Firms To Watch: Immigration

Meymand Maczynski Ltd is a business immigration boutique founded in 2020 by Olga Meymand and Sam Meymand, who formerly led the immigration practice at Fletcher Day.

Immigration in London

3CS Corporate Solicitors

The 'practical and solutions-focused' team at 3CS Corporate Solicitors excels in advising clients from the Japanese, Chinese and South Korean markets in particular. Its offering includes an online case tracker, which allows clients to follow the status of applications and download documents and checklists. Practice head Thomas Miles is experienced in advising on corporate restructures and redundancies affecting migrant workers, secondments of migrant workers from one UK company to another and the engagement of Appendix W status migrants. Senior associate Samuel Njogu is also a notable team member.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Miles

Other key lawyers:

Samuel Njogu


‘3CS thinks from the client’s perspective. The team is highly professional and treats all tasks equally. They are trustworthy and efficient. Communication is always smooth. Costs-wise, you will get transparency and no hidden costs. We are very satisfied as a client and would recommend the team to anyone. Their webinars and newsletters are also very helpful.’

‘Thomas Miles has always been a star. He is very professional and respects your thoughts. You can trust him and you will know you are in good hands.’

‘I’ve worked with 3CS for a number of years and they have always provided a professional service to us. All work has consistently been carried out to an exceptional standard.’

‘Thomas Miles has always taken time to explain immigration procedures to me and worked with myself and our employees to deliver a streamlined immigration process. Everyone has enjoyed working with Thomas as he provides reassurance that we will meet deadlines, raises any potential risks and explains processes.’

‘Very attentive to clients’ requirements. Very hands-on approach.’

‘Extremely accessible and hugely willing to provide support. Straightforward, pragmatic advice.’

‘The immigration team are practical and solutions focused.’

‘I have enjoyed working with 3CS. We have relied on them heavily due to the challenges and delays brought about by the changes to immigration last year and the pandemic. Compared to the previous firm we used, they are miles better and I have every confidence that they are on top of the work. They have always kept us up-to-date on the progress of the applications and any issues that arose in the process.’

Work highlights

  • Assisting an overseas government body that had allowed its sponsor licence to expire, including liaising directly with the Home Office and the Department for International Trade in order to secure a new licence for the client, as well as ensuring that no enforcement action was taken in respect of migrants already in the UK working under the expired licence.
  • Advising a very substantial Far Eastern hotel chain on establishing its business presence in the UK, including assisting with obtaining a visa for the intended UK manager as a representative of an overseas business.
  • Winning the full immigration business of a large, household-name, South Korean electronics manufacturer, acting as a Level 1 User and completing applications for all the client’s UK immigration law requirements.

A Y & J Solicitors

The 'superb' team at specialist immigration firm A Y & J Solicitors has particular expertise in advising on Skilled Worker sponsor licences, including applications and renewals and the overturning of suspensions and revocations. In addition, the firm assists with matters relating to Tier 1, Skilled Worker and Global Talent visas, with experience acting for clients in the IT, financial services, hotels and retail, and sports sectors. Managing director Yash Dubal and senior associate Diana Todirica are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Yash Dubal

Other key lawyers:

Diana Todirica


‘A Y & J Solicitors is an excellent immigration firm. Their team is superb. Yash Dubal is a highly professional and diligent director. Diana Todirica truly cares for her clients and takes the required time to ensure that every application she deals with is up to the standard before being submitted. She has been very through and professional and we can only praise her for her exceptional skills and care. All our documents were thoroughly and professionally checked and our applications were ready at the highest standard, within the agreed deadlines. When we had any queries, we always got a response within 48 hours.’

‘Yash Dubal was very attentive and willing to assist me. Diana Todirica is highly professional, diligent and caring.’

‘A Y & J Solicitors’ team is simply superb. Very hardworking, dedicated, and has all the required knowledge of the immigration procedures and processes in the UK and at a global level.’

‘Yash and Diana’s USP is the KISS policy – Keep it Short and Simple. They are very enthusiastic and very proactive. They are like a family to me. The only downside is I am yet to find a negative point about these individuals.’

‘A Y & J Solicitors ensure that they always put their clients first. Any questions I had were always answered promptly and explained in detail. Matters regarding billing were always transparent with no hidden costs. The team were very helpful and always available to speak to regarding any issues related to the case.’

‘The individuals that helped me with my case were very friendly and professional. They went above and beyond to make sure that I was always informed of the progress and that I had the right information regarding any questions I had. They were available through the traditional methods like telephone and email. However, what made they stand out to me was the fact that they were always available on their business WhatsApp.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted a highly successful soundtrack designer previously resident in the Middle East with obtaining her global talent visa.
  • Advised the CEO of a UAE-based airline company in relation to the establishment of a London office.
  • Acted for a GP surgery in relation to its application for a skilled worker sponsor licence.

Armstrong Teasdale

US firm Armstrong Teasdale moved into the London market in February 2021 through its acquisition of legacy Kerman & Co. The deal gifted the US firm with a UK immigration practice, which advises corporates from industries including sports, retail and healthcare, as well as private clients.  The tie-up means clients now have access to US immigration advice,  in addition to UK capabilities around global talent visas, the EU settlement scheme and Brexit.

Practice head(s):

Ben Xu


‘The team’s commitment to learning is exceptional, with some really helpful calls on Brexit and immigration rules and what we need to do as private companies.’

‘Ben Xu is extremely nice to clients, not to mention he can speak Chinese. His professional, considerate advice and up-to-date knowledge benefit clients a lot. He responds to clients’ queries at all times, which also leads to his standing out from competitors.’

‘Ben Xu is excellent in delivering good work to clients. He is strong in his legal knowledge and able to give the right to-the-point advice to clients. He was able to deal with complicated legal cases and also act quickly.’

‘Ben Xu is not only an experienced lawyer but is also extremely approachable. He has a great working knowledge of immigration law and is committed to finding the best solution for his clients. He is a pleasure to work with and his tireless dedication to finding a positive solution always ensures his clients are satisfied.’

Key clients

HSF Health Plan


Econet Investments Ltd

Baker McKenzie

Hugely experienced senior associate Tony Haque is the key contact for immigration matters in Baker McKenzie's London office. The team, which also includes senior associate Richard Mills and immigration specialist Ying Li, works with colleagues in the wider employment and compensation practice - as well as the firm's other immigration specialists around the world - to advise major corporate clients on cross-border movement of talent, while also acting for high-net-worth-individuals, sports stars, musicians and actors moving from country to country. The firm's huge global footprint, which includes service centres in major regions around the world, enables it to offer a 24/7 service to clients.

Practice head(s):

Tony Haque

Other key lawyers:

Ying Li; Richard Mills


‘I am happy with Li Ying, who answers my questions to the point and works with clients to sort out billing issues.’

‘Quick response times and very generous with their time. The personal approach, understanding of individual circumstances and recollection of previous applications makes the team very easy to deal with.’

‘Tony Haque is extremely professional when dealing with sensitive yet urgent immigration issues. Tony has led our company and executive leaders through some very complex cases with positive outcomes.’

‘The immigration team are very quick to respond to any requests and ensure that the client is kept informed about their application. They will explore all options and provide great advice on the best way for the client to proceed.’

‘Across all of their practices, Baker McKenzie’s legal teams are excellent. I found their proactive approach works well in this ever-changing environment. The team anticipates our needs as new proclamations and executive orders are enacted. The immigration knowledge they collectively hold enables them to provide sound guidance on all current and potential issues that may impact us.’

Bates Wells

Bates Wells has a well-established reputation at the top end of the immigration market, with considerable expertise in both personal and business matters - the firm is known for being 'extremely client focused', with the ability to 'explain complex legal terminology in a very clear and concise way'. Tim Barnden heads up the overall practice; his focus is on personal and human rights cases and he is a former chair of the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group. Chetal Patel leads on the business side, and is also a race, ethnicity and cultural heritage ambassador at the firm. While long-serving partner and senior counsel Philip Trott left the firm in spring 2021, the team includes a strong pipeline of junior talent, including associates Aisha Choudhry and Matthew James.

Practice head(s):

Tim Barnden

Other key lawyers:

Chetal Patel; Aisha Choudhry; Matthew James


‘Tim Barnden was an excellent lawyer to work with. What sets Tim apart from others in the field is his genuineness and experience. He has an extremely friendly, calming presence that makes you feel secure and confident in asking for and following his advice. He takes the time to understand your personal circumstance and explore all sides of the situation. I would 100% recommend Tim Barnden and Bates Wells and would definitely use them again in the future.’

‘Chetal Patel is brilliant. She is a leading voice in her area and is so knowledgeable and experienced in all things immigration. She always gives practical and balanced advice that suits our company and our culture and response to all queries in a timely manner.’

‘I had the pleasure of working with Chetal Patel. While she was incredibly diligent and professional, she was equally kind and understanding. She always listened to my concerns and needs and understood that the visa process can cause a great deal of stress. She was incredibly knowledgeable in her particular expertise and was also very prompt and timely with anything that was needed.’

‘Matthew James was responsive, diligent and provided excellent expert guidance throughout my engagement with Bates Wells. He was friendly and a pleasure to work with – I would highly recommend him.’

‘Tim Barnden’s professionalism, approachability, problem solving and clarity of approach was second to none. It was a joy to work with him to get our immigration status addressed and we felt confident throughout that he could help us achieve.’

‘Aisha Choudhry is extremely thorough, helpful and very patient.’

‘Tim Barnden is extremely knowledgeable and approachable. He delivers advice in a clear and understandable manner, and stays on top of all legislative and regulatory changes. His manner was reassuring, and all our applications were successful.’

‘Chetal Patel is absolutely phenomenal. Her advice is clear and to the point without any ambiguity, making it easy to follow and make the necessary decisions.

Key clients


The Alan Turing Institute

Exeter Pharma Consultancy, Ltd T/A CBPartners

Make Limited

Work highlights

  • Provided strategic advice to The Alan Turing Institute in respect of the immigration options for bringing individuals to the UK to take part in various programmes, sponsorship matters and the impact of remote working.
  • Provided advice and assistance to Exeter Pharma Consultancy Ltd in relation to sponsorship matters, including the sponsorship of key workers and immigration compliance.
  • Advised Make Limited on matters including managing its sponsor licence, recruitment practices in light of Home Office guidance and managing the effects of Brexit.

BDB Pitmans

The 'proactive and practical' immigration practice at BDB Pitmans is led by Tim Hayes, a former Home Office Presenting Officer at the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal. Private wealth specialist Alastair Collett advises investors seeking to come to the UK, offering particular expertise with regards to tax considerations. The firm prides itself on its multidisciplinary approach, with private wealth capabilities combined with employment and corporate transactional capabilities; Hayes, who is praised for being 'down to earth and likeable' and for possessing 'a very strong depth of knowledge', also handles a broad range of general employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Tim Hayes

Other key lawyers:

Alastair Collett


‘The BDB Pitmans immigration team provide proactive and practical guidance. They work closely with our in-house legal team to assist with any compliance questions related to our UK visa sponsorship license. They also provide responsive support for staff members who require assistance with their visa applications.’

‘The team demonstrated strong subject matter expertise and had the requisite experience to draw upon, which provided a sense of confidence. They handled the case with calm and professionalism which provided reassurance and reduced stress. The work took place during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. The team was able to adapt to the situation and offer a high-calibre service despite the constraints.’

‘Tim Hayes – always available, always extremely knowledgeable, helpful and very pleasant to work with.’

‘Tim Hayes has stands out as a particularly talented and engaging practitioner. He has a very strong depth of knowledge in relation to the subject matter and explains issues in a relatable way.’

‘Tim Hayes is smart, personable, knows his stuff, communicates clearly and concisely, and responds quickly.’

‘An extremely open and down to earth firm. They are very accommodating in terms of fees and will happily discuss matters at length before actually starting to invoice.’

‘They provide a comprehensive overview of the entire process, which is key in understanding the immigration process.’

‘As well as being very knowledgeable, we were really impressed by the level of customer service that the team at BDB Pitmans provided. We also found their fees to be very reasonable.’

Key clients

Colliers International Property Consultants Limited

Gowan Company/Crop Demetra

Buckley Gray Yeoman

Adam Smith International

The Doctors Laboratory Limited

The Asfari Foundation

Morris + Company Limited

Irbis Capital Limited

Flodatix Limited

Health Optimising (UK) Ltd

Ecofye Limited

Sciton Incorporated

LIM Advisors (London) Ltd

Simply Jet SA

Work highlights

  • Providing solutions for complex situations tailored to Colliers International Property Consultants Limited, a multinational real estate consultancy and property management firm.
  • Providing end-to-end immigration support to large laboratory services company The Doctors Laboratory Limited.
  • Acting as the sole specialist in all immigration matters for overseas-owned company Gowan Company/Crop Demetra.

Bindmans LLP

The ‘exceptional‘ immigration, asylum and nationality team at Bindmans LLP has particular skill in representing vulnerable clients in complex human rights and asylum matters, with long-established expertise concerning the overlap between asylum and extradition law, as well as immigration issues relating to adoption, surrogacy and other family matters. The practice is co-headed by ‘miracle workerLiz Barratt, ‘a stalwart of the immigration world’, and Alison Stanley, who is well-regarded for her work for high-net-worth individuals and cases with extradition crossover. The team includes a strong bench of associates, including Emma Cohen, who has expertise in asylum claims based on sexuality; the ‘incredibly humane and compassionateRoberta Haslam; and the ‘warm, committed and level-headedAshley Fleming.

Practice head(s):

Alison Stanley; Liz Barratt

Other key lawyers:

Emma Cohen; Roberta Haslam; Ashley Fleming; Abigail Evans


‘Liz Barratt is a stalwart of the immigration world. Her reputation as one of the best is well deserved. She is both thorough and creative in her approach.’

