Immigration in London
3CS Corporate Solicitors
3CS Corporate Solicitors has a track record of dealing with matters including restructurings and redundancies affecting migrant workers, contracting-out and secondments of migrant workers between UK companies. The practice has a particularly strong offering for clients based in Japan, China and South Korea. Thomas Miles heads the team.
‘They understand our needs and concerns. They are reliable and trustworthy. Always response promptly. Really professional.
The team provides an excellent service and understands our company’s needs. They are characterised by their availability and matters are dealt with in a timely manner. The integrity, cooperation and smoothness of their collective work jointly make them unique.’
‘The team has provided us with a very professional service regarding immigration services. They are not only professional but also have good relationships with authorities.’
‘Thomas Miles gives a very good impression. He is very professional in every aspect. We trust him and he’s the reason we always come back to this firm.’
‘Thomas Miles provides an excellent service; he is responsive, approachable and knowledgeable.’
- Advising an overseas energy company on its immigration requirements and associated drafting of its joint venture agreement in respect of a UK based energy business.
- Working with a world renowned restaurant brand and the Department for International Trade in obtaining ongoing concessions from the Home Office to the Immigration Rules in respect of the Tier 2 ICT and SOC code requirements.
- Assisting a nuclear engineering company in obtaining a Sponsor Licence – in particular liaising with the Home Office following what appeared to be a perverse rejection.
A Y & J Solicitors supports businesses across the IT, financial services, hotel and retail and sport sectors. Key areas of work include advising on the overturning of Tier 2 suspensions and revocations, and assisting Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsor licence holders. Yash Dubal leads the practice, while 'highly professional, caring and very honest' senior associate Diana Todirica is head of operation.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team at A Y & J Solicitors is excellent: professional, supportive and diligent.’
‘A Y & J Solicitors really are subject matter experts related to immigration related cases. They have highly professional staff trained well to cater to client needs. They are really helpful and very proactive and quick to offer help and advice. Their level of presentation and documentation was even appreciated by the tribunal judge who was really impressed with the level of detail reflected in support of my case.’
‘Sound knowledge of UK immigration law, attention to detail, honesty, thoroughness and excellent customer service. I have worked with other law firms and this firm stood miles apart from the others in their professionalism.’
‘I transferred my case from another firm to A Y & J Solicitors and I think that was one of the best life changing decisions i have ever made. The team was really professional and honest and I was able to communicate with them whenever i needed to.’
‘I worked with Diana Todirica and Yash Dubal on my case. Their global view and understanding of multiculture is exceptional. They also show strong empathy on the special situation in my region. I feel they consider each case beyond just paperwork – helping to create life-changing events for the family involved.’
‘This is the best immigration firm I have ever come across in the UK. After speaking to Yash Dubal, I realised that A Y & J was different from other firms. Yash took the time to listen to my query and oriented me towards Diana Todirica to assist me with my ILR application. When I met Diana for the first time, I immediately felt reassured and knew that my application was going to be in safe hands. She is highly professional, caring and very honest.’
- Acting for a care home with over 800 employees which lost its tier 2 sponsor licence following a compliance visit from the Home Office.
- Acting for a non-EEA national (an innovator) in a successful endorsement review against initial refusal of a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.
- Acting for an IT consultant in relation to a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) extension to ILR.
The immigration practice at Armstrong Teasdale (formerly Kerman & Co) has extensive expertise in the sports, IT, recruitment, architecture and healthcare sectors. Assisting clients in planning for Brexit is a particular strength, as is the group’s compliance and audit experience. Stephen Hall manages the team and also handles complex private client cases.
HSF Health Plan
Econet Investments Ltd
The global immigration and mobility team at Baker McKenzie deals with time-sensitive and complex immigration applications (typically for board directors or senior executives and their dependants) strategic advice in relation to Brexit, and assistance to high-net-worth individuals. Tony Haque, who heads the practice, acts principally for multinational companies, entrepreneurs and wealthy individuals. The immigration team is supported by lawyers from other teams in related disciplines such as corporate compliance, risk management, employment and wealth management.
‘Prompt and professional service. Extremely supportive and knowledgeable with any questions asked. Advice provided is clear and accurate way that is easy to follow.’
‘As a foreign company in the UK, UK immigration law is so strict and complicated that we and our HQ find it impossible to understand the immigration requirements and obtain working visas on our own. Baker McKenzie provide easy and comprehensive details to international companies like us and guide us through to the end.’
‘Our contact in Baker McKenzie is a UK law qualified bilingual who can explain the complicated immigration matters in easy words in our own language. Also she knows our cultural difference and can provide the answers in our way efficiently, which also appeals to us.’
‘Extremely supportive and patient. Understanding the business needs and is always ready to provide prompt and exact advice. Very approachable and available whenever specific support is provided. A very personal touch is provided which makes you feel very valued as a customer.’
The immigration team at Bates Wells is well-regarded for its work at the intersection of business immigration and personal immigration issues, offering strategic advice to commercial clients. Senior counsel Philip Trott has extensive experience advising on applications being made outside of the immigration rules where established options do not exist. The department has a strong offering for charities and creatives; Chetal Patel advises charities on sector-specific immigration issues. For human rights work, practice head Tim Barnden is particularly known for his work on behalf of families and couples and in representing LGBT+ appellants. Other key strengths include expertise in complex Article 8 claims and a judicial review practice.
‘The Bates Wells team is well recognised as being at the forefront of immigration law and practice. The firm’s immigration practitioners are highly knowledgeable about the law and apply their practical skills and experience to achieve unrivalled results for their clients. The team’s legal expertise and efficiency is coupled with an approachable style and tactical savvy that is the envy of other firms in the sector. If I had an immigration matter I would go to Bates Wells.’
‘The immigration team at Bates Wells is simply the best in the UK. Top notch.’
‘Philip Trott’s experience in this sector was key to the ultimate success. Particularly in the early stages he was generous with time and put in the effort required to understand the special circumstances of our situation.’
‘I have found working with Chetal Patel particularly refreshing – she is proactive and responsive and provided the necessary support to complete our exercise.’
‘Tim Barnden’s reputation as one of the most experienced and knowledgeable practitioners in this specialist area is well deserved. He is a pleasure to work with and achieves results that elude many other practitioners.’
Atlas Merchant Capital Holdings UK Limited
Chalegrove Properties Limited
Mastercontrol Global Limited
Nardello & Co LLP
Talent Beyond Boundaries
- Provided urgent advice to a defence/space/aeronautics company as the client had been involved in a TUPE transfer and the buyer did not have a sponsor licence.
- Advised Mardello & Co LLP on an urgent sponsor licence application to enable the company to make two key new hires.
- Provided Tyrus Capital with advice following the lapse of the client’s sponsor licence, including advice on pro-active correspondence with UKVI and an urgent application for a new sponsor licence.
BDB Pitmans has a corporate immigration niche in its work for professional services firms, particularly for architects, but also for investment management firms and policy advisors. Another strength is in immigration matters requiring a thorough knowledge of employment law. 'Fantastic' legal director Tim Hayes leads the team while Alastair Collett, head of the firm's private wealth practice, lends his expertise to the group's private client work. The team has a particular focus on Tier 1 visa applications, and also assists clients with applications under the EU settlement scheme.
Other key lawyers:
‘This firm – compared to others I have used – is unique and amazing because each member of the team I have met know their subject inside out and upside down. Any question thrown at them is replied to in great detail. In addition they solve problems. So having told you the law, they then put your problem into the mix and find ways within the legal system to solve it. One comes away from a meeting with this particular team feeling a lot better, a lot more positive and secure in the knowledge that your team know what they are doing and that they are truly and positively on your side wanting to help you solve your problem.’
‘Overall we have found working with BDB Pitmans to be a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend their team to anyone in my sector. In particular I would recommend Tim Hayes. I have always found his work to be of a consistently high quality and usefulness.’
‘The team that I deal with is exemplary in the advice that they give, they are willing to take the time to explain complicated issues in simple to understand terms so that decisions can be made confidently. They are attentive and approachable, always available to answer even the most trivial of questions.’
‘I have worked closely with Tim Hayes on various immigration matters over the last 2.5 years. Tim has been fantastic to work with. He has always provided an exceptional service and delivered work in a timely and efficient manner. He has always made extra efforts to meet with my staff and provide support where needed. ‘
‘I worked with Tim Hayes, who is very senior in the firm and not once did I ever feel like my case was minor in comparison too anything else he was doing, he was very quick to respond and also had a solution to any curveball.’
‘Tim Hayes is a joy to work with. I have never struggled to get hold of him when I require assistance at a moments notice, even for the smallest of queries. He always has the latest information at hand to make my job easier. I have happily recommended him to others.’
‘Tim Hayes has been my main point of contact from the outset and he is a delight to work with.. He is extremely approachable, sensitive, which is especially useful when dealing with the anxieties of our staff waiting for visa outcomes. He takes the time to clearly explain the complexities of situations which gives us great confidence.’
Morris + Co
International Water Association
Adam Smith Institute
Gowan Company (Crop Demetra)
Patel Taylor Architects
Bunker One Group
The Doctors Laboratory
The Asfari Foundation
Buckley Gray Yeoman
David Collins Studio
C40 Climate Leadership UK
- Provided solutions for complex situations tailored to architect client Morris + Co.
- Acted as the sole specialist in all immigration matters for overseas-owned company Gowan.
- Providing end-to-end immigration support to Sol-Tec Limited, a tech company.
The personal immigration, asylum and nationality law team at Bindmans LLP is well-regarded for its experience in detention, bail and deportation, European law matters and complex citizenship applications. Key areas of work for businesses, particularly small businesses and NGOs, include sponsorship license applications and advice on possible sanctions for employing illegal workers. Alison Stanley is an experienced litigator who has handled asylum cases with an extradition elements. Liz Barratt is an expert in nationality matters and cases involving questions of deprivation or nullity of citizenship. Emma Cohen is experienced in complex family cases and asylum claims based on sexuality; Roberta Haslam regularly advises victims of trafficking; and Ashley Fleming has a growing practice in asylum cases involving allegations of corporate wrongdoing.
‘This is a really excellent team – everyone is really committed to their clients and they all work very hard.’
‘Bindmans are probably the best legal aid immigration firm in the market. I know that if I have a case with them, and it is capable of winning in court, it will win. They always prepare cases in meticulous detail, with an excellent understanding of the relevant law. It is a pleasure to work with Bindmans.’
