration Asylum Chamber, First-tier and Upper Tribunal asylum and immigration appeals across the Midlands Circuit. Directors Alexis Masolo and Ahmed Aydeed co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Alexis Masolo; Ahmed Aydeed


The team at Duncan Lewis Leicester office are very helpful and considerate. They take time to understand the client and their needs. Didn’t not have any issue with any team members through out my two years as a client.’

The individuals that I have worked with were good listeners and always worked towards my interest. The respect they have shown me and their awareness of my case were the vital qualities I valued.’

I have not worked with other firms, but if I ever need to work with a solicitor again, I would contact Duncan Lewis. They work well as a team. Every team member knows their responsibilities and what is expected of them. They respect each other and take into consideration the timelines. They also respect diversity and have good communication skills.’

Ahmed Aydeed is the Director at DL responsible for this region. He has built DL’s practice in the region in recent years so that it is on a par with the London offices in terms of the high profile and strategic litigation it is undertaking in the field of immigration. He is ahead of the curve with policy and legal developments (e.g. he was invited to give evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee in its inquiry into immigration detention) which mean he can think creatively and react quickly to challenging Government measures impacting on the rights of migrants. He knows how to build strong teams and to get the best out of his staff.’