‘Roberta Haslam – with her empathetic style and extraordinarily detailed approach to case preparation, Roberta is particularly known for representing vulnerable clients in highly complex cases.’

‘Liz Barratt has a superb legal brain, and is totally committed to clients for whom she fights to the hilt. She has a particular focus on cases raising complex points of law but without losing sight of the needs of vulnerable clients (particularly clients who have suffered serious harm on grounds of gender or sexual orientation, adults suffering from mental illness, and vulnerable children).’

‘Emma Cohen is top of the field in cases relating to best interests of children; children in care; complex questions of settlement and criminality. Emma is dedicated to her clients and super-efficient.’

‘Roberta Haslam is an incredibly humane and compassionate lawyer, whose clients adore her. Superb work marshalling factually complex cases for the most vulnerable clients, for whom she gets brilliant results.’

‘Alison Stanley is an outstanding solicitor. She is one of the best in the UK for immigration. Her advice and client care are first class and she is the number one solicitor for complex immigration for HNW individuals and those with extradition crossover.’

‘Liz Barratt is a total standout figure who has a searing academic brain tethered to an all-consuming work ethic. If anyone is going to win the impossible case she will: a miracle worker. Also an absolute delight to be around and work with.’

‘Abigail Evans – great work at all levels focusing on vulnerable clients with very complex needs.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a financial technology company assisting it to apply for a sponsorship licence in order that it could employ European nationals post-Brexit.
  • Representing a former senior politician from the CIS who had applied for and been refused asylum even though he had been falsely accused of serious economic crimes.
  • Acting for an individual with a very serious mental health condition after extradition proceedings were dismissed, in an appeal after he was refused asylum but granted Restricted Leave.

Bird & Bird LLP

Led by Yuichi SekineBird & Bird LLP's business immigration team stands out for advising companies that provide cutting-edge tech solutions in their respective industries, including fintech, video games, medicine, AI and telecoms. The group's varied work portfolio includes sponsor licences, work visa applications and immigration compliance, as well as applications for permission outside of the Immigration Rules. In addition, the group assists clients with issues associated with HR data protection, such as data subject access requests and criminal record requests. Senior associate Jonathan Goldsworthy acts for clients across a wide range of industries, with particular expertise in sports-related immigration.

Practice head(s):

Yuichi Sekine

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Goldsworthy; Tom Mintern


Yuichi Sekine was great, super knowledgeable from start to finish.’

Bird & Bird provided the timely and precise advice that helped to resolve the situation. Their professional knowledge and practical advice was very helpful.

Yuichi Sekine’s expertise in the Japanese language and culture helped us to conduct the proper actions.’

The team has a global mobility practice and can therefore assist companies that require assistance with immigration for key global jurisdictions. The immigration team also works closely with employment teams and so can advise on all elements of global mobility from immigration to contracts, incentives and benefits.’

Yuichi Sekine is business-minded and solution-focused. He thinks outside of the box to provide the best possible strategies and commercial outcomes for his clients.’

Bird & Bird’s partnership has been crucial in helping us hire sponsored employees more quickly and has meant a better experience for the candidate going through the sponsorship process in the UK. For the company, it has meant being able to hire more sponsored employees simultaneously, whilst ensuring the processes are being handled by experts.’

Yuichi Sekine is our main partner and he’s very responsive to both the company and our candidates, extremely knowledgeable, personable and focuses on making sure the candidates feel confident in the process, while also protecting our company’s interests.’

Bishop & Sewell LLP

Fielding 'highly professional staff with excellent knowledge of immigration law', Bishop & Sewell LLP's immigration team is led by senior associate Mariam Khaliq, 'who often goes above and beyond', and also includes 'sharp and technical' associate Karma Hickman. The team handles a broad range of immigration work with notable expertise in human rights and family cases; it also advises on migrant workforce issues, public law challenges, appeals and nationality mandates.

Practice head(s):

Mariam Khaliq

Other key lawyers:

Karma Hickman


‘Bishop & Sewell has highly professional staff with excellent knowledge of immigration law. This coupled with the overall service quality makes this practice a real standout. From my first interaction through to the end of a case the practice was devoted to providing a smooth and efficient client experience. I highly recommend and would definitely use the practice again.’

‘This is an excellent practice working with private clients. Both Mariam Khaliq and Karma Hickman are extremely knowledgeable and efficient.’

‘The reason why I think the Bishop & Sewell practice is unique is because the staff all work well together and if the client’s situation needs more than one department to solve their problem; the team are all across the case – which makes it easy so you don’t have to keep repeating yourself and waste time telling the same story all over.’

‘I mainly work with Mariam Khaliq, who often goes above and beyond with our sponsorship visas and really puts our visa applicants at ease with the process. Often replying outside of what I would deem normal office hours (and we work long hours!) to ensure that any matters of concern are dealt with promptly. Mariam is also very patient with the relentless queries from our applicants and is always very clear in explaining the process.’

‘I have worked with Mariam Khaliq and Karma Hickman for almost ten years. Karma is an exceptional lawyer whose work is simply excellent both in preparation and identifying real issues in litigation. Mariam is efficient, pragmatic and very knowledgeable. They offer exceptional client care and are to be commended for the quality of their work and commitment.’

‘Karma Hickman is sharp and technical whilst remaining warmly human. She really cares for her clients. She quickly finds the crux of any issue and breaks down her advice in an easily comprehensive manner. She is an expert on immigration issues relating to surrogacy matters.’

‘Teamwork, Attention to detail, Good communication, Creative problem-solving, Information analysis and research, very organised.’

‘Karma Hickman has encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and the immigration rules and explains it in a calm, accessible, and practical way. She is extremely committed to every client.’

Carter Thomas Solicitors

Immigration boutique Carter Thomas Solicitors, which operates from offices in London and Sheffield, has continued to expand in recent months, with a series of new hires boosting the firm's capacity, particularly with regards to technology. The firm, which is led by Nichola Carter - 'one of the UK's leading business immigration lawyers' - has a strong focus on the education sector, and also works with a range of small to medium sized business clients. Other key members of the team include senior associate Nick Gore, who 'has a lovely demeanour, is easy to work with, and provides reassurance every step of the way.'

Practice head(s):

Nichola Carter

Other key lawyers:

Nick Gore; Ruth Jowett


‘Nichola Carter’s knowledge, integrity and customised approach are outstanding. She provides high quality services and value for money.’

‘Ruth Jowett provided clear, prompt and cost-effective advice.’

‘Nichola Carter is amazing… extremely clear in her views and extremely responsive.’

‘Nick Gore deserves a standing ovation for all of his help with our organization. He has a lovely demeanour, is easy to work with, and provides reassurance every step of the way. I fully recommend Nick and the team at Carter Thomas for their legal services.’

‘Nick Gore prepared my husband’s ILR application and we could not rate him more highly.  He was simply exceptional. He clearly had watertight knowledge of the process and requirements; was extremely thorough with supporting documentation; and gave prompt, helpful responses to our many questions. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.’

‘Ruth Jowett offered an excellent service. I have been really happy cooperating with Ruth and I feel lucky to have found her. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for an immigration lawyer.’

‘Nichola Carter is easily one of the UK’s leading business immigration lawyers. Her reputation when dealing with educational institutions is well deserved, but I would not have any hesitation in referring clients in any sector to her.’

‘Ruth Jowett handled our case and we have also been assisted by Nichola Carter. Their depth of knowledge, quick response, professionalism and efficiency were excellent throughout. Always went above and beyond the scope of work and hand to help and assist us.’

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's immigration team works with a number of well-known corporates, while also advising international clients from as far afield as Russia, China and the Middle East, drawing on the firm's significant international footprint. The team is part of the wider employment, pensions and immigration group, and also regularly collaborates with the firm's corporate team, advising on the immigration aspects of M&A deals. Practice head Rose Carey 'always thinks from the client's point of view'; she works alongside fellow partner Kelvin Tanner, who joined from specialist immigration firm Fragomen in mid-2019.

Practice head(s):

Rose Carey

Other key lawyers:

Kelvin Tanner; Paul McCarthy; Katherine Dennis; Owen Chan; Adam Kyte


‘Rose Carey has extensive legal knowledge and provides very good advice. She ensures that she is up to date, and with this tremendous understanding of the rules and their application, she provides practical and excellent advice for each situation. She has a very good heart and always thinks from the client’s point of view and treats clients very well.’

‘The individuals took time to understand our specific requirements and relate to our needs. They shared experiences from working with peers that allowed for us to visualise the priorities and challenges of our own project. Potentially complex regulation was made simple and where further explanation was required they took time to do so and follow up in writing.’

‘I have found CRS to be extremely knowledgeable, with the ability to provide proactive advice.’

‘Adam Kyte and Kelvin Tanner both provide personal service on a commercial turnaround, which is highly important when business clients are moving from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.’

‘The team has excellent and up-to-date industry knowledge with extensive experience. Rose Carey and her team are extremely hard working and provide excellent service to their clients.’

‘Initial discussions were clear, expectations for the project were well communicated and costs were transparent and shared in advance. The project was delivered on time and they have been retained on a follow-up basis to ensure that the advice remains current at all times.’

Key clients



Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd

Parkson mobile

City & Guilds


Hotel Chocolat

Brasserie Blanc

University of London

Clarkslegal LLP

Clarkslegal LLP takes a 'proactive approach' to advising tier 1 investors and entrepreneurs and overseas businesses entering the UK, including leading multinationals and growing technology and design companies, particularly in the fintech sector. The team assists with securing employer sponsorship licences, responding to immigration enforcement notices from UK Visas and Immigration and obtaining start-up and representative of overseas business visas. Reading-based practice head Monica Atwal advises businesses on the global transfer of employees, particularly at director level, and their families. Associate Hamza Malik provides support.

Practice head(s):

Monica Atwal

Other key lawyers:

Hamza Malik


‘I am impressed by the professionalism and proactive approach demonstrated by the team. They have always delivered helpful, practical and positive outcomes.’

‘Monica Atwal delivers practical solutions and demonstrates empathy.’

‘I have always had a good experience working with Clarkslegal. Answers are prompt and concise and I appreciate working with the same people throughout the process so that I can avoid having to explain the same situation to a number of lawyers. The advice given is commercial and pragmatic, and with the immigration practice in particular I have been offered plenty of opportunities to walk through processes onscreen together to ensure the correct process is followed.’

Key clients

Jardine Motors Group UK Limited

Tetra Tech Inc

Mishipay Ltd

United for Global Mental Health

Work highlights

  • Continuing to advise Jardine Motors Group UK Limited on various immigration issues, including in connection with the international transfer of members of staff from Hong Kong to the UK.
  • Providing a full range of corporate immigration support to a global network company.
  • Providing a full range of corporate immigration support to a leading multi-utility company, including advising on its duties as a licensed sponsor.


Clintons' 'absolutely dedicated' team has considerable expertise in UK and US business immigration, acting for entrepreneurs and start-ups, managed and owned businesses, multinationals and high-net-worth individuals. The team particularly stands out for its experience in the media, entertainment, technology, advertising and marketing sectors, with a niche in advising on transatlantic transfers in the entertainment industry. Diana Okoeva, who is dual qualified in New York and England and Wales, is head of immigration, while 'impressive' senior associate Natasha Hotson leads the UK immigration practice.

Practice head(s):

Diana Okoeva

Other key lawyers:

Natasha Hotson


‘I have worked with the firm for many years and found the staff to be very knowledgeable on all immigration matters.’

‘The team stands out for its depth of knowledge and ability to solve all matters in a timely manner.’

‘The immigration team at Clintons is very specialist in business and private client immigration. They are one of the best specialist teams in the UK and are absolutely dedicated to their clients.’

‘Natasha Hotson is one of the most impressive solicitors I know. Her knowledge of immigration law and attention to detail are extraordinary, as is her dedication to her clients. I would recommend family and friends to her.’

‘Diana Okoeva has been great – she was very informative, transparent and confident from day one.’

‘The subject area knowledge, attention to detail and guidance through what was not a straightforward process was exceptional. Diana Okoeva deserves a lot of praise for her work.’

‘Diana Okoeva has a great depth of knowledge and expertise in how to steer a client through the visa process, however difficult the circumstances.’

Work highlights

  • Secured a Global Talent (Exceptional Talent) visa for one of the world’s foremost ballet choreographers to enable him to move to the UK.
  • Secured Extraordinary Ability visas for the US for a Grammy-winning British singer/songwriter and her team to enable them to travel to the US.
  • Assisted an international actor with the successful application  for a Global Talent (Exceptional Talent) visa, after his first application was refused by the Home Office.


At DavidsonMorris, managing director Anne Morris has over 25 years of experience acting for clients ranging in size from SMEs to multinational corporates. The firm, which is retained by more than 750 clients, advises on immigration and HR compliance, Home Office visa applications and strategic global mobility consultancy. Jemima Johnstone, who leads the corporate immigration team, is experienced in guiding clients though the entire ambit of Home Office issues; her expertise includes sponsor licence implications of M&A and restructures, fast-tracked sponsor licence applications, expired sponsor licences and curtailed PBS visas. Clients come from sectors such as energy, technology and media, financial services, sport and education.

Practice head(s):

Jemima Johnstone

Other key lawyers:

Anne Morris


Quick and detailed support throughout. Available at any time to answer all queries surrounding country legislation or point us in the right direction to various support mechanisms.’

They were able to help with our case when other firms could not. The positive, can-do approach, especially in very trying circumstances, was hugely important.’

Very thorough and patient, taking time to set out options and outcomes so we could make informed decisions each step of the way.’

The combined knowledge from DavidsonMorris is outstanding and makes the firm our go-to.’

The DavidsonMorris individuals are very approachable, supportive and knowledgeable. Their assistance to our company and our individual employees during the visa process is always of a high standard. The regular webinars provided are always comprehensive and delivered by various individuals within the team.’