‘The depth of knowledge together with matchless experience sets Bindmans apart. Historically a campaigning firm, in this area their experience enables them to map the line between aspiration and success with precision especially in cases against public authorities. Their long term policy of organic growth means exceptional staff retention and loyalty, which also contributes to their consistently excellent performance.’
‘This is a really excellent firm with high quality throughout. Good at seeing the overlap between public law issues and immigration issues. This is one of the best legal aid teams in the country, if not the best.’
‘Liz Barratt is she is a fantastic lawyer and great person to work with.’
‘Roberta Haslam and Ashley Fleming are both great solicitors, very committed.’
‘Liz Barratt is totally brilliant, and at the top of her game. She is very experienced when it comes to strategy, practicalities, and client handling.’
‘Alison Stanley is a combination of exceptional expertise coupled with a perfect bedside manner and absolute tenacity.’
‘Liz Barratt is super clever and very good tactically.’
- Acted in a long-running appeal case arising from the deportation of the client (a vulnerable adult) over six years ago.
- Acted in an appeal against deprivation of British citizenship on national security grounds.
- Successfully acted in an appeal against an asylum refusal, involving an individual who fled to the UK from an African country following a forced marriage and an acid attack.
Bishop & Sewell LLP focuses on human rights and family matters. The practice is strong in public law cases, appeals (including private life appeals) and complex nationality cases, with a great deal of experience in permanent residence applications for EU citizens. Other areas of expertise are international surrogacy and inter-country adoption; the team also advises local authorities on immigration issues involving children in care. The practice is led by senior associate Mariam Khaliq.
Other key lawyers:
‘I was incredibly pleased with the level of service provided by Bishop & Sewell I felt like a valued client and was kept up-to-date with the progress throughout the whole process.’
‘The team will not leave a stone unturned. They take the time to listen to you and advise you appropriately. They were very honest and open with me. They took my case regardless of its complexity. They are a joy to work with.’
‘Karma Hickman was assigned to my complex case. Having her manage my case was, by far, the best experience I have had working with solicitors over the course of many years. She has shown an exception level of professionalism, attention to detail and efficiency. She was great at managing expectations and keeping the lines of communication open at all times. What was also important to me personally, was the level of empathy and understanding that she demonstrated towards my situation. It has been a genuine pleasure working with her.’
‘Karma Hickman is an exceptional lawyer. She is very passionate about her job and always ready to go the extra mile for her clients. She shows compassion to her clients; she makes you feel comfortable and always gives her clients the support they needed to keep going even though the going is tough.’
Boutique immigration firm Bonheur Legal advises international companies on the transfer of their employees, while also acting for high-net-worth individuals, investors, entrepreneurs, sports stars and artists. Thierry Hervet heads the firm.
Boutique immigration firm Carter Thomas Solicitors is particularly well-known for its work concerning sponsor licences for education providers and businesses, and has extensive experience in matters where UKVI has taken enforcement action. The team also provides a Tier 4 mock audit service and advises on complex sponsor licence applications. Practice head Nichola Carter - an 'outstanding and longstanding immigration expert' - is recognised for her work for EEA nationals and high-net-worth clients. Associate Nick Gore is experienced in applications under the Global Talent route and in helping clients to protect their sponsor licence following suspension action; associate Jessica Walker advises corporate clients with a focus on prevention of illegal working legislation.
‘Substantial expertise; first class engagement with the sector and external bodies and provision of well thought out, clearly explained and objective assessment of relevant law changes. Extremely helpful and pragmatic; always a valuable interaction. ‘
‘Nichola Carter is an outstanding and longstanding expert on immigration law. She’s particularly known for business immigration and especially sponsor licence cases, which is an esoteric, rapidly changing and demanding niche specialisation. She is very well regarded by her clients, gives practical and effective advice and has excellent relationships with the Home Office, which can make the difference between success and failure in really difficult cases. We work very well as a team and I always feel confident that she’s on top of the case when we work together.’
‘Nichola Carter is a pleasure to work with. Her knowledge in her field is outstanding and her contribution to the Higher Education Sector is significant and highly valued across sector networks.’
‘Nichola Carter is extremely knowledgeable about immigration rules and regs particularly. Her understanding and application of the rules in relation to the education sector and compliance are top-notch. Nichola provides advise in a well informed and considered manner grounded but not overly complicated. She is also very generous with her time. ‘
‘Nichola Carter is incredibly knowledgeable and very thorough. I have never had any hesitation in recommending her to individuals and corporate clients when I am unable to assist.’
‘Very helpful and approachable. Always able to give good advice and to arrive at a more than satisfactory conclusion.’
‘Jessica Walker is very efficient, thorough and knowledgeable. Whilst standing in for Jessica, Nick Gore has been very supportive and efficient. Both Jessica and Nick have been great in assisting me with my Tier 2 General Visa processes.’
- Obtained an innovator visa for the senior director of a global tech company; one of the first obtained and processed in less than a week.
- After a UK college had its tier 4 sponsor licence suspended, the firm successfully persuaded UKVI to lift the suspension.
- Advised on a number of urgent hires under Tier 2 for a Premier League football club.
The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP offers strategic advice on Brexit and immigration compliance for both corporate and individual clients. The firm is experienced in engaging with the Home Office in relation to particularly complex applications. The practice is also increasing the work it does with Chinese and Hong Kong clients; team lead Rose Carey has a strong client base of high-net-worth individuals from China and Russia. Kelvin Tanner, who has a specialism advising on inward investment matters, joined from Fragomen in September 2019. Senior associate Paul McCarthy is recommended, as is Katherine Dennis, who works closely with the firm's tax, trusts and succession team.
‘The team is extremely well led by Rose Carey. She has built an effective group of practitioners with varied and complementary strengths around her and they have the significant advantage of being able to call on colleagues in other areas of specialisation including commercial and family law when addressing often complex issues in family and business migration contexts.’
‘Charles Russell Speechlys provides a very good service with extensive up-to-date and relevant industry knowledge and advice. Their overall level of service is excellent.’
‘Kelvin Tanner is a professional with high end skills and knowledge in the field.’
‘Rose Carey provides an excellent service and always responds quickly. She has extensive legal knowledge and provides very good advice and helps my clients tremendously. My clients always comment most favourably on the service she provides and on her professionalism. As a result, I usually deal with Rose for immigration service as she is very helpful and familiar with my clients’ requirements. She is one of the most professional solicitors that I engage with.’
‘Kelvin Tanner is always supportive and responsive and supports his clients with prompt and effective solutions – he is very professional and knowledgeable on immigration matters and I’ve recommended him to other clients.’
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd
City & Guilds
University of London
Clarkslegal LLP handles work for tier 1 investors and entrepreneurs, overseas businesses entering the UK market, and for senior staff and family members requiring dependent visas. Key services include securing employer sponsorship licences, responding to immigration enforcement notices and obtaining UK visas. Monica Atwal heads the team and concentrates her practice on assisting businesses with the global transfer of staff and their families.
Other key lawyers:
Jardine Motors Group UK Limited
Coffey International Ltd
United for Global Mental Health
- Continued to advise Jardine Motors Group Uk Limited various immigration issues, including assisting in connection with the international transfer of members of staff from Hong Kong to the UK.
- Provided a full range of corporate immigration support to a global network company, substantial US-headquartered client with international business operations.
- Provided a full range of corporate immigration support to this leading multi-utility company, including advising on its duties as a licensed sponsor.
Clintons is known for supporting clients in the entertainment, media, advertising and marketing sectors. The practice is led by Diana Okoeva, who is dual qualified as an attorney in New York and a solicitor in England and Wales - she focuses on US immigration and nationality law and is described as 'excellent, thorough and very supportive.' The team has a niche in transatlantic transfers in entertainment, assisting production companies, theatre shows and musicians. 'Exceptional' senior associate Natasha Hotson joined from Lewis Silkin LLP in 2019 to lead the firm's UK immigration offering.
Other key lawyers:
‘They are extremely helpful and attentive. They find solutions where others may find roadblocks.’
‘Incredibly knowledgeable, reactive, on the ball and helpful. Demystifying the ever-moving goalposts of US immigration isn’t for the faint hearted, but the Clintons team lead by Diana Okoeva have been an incredible partner to us over the past few years.’
‘Working with Clintons was a terrific experience. I would gladly recommend it. They were caring, approachable and ready to help me 24/7. Answers were fast, timing was great, never overpromised anything.’
‘Diana Okoeva is excellent, thorough and very supportive.’
‘Natasha Hotson is exceptional in her knowledge and commitment to her clients. She leaves no stone uncovered and always goes the extra mile.’
‘Natasha Hotson and Diana Okeova are brilliant. I think of them as the dream team when it comes to immigration. They never fail to give clear and practical advice.’
- Assisted a major international musical theatre production company with obtaining UK Tier 5 (Creative) status for members of the creative team, who led rehearsals in London before the second stage of the one year world tour. In parallel we applied for US visas (through extraordinary abilities or critical skills) for the whole creative team, cast and technical crew to facilitate their move to the US for the next leg of their international tour.
- Obtained an extraordinary ability visa for an award-winning producer to relocate to Hollywood to open a new film production company. Continuing to work with the producer to obtain a US green card for him.
- Assisted an award winning creative and social media agency to overcome immigration barriers they faced due to prior immigration violations based on erroneous advice and enabled the agency to obtain special status under the US-UK treaty to obtain US visas for all key personnel to open and start operating a subsidiary agency in New York.
Clyde & Co LLP's team has in recent years focused on providing strategic advice to multinational corporate clients, particularly in relation to Brexit. Team head Jonathan Chaimovic heads the firm's Brexit offering; other areas of support include challenging the revocation of sponsor licences, complex settlement applications and providing compliance guidance. Clients can benefit from integrated advice, drawing on the firm's wider employment department and its UK corporate, taxation and regulatory teams.
Other key lawyers:
‘We used Clyde & Co for the first time to undertake an application for a Tier 2 Visa for a staff member from India. The team were able to explain the requirements with sufficient detail and clarity for the process not to be intimidating, and for the legal requirements and responsibilities to be understood. This includes clarifying on what applications were needed from abroad, and help facilitate how we should proceed. The result was our process was completely in a timely and effective manner.’
‘The team at Clyde & Co are extremely supportive and efficient. It’s a pleasure to work with them as they do a brilliant job of explaining any legalities in a way that everyone can understand and I have even had employees who have been through a visa process with the support of Clyde & Co provide feedback to me on how helpful they have been to the employee on an individual level – they treat everyone with empathy and consideration. They are without doubt the best immigration team I have worked with.’