A very well-structured organisation, From inquiry, to account managers, to working with specific solicitors. They coordinate well between departments ensuring consistent service.’

DavidsonMorris is a boutique firm that offers first-class immigration law advice to individuals and organisations worldwide. They have consistently been at the forefront of their chosen practice for many years. In Anne Morris, they have an individual that is truly at the top of her game.’

Key clients

Gordon Ramsay Group


Hitech Grand Prix Ltd

University of York

Scuderia Torro Rosso Formula 1

Tunnel Craft

Live Nation

Harris Pye



ECS Europe


Work highlights

  • Acted for Internet Videocommunications in the first points-based immigration case to come before the High Court. This matter involved advising the client on a successful challenge of Home Office enforcement action due to an alleged immigration compliance breach. The High Court found in the client’s favour, and held that the Home Office sanction had been disproportionate.
  • Assisted Harris Pye with a complex sponsor licence application that required specialist advice on corporate structure and intra-company transfers from multinational network.
  • Assisted Oxygen Tech with a complex sponsor licence application and portfolio of visa applications across multiple categories, following a TUPE transfer of 66 Tier 2s as well as Tier 1 investors.

Deloitte Legal

Deloitte Legal is able to offer a truly global service to international corporates requiring immigration support, with its 180-strong UK team backed up by a network of professionals across 149 countries around the world. Since 2018 the firm has also had an alliance with US immigration specialist Berry Appleman & Leiden, an agreement which gives clients access to US immigration expertise. The London practice was also boosted by the firm's merger with tech and digital media specialist firm Kemp Little in early 2021, a tie-up which saw associate director Anushka Sinha join the team. Key names in the London team include UK and EMEA head Jurga McCluskey and partners Katrina Cooper and Emily King. Director Anthony Michael oversees the private client practice.

Practice head(s):

Jurga McCluskey; Katrina Cooper; Emily King

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Michael


‘The team provide great updates on key developments in immigration rules and regulations, which has been particularly appreciated during the changes of the pandemic and as the new Skilled Worker route was launched.  They collaborate well and can always provide the expert advice we need to solve UK immigration matters.’

‘They are extremely knowledgeable and able to provide practical and pragmatic advice for all UK immigration matters.’


At Dentons, Jessica Pattinson advises clients on the full range of corporate immigration matters and compliance issues. She plays a key role handling the immigration aspects of corporate transactions, such as TUPE-related issues and sponsor licence reporting, and also leads the firm's cross-sector international remote worker initiative. She is particularly knowledgeable about immigration issues faced by clients in the creative and media sectors, as well as the oil and gas, energy and renewables industries. The immigration team is a core pillar of the national people, reward and mobility practice, which is led by Virginia Allen.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Pattinson; Virginia Allen


‘They are straight talking and take it down to layman’s terms as necessary. They make sure we are invited to additional virtual events to aid learning, and not just on the topic we work with them most often on.’

‘The team were very responsive to our needs. Took account of the size of the organisation, the resources available and our specific requirements and adjusted both their approach and advice accordingly.’

‘Jessica Pattinson was the main contact and I cannot praise her down-to-earth, proactive advice and support enough.’

‘The team make an effort to know their client, know how we like to work and are real partners in supporting our UK immigration needs. Jessica Pattinson sets the tone and her team is approachable, accessible, knowledgeable and can be trusted to provide pragmatic and robust support and guidance.’

‘The depth of knowledge is excellent, which gives a good sense of value for money.’

Key clients

Acro Aircraft Seating Limited

Bank of China Limited

Ceridian Europe Limited

Hunter Boot Limited

The Institute for Government

NBCUniversal International Limited

Reservoir Group Limited

Tishman Speyer Properties UK Limited

Upfield UK Services Limited

Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited

Doyle Clayton

Doyle Clayton specialises in workplace issues, with immigration and employment a central focus. The immigration team is continuing to grow, with a series of new client wins and former Fragomen LLP senior associate Zahira Patel joining the firm in May 2021. The 'remarkable and hardworking' Anita de Atouguia heads the practice; she is dual qualified in South Africa and England & Wales and has notable experience in asylum and human rights cases, while also advising a range of corporate clients on business immigration matters. She works with legal director Malini Skandachanmugarasan, who leads the personal immigration practice, advising clients ranging from high net worth individuals to asylum seekers.

Practice head(s):

Anita de Atouguia

Other key lawyers:

Malini Skandachanmugarasan; Elisabeth Kynaston; Zahira Patel


‘Malini Skandachanmugarasan was a pleasure to work with on our immigration case. She took a personal interest and spent time to understand then appropriately advise on some unique matters related to our immigration situation. She set reasonable expectations with respect to visa application approval timeline which helped manage our expectations.

‘Anita de Atouguia and Elisabeth Kynaston have been simply exceptional. I have worked with them both on a range of immigration matters for my family over a number of years and they have been faultless in their approach and client service.’

‘Anita de Atouguia is very responsive, gives thorough and very clear advice, clearly has depth and breath of experience which instils confidence that we are getting the best possible legal advice on immigration matters. Anita always follows up the advice in an email and provides helpful links to documents or webinars that are related and would be helpful.’

‘We have the pleasure of dealing directly with Anita de Atouguia. A remarkable and hardworking individual who is both professional and friendly, making navigating the legal requirements much easier. This allows us to focus on our core business, whilst having the confidence we are complaint in this area. We would recommend Anita to anyone requiring this service.’

‘Anita de Atouguia went above and beyond her professional capacity to answer all my questions.  The advice I received from her really helped in the preparation of my application, which was approved in a matter of days. Her extensive knowledge on immigration was above par.  She was always available via email or telephone and was very easy to relate to. I felt very comfortable communicating with her and trusted her advice completely.’

‘Anita de Atouguia is beyond a pleasure to deal with. She is incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and easy to deal with. Her focus on client care is second to none and we have used her services for multiple processes as a business and will continue to do so.’

‘Elizabeth Kynaston is a highly credible associate with solid understanding of immigration and employment law.

‘My family have been Malini Skandachanmugarasan’s clients for many years. When Malini moved to Doyle Clayton, we decided to follow her there as we felt that Malini’s services over the years have been outstanding, and very successful! We always found Malini to be very knowledgeable, dedicated and approachable, and always willing to go the extra mile. Also, we always found it very comfortable to work with Malini on a personal level, which is especially important in immigration matters as they are very personal by nature.’

Druces LLP

At London firm Druces LLP, senior associate Charles Avens has taken over as the head of immigration, with former head Graeme Kirk having now retired. Avens handles a variety of business immigration matters for companies, including the movement of skilled employees and senior staff into the UK. The firm also handles work for international entrepreneurs and investors.

Practice head(s):

Charles Avens


Exceptional quality of service.’

They never hesitate to go that extra mile to help their clients.’

Charles Avens went out of his way to assist with the application and issuing of my Ancestral Visa. He is extremely professional, courteous and a pleasure to work with. Charles submitted my application together with all necessary documents and motivation in an exemplary manner.’

Personable and collaborative style of cooperating with clients, while at the same time keeping the highest standard of professionalism.’

Charles Avens is a fantastic person to work with. He was always available and put the effort in for the clients to get the best possible service. Excellent knowledge of immigration law and Home Office processes.’

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a ‘large and diverse‘ bench of specialist immigration lawyers handling both business matters and complex public law cases. Ayan Yalchin is head of business/private immigration in the firm’s Dalston office; he works with companies on sponsorship licences and renewals and also advises high net worth individuals from a variety of international jurisdictions. The firm is known for its judicial review claimant practice, acting for marginalised and vulnerable clients. Other key members of the ‘powerhouse‘ team include Tamana Aziz and the ‘exceptionalVicash Ramkissoon on the business side, and public and administrative law specialists Bernadette Adusei, Gabor Nagy and Toufique Hossain, who has specific expertise with regards to asylum seekers, as well as the ‘excellentRohena Wallace.

Practice head(s):

Ayan Yalchin; Tamana Aziz; Vicash Ramkissoon; Bernadette Adusei; Gabor Nagy; Toufique Hossain; Zofia Duszynska; James Packer; Jenna McKinney


‘The team has tremendous reach in this area, attracting ambitious and able people.’

‘Duncan Lewis provides an exemplary level of represention for anyone needing to make an immigration application, an application for judicial review, or who needs to pursue an appeal.’

‘Vicash Ramkissoon is exceptional. Vicash was very helpful, knowledgeable and patient. His communication was impeccable, he is very prompt to reply to calls and emails.’

‘Tamana Aziz – excellent knowledge of all areas of immigration law.  She combines her depth of experience with an eye for commercial detail when dealing with business immigration matters.’

‘Ayan Yalchin is an experienced solicitor with an eye for detail.’

‘Toufique Hossain has a well established reputation for ensuring excellence and managing a large team turning out a high volume of work and achieving very good results.’

‘Zofia Duszynska: a real class act. She understands how to run complex litigation and has a specialism in trafficking issues. Zofia is a real star.’

‘Gabor Nagy was the solicitor in charge of my case and was extremely professional, knowledgeable, and courteous. I am originally Hungarian and since English is not my first language, it was very important to me that he was able to explain the process to me so that I could easily understand. He dealt with the process very efficiently, responding to all of my queries promptly. I believe that the entire process was completed in the shortest time possible. I do not think that I could have experienced a better service.’

‘James Packer is outstanding – very smart, very experienced, very knowledgeable and a real fighter.  He is someone you would want on your side in any fight.’

Key clients

AMPI Limited T/A Bluebird Care

Archlum Ltd

Brandscapes Worldwide Consultancy Services Ltd

German School Association Limited

Green Façade Ltd

Greenwich Consulting and Support Services

Hindu Temple and Cultural Community Centre of Nottingham (HTCCC)

Honey Rose Products Ltd

Metallic Inc

Radical Ltd

T.S.S (Total Security) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Appointed as preferred immigration compliance advisors to T.S.S (Total Security Services) Ltd.
  • Instructed by Honey Rose Products Ltd to assist it with a Tier 2 Licence application.
  • Instructed by AMPI Limited T/A Bluebird Care to apply for a Tier 2 Sponsorship License; the company had been severely impacted by Brexit and had lost care workers who originated from the EU and had decided to return to their home countries as a direct result of Brexit.

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP's immigration offering is led by Dhruti Thakrar; she works with high-net-worth individuals, families, entrepreneurs and business owners moving to or investing in the UK, set up businesses in the UK or who might want to make investments in the UK. She also handles complex UK nationality applications and appeals. Christine Chiew left the firm to work for Keystone Law in autumn 2020.

Practice head(s):

Dhruti Thakrar

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

At international firm Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, Audrey Elliott leads the national immigration practice from Birmingham, while principal associate Lizzie Field heads up the London team. The firm advises major businesses on the full spectrum of day-to-day immigration concerns, including sponsorship applications and right to work queries, as well as providing audits and training for clients looking to ensure compliance. Clients include well-known multinational businesses, FTSE 100 companies and global organisations; the team has a particular focus on the financial services sector.

Practice head(s):

Audrey Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Lizzie Field; Esyllt Martin


‘Full service immigration offering with the experience and expertise to deal with all of our needs.’

‘Esyllt Martin is very prompt and responsive. Distills complex area into concise and complex advice. She is very practical and has a good grasp of both the current law and the horizon in this fast-changing area.’

Key clients

Hermes Fund Managers Limited

Oxford International Education Group

Quantiq Technology Limited

Vantage Data Centers UK Limited

The Association of American Study Abroad Programmes United Kingdom (AASAP/UK)

Towards Zero Foundation

Work highlights

  • Supported Vantage Data Centers UK Limited with its sponsor licence application and in maintaining immigration compliance throughout the year.
  • Provided sector specific advice directly to the members of The Association of American Study Abroad Programmes UK on wide ranging immigration queries, via an online portal.
  • Provided day-to-day immigration advice and training to Hermes Fund Managers Limited, whilst also coordinating a global right to work project.

Farrer & Co

The 'fantastic' immigration team at elite London firm Farrer & Co, which was set up in 2015, has continued to expand in recent years, and 'stellar partner' Elena Hinchin now leads a sizeable team of specialists, who advise high-net-worth individuals and corporate clients on a wide range of issues, including sponsor licence compliance matters, complex visa applications, family matters and associated tax issues. Other key members of the team include experienced barrister Lee Jackson, who has 25 years' experience including a decade at the Bar. The wider team includes lawyers with significant experience at other well-regarded immigration specialist firms.

Practice head(s):

Elena Hinchin

Other key lawyers:

Alina Fosh; Zoe Jacob; Lee Jackson; Sonia Cala-Lesina


‘One of the team’s strengths lies in its diversity and collaboration with clients. All the partners and associates we work with are women. The team at Farrer & Co feels like an extension of our company.’

‘Elena Hinchin and Sonia Cala-Lesina worked with us to achieve our desired outcome on a short time horizon. They swiftly overcame unexpected issues outside our collective control and worked diligently to deliver what we were looking for. Excellent subject knowledge and impressive work ethics.  I highly recommend them both.’

‘Personable and efficient. They got to know our firm and values quickly.’

‘The team is fantastic.’

‘Elena Hinchin has been of exceptional help to us as a business. She is proactive, pragmatic, efficient and always at the end of the phone if you need her. She very quickly appraises the situation and offers solid advice which stems from her desire to do the best by your business. She listens to any concerns you may have as a client and offers up alternative ways of proceeding, which allow you to make informed choices. One feels like she truly cares about what is best for her clients.’

‘Elena Hinchin and Alina Fosh are very attentive and responsive to our needs. They are constantly providing up-to-date information on UK immigration to ensure compliance in every aspect of our work.’

‘Elena Hinchin stands out as a stellar partner for both family offices and UHNWIs to deal with, she makes the extremely frustrating and complicated situations that we often find ourselves in resolvable and the whole immigration conundrum becomes a comfortable experience for all involved.  We can not recommend Elena more highly.’

‘Elena Hinchin is incredibly knowledgeable and hard working. Exactly the sort of lawyer you want in your corner.’

Fladgate LLP

With expertise in handling all aspects of immigration, Fladgate LLP has an impressive track record of work for high-profile Hollywood actors, directors and producers. The group also has experience in assisting with complex applications including indefinite leave to remain applications, naturalisation matters where the residence requirement is not met, and Investor and Entrepreneur visas. Kelly Whiter heads up the department; she has a varied client roster of ultra-high-net-work individuals and their families and businesses. Thomas Garner recently joined the team from Gherson and is highly experienced in extradition and asylum mandates. Sarah Gogan left to join Harbottle & Lewis LLP in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Kelly Whiter

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Garner; Sophie Spector


‘Kelly Whiter is extremely knowledgeable on immigration matters.’

Fletcher Day

Fletcher Day's immigration practice was bolstered in March 2021 by the arrival of Matthew Cranton from Solomon Taylor & Shaw. He has taken over as the head of the team, following the departure of former head Sam Meymand for Meymand Maczynski Ltd in late 2020. Cranton acts for businesses ranging in size from start-ups and SMEs to FTSE 250 companies and global corporates. Work for high-net-worth individuals is another driver of activity. Cranton's expertise includes sponsor licence applications and management, as well as skilled worker visas, global talent visas and innovator visas. In addition, he is experienced in administrative reviews and appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber).

Practice head(s):

Matthew Cranton


I have received good advice, regular contact with regards to progress of my case, and quick replies to any queries I have. Also friendly service and an understanding of my situation.’

A big recommendation and positive feedback goes to Matthew Cranton. He was extremely helpful and correct in my case and supported me throughout the journey.’

Matthew Cranston is an excellent addition to the team. Good lawyer, intelligent, personable and has good attention to detail.’

Matthew Cranton – hard working, clever, great attention to detail, first-rate client care – he’s a star.’

I think Fletcher Day has assembled a solid immigration team. I have been very satisfied with the service provided during the process of applying for UK naturalisation.’

Key clients

Helios Towers Africa LLP

iSpecialist Limited

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP's practice advises companies, institutions and individuals on a range of complex immigration matters. Its clients include financial institutions and asset managers, fintech companies,  as well as private schools and SMEs. Over the last year, the practice, which is led by Sacha Schoenfeld ,  has advised many clients in relation to the new immigration rules and consequences of Brexit. The firm is also instructed by a number of UK and US law firms without their own immigration offering.

Practice head(s):

Sacha Schoenfeld

Other key lawyers:

Adele Standard


‘On top of immigration law (which keeps shifting all the time), they also know the practices of the Home Office and how the rules and regulations get applied in practice. They are really client-centred and listen really carefully to your specific case and your needs and particular circumstances. ‘

‘Fabulous at communicating clearly and effectively, and at translating the very arcane, complicated, bureaucratic and stressful immigration process, and the stringent requirements in terms that you can understand and respond to on time. As a result, they are also amazing at building up the strongest possible case for you.’

‘Sacha Schoenfeld was excellent; extremely experienced and knowledgeable about immigration law and Home Office practice; fast-thinking, very insightful; really responsive and sensitive and reliable. Superb communicator, really responsive to queries, great at team work and leadership, very far sighted and forward looking and effective. It was such a good experience to work with her!’

‘Adele Standard – really quick, proactive and efficient at responding, providing me with the exact support I needed. Without knowing anything about my case, she listened carefully and precisely to what I was trying to say, and to the problem I was trying to explain and gave me really good, effective and supportive advice.’

Key clients


Infogix Ltd

XIX Entertainment Ltd

Lancaster Investment Management

Steptoe & Johnson

Hardy Fisher

Walker Books



N Harris Computers

Work highlights

  • Advised Ceramex on a matter involving critical patented technology in the UK to urgently transfer a senior research and development engineer from a joint venture company in the US. The business had tried to search for an appropriate resource in the UK, but was unable to do so.
  • Advised N Harris Computers in relation to a senior executive working for several different but unlinked businesses within a complex group structure of companies. Working with the corporate team, the team advised on grouping together some of the entities, and secured the sponsor licence to enable the senior executive to take up the post in the UK.
  • Ongoing provision of immigration advice for growing tech company, Beamery, with an emphasis on Skilled Worker shortage occupation entry clearance applications and change of employer applications for senior employees, in the context of the pandemic extended timeframes.

Gherson LLP

Gherson is described as 'unique in its expertise in the areas of extradition, asylum and immigration, and crime - there is no better firm to handle cases where all three are engaged.' Principal solicitor Roger Gherson founded the firm in 1988, and can draw on a huge depth of experience of assisting 'countless clients in myriad different situations'. 'Exceptional' solicitor Charles Burnett specialises in private and public law cases against the State, including human rights and judicial review claims and inquests. Adam Hoefel joined the firm in January 2021 from DavidsonMorris; he now heads up the corporate team, advising businesses on issues such as sponsor licences and recruitment issues.

Practice head(s):

Roger Gherson

Other key lawyers:

Adam Hoefel; Charles Burnett


‘Roger Gherson is a one-off.  He has handled more asylum/criminal/extradition cases than anyone else. He has a list of contacts that is the envy of all others in the field. He will offer clients a level of care which goes beyond anything that is on offer elsewhere. He lives and breathes every case as much as his clients.’

‘Roger Gherson is a seasoned immigration solicitor whose reputation as being one of the finest complex immigration lawyers is well founded. He is an intuitive lawyer, who will not let go of the most challenging case if he knows intuitively that there is a just cause that must prevail, even if the letter of the law is against him. His sheer determination to achieve the best results for his clients makes him a formidable ally (to his clients) or opponent.  He fearlessly confronts any obstacles and challenges and gets the best from any counsel he instructs.’

‘I recall Charles Burnett joining the firm as newly qualified solicitor. Six years, countless clients and many successful applications later, he heads the team with Roger Gherson and together they do excellent work. Charles is an exceptional lawyer, he advises his clients with utter professionalism and empathy and manages their matters with a level of skill and dedication which sets him apart from his peers in other firms.’

‘Gherson is unique in its expertise in the areas of extradition, asylum and immigration, and crime. There is no better firm to handle cases where all three are engaged.’

‘This is a unique team dealing with some of the most complex and contentious, asylum and human rights applications, many of which are based on the ‘political opinion’ reason for persecution.’

‘Roger Gherson and his team now have a reputation for achieving excellent outcomes for their clients in very difficult situations.’

‘Roger Gherson and his team have been doing this work for almost thirty years and in that time have dealt with countless clients in myriad different situations. This depth of experience is one of the reasons they are so unique.’

‘The firm has its own team of skilled translators, who translate the client’s highly confidential documents and statements in-house. This provides an added layer of security and confidentiality, greatly valued by the clients, especially those whose matters concern sensitive and politically motivated arguments.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully advised a Russian national with an application for a sponsor licence and a Skilled Worker visa for an executive chef to work in a start-up vegan restaurant in London.
  • With the Akshaya Patra Foundation in need of experienced workers from abroad, the firm obtained a sponsor licence for the organisation within the sectors of Skilled Worker, ICT and Tier 5 Charity Workers, so that they could continue to hire skilled individuals.
  • Successfully sought an Indefinite Leave to Remain on the basis of five years continuous residence as a Tier 2 (General) migrant for a client.

Healys LLP

Healys LLP's 'prompt, dedicated and focused' team is experienced in all areas of immigration and nationality law and handles a wide variety of visa issues from initial application to appeals. Senior partner Marios Pattihis now heads up the department following the departure of Omar Shams in early 2021; Pattihis has notable expertise in advising high-net-worth individuals looking to invest in the UK. Solicitor Nagesh Jain is also praised by clients.

Practice head(s):

Marios Pattihis

Other key lawyers:

Nagesh Jain


‘Healys is a very reliable caring firm, which conducts its business in a professional manner, reply to any inquiries in a professional honest and helpful way.’

‘The team used to listen to all my requirements, gave me the right advice and was always there when I needed help.’

‘The team was great to work with during the process of sponsoring some employees. They were patient, able to explain the process and continuously made themselves available to answer both my questions and the questions of our employees. They were very personable throughout the process.’

‘Prompt, dedicated and focused.’

‘I worked with Nagesh Jain, who assisted me with an immigration matter. I was very pleased with the services provided. I felt that he was extremely professional, kept great communication, was timely in response to questions, and kept us to our deadlines. He was outstanding and I would highly recommend him and the entire Healys team.’

‘Nagesh Jain is extremely patient & calm, even when there was some difficulties during the process, which gave me confidence.’

‘Very professional and experienced team that provide various solutions.’

‘We worked closely with Nagesh Jain through the entire process. He was always informative and knowledgeable.’

Work highlights

  • Handled the extension of a Representative of an Overseas Business Visa for a client with dependents.
  • Advised on a Tier 1 Investor Visa.
  • Assisted with the extension of a Visit visa and switch to a Tier 2 General Visa.

Howard Kennedy LLP

The 'fantastic' Antonia Torr leads the immigration offering at Howard Kennedy LLP, handling both business and private client work. On the business side, the team has a focus on retail and hospitality clients, Chinese start-ups, and construction companies. Torr works with high-net-worth clients, helping them to obtain investor, entrepreneur and sole representative visas, and is well regarded for providing a 'super service for Asian clients'.

Practice head(s):

Antonia Torr


‘I have worked with Howard Kennedy for many years and found their modern, innovative approach to law very refreshing.’

‘A focused and knowledgeable team which has built their expertise over the years, caring for the language and cultural background of their clients. Super service for Asian clients.’

‘Antonia Torr epitomizes the future of the legal profession in a VUCA world. She responds with agility to client business needs, provides clear and actionable recommendations, and is very client-centric in her approach. Antonia is excellent at listening to our concerns, asking the key questions, and providing advice in the format that best aligns with our internal processes and culture. Her work allows us to respond in a timely manner to business priorities, and to have confidence that we are responding in an optimal way to any challenges or opportunities we face. As a professional, we have found Antonia to be not only well-informed and highly respectful, but also to have a rare combination of legal, commercial, and entrepreneurial acumen.’

‘Antonia Torr is very helpful. Everyone in the team that I have ever encountered is knowledgeable, friendly and approachable. They appreciate partnerships and their client are always front and centre to everything they do.’

‘Antonia Torr is fantastic, she is very approachable and pragmatic. She makes everything look simple and has a very collaborative approach.’

‘The immigration practice goes above and beyond to (a) understand the client and their growth needs, (b) provide advice – within appropriate scope – that is informed and aligned with business priorities, and (c) work in a manner that aids efficient and agile decision-making and action.’

‘The immigration team provides high ROI to our business, effecting meaningful improvements to the outcomes we drive.’

Irvine Thanvi Natas

Irvine Thanvi Natas is 'extremely experienced and tactically astute' and stands out for its expertise in deportation cases, particularly in removal actions; the team also has experience in national security and Special Immigration Appeals Commission work. Syed Naqvi heads up the practice and handles asylum, human rights and EEA cases.

Practice head(s):

Syed Naqvi


‘The team is extremely experienced and tactically astute in relation to the nuances of litigation with the Home Office. They go that extra mile for their clients always ensuring that their case is presented as effectively as possible.’

‘At ITN, the team is a highly professional team of solicitors, who give 100% effort. They collaborate and coordinate with the concerned departments in time efficiently to get you the best possible outcome.’

‘Excellent service was provided in an extremely professional way during my immigration visa process and Syed Naqvi was so generous and the best person, so helpful.’

‘Syed Naqvi is the head of immigration department at ITN Solicitors. He is an absolute jewel! He is excellent in laying a strong foundation and covering any potential loopholes. He has the ability to think from different angles which is an excellent and important quality of a good lawyer. He is a genuine professional. I can confidently say he worked extremely hard on my case. I was sure I was in good hands by assigning ITN to my immigration case.’

‘Syed Naqvi stands out for his tenacity and perseverance.’

‘I worked with Syed Naqvi on my case, he is an extraordinary person, he’s extremely hardworking, highly focused and highly professional. He focuses on the case and coordinates with concerned bodies well in advance, tries to get best possible outcome.’

‘I cannot recommend Syed Naqvi more highly. He is a natural leader who has a great team of well-rounded immigration lawyers around him. Syed is extremely dedicated, thorough and very generous with his time.’

‘Very professional firm. They are very knowledgeable in their fields.’

Irwin Mitchell

The ‘hugely capable, down to earth and approachable‘ immigration team at Irwin Mitchell advises on corporate immigration and sponsor licences, British nationality cases (including those requiring discretionary treatment) and European freedom of movement law, as well as assisting high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, particularly with tier 1 investor and entrepreneur visa applications. Senior associate Mandeep Khroud is the key contact.

Other key lawyers:

Mandeep Khroud


‘Bilingual services that attract clients from China. Flexible and considerate team. Services are outstanding.’

‘The team is really amazing. They have a quick turnaround time and always act professionally.’

‘The immigration team are hugely capable, down to earth and approachable. Their multi-disciplinary approach to cases ensures practical advice and the best possible outcome for their clients. Their service is always of the highest standard and they leave no stone unturned, working collaboratively with their clients and counsel to ensure their service for clients is unparalleled.’

‘They are very efficient and professional. They manage things very well and are always very well prepared for every meeting. They can find the most appropriate person from other departments to respond to enquires, which saves lots of time.’

‘The individuals I have worked with are very efficient, and they respond very quickly to all my questions and enquires day and night. They can always provide professional feedback in a short period of time. In addition, they can communicate in multiple languages, which makes communication much easier.’