‘Both Jonathan Chaimovic and Neena Samuel are fantastic. They guided us through the process by giving accurate and clear advice every step of the way. There was never any ambiguity and every interaction was straightforward and friendly.’
‘They are friendly and personable and I value this greatly. Jonathan Chaimovich comes along to our office on a yearly basis to provide a legal update and is very knowledgeable but somehow makes the laws interesting and easy for our team to understand. Neena Samuel is also someone I deal with on a regular basis and she provides me with the information I need on visas, work permits, Home Office applications and other general questions throughout the year. She is accurate and gets back to me quickly. ‘
High Radius UK Limited
Springer / MacMillan
Glencore UK Limited
Jacaranda Records Limited
M7 Real Estate
Pokerstars (The Stars Group)
Sage Publications Inc
Ivory Ledoux Ltd
DavidsonMorris' corporate immigration team advises multinational companies, UK companies and start-ups, high net worth individuals and senior executives. The practice focuses on sponsor licence services and Tier 2 application processing, and is has particular experience with clients in the financial services and regulation, sports, energy and engineering, leisure and hospitality, retail, technology, media and education sectors. Jemima Johnstone heads the team and has a strong track record with immigration compliance and Home Office issues such as fast-tracked sponsor licence applications, expired sponsor licences and curtailed PBS visas. Firm founder Anne Morris is praised as 'simply exceptional.'
Other key lawyers:
‘Anne Morris and her team are true specialists, knowing everything about their area but they are also pragmatic, being able to deal with the highly unusual as well as processing of applications.’
‘Anne Morris appears to know more about the internal workings of the immigration system than the Home Office. She is simply exceptional.’
‘The team at DavidsonMorris are supportive and helpful throughout the visa application process and are also generous with their time, particularly in assisting new contacts in coming up to speed with procedures. At a more strategic level I have valued Anne Morris’ reflections and advice.’
‘They really think of everything and help the client to navigate through the huge complexities and minute detail of immigration law and in a way that the client can understand very clearly and act upon it.’
Gordon Ramsay Group
Scuderia Torro Rosso
University of York
28 Interior Design
How Am I Going
John Street Capital
- Retained legal advisers managing all aspects of Gordon Ramsay Group’s UK visa applications and immigration compliance.
- Retained by Made.com for sponsor licence management and compliance, employee Tier 2 visa and ILR applications and all other UK immigration-related needs.
- Retained UK immigration advisers to Italian Formula 1 team Scuderia Torro Rosso.
The immigration team at DELOITTE LLP provides major corporate clients with services including crisis management consulting, right to work audits, government affairs and overall immigration programme audits. Other key areas of work include work permits and visas, residence applications and consular applications, business travel services and advising international entrepreneurs on their investment strategy. Team lead Jurga McCluskey has industry expertise in the technology, engineering, oil and gas and financial services sectors; she works with fellow partners Katrina Cooper and Emily King.
‘I know I can go to my Deloitte team with any queries and will get the best advice, and I won’t get charged for every question or piece of work. They take the time to invest in support me as a client and partner with me for the best solutions. They really understand my business and needs.’
‘Expert in their field and great reputation compared to peers. Customer focused and proactive approach, always keep clients well informed and updated in regard to any changes to legislation or economic/political changes that may impact business in a timely way. Appreciate the opportunity and invitation to be involved in shaping new immigration legislation by providing feedback in roundtable discussions.’
‘We highly value not only the team’s subject matter expertise (which is, of course, why we appointed them) but also their pragmatism and business focused approach when providing guidance. They offer different options and explain clearly the pros/cons of each approach, and are ready to join discussions with internal (non-HR) stakeholders when needed to explain a challenging issue. They are always on hand to assist with quick queries, as well as support any projects.’
‘I work with a very strong team at Deloitte, who are proactive, consultative and solution focused. There is a seamless service even when consultants are on leave.’
‘Superb customer focus and our employees really value their support.’
‘I particularly value how responsive they are, whether by phone or email, with all our queries. They have been great supporting my new team hires who had little immigration knowledge, as well as being a trusted partner for my complex queries. I would recommend them to my peers.’
- Provided various corporate clients with strategic advice on Brexit.
- Advised the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill Committee in Parliament as an expert witness.
- Developed a global managed right to work service for clients, taking on the role of monitoring all global new hires and ensuring that right to work checks are done on all new hires.
The business immigration offering at Dentons is led by immigration head Jessica Pattinson, who works in tandem with UK and Middle East people, reward and mobility head Virginia Allen. The team is particularly strong on handling the immigration implications of corporate transactions, including the impact of TUPE and Tier 2 sponsor licence reporting. Other areas of expertise include Brexit readiness advice, due diligence work and dealing with disciplinary procedures following illegal working activities. Key sectors for the practice - which also includes lawyers in Milton Keynes, Glasgow and Edinburgh - include financial services, technology and energy.
‘They dedicate seasoned professionals to our account who know that not every case is straightforward. They know what questions to ask, they consider the bigger picture, anticipating potential issues and intervening accordingly. They can handle complex queries and quote sensibly for out of scope requests.’
‘I have used immigration lawyers at other firms but I feel that the service provided by Dentons was superior.’
‘We’ve had a longstanding working relationship with Dentons and that just makes the conversations we have with them more valuable. Simply put, they understand our business, our culture and values and tailor the advice they give us to support that.’
‘My primary contact is with Jessica Pattinson. My experience has been entirely positive. I had worked with Jessica prior to her move to Dentons and her informed, pragmatic approach sets the tone for her team. She understands our company and our population and reflects similar values, making for a very positive working relationship.’
‘My experience of working with Jessica Pattinson was wholly positive, she was honest, responsive, extremely knowledgeable and willing to support us in the small detail as well as the more larger priority details. I would certainly recommend anyone to contact her for this process.’
‘We’ve worked over the last couple of years with Jessica Pattinson and found her ability to react quickly to our needs and give us options as we consider what we are looking to do. I really value the truly open and honest relationship we have and her ability to provide solutions and think commercially.’
ADAM Asset Management Ltd
Consonant (previously called Asylum Aid)
Banijay UK Limited
Gateway Guardianship UK Limited
Sonia Friedman Productions Ltd
SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd
United Artists Corporation Limited
Fortna UK Limited
Ocean Partners UK Limited
- Reviewed and managed Fortna UK’s sponsorship management system.
- Worked with Consonant to assist vulnerable stateless individuals.
- Provided ongoing support to Adam Asset Management in connection with Home Office compliance issues.
Key areas of work for the immigration team at Doyle Clayton include employer sponsorship issues, global movement of staff, and applications for indefinite leave to remain, British citizenship, ancestral visas and sole representative visas. Anita de Atouguia heads the team and has a good deal of experience advising multinationals, SMEs, start-ups, international law firms and high net worth individuals on immigration. Legal director Malini Skandachanmugarasan recently joined the team from Laura Devine Immigration.
Other key lawyers:
‘Working with Doyle Clayton is a delight – their knowledge of immigration is excellent. They respond to our questions and queries so quickly, which is really important when dealing with visa applications. They are really proactive as well, ensuring we are ahead of the curve as regulation changes. The workshops the team provide are informative and the depth of knowledge from the presenters is impressive.’
‘The immigration team at Doyle Clayton are exceptionally knowledgeable, well-organised, accurate, reliable, professional as well as very friendly and approachable. We know that our immigration needs are in excellent hands with the team.’
‘The team’s specialist knowledge of immigration law has been invaluable over the time they have worked with us. In such a complex arena they provide clarity and clear guidance on what is required to navigate your way through. They are approachable and pragmatic with their advice, and have a solid understanding of our business and what we are trying to achieve.’
‘I have nothing but great things to say about Anita De Atouguia. She is knowledgeable, creative, timely and organised. She makes me feel like I am her only client. I never send her something and wonder when I am going to hear from her. Anita is my go-to for all immigration matters.’
‘Anita de Atouguia is a really valued partner to the business. She is always available to help. We have worked with her for years and really appreciate her help.’
‘The individuals I work with are humans, not just advising machines. They always convert themselves in my position and try to see a case from the perspective of a client exactly in my position and propose corresponding solutions. For me, this is what makes their advice really valuable.’
‘Working with Anita de Atouguia has been a really positive experience. She listens well and executes any instructions with clarity and in good time. Anita has an empathetic but pragmatic approach to her work, which means you can have clear and informed discussions about the complexities of immigration law. I have leaned heavily on her knowledge and expertise these past couple of years and I have found this invaluable.’
Abbott Mead Vickers (AMV BBDO)
Downunder GeoSolutions Limited
Stripe Payments UK
Druces LLP focuses on Tier 1 and Tier 2 immigration cases, with other areas of work including Commonwealth ancestral visas, spousal visas, citizenship, registration and naturalisation. Post-Brexit, the practice has also been advising EU citizens who are resident in the UK. Charles Avens heads the team jointly with Graeme Kirk.
The immigration team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors is well-regarded for its work in asylum, human rights and nationality law. Public law director Toufique Hossain has extensive experience representing asylum seekers, many of whom are vulnerable clients. The practice has a strong track record of acting for victims of modern slavery, trafficking, torture, and domestic violence and for unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors. Other key areas of work include ECHR cases and cases involving civil liberties. Vicash Ramkissoon leads a good deal of the business-side work; the group also handles Tier 2 sponsor licence applications and judicial review matters.
‘The team at Duncan Lewis is fantastic. They are able to work together in harmony and deal with individual cases in a way that makes the client feel that the whole firm is on their case and it provides confidence.’
‘The team goes above and beyond,consistently and gets results. They are powered by their professionalism and expertise and guided by their hearts.’
‘The team have a breadth and depth of knowledge in the immigration sphere. They are willing and able to take on cases for the most vulnerable clients and are keen to ensure that all avenues in the case are explored.’
‘Duncan Lewis has the advantage of size. It has in-depth knowledge across a range of specialisms within this area. Many of the partners/directors have many years of experience at the coalface which allows them to give realistic advice to clients. They are also not afraid to run difficult and complex challenges/’
‘Tamana Aziz is a very good solicitor. She does what she says and she never lets you down. She is hard working, trustworthy, dedicated, reliable and confident.’
‘Vicash Ramkissoon is patient, helpful and extremely professional – nothing seems to be too much trouble for him.’
Honey Rose Products Ltd
T.S.S (Total Security Services) Ltd
- Appealed to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission against the decision to deprive an appellant of his British citizenship on grounds of national security.