Keystone Law

Keystone Law has put together a strong bench of immigration specialists, including the 'extremely knowledgeable' Sharmila Mehta, who can draw on more than two decades of experience at Magrath Sheldrick LLP and Farrer & CoNicola Richards has a strong reputation for her work with technology clients, while Christine Chiew, who joined from Edwin Coe LLP in 2020, handles both private client and corporate immigration matters. Other key names include the 'exceptionally knowledgeable' Tsige Berhanu and 'sterling adviser and advocate' Jayanti Mitra-Valdes.

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Richards; Christine Chiew; Sharmila Mehta; Jayanti Mitra-Valdes; Tsige Berhanu


‘Nicola Richards was a pleasure to work with. Her assessment of the process and likely outcome was 100% accurate. She went beyond the call of duty.’

‘Christine Chiew has been a great help. She is professional, responsible and passionate and she makes applications easier to achieve. Her team has also been helpful on various enquiries.’

‘Sharmila Mehta’s expertise and care is second to none; she knows the immigration legal system inside and out such that she was able to provide us with the information we needed and in a very clear, professional yet at the same time personable manner. Not only profoundly knowledgeable, Sharmila was genuinely kind and caring of our situation, which is so important with immigration matters that cause so much stress and anxiety, not least during a pandemic.’

‘Jayanti Mitra-Valdes is a sterling adviser and advocate: always available, very thoughtful, went the extra mile to figure out the right tactics and positioning and language for my visa application.Superb.’

‘Christine Chiew is extremely dedicated and her knowledge of the field is unparalleled. I have known her for six years now and she has always made me feel reassured.’

‘Tsige Berhanu is exceptionally knowledgeable in all areas of her specialism, and can always give expert advice on a question, no matter how challenging it may be. Outstanding customer service and response times – highly recommended.’

‘Nicola Richards is exceptional and has supported us for years. She’s pragmatic, knows our business and industry well, and gives a great candidate experience – those she’s helped bring over rave about how great she is. She’s also happy to do the heavy lift where we need support, and is one of the most responsive lawyers I’ve ever worked with. I recommend Nicola to every tech company that ever asks me about immigration law.’

‘Sharmila Mehta is extremely knowledgeable and always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that both my organisation and the individuals we are supporting are fully aware of their responsibilities. Sharmila is able to explain complicated processes in a way that makes them easy to understand, and her calm professionalism means that she is able to reassure individuals who are concerned about their visa applications. I would have no hesitation in recommending Sharmila for any immigration work.’

Key clients

Save the Elephants

Work highlights

  • Advised UK Limited, a US headquartered digital marketing company, which wished to apply for a Sponsor Licence in order to sponsor two strategic hires (one in India and the other in Jordan). Keystone Law worked with the company and their banking providers to ensure that the documentation was compliant from a Home Office perspective.
  • Advised Health Harmonie Limited on an application for a medical doctor to join the UK practice, which involved applying for a sponsor licence for the practice to be followed by a Tier 2 general visa.
  • Successfully advised and assisted a high-net-worth client, who was a senior executive shortly before retiring from McKinsey, with an application under the Global Talent route.

Kingsley Napley LLP

The well-regarded practice at Kingsley Napley LLP  – which is led by ‘immigration grandeeNicolas Rollason – works with a wide range of businesses and private clients on the full spectrum of complex matters. The ‘highly experienced, knowledgeable and diligent‘ team has a sector focus on financial services; legal services; media, entertainment and sport and tech, and advises on immigration issues relating to inward investment, mergers, restructurings, and the full range of challenges facing individuals, such as appeals and asylum applications. Key partners include Ilda De SousaMarcia Longdon (who was recently appointed as the American Bar Association’s international co-chair of the Immigration & Human Trafficking Committee) and newly promoted partner Katie Newbury, who leads the team providing specialist advice to private individuals. EU free movement expert Elspeth Guild has stepped down as a partner and is now a legal counsel to the team, while also teaching as a law professor at Queen Mary University of London.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Rollason

Other key lawyers:

Marcia Longdon; Elspeth Guild; Ilda de Sousa; Katie Newbury; Kim Vowden; Conor Boyd; Oliver Oldman


‘Nick Rollason is exceptional lawyer – great with clients and great to work with.’

‘They are all experts in UK immigration law and provide excellent customer service. A dedicated and fully engaged team.’

‘Katie Newbury is a fantastic solicitor, with a deep understanding of immigration law and practice.’

‘This team displays excellence at every step of the way. I am particularly impressed by how the paralegals and trainees are just as involved as the partners: it means that the team is cohesive and reliable.’

‘Ilda De Sousa’s competence and professional conduct are exceptional. There have been many challenging occasions Ilda guided our company in the right path to achieve a positive outcome we desired.’

‘Katie Newbury’s knowledge in adoption and surrogacy related law is outstanding – she is always looking and finding resolutions that work for her clients.’

‘The team have a good way of relationship-building. I like how they think about whether or not the client could be trained to do something in order to reduce bills, thus keeping the specialists focused on law work, rather than paralegal-type work. I really appreciate this.’

‘Katie Newbury is a bright star of the immigration world with particular expertise in family immigration. Her encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, intellectual might, and calm approach mean that she is undoubtedly the solicitor you want on your side for complicated family immigration cases.’

‘Oliver Oldman is real rising star, working on very complex deportation cases involving the overlap between mental ill-health and criminality. Immensely hard-working and committed to his clients.’

Laura Devine Immigration

Well-respected‘ specialist firm Laura Devine Immigration has offices in both London and New York, with US attorneys and UK solicitors in both locations, meaning it has the notable ability to offer a transatlantic service. The firm is strong on both the business and human rights sides, and is described as ‘pragmatic and excellent at guiding clients through the intricacies of UK immigration‘. Managing partner Laura Devine and senior partner Sophie Barrett-Brown are the most senior figures, working with a strong bench of talent including head of risk and compliance Natasha Chell, London-based US practice head Christi Hufford Jackson, and senior solicitors Zeena Luchowa and Matthew Wills, who jointly lead the human rights practice.

Practice head(s):

Laura Devine; Sophie Barrett-Brown; Natasha Chell; Christi Jackson; Zeena Luchowa; Matthew Wills

Other key lawyers:

Nicolette Bostock; Francesca Sciberras


‘Sophie Barrett-Brown is a clear leader in the field. She is a formidable lawyer and advocate. She knows immigration law inside out and is able to use it creatively to achieve excellent results for her clients. She is the most excellent legal brain a client could hope to have on their side.’

‘Nicolette Bostock was excellent. She was extremely responsive, knowledgeable, pragmatic and left no stone unturned to find a solution to my specific immigration needs. Her service exceeded all expectations; in particular, she was able to find me a solution that beat even the very tight timescales I had set for her. I am a senior solicitor myself so I know a good solicitor when I see one.’

‘I have personally worked with Natasha Chell consistently through the years and have been very pleased with the attention she provides to each of the applications my company has submitted. She is an incredibly responsive communicator and even when the application details are being handled by a subordinate, I feel her oversight is comprehensive.’

‘Zeena Luchowa has risen to the top in no time and for good reason. She is incredibly meticulous in her preparation of cases with great attention to detail. She has particular expertise in complex nationality matters.’

‘Matthew Wills has a track record of overturning adverse Home Office decisions. He is versatile with good client care skills as he appreciates the needs of different client groups. Good with vulnerable clients.’

‘Nicolette Bostock is my main contact at Laura Devine and I am so pleased she is. When I ask Nicolette for advice, I know that the response I get from her will be clear and easy to understand and well thought out. If I have a particular urgent request, Nicolette is always prompt to reply and so accommodating. She really is a delight to work with and a complete professional. Laura Devine are very lucky to have her.’

‘Zeena Luchowa who has been one of the most brilliant lawyers I have worked with. She has always been extremely conscientious, provided excellent and high quality services, responding to queries very quickly and providing very clear explanations. Zeena is passionate, considerate and dedicated in her work, particularly in helping to raise and address problems facing her clients.’

‘Francesca Sciberras stands out – she is always happy to support with last-minute requests, and always goes the extra mile to support our business. She provides excellent advice and is great to work with.’

Lewis Silkin

Lewis Silkin LLP  has a strong focus on clients in the creative sectors, such as advertising & marketing, fashion and media & entertainment, as well as technology, and is known for being a firm with a ‘can-do attitude‘. The immigration practice works in tandem with the firm’s market-leading employment team to tackle the full range of issues affecting clients, including sponsor licences, recruitment, right to work checks, as well as recent challenges presented by the global pandemic. Practice head Andrew Osborne  is ‘always approachable and provides practical, commercial immigration advice.’ Other key clients are drawn from the professional services, healthcare and hospitality sectors. The firm recently merged with Northern Ireland employment firm Jones Cassidy Brett; that team is set to be joined by managing associate Stephen O’Flaherty, who will lead a business immigration team in Belfast.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Osborne

Other key lawyers:

Naomi Hanrahan-Soar; Kathryn Denyer; Stephen O’Flaherty; Supinder Sian


‘Lewis Silkin is my go-to firm for everything regarding visas for skilled workers, including Brexit uncertainties. I have been working with them since 2014, where they magically made all issues disappear as we were assembling a team in the UK. Deeply knowledgeable and very clear communicators.’

‘Naomi Hanrahan-Soar has been incredibly responsive. She also gave a remarkably clear and candid training to our largely foreign team regarding Brexit, bringing much appreciated visibility in a highly changing landscape.’

‘Kathryn Denyer is an invaluable source of practical and accessible knowhow on current immigration policy and law.’

‘Kathryn Denyer – not only is she one of the few people in the immigration sector who is genuinely up-to-date on all the (frankly daily) developments, but she is extremely insightful in her reaction to those developments. I always want to know what she thinks about the latest changes. She sees the bigger picture.’

‘Andrew Osborne is always approachable and provides practical, commercial immigration advice. This has been invaluable during the last 12-18 months, given the ever-changing uncertainty in the immigration landscape. His advice is considered in the wider corporate operational context, the same way that our business heads and stakeholders consider mobility overall.’

‘Stephen O’Flaherty explains complex areas in plain language and makes sure that the stress of immigration law is taken off the client. He is always available for advice and support.’

‘Employment expertise, particularly at partner level, is very strong.  Good international reach with a strong network of overseas best friends.’

Key clients


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Benevolent AI

Havas Media

Marks & Spencer


Chelsea FC

Babylon Health

Work highlights

  • Advising a creative agency on the visa requirements into the US for a high-profile commercial in December 2020 during the height of the pandemic, the COVID-19 related travel ban on international arrivals and changing US policy.
  • Successfully advising on numerous Global Talent applications, including for a young fashion designer, a technically innovative architect and a number for clients in the tech sector.
  • Advising Katten on the immigration considerations in assessing jurisdictions for the establishment of a cryptocurrency investment arm of a US investment company, for one of the US law firm’s clients.

Macfarlanes LLP

The team at Macfarlanes LLP is led by personal tax specialist Edward Reed, who has particular expertise with regards to internationally mobile families, and is also a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association. His immigration experience is backed up by specialist senior solicitors Tom Marsom and Jessica Yu; together, they advise on applications for visas, sponsor licences and Indefinite Leave to Remain, working with clients from a variety of sectors, with a notable focus on financial services and asset management. Senior counsel James Perrott left in spring 2021 to head up Mayer Brown International LLP's European mobility and migration practice.

Practice head(s):

Edward Reed

Other key lawyers:

Tom Marsom; Jessica Yu


‘Jessica Yu is an excellent immigration lawyer who is always trying to find the best solutions.’

‘Tom Marsom has been very helpful in assisting a senior employee in our firm with immigration questions. He has been available for calls, emails and offered in person meetings to suit various requests.’

‘Tom Marsom has been excellent to work with. As a US employer, Tom has provided to us clear, comprehensive, and thoughtful guidance around navigating immigration changes due to Brexit. Throughout the sponsorship process, he has been incredibly communicative and commits time and thoughtfulness to ensuring everyone is understanding of and on board with the process.’

‘Jessica Yu consistently delivers high quality advice and services.’

‘The team has a lot of expertise and is always up to date regarding changes in the law. Their availability for urgent matters is great.’

‘Macfarlanes offer a highly professional and seamless approach in all aspects of employment, commercial and immigration law.’

‘We’ve experienced a very high level of service with the Macfarlanes team. My experience has been working with them for immigration issues as well as policy changes, and the team is responsive and collaborative. The team has deep knowledge in immigration laws in the UK and has been very responsive to our questions and requirements.’

‘They are proactive in keeping us abreast of latest changes or updates in immigration laws particularly in visa types pre and post Brexit, which has been tremendously helpful in preparing us for the transition.’

Magrath Sheldrick LLP

Managing partner Ben Sheldrick leads the immigration practice at City boutique Magrath Sheldrick LLP, working alongside senior partner Chris Magrath. While the firm also provides employment and disputes advice, immigration is its core focus, with a strong emphasis on banking sector clients. As well as major corporates, the team also works with high-net-worth and high-profile individuals, and has recently introduced a new global immigration compliance solution named Global Reach, which provides active mobility case management together with a compliance toolkit. Other key members of the team include private client specialist Alfreda Joubert, Zulaykha Bhaijee and Joanne Taylor.

Practice head(s):

Ben Sheldrick

Other key lawyers:

Chris Magrath; Alfreda Joubert; Zulaykha Bhaijee; Joanne Taylor


‘The individuals at Magrath are simply great. They always listen and they are always available for the clients and they provide an excellent service.’

‘Magrath provide a service that feels very one on one – no question is too silly and the responses that we receive are comprehensive. They take our business into consideration and are always willing to help us work through difficult issues. We can have awkward employees but they address them directly and take the time to explain in detail why there may be an issue or delay. I have never had an issue with billing in the time we have used them.’