- Acted in a successful landmark challenge against Home Secretary’s failure to institute an effective Article 3 ECHR-compliant investigation into abuse of detainees at Brook House IRC.
- Instructed by Honey Rose Products Ltd to assist them with a Tier 2 Licence compliance application.
Edwin Coe LLP has extensive experience of assisting high-net-worth individuals who wish to live, set up businesses or make investments in the UK. Other key areas of expertise include second nationality options and visa applications on behalf of spouses, unmarried partners, children and domestic workers. Dhruti Thrakrar heads the team and has strong expertise in sponsor licensing work and Tier 1 application for non-European migrants.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is good and support one another very well – language capabilities are excellent and they are very professional.’
‘Christine Chiew is very knowledgeable of cultural differences between clients and can deliver an excellent service in a number of languages. Always finds a way to fit in her busy schedule and give appropriate assistance to clients.’
Fladgate LLP acts for high-net-worth individuals, their families and their businesses on a wide range of immigration issues. The 'calm, thoughtful and consistent' Kelly Whiter focuses on work for UHNWIs and their businesses. The practice works closely with the wider firm's tax, property, corporate and family lawyer to provide a rounded service for clients. In recent years the team has been building a track record of work for Hollywood actors, directors and producers.
Other key lawyers:
‘Fladgate has an excellent team. Our experience working with Fladgate showed that they are excellent at providing timely and competent services to clients. The team knew the latest developments in immigration law and was able to quickly adapt on the basis of the latest developments in the law.’
‘Kelly Whiter has always impressed with the breadth and depth of her knowledge of immigration law, her calm handling of difficult cases, and thoughtful analysis. She has a consistent record of delivering successful outcomes in unusually challenging cases. She’s clearly very well-regarded by her clients and she’s a pleasure to work with.’
‘Kelly Whiter has extensive knowledge about various immigration routes, and her experience provides insight into the application requirements and process beyond the published guidance. This background and knowledge combined with her problem solving approach and ‘can-do’ attitude position her to best achieve client goals and preferences. She is able to effectively communicate multiple options and the upsides of downsides as well as realistic probabilities of success of each. I am very pleased with the overall quality of advice, and level of service.’
Sam Meymand leads the immigration team at Fletcher Day, which is best known for its work for high-net-worth clients. The practice has significant experience in foreign direct investment and related visas. Another key area of work is in advising retail and fashion brands and investment banks.
‘This firm has an excellent success rate on business immigration. They are approachable and clients will find them very easy to work with.’
‘Sam Meymand is a multilingual dual-qualified immigration lawyer and is easy to deal with. He is a great listener and puts clients at ease.’
‘Unlike other law firms, the total cost of the service employed was shared upfront in a very transparent manner with no unexpected surprises at the end. The team is really experienced, answers queries in a timely manner, and are approachable.’
‘Sam Meymand has a great working knowledge of the area of law and keeps completely up to date with this fast changing area of migration. He is very personable and has great people skills.’
‘Sam Meymand was brilliant; experienced, approachable, and prompt in answering any queries and covered all bases in an elaborate manner so as to alleviate any concerns that I had. I have recommended Sam to my peers, and will definitely be approaching him again for my next application.’
‘Sam Meymand is very accessible, tries to understand the specifics and also directs well to other partners when appropriate.’
Fox Williams LLP has extensive experience in assisting with sponsorship licence applications, applications for indefinite leave to remain and permanent residence and Tier 2 applications. Clients include financial institutions, international banks, asset managers, SMEs and private schools. The practice also advises on European law as it affects EEA nationals in the UK. Sacha Schoenfeld heads up the group.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Fox Williams immigration team are experts in dealing with complex cases at a reasonable and competitive price. They can always come up with tailor-made solutions, adopted to each unique situation, and are very much focused on maintaining high quality of service, and at the same time – keeping costs under control.’
‘Everyone I have spoken to at Fox Williams has been very friendly, approachable and professional.’
‘The team has always been very professional and I they are very well informed. They have a commitment to quality.’
‘I cannot praise Adele Standard highly enough – from the very first contact she put me at ease and was easy to understand. Her explanations have always been extremely clear and I have found her very approachable and professional. Her response time has been excellent on any queries that I have had and I have found that in stressful times she has put me at ease with her calm manner. An brilliant lawyer in my opinion that I would highly recommend.’
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
XIX Entertainment Ltd
Wilson Wilson Hancock
Maria Tash Ltd
Genel Energy UK Ltd
Britannia Global Investments Ltd
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Freeths LLP advises a range of corporate, high net worth and individual clients, handling matters including sponsor licences, compliance audits and judicial review work. The 'outstandingly professional, well organised and empathetic' team has significant expertise in advising universities and companies within the manufacturing and logistics sectors. The team includes well-regarded managing associate Shradha Virji.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team that worked with us were outstandingly professional, well organised and, most importantly for us, empathetic towards our case and needs. We felt listened to and that there was a great effort to understand our specific circumstances which, for us, felt like a more personalised experience with genuine care and consideration for us as individuals. Their work was efficient and maintained excellent communication throughout so that we felt involved from the beginning and well-informed of the process.’
‘We have been working with the Freeths Immigration practice for all our visa requirements. We have found them to be efficient and their advice has been spot on. They have worked to assist us with our visa and immigration issues on a timely basis and always ensure that we understand the issues and how they can be resolved.’
‘The practice is known for providing an excellent level of service to clients, and has vast experience.’
‘Shradha Virji was absolutely exceptional.’
‘Shradha Virji has helped my wife and I with complex spouse visa immigration matters for over five years. When I first met Shradha her kindness and reassurance assured me she was the best person for the job, and I was not disappointed. She has been a great asset in helping my wife secure her British citizenship. I highly recommend Shradha and her team at Freeths.’
Gherson's immigration, nationality and asylum offering stands out for its strength in cases involving extradition and in public law challenges and appeals against the Home Office. Key areas of strength include representing clients facing extradition and advising clients who are the subject of Interpol Red Notices. Sole practitioner Roger Gherson has a good deal of experience in cases involving discretionary aspects and in dealing with refusals. Associate Thomas Garner heads the extradition department; Charles Burnett has experience in complex asylum cases. On the business side, the group advises high net worth individuals on Tier 1 applications.
‘Gherson offer a very professional, fast, thorough service. If you would like to find somebody you can trust, it is a good firm to turn to. They would make sure your case is properly assessed, give you all the necessary information and help and guide you throughout the process. The firm has strong and confident lawyers with extensive professional experience.’
‘Gherson is in a class of its own when it comes to immigration and asylum/human rights. First, the firm straddles immigration/asylum as well as extradition, which means it is ideally positioned to deal with cases potentially involving both those areas. Second, the firm is multi-jurisdictional in the sense that they cover cases arising and litigated in other countries. Because their cases tend to be factually complex involving substantial volumes of evidence, Gherson are accustomed to managing and coordinating the biggest of cases in the UK and across Europe.’
‘A brilliant team when it comes to dealing with complex and politically sensitive cases for demanding and high profile clients.’
‘Roger Gherson does everything to further his client’s case and succeed. He is tenacious and a proverbial bulldozer, allowing no hurdle to stand in the way and leaving no stone unturned in furthering his cases. He constantly challenges his fee earners and the barristers he instructs to give 110% of their time and effort to the case. Roger also has unparalleled expertise in managing large teams of lawyers internationally.’
‘Charlie Burnett is indefatigable. He is a major asset at Gherson and a major asset to his clients.’
‘Thomas Garner has a wealth of experience in crime and extradition law. His attention to detail is second to none. Thomas is an impressive lawyer and a strong contributing factor towards the success of the extradition team in the firm.’
‘Roger Gherson is a legendary figure in the world of HNW immigration.’
‘Charles Burnett is a real star of the Gherson operation. Together with an ability to juggle a huge workload, he has real insight into what it takes, legally and evidentially, to win difficult, complex and politically sensitive immigration and asylum cases.’
The immigration law group at Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors is distinguished by the team's experience in European immigration. In addition to company and commercial clients, the practice acts for investors, innovators, business persons, sole representatives and individual applicants. On the human rights side, key areas of work include asylum claims and international protection applications. Dr Bernard Andonian has a huge amount of experience in nationality and human rights law.
Healys LLP offers the full spectrum of visa application assistance for individual clients. Omar Shams, who has worked in the US, Egypt and the UK, heads the team. He acts for high-net-worth individuals seeking to invest in the UK, including clients in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
‘They specialise in overseas business visas and have significant experience in this area. Very supportive and guided me throughout the process.’
‘Well structured with different teams/departments, which makes them more than capable of addressing all legal consultation and representation needs.’
Healys’ reputation is what made me hire it to look after my matter. It couldn’t have gone better for me. Simply, the team fulfilled my needs as both a client and a friend.’
‘Very professional, very accurate – always there when you need them.’
- Assisted an individual with a joint application for his dependants and for himself, submitted from different locations.
- Handled a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Migrant application for the main applicant and his dependants. The main applicant and his spouse were granted leave but the main applicant’s daughter was refused. Challenged the decision by way of a judicial review and were successful in having the decision overturned.
- Handled an application for a Tier 1 extension.
Howard Kennedy LLP's team advises on a wide range of inbound immigration issues, concentrating on North America, Russia, the Middle East, Europe, and particularly China. It assists Chinese clients looking to establish businesses in the UK. Key areas of work include right to work checks, sponsor licences, and private client issues involving surrogacy, intra-national divorce and estate planning. 'Superstar' Antonia Torr heads the practice.
‘The service I received was thorough and absolutely complete. Communication was exceptionally clear. I found the work and the overall experience to be exceptional.’
‘Antonia Torr is a superstar in my book: She is deeply knowledgeable about the law; fully familiar with the realities of it in practice; always has smart, creative solutions to offer; knows well her counterparts and how best to approach them, and is always friendly and positive.’
Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd
Mars Investment Management Ltd
HLHP Oriental Food Limited
Irvine Thanvi Natas
The immigration team at Irvine Thanvi Natas is particularly known for its detention work, including halting unlawful removal actions. Other key areas of work are national security cases, and in tax-related cases involving allegations of dishonesty. The practice also handles judicial reviews. Team lead Syed Naqvi has represented politicians and journalists fleeing persecution.
Migrant Rights Network
- Acted for Migrant Rights Network in their application to intervene in four appeals arising out of applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
- Acted in a case in the Court of Appeal relating to applicants facing allegations of dishonesty or lack of integrity when making indefinite leave to remain applications.