‘Ben Sheldrick is simply the best. Just wonderful.’

‘Joanne Taylor is our main contact and over the years – especially the Brexit ones – has proved invaluable. If Jo is not available there is always someone else who will pick up the work.’

‘Magrath Sheldrick combine expertise for both UK inbound as well as outbound immigration, with their strength lying in the UK inbound expertise. They are very well connected with the relevant immigration bodies and always up to date on latest developments. I appreciate their webinars and newsletters on developments and upcoming changes.’

‘Zulaykha Bhaijee is a partner who stands out for her availability and strong understanding of her clients’ business reality. I appreciate her ability to efficiently guide us and advise on immigration requirements and obligations as a sponsor.’

‘Ben Sheldrick and Joanne Taylor are close to their business and the legislation.  It’s refreshing to be able to speak to a partner (let alone managing partner) so easily.’

‘Zulaykha Bhaijee is friendly and supportive.’

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP

Well-regarded private client boutique Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP, which was founded by a team of Allen & Overy LLP  lawyers in 2009, advises both companies and individuals on a wide range of immigration considerations, including obtaining indefinite leave to remain, visas for investors and skilled workers, nationality and family matters, as well as the issues facing businesses looking to set up shop in the UK. The key names are charities and immigration head Ceris Gardner - the nicest, straightforward and professional law firm partner you could ever hope to meet' - and managing partner Emma-Jane Weider , who provides holistic private wealth advice to clients with immigration concerns.

Practice head(s):

Ceris Gardner

Other key lawyers:

Emma-Jane Weider


‘Emma-Jane Weider is quite outstanding as a practitioner in this field. Excellent knowledge, and excellent assistance from her colleagues. Very highly recommended indeed.’

‘Ceris Gardner is very solutions-orientated, responsive and great with clients.’

‘Excellent advice on immigration matters.’

‘They are true experts in the area of immigration, fully immersed in the complexities and ever-changing regulation, but with the ability to think practically to support clients find solutions to enable them to mobilise their workforce as required.’

‘Very professional and efficient team with a lot of expertise on international immigration issues. The firm has been able to work with many of my clients to assist them in their UK immigration and tax matters. They are quick, strong in their area of expertise and remain fees sensible.’

‘Ceris Gardiner is about the nicest, straightforward and professional law firm partner you could ever hope to meet.’

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP provides a 'fantastic service' to a wide range of clients across the education, health, charity, life sciences, technology, sports and private wealth sectors - among them, universities and NHS trusts. The team regularly assists with transitioning to the post-Brexit immigration system, including registering as sponsors under the new points-based immigration system and applying for Skilled Worker and Global Talent visas. Norwich-based Alex Russell heads the national practice.

Practice head(s):

Alex Russell

Other key lawyers:

Mark Benton; Tracy Yates


‘Billing is easy and straightforward, and the use of technology like uploading documents through their portal instead of posting to the office or a physical meeting is very efficient.’

‘Mark Benton always gives the best advice and answers all my questions in time. He kept me updated about the new rules and regulations during the pandemic.’

‘We have a longstanding relationship with the firm and they’ve always provided a fantastic service. In addition to the high standard of the legal advice provided they have a great understanding of the sector.’

‘I have dealt mainly with Alex Russell and he’s always provided great advice. His response times are quick and the advice is always very detailed, comprehensive and focused on resolving issues efficiently. Alex is able to provide written advice or discuss on the phone as needed and often at short notice. Alex has also delivered many excellent talks, training sessions and webinars with the university. I have also dealt with Mark Benton and Tracy Yates at the firm who have both been very competent and professional.’

‘Very professional, provide regular updates and briefings, wide range of services available, personal touch.’

‘Alex Russell and Mark Benton provide timely and concise advice which is always well laid out in a way that makes it easy to understand, with clear instructions on the action needed by all parties. Extremely knowledgeable in immigration and give excellent presentations and seminars.’

‘Very responsive to questions and always happy to talk complex immigration issues through.’

‘Tracy Yates is always very responsive and happy to talk through any issues.’

Key clients

Triumph Motorcycles

Volkswagen Financial Services

King’s College London


Rheinmetall BAE Systems

Baxter Healthcare

Red Gate Software

Horizon Discovery

The British Library

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised a financial services company on registering with the Home Office as a sponsor for visas under the new points-based immigration system.
  • Advised various clients, including Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Papworth NHS Trust, and their EU national staff in relation to Brexit.
  • Advised an automotive manufacturer in relation to the inadvertent expiry of its sponsor licence while still sponsoring a migrant worker.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP  has significantly grown its immigration offering in recent years, and now has 'deep experience across complex corporate and private client immigration matters', as well as key capabilities in the human rights and asylum arena. Kamal Rahman leads the practice; she advises wealthy individuals and families seeking to establish a base in the UK, with clients drawn from markets in Russia, China, the Middle East, Asia and west Africa. She works with Steven Bostock and the 'innovative and creative' Maria Patsalos, while below partner-level, managing associate Natalie Loader is widely praised for her 'encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration law' and the 'ability to think outside the box on complicated legal points'.

Practice head(s):

Kamal Rahman

Other key lawyers:

Steven Bostock; Maria Patsalos; Hannah Barnett; Neil Shanghavi; Natalie Loader


‘Kamal Rahman has a fantastic grip on matters. Her understanding of the facts, challenges and circumstances in various jurisdictions is far superior than anyone else in that league.’

‘They are an incredible team and I wish I could describe 100% how incredible their work is. I’d not be here today if it weren’t for them.’

‘I like to call out Neil Shanghavi for his client service. He cares for his clients and has their best interests at heart. This is reflected by his responsiveness and time he takes to explain the process. I have learned a great deal about the UK immigration process from Neil as he has made something seemingly complicated much more clear and understandable. I also appreciate his clarity in fees/billing, and carefully managing the project to the estimates.’

‘Natalie Loader is a phenomenal lawyer who is extremely thorough in her work. She works through her applications with a fine toothcomb and can always be relied upon to find a solution for clients. I’m very impressed with her level of knowledge and how easy she is to talk to – she really can make you feel at ease and explain the most complex of circumstances in a clear and coherent manner.’

‘Natalie Loader has an encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration law. She achieves successful outcomes in the most complex circumstances in both corporate and private client matters.  She consistently provides an exceptional level of client service in an approachable and friendly manner. She is a rising star and an asset to the firm.’

‘Maria Patsalos is is an outstanding lawyer. She is extremely knowledgeable in the field of immigration law and gives incredible client service. She is passionate and dedicated to the the valuable pro bono work she undertakes.  Maria is innovative, creative and a has a positive can-do attitude to everything she undertakes.

‘Natalie Loader has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the business immigration area. She is very pleasant to work with and is willing to help where needed.’

‘Maria Patsalos has really stood out as someone who leads from the front and drives forward the innovative, bold approach of the immigration team. She is demonstrably extremely passionate about all areas of immigration, particularly human rights and forced displacement. That is evident from her pro bono work in the space, as well as support in recruiting refugees into the firm and her involvement in events we organise. She is also incredibly accessible and communicative.’

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing UK immigration assistance to Global Minds, an international IT solutions company, ranging from right to work checks to sponsored immigration applications for its employees.
  • Acting for the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens on a pro bono basis, challenging the high level of Home Office fees for children to register as British citizens, which includes a profit element for the Home Office on every application. The client was granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court on their point.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's immigration team in London has a strong profile among UK and international blue-chip clients, particularly those operating in the media, technology, entertainment and investment funds industries. It also acts for entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. As part of a larger practice that spans multiple offices globally, the group coordinates global immigration strategies, relocations and assignments, and also handles visa applications for clients with sophisticated global immigration programmes. Associates Jennifer Connolly and Yvette Allen are key contacts for immigration advice. Matthew Howse heads up the labour and employment practice.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Howse

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Connolly; Yvette Allen


Specialists. Easy access. Responsive.’

Excellent team with a can-do attitude. They help you understand what is possible, not what is not. Very responsive. They are fantastic partners and a very important part of our global immigration programme.’

Yvette Allen is fantastic – she’s always available for any questions, no matter how big or small and so great at responding quickly and providing really amazing support for our employees. Especially since Brexit, there have been a lot more complexities and we have a large volume of cases and Yvette has always been so helpful.’

Always efficient and helpful with providing relevant advice, easy to work with.’

Our point person was Yvette Allen. She understands the details of the visa process very well and was insightful, very responsive and professional. We always felt we are in safe hands with someone who will be honest, clear and committed to guide us all the way through the process.’

Key clients

Cameron Mackintosh Limited

Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability

Work highlights

  • Advised Cameron Mackintosh Limited on the immigration implications of Brexit, COVID-19 and the renewal of its sponsor licence.
  • Assisted the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability with visas for nurses and healthcare workers amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, and also assisted with its sponsor licence renewal, including an audit from the Home Office.

Osborne Clarke LLP

With a 'very clear understanding of immigration issues', Osborne Clarke LLP acts for leading multinationals - particularly US corporations with UK operations - as well as growth-stage companies, high-net-worth individuals and international investors. The team advises on employer sponsorship licences, negotiations with the immigration authorities, and UK/EU immigration strategy. Gavin Jones leads the practice, and is particularly experienced in advising international companies on the immigration issues surrounding starting operations in the UK. He is supported by senior associate Adam Sinfield and associate Tina Sayyah.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Jones

Other key lawyers:

Adam Sinfield; Tina Sayyah


‘Great and knowledgable team who have quick turnaround times and are very helpful when it comes to our questions.’

‘Very service minded and diligent.’

‘Very clear understanding of immigration issues and can describe it well to a layperson.’

‘I work a lot with Tina Sayyah, and she is a pleasure to work with. She is very responsive, gives calm advice and is clear on the next steps.’

‘Very dedicated, patient, engaged and responsive.’

‘Tina Sayyah has excellent experience.’

Key clients

Oxmet Technologies

Ovo Energy

Zuffa LLC




Oxford Heartbeat

Collaborative Solutions

System1 Group PLC

Primer Technologies

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing corporate immigration advice to global sporting organisation Zuffa.
  • Advising OVO Energy’s UK operations on a range of immigration issues.
  • Advising medical device software developer Oxford Heartbeat on immigration issues.

OTS Solicitors

OTS Solicitors, which was founded in 2015, is led by its co-founders - senior partner Teni Shahiean and managing partner Oshin Shahiean. They work with 'star performer' Hans Sok Appadu, who heads the business immigration team and was promoted to partner in 2020. The firm's business immigration offering encompasses the full range of services for corporate clients, including visas, sponsorship licences, illegal working compliance, transfers and global migration planning. On the human rights side, the firm's expertise covers asylum, deportations, family life matters and cases involving trafficking, amongst other areas. The team is praised for providing 'the highest quality of service' and offering clients 'the most honest solution' to their issues. The highly regarded Paul Gulbenkian, a founding member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association, works with the firm on a consultancy basis.

Practice head(s):

Teni Shahiean; Hans Sok Appadu; Oshin Shahiean

Other key lawyers:

Jayana Rathod


‘Always well prepared and always up to date on developments in the law. A very client focused firm prepared to go to great lengths to achieve success.’

‘The communication with OTS Solicitors is just perfect. They are excellent with following up, updating, and even keeping their clients calm. I absolutely would trust them 100% again and again with any immigration matter. I have recommended OTS Solicitors to three friends and they are all very happy with them as well.’

‘Not even the global pandemic could stop OTS from achieving success for their clients. They are very efficient and have very good knowledge and communication skills with clients.’

‘Jayana Rathod was very competent, professional and pleasant. She explained the process and was helpful at every stage. She was thorough and made sure we had all documents to make the case successful. I will definitely continue to recommend her to friends with immigration issues as I have done in the past.’

‘Jayana Rathod was detailed, professional and provided structured legal advice. Communication was clear and effective.’

‘Teni Shahiean and Hans Sok Appadu supported Jayana Rathod exceptionally well throughout the process. Very knowledgeable and friendly.’

‘Hans Sok Appadu is a lovely person. Knowledgeable and collaborative. I have continued our work with this firm as I am confident they are able to achieve my goals.’

‘Hans Sok Appadu is not only a pleasure to deal with, but also an absolute star performer. Always professional and friendly, there has not been an instance in our sometimes very complicated immigration matters that Hans could not resolve as speedily as possible and bring to a successful conclusion.’

Key clients

Agenzia Ltd

OPSRamp UK Ltd

SENT Entertainment

Dr. Faisal Khokhar

Joon Faii Ong

Mode Global Ltd

Helentours Concierge Management Ltd

Payroll With Perks Ltd

Shadi Bagherpour

NeuroGEARS Ltd

Smile Dental Care

Genasys Technologies UK Ltd

Dr Kathrine Bejanyan

Work highlights

  • Successfully obtained a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension for the primary inventor of a patented glove to help individuals with hand tremors.
  • Helped the owner of schools in Iran and Turkey to successfully apply for a Turkish Businessperson or Sole Representative visa in the face of the challenges of COVID-19, including Turkey closing its border.
  • Successfully achieved asylum for a client who had been subjected to human trafficking.

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

Payne Hicks Beach LLP has a strong reputation for complex asylum and human rights claims by high-net-worth individuals, particularly for those facing high profile and complex allegations in their countries of origin. The citizenship and immigration team, which is described as ‘unrivalled in terms of their strategic and tactical thinking about the conduct of their clients’ cases‘ is led by the highly regarded Kathryn Bradbury. She works with Matt Ingham, who joined from Mishcon de Reya LLP in early 2020 and has built a reputation for ‘holding the trust of exceptionally demanding clients.’ On the business side, the firm advises on sponsor licences and Tier 1 investor applications for a range of companies and individuals.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Bradbury

Other key lawyers:

Matt Ingham; Alexandra Lane


‘Their key strength lies in their creative approach to cases. The team gives the impression of enjoying the legal and strategic challenges posed by the most difficult cases, and are constantly looking for innovative ways to advance their clients’ position in litigation.’