Key areas of work at Irwin Mitchell include corporate immigration and sponsor licence cases, British nationality cases and cases requiring discretionary treatment, European freedom of movement law and assisting high net worth individuals with citizenship cases. The team regularly acts for clients in the finance, manufacturing, construction, engineering, education, travel and IT sectors. Highly regarded practice head Philip Barth has extensive experience in complex citizenship matters and right to work legislation.
‘The team are very professional and efficient.’
‘The senior immigration team is exceptional – they know what they are doing.’
‘Ben Xu is a delight to work with – approachable, responsive, a brilliant legal mind, always thinks outside of the box, and to say that he goes extra miles for his clients is just an understatement.’
‘Ben Xu is responsive and pragmatic – he has an excellent grasp of the complexities in his area of practice.’
‘Philip Barth and Mandeep Khroud have a large knowledge in the field, they are objective and deliver what was agreed.’
The business immigration team at Kingsley Napley LLP has extensive experience in advising investors, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals, an area in which Ilda De Sousa and practice head Nicolas Rollason are particularly recommended. Marcia Longdon has a focus on advising clients in the creative and entertainment sectors, for whom the firm has a strong offering. Another distinguishing feature is the firm's Brexit advice: Elspeth Guild and senior associate Kim Vowden have a great deal of expertise in EU law. The private client practice also advises overstayers, handles judicial reviews and asylum cases for high profile individuals. Senior associate Katie Newbury advises on complex family matters, especially those involving international adoption or surrogacy.
‘Nick Rollason leads an exceptionally strong immigration team, covering all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law. They’re bright, hard-working, creative and between them have decades of experience in this niche area. Client handling is excellent and there’s a consistent focus on delivering successful outcomes.’
‘Real brilliance in all aspects of immigration law.’
‘Kingsley Napley are leaders in their field. Committed to achieving justice, they go the extra mile for their clients.’
‘Nick Rollason is hugely experienced, with a well-deserved outstanding reputation.’
‘Marcia Longdon was very empathetic, at the same time very professional in her advice. Without her, my relative would not have obtained her visa to the UK.’
‘Katie Newbury is very good on surrogacy and adoption related immigration law.’
‘Kim Vowden is a highly tenacious and creative lawyer, who is building a very strong reputation in EU/EU settlement matters, in addition to his corporate caseload.’
‘Nick Rollason is a leading light who really sees the big picture, Katie Newbury and Ilda De Sousa are also excellent.’
‘Nick Rollason has excellent all round knowledge of immigration law and is very personable.’
‘Katie Newbury’s attention to detail and meticulous preparation are impressive. Her legal knowledge is exceptional, and her calm and unflustered approach puts clients at ease. ‘
Well-regarded boutique Laura Devine Immigration provides strategic advice across the full spectrum of immigration matters. The firm's lawyers are trained in other areas of law which impact immigration, including tax, family and employment law. Managing partner Laura Devine advises companies and executives on UK and US immigration; Christi Jackson focuses her practice on US business immigration. Natasha Chell is an expert on compliance and corporate sponsorship licenses. Senior associates Nicolette Bostock and Francesca Sciberras are also recommended. UK practice head Sophie Barrett-Brown advises on EU free movement law and on UK nationality law. The team's human rights practice acts for overstayers and separated families, and handles cases involving the exercise of discretion. Zeena Luchowa has experience challenging cases involving complications and Home Office refusals, and has assisted Windrush applicants.
‘Laura Devine is an outstanding firm. The breadth of knowledge, bolstered by a deep understanding of multiple immigration systems, is a key strength. What really makes the team unique is their ability to put their hand to a lot of different practice areas. They are equally competent in relatively new areas of immigration (e.g. the EU Settlement Scheme) as they are in established areas (e.g. family reunification). As a relatively small firm, the team also has the advantage of sharing knowledge effectively. This is always, in my experience, to the client’s benefit.’
‘They were incredibly efficient, coming in under budget and completing the process well within the timeline promised. They took care of the whole process and made it as painless as possible. Would recommend them highly and will certainly use them again.’
‘They are clearly experts in the field of immigration. They probably know it better than any other firm in the UK.’
‘Sophie Barrett-Brown is an excellent leader and practitioner and she has a strong team around her.’
‘Zeena Luchowa is an outstanding lawyer. She is combines her dedication and generosity with a fierce intellect. I could not recommend her more highly.’
‘Natasha Chell is great. She is proactive and solves problems.’
‘Nicolette Bostock is a skilled counselor, who is a subject matter expert capable of providing practical advice with a solution oriented focus. She is fantastic.’
‘Francesca Sciberras stands out as she is always willing to go above and beyond to support our employees. She fully understands out business and how it operates and therefore adapts to ensure her service is catered to us.’
Lewis Silkin LLP advises across the full spectrum of business immigration; a key area of work is in obtaining sponsor licences and overturning licence revocations and civil penalties, where practice head Andrew Osborne is particularly active. He also provides strategic advice and Brexit support. The team is particularly known for its immigration advice to law firms and professional services firms, and also supports clients in sectors including retail, fashion, hospitality, technology, sports, advertising and media and entertainment.
‘The most significant strength of this firm is the approachable nature of the team combined with expert knowledge. They are all very responsive and provide very helpful information in a manner that is easy to understand.’
‘Great experience with everyone at Lewis Silkin: always very responsive, informative and feel a real sense of confidence in the advice that they provide. A true partnership – especially during tricky times for immigration.’
‘I am particularly impressed by the team’s commitment to knowhow in a sector that is notoriously updated on an almost daily basis and even more so since Brexit and now COVID-19.’
‘Lewis Silkin has been steadily increasing its capacity in immigration work for some time, and is now a major player in the sector. It has excellent lawyers, and a forward-thinking commercial approach, including in its significant use of client education and seminars.’
‘The team has a strong commercial slant, making it particularly suited to dealing with contentious corporate immigration matters.’
‘Naomi Hanrahan-Soar is knowledgeable and well positioned to deal with matters which engage both employment and immigration issues. Her commercial slant makes her particularly suited to focusing on how litigation fits in with the client’s overall aims.’
‘Joanna Hunt is impressive and really knows her stuff, which she combines this with a real practical understanding of dealing with the Home Office. Her advice and training sessions on immigration topics were well received by everyone in the business she came into contact with.’
Joanna Hunt is definitely one to watch, with excellent business immigration knowledge and super communication skills. Kathryn Denyer is also great, with a real depth of knowledge that complements the team.’
‘Kathryn Denyer’s knowledge and awareness is superb, as is her ability to convey the manifold changes in law and practice and indication of the wider impact in an intelligent and accessible way.’
‘Stephen O’Flaherty is the best immigration lawyer I have worked with in my years dealing with global mobility. He goes above and beyond to help with quirky or difficult situations, is very responsive and incredibly personable. He is highly is trusted by my company – even those who don’t work directly with him are aware of both the good working relationship we have and also his expert knowledge.’
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang
Marks & Spencer
- Advising an online tech platform on all their UK immigration issues.
- Advising an international investment bank on changes to sponsorship licences for an entity within the group and the impact on sponsored employees to minimise disruption.
- Advising an international agency on an application for an artist under a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent (Promise) visa.
Macfarlanes LLP advises an impressive roster of companies on employment of non-EEA nationals, corporate due diligence and immigration compliance, including sponsor licence duties and responsibilities. The team also supports senior executives and their families with both inbound and outbound immigration advice. Another key area of work is in complex issues involving previous immigration refusals, the prevention of illegal working and TUPE situations. Senior counsel James Perrott heads the team and has experience assisting in matters where there is evidence of immigration non-compliance and in liaising with the Home Office.
‘I have always found Macfarlanes to be highly knowledgeable in their field and always professional.’
‘The partner and associate that we work with had excellent knowledge about the matter discussed and were able to provide us with good advice to have the issues resolved. They were also diligent in terms of timing to deliver the documents necessary to make the deal.’
Specialist business immigration firm Magrath Sheldrick LLP has extensive experience in the financial services sector, running global mobility programmes for major banking clients. A key area of work is advising on developing compliance and legal right to work policies. In addition to corporates, the team also assists individuals seeking entry to the UK as investors, entrepreneurs or performers. Managing partner Ben Sheldrick - 'a scholar of the law and an expert voice on Brexit' - has a great deal of expertise in supporting multinational companies and the global mobility departments of large organisations. Senior partner Chris Magrath is known for his work in US and UK immigration matters; Alfreda Joubert focuses her practice on advising private clients and high-net-worth individuals.
‘The firm maintains a level of personal service that is appropriate for premier companies and their executive corps. The partners also maintain close contact with the government officers managing key functions – visa services, citizen support, and audit and investigation.’
‘The team offers us an outstanding level of service in all aspects; they are very responsive, give us pragmatic advice for the specific situation as well as regular immigration updates. Our employees are very happy with the service they receive throughout a process that can make them nervous. We believe we get excellent value for money.’
‘One of the things I find great with Magrath is how approachable they are; no question is too trivial for them to answer – and believe me, there are days I need reminding of the basics. They ensure that we are kept up to date with any changes and have been so helpful through the whole Brexit period. We have a high volume of EU staff in London who we have had to manage and they have been very collaborative on this.’
‘Fantastic client service and real expertise.’
‘Chris Magrath is never without a solution, and is aggressive on behalf of clients while maintaining ease of relationships with government officials.’
‘Ben Sheldrick is a scholar of the law, and a particularly expert voice on the parliamentary and constitutional progress of Brexit. He is also an excellent client service relationship partner.’
‘Joanne Taylor understands our business and culture.’
‘Joanne Taylor is easy to talk to and understands the needs and sometimes the panic of some of our employees, she can explain things in plain English rather than just blinding people with immigration/solicitor speak, and that is needed by some of our employees. Some have never had a visa or work permit and it is a scary subject for them. Joanne is proactive and readily will suggest coming in to update our teams which helps us all in the long run.’
‘Ben Sheldrick’s client service is fabulous.’
Boutique private client firm Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP's immigration offering concentrates on work for high-net-worth individuals, obtaining entry clearance under the points-based system for clients seeking to work or invest in the UK. The practice also advises on nationality work involving Home Office discretion. Practice head Ceris Gardner also advises on family visas and short-term business travel. Managing partner Emma-Jane Weider is also a key member of the team.
‘The staff are very, very supportive and always aim to provide top quality service.’
‘Excellent problem-solving and expertise in all areas of business immigration.’
‘Very responsive, pragmatic and with a depth of knowledge on complex immigration issues and how to deal with them practically.’
‘High quality and great to deal with.’
‘Brilliance in providing legal advice and services.’
Colin Senez stands out – he thinks outside the box and is very bright.’
‘Emma-Jane Weider and Ceris Gardner are both very knowledgeable, client-friendly and pragmatic.’
Mills & Reeve LLP has significant expertise in issues relating to Brexit and EU nationals, including settled status and British citizenship applications. The practice provides advice on a broad range of compliance issues and visa applications. Alex Russell heads the team and is known for his work for universities.
King’s College London
Royal Veterinary College
Royal Society of Chemistry
- Advised a university in preparing for a Home Office sponsor compliance audit. This included: reviewing policies, procedures, systems and migrant files; advising on sponsor duties and right to work issues; advising on how to resolve compliance failures and mitigate risk (including making reports to the Home Office) in relation to sponsored employees where errors had been made; and drafting a detailed audit report.
- Advised an NHS Hospital Trust and its EU national staff following the Brexit referendum result; including delivering briefings and workshops for European national staff; advising on applications under the new EU Settlement Scheme; preparing applications for permanent residence British citizenship; drafting guidance notes and FAQs for distribution to European staff; and workforce planning/risk mitigation.
- Advised a software company on the recruitment of two software developers under Tier 2 (General) (the skilled worker visa category), thereby enabling the company to recruit the talent required to fill key skilled roles.
The immigration practice at Mishcon de Reya LLP handles work for a range of premium corporate clients and also has a strong private client offering. Practice head Kamal Rahman provides advice for high-net-worth individuals across the full spectrum of issues, working with clients based in Russia, China, the Middle East, Asia and West Africa. Steven Bostock and Maria Patsalos deal with both corporate immigration and asylum claims, with Bostock working closely with the firm's in-house extradition group.Managing associate Hannah Barnett provides long-term strategic advice for corporate clients and assists individuals with complex matters requiring the exercise of discretion by the Home Office. Associate Neil Shanghavi has a growing practice handling Tier 1 Exceptional Talent applications in the tech space.
‘Steven Bostock is the stand-out partner here in this field. He will carefully assemble and supervise a team for each case he does and pursue it with vigour. Very easy to work with and excellent client handling.’
‘The team at Mishcon, specifically Neil Shanghavi and Steven Bostock, are extremely personable and are adaptive to the needs of the client at all times. They are extremely knowledgeable whilst also providing solutions and advice that is always tailored for the client and easy to understand. The most valued quality with the team is that they take the time to build a relationship with you as a client making it a pleasure to work with them.’
‘Maria Patsalos is definitely a breath of fresh air, always positive, with a realistic attitude to problem solving. I have huge admiration for her energy and joie de vivre.’
‘Kamal Rahman has managed to mould a team of leaders trained to defend their clients’ interests and to seek creative solutions to the challenges that inevitably may arise. Every member of the team is extremely technically competent, but I think the combination of their can-do attitude taken together with the almost personal nature of many of their client relationships is really what sets them apart from the rest.’
‘Mishcon embrace challenges in order to shape the future of law with the cases they represent which makes them stand out against their competitors. They have a wealth of experience in many sectors and internationally, which is invaluable for multinational clients.’
Qubit Digital Ltd
Beit Halochem UK
Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens
- Acted for Qubit Digital Ltd, a tech start-up based across London, France and the US, providing on-going immigration advice for the company’s UK operations.
- Assisted the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens in a challenge against the high level of Home Office fees for children to register as British citizens.
The immigration offering at US firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP is particularly strong with regards to the media and entertainment and financial services industries, where clients include banks, asset managers, hedge funds and insurance brokers. The team has significant experience in the transfer of list productions from Broadway to the West End. The practice provides a full range of immigration services and has a particularly strong UK/US offering. Shannon Donnelly heads the group from Washington DC; associate Jennifer Connolly is a key contact in London.
Other key lawyers:
‘As clients of Morgan Lewis we have been very pleased and grateful for the quality of their service.’
‘Great service and great advice that feels premium and is delivered at such, but that is fairly priced.’
‘Jennifer Connolly is hardworking, diligent and precise. All the things you need in employment and immigration where the advice tends to be time-sensitive and where a detail can make all the difference.’
Cameron Mackintosh Limited
- Advised Cameron Mackintosh for many years, securing work visas for the West End productions of Hamilton, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Mary Poppins, Hair, and Oliver!
London firm NNU Immigration focuses exclusively on US business immigration for companies and individuals. Key areas of expertise include criminal waivers of inadmissibility, green card status, abandonment of green card status, naturalisation, and renunciation of US citizenship. Founder and principal attorney Nita Nicole Upadhye acts for a range of clients including entrepreneurs, artists and athletes.
The immigration team at Osborne Clarke LLP handles issues including employer sponsorship licenses and negotiating with the immigration authorities on behalf of multinational clients. Specialist areas of focus include work for US multinationals with a UK business, sole representative visas and family visas for international senior staff. Gavin Jones heads the team and has a particular niche advising on inward investment.
Other key lawyers:
Gavin Jones is always extremely knowledgeable, helpful and professional, and very personable and positive.’
‘Whenever I have dealt with the OC team they are always quick to respond, knowledgeable and provide advice suitable for our individual business.’
Arrow International Media
System1 Group PLC
- Acting for European financial services company Aion in order to meet an urgent and important need to secure a UK work visa for a new senior employee of US nationality.
- Providing OVO Energy with Brexit-specific advice in the context of staff immigration policy.
- Advising Zuffa LLC (the parent entity of the Ultimate Fighting Championship) on its immigration needs in the context of putting on its UK shows.
Rapidly expanding firm OTS Solicitors has extensive experience in deportation and asylum claims, appeals and refusals, judicial reviews, EEA applications, indefinite leave to remain applications, nationality cases and spousal visas. Managing partner Oshin Shahiean has a great deal of expertise in human rights and EU law. CEO Teni Shahiean acts in complex matters involving children, and also handles much of the firm's business immigration work. Key areas of knowledge on the business side include Tier 1 and Tier 2 visa applications, sponsor licence applications and judicial reviews. Solicitor Hans Sok Appadu leads the business immigration team.
‘Teni Shahiean is a shining light in the industry – in terms of her running her firm and dealing with clients.’
‘I enjoyed working with Hans Sok Appadu. He is knowledgeable and very helpful. He was proactive and friendly at all times, and a pleasure to deal with.’
‘Hans Sok Appadu is a great solicitor. A great personality who does his best to achieve what is best for his client. He is proactive. He sees potentials and threats before hand and keeps his client far from bring worried.’
‘They took time to listen and understand my case. Made me understand the procedure and explained everything in detail not leaving out important information. They are very knowledgeable in their field . Explained and the fees and did not apply and hidden fees.’
‘Teni Shahiean has a wealth of expertise, and is cordial, warm and professional.’
‘Very professional and extremely knowledgeable. A well-managed team of experts.’
‘What I really like about OTS is that, despite the fact that they are a very busy firm, they make you feel like they have all the time in the world for you. I also like the fact that they are very detail-oriented with their answers of their information.’
- Advised two applicants who had been refused a Tier 1 Entrepreneur team visa on the basis of genuineness.
- Challenged a Tier 1 visa application refusal by the Home Office by establishing interview-related procedural unfairness.
- Applied for an extension of a client’s Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa. The matter was time sensitive, as the Home Office had recently announced that it was closing the Tier 1 Entrepreneur route to new applicants.
The immigration department at Payne Hicks Beach has extensive experience of acting for individuals from around the world, including the US, the Middle East, India, Turkey and South America. Key areas of work include advising high-net-worth individuals on Tier 1 investor visas, assisting overseas companies establishing a branch in the UK and advising on sponsor licence revocations. The 'outstanding' Kathryn Bradbury heads the team and has a great deal of experience in EU free movement and UK nationality law. Matt Ingham joined from Mishcon de Reya LLP in February 2020; he is praised for his 'excellent client care skills and creative thinking'.
Other key lawyers:
‘Exceptional skillset, clearly joined up and operationally effective, and very presentable. A great, easy-to-work-with team.’
‘This is a market-leading immigration team for work for HNWs. Matt Ingham’s arrival from Mishcon has significantly bolstered their offering in this respect.’
Excellent client care. The team led by Kathryn Bradbury offers a high level service to clients with complex and unique immigration issues.
Technically superb with a highly personable service.Very good value, great knowledge and super responsive and helpful
The team is exceptionally client focused, very high levels of responsiveness and super helpful to clients.’
‘Kathryn Bradbury is an outstanding lawyer. She is totally dedicated to her clients and contacts and the advice she gives is always relevant and easy to understand. She is also very responsive. The best I have come across, quite frankly.’
‘Matt Ingham is a first-rate solicitor who is an absolute dream to work with. His client care skills are excellent and he is a creative thinker who regularly comes to me for advice on novel ideas to assist clients in a sticky situation. He also stands out for his willingness to lock horns with the Home Office when necessary over big issues.’
‘In my view, Kathryn Bradbury is in the very highest bracket of UK immigration solicitors. She has a deep understanding of law and policy and is able to deploy that knowledge to the benefit of her often high-profile and demanding clients.’
‘Kathryn Bradbury is the leading immigration lawyer in London in my opinion. She knows her subject matter incredibly well, and will find a client solution that others say is impossible. You can put Kathryn in front of any client and she always delivers.’
‘Kathryn Bradbury is honest, smart, helpful and very responsive.’
‘Matt Ingham is excellent – he thinks creatively and is very goal-focused, not hidebound or conservative in this thinking.’
The immigration group at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is particularly recommended for its work for education and technology client, sectors where practice head Pat Saini has a strong reputation; she also has extensive experience in UK-India relations. The team provides audit and compliance services and advises schools and study abroad providers seeking to set up in the UK. Associate May Cheung provides corporate immigration advice and handles sponsor compliance audits. On the private client side, Hazar El-Chamaa heads the firm's private wealth immigration offering, with a practice focused on complex investor and nationality applications. Adam Cotterill specialises in private and family immigration, including human rights claims, international surrogacy and adoption.
‘Adam Cotterill was exceptional in all of our interactions. He was both professional and also kind and understanding to our situation. His expertise in this area was made a great impact to our case, as he was able to clearly see the paths forward, able to look around corners and foresee any possible challenges and provide solutions to those before we got there. His ability to predict the information or challenge we might experience helped us be completely prepared.’