‘Matt Ingham is standout. He is completely on top of his game, has good client skills, including being able to deliver bad news well.’

‘Kathryn Bradbury is highly skilled and efficient, very pleasant and calm and reassuring for clients. She knows this practice area very well and is a real asset to the firm.’

‘Matt Ingham stands out for his infectious enthusiasm. He is always available for his clients, and brings creative ideas to the table in every case. He is a talented team-builder, with an ability to bring out the best in others.’

‘Kathryn Bradbury leads the team and never fails to provide the highest standards of client care. Unlike many firms in this area of law, the team does not undertake large volumes of routine work. Rather, they are instructed in the most unusual and complicated cases which require pushing the boundaries of the law, and formulating strategies to address novel legal and factual situations. Kathryn is well known for keeping a cool, calm head in the most fraught and demanding of circumstances and can therefore think clearly with the big picture in mind.’

‘Matthew Ingham is rapidly building a reputation for excellence as the go to partner for handling ultra high-net-worth clients who are facing well resourced persecution in their countries of origin, particularly those with an extradition-asylum-civil crossover, which is becoming a common triad of proceedings in cases of political persecution before the UK courts. Matthew is an exceptionally quick thinker who is both a master strategist and a master of detail who holds the trust of exceptionally demanding clients.’

‘Kathryn Bradbury is exceptional in her knowledge, experience, and strategic thinking and she builds the right team to achieve the best results for her clients.’

‘Kathryn Bradbury is the best lawyer you can have on your side. Very kind and empathetic too.’

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The immigration team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP - which is known for being one of 'the best in the market for immigration issues in higher education' - is led by the 'outstanding' Pat Saini, who also co-heads the firm's India group. The team has a well-established reputation as a strong choice for both business and individual clients; the firm’s private wealth immigration offering is led by the 'wonderful' Hazar El-Chamaa, who was recently elected as chair of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association. The team has recently been busy advising clients whose travel and work plans have been impacted by the global pandemic, as well as continuing to assist businesses with post-Brexit issues.

Practice head(s):

Pat Saini

Other key lawyers:

Hazar El-Chamaa; Adam Cotterill; Meghan Vozila


‘My experience of Pennington Manches Cooper has only been a positive one, mainly due to the exception service provided to me by Adam Cotterill. Adam has a fantastic attention to detail and deals with issues in a structured and calm manner. I would say that this is exactly what is needed in a lawyer – to feel that you are in good hands and that everything is under control. Adam has always been responsive to my communication and has always ensured that I am informed as to any progress. Adam clearly knows his subject matter in great detail and I would recommend him to any prospective clients without hesitation.

‘Pat Saini, Meghan Vozila and the rest of the Penningtons team are extremely knowledgeable and responsive. They also are very good in understanding the business-side of issues as opposed to just the legal side, which allows them to find practical, real-world solutions to issues.’

‘Pat Saini is an outstanding immigration lawyer. She was critical in making our transaction happen smoothly. Great knowledge, availability and ability to make things happen.’

‘Hazar El-Chamaa is wonderful and always ready to support any legal requirements, including effective delegations. Her standing within the immigration and residency legal profession has been exceptionally earned.’

‘I would like to highlight the efforts and detail oriented work of Meghan Vozila. Meghan has not only been involved in every details of the procedure but has gone above and beyond in supporting the client.’

‘Hazar Al-Chamaa was very friendly and professional. Easy to communicate with, and always offered solutions in the most difficult situations.’

Key clients

Galileo Global Education

Regent’s university




Tata Limited

Engitix Therapeutics


The Oversight Board

Student Circus

Work highlights

  • Assisting UK universities with reviewing recruitment practices; advising on India related visa refusals; advising on liaising with the Home Office; and risk management.
  • Assisting businesses with post-Brexit preparations, including applying for sponsor licenses for business who have not previously held them; advising on the new immigration system; and assisting with EU settlement applications.
  • Working with numerous individual clients who found themselves either stuck in the UK or overseas as a result of the pandemic.


PwC LLP has a large team of more than 120 immigration specialists based across London and Belfast, and that team also draws on significant support from the wider firm’s huge international footprint to offer a global service to major clients. The London team, which is led by Sharan Kundi and Lindsey Barras works with a range of multinational corporates from sectors including financial services, manufacturing, technology and education, advising them on business travel, visas, compliance and the implications of Brexit and Covid-19 for large employers with mobile workforces. The team also has strong credentials for technological innovation, and during the pandemic developed an online Covid dashboard to allow clients to access real-time information of relevance for international workers unable to return home.

Practice head(s):

Sharan Kundi; Lindsey Barras

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Als; Lyudmyla Davies


‘The team are all very supportive and knowledgeable and responsive. They  have provided lots of additional support in the wake of Covid and the new immigration system, and have kept us updated of all changes in a timely manner.’

RLegal Solicitors

Boutique firm RLegal Solicitors specialises in UK immigration and nationality law, advising clients ranging from SMEs to multinational businesses on sponsorship licence and compliance matters, as well as assisting high-net worth individuals with investment-based entry and also handling human rights cases. The firm is led by David Robinson and Evan Remedios, both of who have significant experience, including a background in advocacy - they are described as 'excellent lawyers with real integrity and commitment'. The firm, which is 'committed to getting the best possible result for clients', also has a strong track record of work on cases involving family matters.

Practice head(s):

David Robinson; Evan Remedios


‘The two partners in the firm, David Robinson and Evan Remedios, are extremely experienced immigration practitioners. David in particular is an absolute mine of information on Points Based System work, though his intellect and aptitude enable him to turn his hand to any area of the law within this specialised field. The firm is ably assisted by some very talented case workers who are particularly skilled in student applications.’

‘RLegal always provide clear guidance on the legal side of immigration cases – objectives, outcomes and how objectives will be achieved.’

‘The team is highly experienced and committed to getting the best possible result for clients.’

‘The firm stands out as professional, efficient and streamlined. They have an excellent rapport with their clients; David Robinson in particular gets particular plaudits and numerous referrals as a consequence of his pragmatic, attentive and thoroughly diligent approach to case management and development.’

‘David Robinson is a very friendly, diplomatic and understanding person.’

‘Evan Remedios is intelligent and approachable. A brilliant individual.’

‘David Robinson and Evan Remedios are excellent lawyers with real integrity and commitment.’

Key clients

BTransfer Services Limited

Longdan Ltd

Charles Kendall & Partners

Filmlight Ltd

Tradeteq Ltd

Saonam Ltd

Cockett Marine Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted multinational financial services company BTransfer Services Limited with its right to work, new hire and intra-company transfer matters.
  • Assisted specialist online retailer Longdan Ltd to obtain a sponsorship licence and to secure permission to work for a key new member of staff during lockdown.
  • Assisted logistics company Charles Kendall & Partners to obtain a sponsorship licence and retain the services of a key new hire giving the company an advantage in the search for talent.

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP has notable experience of the immigration considerations in major corporate transactions, with practice head Edward Wanambwa  drawing on significant previous experience at firms such as Clifford Chance LLP. The team, which is known for providing a ‘very good standard of service’ receives a significant amount of this type of work via referrals from its larger counterparts, while it also has notable contentious capabilities, with ex-Home Office barrister Tom Bradford joining as legal counsel in early 2021. His experience includes judicial reviews, conducting matters up to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. The team’s work also covers visas, citizenship applications and sponsorship issues.

Practice head(s):

Ed Wanambwa

Other key lawyers:

Nisha Patel; Tom Bradford; Bhavneeta Limbachia


‘Nisha Patel is a very knowledgeable immigration lawyer. She has excellent client care skills.’

‘Ed Wanambwa is a good immigration lawyer. He attracts some very interesting work.’

‘Bhavneeta Limbachia is super nice and competent.’

‘Very professional immigration service. Russell-Cooke is at the other end of the scale from most firms.’

‘Very good standard of service in business immigration.’

‘They are very knowledgeable, responsive and willing to help. They kept the process simple for us. They were fair in their billing.’

Work highlights

  • Advised on the immigration aspects of a multibillion-pound acquisition of a  public limited company.
  • Advised on immigration issues arising from administrations within the group of a leading business in the health sector and the related reorganisation.
  • Advised a multibillion-dollar telecoms company on hiring non-UK/EU national staff in the UK in support of its expansion into the UK.


The Sheridans team is highlighted for its 'depth of practical expertise', with notable strength in advising media and technology sector clients and assisting with tier 5 temporary worker visas, particularly to allow workers in the entertainment industry to enter the UK. In addition, the team has expertise in visas for shortage occupations, the points-based immigration system, sponsor licence applications and tier 2 certificates of sponsorship. Owen Jones, who is 'a great blend of authoritative and collaborative', leads the team, while Anita Pali was promoted to partner in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Owen Jones

Other key lawyers:

Anita Pali


‘The Sheridans immigration team has a depth of practical expertise that we find invaluable. They have engagement with the Home Office at all levels so understand the nuances and government priorities in addition to the black letter of the law – which is essential in this discipline.’

‘Owen Jones has a good understanding of the Home Office but is also very aware of the practicalities involved in running a business so strives to find workable solutions to issues. Anita Pali has a fantastic knowledge of how the Home Office operates and her knowledge of compliance requirements and procedures is absolutely second to none.’

‘What I like is that whoever you are working with, you get a very consistent style and approach to the matter being discussed and consequently feel very positive about the advice you receive. The teamwork is excellent and you feel that you are getting a very grounded view which takes into account all aspects of your situation, not just the legal view.’

‘Great expertise and very proactive. Impressive industry knowledge. Ability to consider commercial perspectives.’

‘I’ve always found Sheridans really flexible in the way they work with us, really appreciating the size of our business and what our resources are.’

‘Very personable, want to understand the business and build good working relationships with the team.’

‘I think the team excels in the clarity of its advice.’

‘Owen Jones does not sit on the fence, and even preempts questions before they are asked. He is a great blend of authoritative and collaborative.’

Key clients

Ambulatory Surgery International Ltd

Core Communications Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a major insurance company on the ongoing management of sponsorship matters.
  • Advising a UK games company owned by a Fortune 500 company on Skilled Worker visa applications, among other matters.
  • Advised a UK-based film and animation company on Skilled Worker visa applications and Brexit matters.

Squire Patton Boggs

Annabel Mace heads up the UK business immigration team at Squire Patton Boggs. The group is part of the firm's labour and employment practice group, and Mace has particular expertise on the crossover between employment and immigration law. She leads the team with 'passion, dedication, and professionalism', advising on the full range of matters, including the immigration aspects of corporate restructurings and major M&A deals. Clients are drawn from sectors including media, retail, healthcare, sport and energy, and the UK team is able to draw on support from the wider firm's large global footprint to help clients manage their international workforces. Fellow partner Supinder Sian left to join Lewis Silkin LLP in summer 2021.

Practice head(s):

Annabel Mace

Other key lawyers:

Osheenn Giam; May Cheung


‘Annabel Mace and Osheenn Giam are wonderful to work with. They are always patient, detail oriented and communicate with us in terms we can easily understand. They are both accessible and flexible and were great partners to us as we navigated immigration issues in the midst of the pandemic. We consider SPB a valuable resource in helping us manage our international workforce.’

‘All contacts that I have worked with at Squires are attentive and well informed. In particular, Annabel Mace leads with passion, dedication, and professionalism. Annabel takes the time to get to know and understand the client with a willingness to listen; working with her is effortless.’

‘Annabel Mace has been exceptional in helping us move forward some of our immigration matters. The timely responses and attention to detail make this firm exceptional. I could not recommend them enough. On top of excellent individualized advice, the webinars Annabel Mace and her team are holding on global mobility is extremely valuable and level of detailed advice is unparalleled by other firms. They should be proud of their practice.’

‘Squires is a one stop shop. They have partners and associates all over and they can easily facilitate all levels of employment and immigration related matters.’

‘The advice given is always catered to your need and you never feel like you’re being given general information. I appreciate the level of effort that goes into the details and making sure no stone remains unturned.’

‘I’ve worked with May Cheung for years and couldn’t be more impressed with how quickly and efficiently she provides responses to enquiries or issues.’ 

‘May Cheung is exceptional. Always comes back with good answers even when my questions might appear naïve or obvious.  Her patience is exemplary.  May walks us through every step on the visa applications and manages our sponsorship license with ease. She is able to juggle many tasks and has made sure with Brexit that we have everyone where we should have ahead of last December.  She came in explicitly to work with all our Europeans to ensure they understood the process.’

Work highlights

  • Advised numerous corporate clients in relation to sponsor licence compliance matters protecting clients from licence revocation, curtailments of leave for affected employees as well as potential significant cost and reputational damage had the licences been revoked or downgraded
  • Advised numerous corporate clients on high volumes of successful visa applications whilst navigating significant Covid-related disruption to Home Office visa processing and multiple policy changes at short notice between April and September 2020 to ensure minimal disruption to their UK operations.
  • Advised on numerous high-profile sports related immigration matters with successful outcomes.

Sterling Law

Sterling Law was founded by senior partner Ruslan Kosarenko and Yuriy Lysenko in 2009, and while it originally set out as an immigration specialist firm, it has now expanded to cover a number of other practice areas. It is well regarded for its 'strength in business immigration from Eastern Europe', as well as the language abilities it possesses to effectively communicate with clients from these regions, a factor which is described as giving the firm 'a key edge'. Other important figures in the team include the well-regarded Oksana Demyanchuk.