‘Pat Saini is outstanding. She understands the details and complexity of immigration rules and also is able to discuss the bigger picture impact of immigration policy.’
‘Pat Saini has years of experience in representing schools and higher education. I often think she knows everyone in the industry!’
‘Hazar El-Chamaa is very thorough with her work. She presented a process of the matter presented to her from start to finish. Hazar is also very prompt in all her responses.’
‘The team was hands down one of the best I’ve worked with from our first engagement. I would say some of their strengths are: communication, flexibility, efficiency, high level of knowledge in their specialist fields and overall wonderful service.’
‘The team was expeditious, very respectful and resourceful in each of my consultations.’
Independent Schools Association
- Provided Brexit-related advice and PBS guidance to businesses, member organisations and education providers to help them support their staff, members and students, respectively.
- Worked with Entrepreneurs First, an international talent investor, to advise tech entrepreneurs through the rigorous application process for Tier 1 Exception Talent visas in order to join EF’s programme.
- Obtained an urgent sponsor licence in one week for a leading global automotive supplier with over 300 manufacturing facilities spanning nearly 30 countries, thus facilitating the creation of 250 jobs.
PwC LLP's immigration group stands out for its technical innovation, including its Right to Work app and myTrips assessment tool aimed at short-term business travellers. Joint practice head Lindsey Barras leads the department's short-term business visitor immigration services. Key UK immigration services include strategic and compliance advice, immigration audits, emergency support and assistance for inward investors. Clients are drawn from sectors including financial services, manufacturing, technology, education, while the team also works with private clients. The practice also has a strong Brexit support offering, including a range of engagement sessions. Sharan Kundi has extensive experience of immigration and global mobility tax experience; the wider firm's tax and employment capabilities, along with its multinational footprint, are further distinguishing features.
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Human Mobility Initiative
- Worked with think tank London First to produce immigration reports informing government policy.
- Developed Right to Work App, a fully automated platform which streamlines on-boarding checks for new employees and includes country specific immigration logic.
- Undertook various Brexit-related initiatives, including a survey of business, an annual CEO survey and a podcast series, Beyond Brexit.
Boutique practice RLegal Solicitors handles business immigration for SMEs and multinational businesses, with experience in compliance advice. The team also handles family migration and nationality applications. David Robinson focuses his practice on Tier 2 applications and sponsorship licensing, and on investor and entrepreneur application. The 'extremely thorough' Evan Remedios has a client base which includes high-net-worth individuals and companies.
‘Evan Remedios is very knowledgeable and helpful. He is always ready to assist, even with my most annoying questions. He has an impressive command of this area and is able to explain things accurately but simply to a layman.’
‘Evan Remedios is very professional. He cares. He responses to emails very quickly and always provides us with very professional help. We are happy to recommend him to anyone who needs help with immigration matters.’
‘David Robinson is very clever and will fight for his clients’ interests.’
‘Evan Remedios is extremely thorough and will leave no stone unturned to find a solution for his clients.’
‘Evan Remedios’ friendly demeanour is a great help during stressful times.’
‘Very efficient and intelligent firm who get the job done quickly.’
‘They are don’t just fill out the forms for you, but take into consideration all aspects of your application.’
‘RLegal excels at providing both the immigration expertise and a high touch client service that separates them from their peers. Years of experience from the legal side combined with staff that have worked within the Home Office provides a focus on helping people navigate the challenges of UK immigration that few can match.’
B3 Designers Ltd
Vox Supply Partners Ltd
Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies Ltd
BTransfer Services Limited
Monsoon Impex Limited
- Represented B3 Designers Ltd, an architectural interior design SME, to obtain a Tier 2 sponsorship licence, with ongoing compliance and regulatory issues, including right to work checks, and with the procedures necessary to recruit a Tier 2 highly-skilled worker.
- Represented Vox Supply Partners Ltd, a logistics company, in an application to add a tier to a sponsorship licence and the subsequent sponsorship of new hires and intra-company transferees.
- Assisted Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies Ltd, a biopharmaceutical company, to obtain a Tier 2 sponsorship licence and successfully hire a senior executive, including a resident labour market test and restricted certificate of sponsorship application.
The business immigration department at Russell-Cooke LLP has extensive experience in corporate support work, with particular expertise in the immigration implications of transactions and reorganisations. Department head Edward Wanambwa assists multinational businesses with the full spectrum of immigration services. The practice has a strong offering for clients in the financial services and healthcare sectors. Associate Nisha Patel leads on individual and non-business related immigration matters; her private client practice includes advice for high-net-worth individuals, complex immigration appeals and applications outside of the immigration rules.
‘Ed Wanambwa is excellent – concise, user-friendly, commercial, clear and charming. He really knows his stuff, is great with clients and inspires confidence with his calm manner and delivery.’
‘Nisha Patel is an excellent solicitor. Very helpful and knowledgeable.’
‘Nisha Patel worked with great patience and attention to detail to bring our application to a successful conclusion.’
- Provided advice to the sovereign wealth fund of the government of one of the world’s largest economies around establishing operations in the UK with non-EU nationals.
- Provided strategic UK immigration advice to a US-based full service investment bank on preparing for Brexit from a UK immigration law perspective and assisted EU national staff with applications under the EU settlement scheme.
- Advised a large business in the UK health sector on sponsorship duties and wider UK immigration law requirements arising from a wide ranging reorganisation within its group that affected a large number of sponsored employees.
Sheridans is best known for its expertise in the media sector and in Tier 5 temporary work visas. The practice has assisted clients with immigration issues relation to films, TV, stage productions, fashion shoots and sporting events. Other areas of expertise include the sponsor license process, Tier 2 certificates of sponsorship, indefinite leave to remain and naturalisation applications and right to work issues. Owen Jones, who heads the team, has extensive knowledge of the UK’s points-based immigration system.
‘The Sheridans team have a deep understanding of their field and have the necessary insight into the workings of the UK immigration process at various levels including policy making and compliance. Their knowledge is underpinned by a wealth of practical experience and real-world interaction rather than just interpretation of government guidance.’
‘As a media owner, we work with Sheridans closely as they specialise in media and technology and are experts in this field.’
‘Owen Jones is a subject matter expert whose judgement has proven extremely accurate over the years. Owen is very easy to work with.’
Ambulatory Surgery International Ltd
Core Communications Limited
The immigration team at Squire Patton Boggs is particularly strong on the overlap between employment and immigration law, with strength in the health, media, retail, food, pharma, manufacturing, sport and financial services sectors. Practice head Annabel Mace specialises in complex tier 2 immigration compliance issues and has extensive expertise in the transfer of staff to countries outside the UK. The firm has strong employment capabilities to draw on in the US, Asia Pacific and Latin America, handles a large amount of inbound work from China and India, and has significant experience in dealing with multi-jurisdictional matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘Great client service, attentive and responsive. Will always make time and deliver to a high standard.’
‘The availability of the team is remarkable and humbling. But what sets this team apart is the deep level of knowledge and practical business sense.’
‘The team quickly develops a strong understanding of their clients’ business and the particular needs and delivers catered advice. The quality of their advice has been proven in time and it is humbling seeing this team never makes any mistakes.The team seems to be on top of the rapid changes in this area as they happen. They know their way around complicated processes and details.’
‘I could not be happier with the work that Annabel Mace and her team have done. The advice has been sound, the support continuous and the ultimate result what I wanted.’
‘Supinder Sian’s responsiveness, attention to detail, high standard of delivery and subject matter knowledge make him excellent to work with.’
‘Annabel Mace has been a reliable business partner to our company and has been able to help us navigate with ease urgent and complex issues. She makes complicated things seem simple, and the advice is always very clear and easy to follow – the ingredients of good counsel. Annabel has always showed strong expertise and ensured a good communication with our team.’
‘Supinder Sian is well connected and always up to date, which makes all the difference in getting things done.’
Boutique firm Sterling Law handles both corporate and private client work for high-net-worth individuals. Key areas of work include sponsor license applications and EEA applications. Other strengths are in appeals, deportation and family immigration matters. Ruslan Kosarenko and Yuriy Lysenko head the practice.
‘The firm has an impressive and well-earned reputation in immigration and human rights work, focusing on asylum claims and taking difficult and important points of law. It is highly professional and committed and I consider it stands up very well compared to other firms practising in the area.’
‘The firm is aware and can relate to struggles of individuals from post-USSR. The firm also can recommend Russian speaking accountants and notary services if needed. Many speak Russian, which helps to avoid misunderstandings.’
‘Sterling Law really are the “firm that never sleeps”. Their commitment to their clients mean that they will put in the extra work to achieve results.’
‘Ruslan Kosarenko is always a pleasure to work with and he has a particularly good eye for legal detail.’
‘Nozima Rakhimjonova deserves a particular mention for her tireless dedication to her clients and her meticulous approach to case work.’
‘Nataliya Varahash has outstanding knowledge and experience – she gives clear, detailed explanations and recommendations.’
The immigration team at Travers Smith LLP has of late been providing clients with strategic advice on Brexit contingency planning and on the EU Settlement Scheme. The practice advises clients in the media, manufacturing, health, leisure and retail sectors, but has especially strong expertise in financial services. As such, practice head Ed Mills has a great deal of experience in acting for the London offices of global asset management firms, particularly those originating in the US.
‘We have been using Travers Smith since 2017. Our overall impression of the continues to be very positive and has never faltered. Knowledgeable, great customer service, value for money.’
‘Moji Oyediran is always marvellous. She replies promptly to queries, giving clear, comprehensive and considered advice. It is very heartening to know she is at the end of the phone.’
The Access Group
Marathon Asset Management
- Advised leading software provider the Access Group on sponsorship compliance issues following its acquisition of the recruitment platform Volcanic (including updating the Group’s sponsorship licence).
- Advised private equity firm Bain Capital on various aspects of its Brexit planning, including information sessions and advice surgeries for UK and EU based staff and advice on EU Settlement Scheme applications.
- Advised Bidfood on various Tier 2 visa matters, including for senior executives, and right to work compliance issues, as well as supporting on Brexit contingency planning and communications to staff on the immigration implications of Brexit.
Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law is a boutique immigration practice which is led by name partner Vanessa Ganguin, who has significant experience advising investors and entrepreneurs. The firm, which was formed after the break-up of Ganguin Samartin, handles sponsor licence, Tier 2 and sole representative visa application work. The team works with clients in AI, fintech and tech sectors, as well as in the creative arts, music, film and TV industries, and has a particular niche in acting for US corporate clients looking to establish a presence in the UK.
‘Vanessa Ganguin is an excellent solicitor, taking her new firm from strength to strength. She always had judgement, when she was a legal aid solicitor doing asylum work. She now quietly and skilfully pushes her clients cases through in the private sphere.’
‘Vanessa Ganguin has a very specialised UK immigration practice, and is exceptionally knowledgeable in this field.’
‘Vanessa Ganguin and her team provide a boutique style legal service which is flexible to fit any size of organisation. She understands our business needs and how we communicate. Not only has she provided us with the information required to deliver the immediate requirements we had when we engaged her, but she has continued to provide proactive information subsequently to support our specific business needs and style of working.’
‘Vanessa Ganguin is always very quick to respond, helpful and professional.’
‘They’ve all taken the time to get to know our business and build a good relationship.’
‘Vanessa Ganguin is clear, concise and knowledgeable; she inspires confidence, communicates complicated information in a way which is easy to understand and approaches all the cases we have worked on with a positive but realistic and informed attitude.’
‘Vanessa Ganguin is thorough, highly responsive and pragmatic; we’ve felt very much in the loop and in safe hands from day one.’
Watson Farley & Williams LLP advises companies on Tier 2 visa applications and on the transfer of executives, an area in which practice co-head Anna Robinson has extensive experience, as well as in complex settlement and naturalisation applications. Other key areas of work for the practice include organising UK visas for large-scale cultural events, assisting start-ups in the digital and technology sectors (team co-head Devan Khagram has a strong reputation in this area), and advising individuals on a wide range of issues including immigration-related family matters and personal investments.
‘A solid and sound professional partner; very structured and proactive in their relationship with the client.’
‘Our experience was extremely positive at all times – a very reliable team’.
‘WFW has provided us with multi-year service. Each year they have met timelines, given the proper advice based on the year, changes in laws and policies. Their knowledge along with their excellent customer service is why we continue to retain this firm each year. The lawyers who work on our file have been consistent and have our complete confidence. They have always been responsive and commercially aware and focused. proactive and supportive.’
‘The team provide clear and pragmatic advice. They also take a commercial approach.’
‘Very professional and knowledgeable of the unwritten rules and procedures in relation to immigration.’
‘The individuals we work with have provided support, loyalty, excellent advice and have worked with us to find the best solutions to our company’s needs. Their advice has been honest, straightforward and has helped us to manage both time and fees. The lawyers we work with directly have done everything within their means to make sure our immigration needs are met.’
‘Rapid responses to queries at a reasonable cost.’
‘Devan Khagram is outstanding.’
Longleat Safari Park
More Contract UK Limited / Mobal UK Limited
Svenska Handelsbanken AB, London Branch
DDM Entertainment and Events Inc.
KBC Advanced Technologies Limited
Woods Bagot Europe Ltd
- Advising a leading Scandinavian bank on the implications of Brexit for its predominantly EEA workforce.
- Assisting a retired Japanese national with a complex leave to remain application on the basis of her marriage to a British citizen.
- Assisting a civil engineering firm with the strategic immigration options and subsequent Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Long-Term Staff visa extension for a senior member of staff.
Specialist immigration firm Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP has a well-deserved reputation for its work in human rights, civil liberties and European free movement issues; Alison Hunter is particularly strong on EU law. Other areas of work include asylum and deportation cases. Barry O’Leary has extensive expertise in applications based on partnerships and family, and has a niche in applications involving international surrogacy arrangements. Diana Baxter has a well-regarded practice dealing with complex nationality work and applications outside of the immigration rules. Associate Nath Gbikpi has a track record of work on LGBT+ partner applications and asylum claims. Name partner Wesley Gryk retired in May 2020, but continues to assist the firm as an unpaid consultant.
Other key lawyers:
‘Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP is indeed unique, but this doesn’t just describe their quality of service and efficiency in handling cases, but also of the vast knowledge members of this practice have about the overall circumstances of immigrants and the challenges they face during their journey of relocating from its beginning and until finalising their cases.’
‘Based on my experience, Barry O’Leary and his team at Wesley Gryk are peerless in their thorough approach to the immigration application process and in their dedication to achieving a positive outcome.’
‘The level of professionalism shown by the firm is exceptional. There is no false advertising, no honey traps or fancy shop fronts, no unrealistic goals or expectations. They are markedly better than other firms that I have dealt with. They are reliable and professional and always do the required task on time. There is complete transparency and you know what you are signing up to.’
‘Barry O’Leary’s values and service delivery stood out to me. His ethos on human rights and work ethic also stood out. ‘
‘Diana Baxter provided an exceptional service from start to finish. Diana made an extremely traumatic and emotional time in my life manageable. She is highly intelligent, knowledgeable and strategic in her approach. Her manner is quietly confident. She is both efficient and effective. She guided me through an extremely complex legal system to a successful resolution. She is warm, compassionate and reassuring. I needed to disclose deeply personal matters and she sought and secured privacy for me in the UK courts. I would recommend Diana and her team to anyone.
‘Nath Gbikpi is responsive, practical and compassionate. A pleasure to deal with.’
‘Alison Hunter is extremely professional, exceptionally knowledgeable and entirely reliable. Gives straightforward honest advice and does not sugarcoat matters for false reassurances.’
‘Barry O’Leary’s unsurpassed client handling skills, together with a deep knowledge of the law and how it is applied by both decision makers and judges, are two of the key attributes that put him in the very top bracket of solicitors in this area. Clients with the most difficult of cases could not hope to be represented by a lawyer with a safer pair of hands.’
‘Alison Hunter is a leading light in the EU law aspects of immigration law, she is highly respected in the sector for her work across the full gamut of immigration and nationality matters. She gives clients realistic advice, yet leaves no stone unturned in achieving the very best outcomes for them.’
‘Diana Baxter is a brilliant lawyer, who is destined to reach the top. Diana has established herself as a lateral and creative thinker when it comes to solving complex immigration problems across a wide range of cases. She combines compassion, intellect and tactical nous to great effect for her clients.’
Wilson Solicitors LLP's well-regarded practice deals with asylum claims, nationality law, personal immigration and detention advice. Practice head Anita Vasisht is adept in handling national security cases and leads the firm's national security team. The team is skilled in dealing with cases involving children in care, vulnerable adults and international surrogacy. Senior partner Michael Hanley has extensive experience in cases requiring the exercise of discretion outside of the Home Office rules, especially deprivation of citizenship cases. On the personal immigration side, managing partner Matthew Davies is an expert in EU law and permanent residence and citizenship applications.
Other key lawyers:
‘Wilson Solicitors are consistently exceptional in respect of the quality of the work that they do for each and every client and their dedication to their clients. There is a very reassuring spirit of teamwork within the firm and every person demonstrates consistent dedication, no matter their job title.’
‘Wilson is the largest surviving firm doing publicly funded immigration work at all levels in the tribunals and courts. In the immigration law sector, they have an outstanding reputation for the quality of their (very diverse range of) work.’
‘Matthew Davies’ friendly and understated style does not at first reveal his extraordinary knowledge. He has a longstanding commitment to human rights and immigration law and equality under the law for all.’
‘Ana Gonzalez’s capacity for work is extraordinary, yet she gives the same impeccable level of service to all her clients.’
‘Anita Vasisht is a standout individual. She oversees the large and highly successful team and deals with serious and complex appeals and can deal with any issue, no matter the pressure, quickly, calmly and decisively, with almost supernatural prescience for making the right strategic calls. Her energy and abilities are limitless and she engenders complete trust from her clients. She is also an absolute pleasure to work with. Anita also has longstanding, peerless, expertise concerning Palestinian refugees.’
‘Chris McKendry is another standout partner. He is a precise, academic practitioner who sees the big points straight away – he regularly performs legal miracles in the most difficult of circumstances.’
‘Anita Vasisht was my solicitor for years and no words can explain how grateful I am for our paths to have crossed at the time, as I truly think she saved me from certain persecution. She is passionate, meticulous, hardworking and relentless in her pursuit of the truth. She puts a lot of emphasis on the story behind the client – who they really are and what their story is.’
‘Muhunthan Paramesvaran was exceptional in his understanding of our situation and the best way to approach the issues we faced. He gave accurate and helpful advice throughout the process and kept me informed and up to date.’
‘Anita Vasisht is utterly on the side of her clients, and spares no effort in using her remarkable energy and skills on their behalf.’
Withers LLP specialises in global corporate immigration programmes for financial and media companies and in personal immigration for company founders, senior executives and their families. The immigration and tax teams have a strong offering for complex citizenship issues and residency planning. Tracy Evglodis heads the department; she has significant experience in the market having previously led the immigration practices at a number of other prominent law firms.
Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP works for SMEs, entrepreneurs, investors and individuals, with a strong offering for clients in the technology, insurance, professional services and financial services sectors. The team also provides strategic advice on Brexit. Andrew Tingley, who heads the practice, has a track record of work on complex matters which necessitate interaction with immigration authorities.
‘We couldn’t have asked for better immigration representation. Their knowledge and competence as it relates to immigration is second to none.’
‘Andrew Tingley is incredibly attentive and personable. He really took the time to understand the nuances of my case, had several contingency plans in place and reassured me throughout the process. This kind of individual attention is incredibly rare in my experience. He never made me feel I was asking too many questions, kept me fully in the loop, and handled my case with expert competence. We had a positive outcome in record speed.’
Wright Hassall LLP
The immigration team at Wright Hassall LLP has a broad range of sector experience, having acted for clients across retail, advertising, food, charity, oil and gas, financial services and manufacturing. The team also advises high-net-worth individuals, especially those with a business background in financial services, entertainment and media. Practice head Matthew Davies is recognised for his work in sensitive cases, particularly in relation to illegal working and dismissals. The department also handles appeals against refusal of leave to enter or remain.
Other key lawyers:
‘Always responsive with clear concise advice.’
‘Wright Hassall has an exceptionally knowledgeable and talented team to deal with any complex issues pertaining to immigration law. We can confidently rely on their advice as they know exactly what a client like us would need and how those requirements can be aligned with the immigration rules/laws in order to ensure that we comply with the immigration rules strictly.’
‘Matthew Davies is a highly knowledgeable professional in this field and his expertise in dealing with complex situations in UK immigration is commendable. He is highly organised and methodical in his approach in dealing with Home Office/immigration inspections. He demonstrated his expertise in a tough immigration inspection our organisation faced.’
‘Tracie Udall is always responsive with clear concise advice.’