Practice head(s):

Ruslan Kosarenko; Yuriy Lysenko; Aliya Rimshelis; Oksana Demyanchuk

Other key lawyers:

Michael Carter


‘The team has a particular strength in business immigration from Eastern Europe, particularly in the wake of Brexit and also from non-EU countries.  They are a leader in this area.’

‘Sterling Law are known for their excellence in business and personal immigration law work. They deliver pragmatic legal advice with excellent client service that is focused on delivering results.’

‘Ruslan Kosarenko is personable, tenacious, and has the law at his fingertips, making him a top recommendation for those in need of immigration advice.’

‘I have been working with Oksana Demyanchuk and Michael Carter. What a great team they are! They were dedicated to all my family’s three cases. They answered my emails and questions on time. They gave me invaluable professional advice and discussed the future perspective and alternative routes when required. They were open and transparent about the strengths and difficulties of the case and built up long term mutual cooperation. You know that your case in reliable hands. I could not wish for a better solicitor.’

‘I have worked with Oksana Demyanchuk and would highly recommend her. She is very professional, knowledgeable on all immigration law and keeps up to date on any updates. Very experienced and great communication.’

‘The team has language abilities covering their main client base from Eastern Europe which gives them a key edge in this area.’

‘Oksana Demyanchuk is a hard worker who provides pragmatic advice and has a meticulous focus on evidence to ensure she provides her clients with the best possible chance to succeed both in applications and at the appeal stage.’

‘Ruslan Kosarenko has an outstanding level of knowledge.’

Work highlights

  • Sponsor licence granted despite proposed applicant had her Tier 2 visa curtailed due to previous sponsor reducing staff due to covid-19 impact.
  • Submissions post Court of Appeal concession of the Home Office on the matter of deception in obtaining Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa to the UK. Granted for the family of 6.
  • Global talent visa endorsement granted after initial refusal (when applicant applied himself) and previous Tier 2 curtailment.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's employment, pensions and mobility practice, which is led by Sean Nesbitt, includes senior counsels Charlie Pring and Vikki Wiberg. Pring leads on US and North American inbound and technology work, while Wiberg leads on Asia inbound and high-net-worth and business crossover immigration work. The firm has a strong focus on work for tech companies; recent work has covered sponsor licences, work visa applications, EEA settled status applications, indefinite leave to remain and other issues which showcase the team's combined employment/immigration expertise.

Practice head(s):

Sean Nesbitt

Other key lawyers:

Charlie Pring; Vikki Wiberg


‘The responsiveness of the team is unique, which helped us in difficult situations.’

‘Immense knowledge of UK policies and procedures.’

Key clients

QuEST Global Engineering

Charles River Associates (CRA)

Sonangol Offshore Services

Lifescience Dynamics

Tavant Technologies

PetroChina International (London) Limited

BKUK Group Limited

Cemex UK Materials Limited

Oxford Metrics PLC

LayBuy Holdings (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Managed QuEST Global Engineering’s two UK sponsor licences since late 2018, processing sponsored work visas for more than 200 of QuEST’s employees, to enable them to work and provide engineering services at QuEST’s clients across the UK, especially in the civil aerospace space.
  • Advised on a sponsored work visa for the hire of a replacement leader of one of Sonangol Offshore Services’ UK subsidiaries, involving relocation from Angola to the UK.
  • Assisted PetroChina International (London) Limited to transfer nine senior employees to the UK, working to manage the impact of UK immigration rule changes and to tie in with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ limited opening hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Travers Smith LLP

Travers Smith LLP attracts a strong flow of work from clients in sectors such as technology, retail, leisure, pharma and manufacturing. Its team particularly stands out in the financial services industry, with a notable specialism in acting for the London offices of US-parented and other global asset management firms. Recent drivers of work include advising clients and their EU employees on the implications of Brexit, as well as the EU Settlement Scheme and the new Frontier workers permit. Elsewhere, the group assists clients with obtaining sponsor licences and also advises on compliance with duties as sponsors. It also provides senior executives with support over tier 2 visas. Ed Mills heads up the team, which includes Alex Fisher, who made partner in 2020. Senior associate Moji Oyediran, who 'gets the job done', is singled out for praise from clients.

Practice head(s):

Ed Mills

Other key lawyers:

Siân Keall; Tim Gilbert; Adam Wyman; Alex Fisher; Moji Oyediran


It’s really important to have good rapport when working with a law firm and Travers Smith do this seamlessly. They are very easy to engage with and take the time to explain complex legal jargon in a business-friendly manner.’

The team at Travers are extremely helpful and well-versed at dealing with our immigration issues and applications. They have a diverse team and are a pleasure to deal with.’

Always responsive and break down the detail of work required step by step to make it easy for applications – Moji Oyediran is a pleasure to work with.’

Great simple and pragmatic immigration advice.’

Most of the business we do with Travers is in relation to immigration advice, and Moji Oyediran is very knowledgeable in this area and gives me every confidence in the advice she is giving. We have not had any delays or mistakes with applications, and our employees are always positive about the experience they get when working with Moji.’

Moji Oyediran – gets the job done, practical, hands-on, knows what the clients wants and needs, efficiency means cost effective too.’

Key clients

Bain Capital



Brewin Dolphin


Ambassador Theatre Group

Metro Bank



The Access Group

Marathon Asset Management

Eastdil Secured

Monarch Alternative Capital

Bakkavor plc


Davidson Kempner European Partners

Campbell Lutyens

Work highlights

  • Advised Bain Capital on its post-Brexit immigration arrangements for investment management professionals to travel between the UK and the EU, including coordinating advice from key EU jurisdictions. Also advised on the impact of COVID-19 travel restrictions and lockdown measures on right to work and UK immigration status.
  • Advised leading software provider the Access Group on the sponsorship compliance and right to work issues following various acquisitions, including updating the sponsorship licence, adding newly linked entities as ‘branches’ and ensuring sponsored employees seamlessly transfer.
  • Advised leading comparison and switching service Uswitch on sponsored visas for key tech roles, including application of exceptional rules during the pandemic to ensure timely and successful processing.

Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law

Offering 'excellent tactical judgement and client service', boutique firm Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law advises corporate clients and high-net-worth individuals on the full range of corporate immigration issues, while also receiving referrals from US firms. Founder and managing partner Vanessa Ganguin is described as 'one of the leading lights in business immigration'; the team's expertise was further bolstered by the arrivals of highly experienced senior counsel Philip Trott and senior client manager Ross Kennedy from Bates Wells in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Ganguin

Other key lawyers:

Philip Trott; Ross Kennedy


‘Whilst Vanessa Ganguin is recognised as one the leading lights in business immigration in the City, she has also a long history of acting in cases involving complex human rights issues. She is meticulous when it comes to detail and really pushes the boundaries for exploring creative solutions for clients.’

‘I know Vanessa Ganguin to be knowledgeable in the area of commercial immigration, but also have an overall view of other aspects of immigration. The service that I was provided from her and the feedback that I received from clients that I have referred to her has been good.’

‘Vanessa’s team puts everything into plain English so we don’t have to be concerned about the terminology and understand immediately the intent and context behind each question we are asked to provide information on. We feel like they are very focused on us as a client and we are not having to fight with other clients for time and attention.’

‘Vanessa understands our business and provides appropriate templates and guidance on each issue – nothing is too much trouble for her.’

‘As a specialist boutique, clients get great attention and access to the key information they need regarding inbound UK immigration. As this area has been subject to a lot of changes over recent years – including, but not limited to, Brexit – accessing specialist knowledge in this space is critical.’

‘Vanessa is both sharp and empathetic, and therefore able to put clients at ease and reduce anxiety while navigating the complex and constantly shifting immigration landscape on behalf of her clients.’

‘Small boutique offering unrivalled immigration services to top-end clients. Excellent tactical judgement and client service.’

‘Great boutique immigration firm that is discreet and good with entertainment clients. Vanessa is a leader in her field – she’s responsive, practical and commercial.’

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s immigration practice works with both companies and individuals; standing out for its advice to fast-growth companies, particularly those in the digital and technological industries – its work in this space includes managing Tier 2 skilled worker visa applications and innovator visas. It also has a niche specialism in the maritime industry. For individuals, the firm handles family issues, naturalisation applications and personal investments. Beyond providing strategic advice to clients, crisis situations (such as those involving expired visas) are another area of strength. Anna Robinson and Devan Khagram co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Anna Robinson; Devan Khagram

Other key lawyers:

Elliott Marsh


A personalised service, incredibly knowledgeable team and very responsive.’

The knowledge that the team at WFW have with regards to immigration is far above others that I have worked with. They are very understanding of questions and make the process very easy and scaleable.’

The team at WFW have always responded in a timely manner. They go above and beyond when it comes to their customer service and strive for complete resolution in any questions we have approached them with. We have always been throughly happy with the level of service the whole team at WFW have provided over the years.

The attention to detail and the level of care are a strong combination for WFW. They are not prone to panic, and they are therefore reassuring to work with. The care for the employee/prospective employee and the patience in each situation have been most appreciated.’

We have a continually growing level of immigration cases we support, what with the Brexit impact and our own headcount trajectory, and yet there are no issues that we cannot solve together and no sign of struggling with the caseload. They are also happy to adapt to any process changes we implement, to ensure that our working relationship continues to grow from strength to strength.’

I really value the availability of the individuals we work with at Watson Farley & Williams. They have strong knowledge of the visa spectrum that gives us the reassurance we need to keep our licence in good standing. They are also incredibly personable, having a friendly and engaging approach to this work, and making the information as easily digestible as possible.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading Scandinavian bank on the post-Brexit immigration ramifications, more specifically on the EU Settlement Scheme route and the implications for existing bank employees.
  • Advised a high profile cruise company on the repatriation of crew from one of its vessels during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. The firm reviewed the immigration position of non-EEA and EEA crew members disembarking the vessel and advised on the various requirements of UK immigration legislation.
  • Advised a leading defence and security technology company on complex employment, immigration, tax and practical issues associated with secondments between the UK and Germany post-Brexit.

Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP

Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP acts on the full spectrum of immigration, asylum and nationality law matters, with particular expertise in cases involving human rights, civil liberties and European free movement elements. The group also regularly works with LGBTQ+ migrants and their UK-based partners, handling asylum and partner applications and appeals. Barry O’Leary, Alison Hunter and Diana Baxter jointly lead the practice; O'Leary is a key name for partnership and family applications and international surrogacy arrangements, Hunter focuses on European free movement mandates and the EU Settlement Scheme, and Baxter primarily handles nationality work. Senior solicitor Katie Dilger rejoined the firm from Bates Wells in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Barry O’Leary; Alison Hunter; Diana Baxter

Other key lawyers:

Katie Dilger


‘You are made to feel comfortable from the first meeting. Our lawyer showed a vast amount of experience which really gave us confidence moving forward with our application.’

‘Wesley Gryk Solicitors stands out in the industry for a number of reasons; most notably due to their extensive immigration expertise, excellent client service, empathy and transparency. They are experts in their field and are able to give clear answers to any question (no matter how complex), and the quality of their client communication/partner engagement couldn’t be better.’

‘Alison Hunter – the go-to immigration solicitor for adoption related immigration law, diligent, solution oriented abs a joy to work with. Barry O’Leary – incredible knowledge of alternative families related immigration law, very approachable and a joy to work with. Diana Baxter – very good for all areas of family law, pragmatic.’

‘One of the best immigration law firms with an excellent team.’

‘I have worked with Diana Baxter.on a complex asylum case and on nationality matters. She has expertise in her area of law. She is exceptionally clever and also has very sound judgment, using her knowledge and experience to her clients’ advantage. All of her cases are extremely well prepared and focused.’

‘Wesley Gryk was exceptional in assisting me with immigration and citizenship issues. Their responsiveness and connections to the relevant Government people were outstanding. Further, our situation was unusual, but Wesley Gryk was innovative in assisting individuals in our situation. They were remarkable in their skills.’

‘Barry O’Leary is the perfect lawyer for complex immigration issues arising from international surrogacy arrangements. He is diligent and puts clients at ease effortlessly. Diana Baxter is also a safe pair of hands for international surrogacy work. She is incredibly gifted and approachable. Alison Hunter is universally regarded as the immigration guru for inter country adoption issues.’

‘They are very very good at knowing and applying the law to clients’ advantage. They have very talented and committed solicitors. They are exceptional.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted with successful applications for entry clearance, both under the Immigration Rules and EEA law, to help women who had been the victim of transnational marriage abandonment (“stranded spouses”) return to the UK after being stranded abroad by their UK-based husbands and family.
  • Assisted numerous couples around the globe with successful applications for British citizenship, British passports, Emergency Travel Documents and visas so they could urgently bring home their newborn babies born overseas through international surrogacy arrangements.
  • Assisted numerous EEA nationals and their non-EEA family members with applications under the EU Settlement Scheme preserve their rights to remain living in the UK following the end of the post-Brexit transition period.

Wilson Solicitors LLP

Praised as 'a pioneering firm in the sector', Wilson Solicitors LLP handles a range of legal aid and privately funded work including detention issues, nationality work and asylum mandates. Anita Vasisht leads the department and has extensive knowledge of Palestinian refugee claims; she also specialises in cases where there are allegations that the appellant poses a threat to national security. Managing partner Matthew Davies is a key contact for immigration issues arising to EU law and Brexit-related matters, and senior consultant Michael Hanley focuses on nationality work and also advises on the immigration elements of international surrogacies.

Practice head(s):

Anita Vasisht

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Davies; Michael Hanley; Ana Gonzalez; Muhunthan Paramesvaran; Chris McKendry


‘Wilson Solicitors’ offering in the field of immigration and immigration-related public law and human rights work is stellar. They have been a pioneering firm in the sector for many years. In my view, they manage to conduct a high volume of asylum and related work without compromising on quality in any respect, in a way that no other firm I can think of manages to do. Their immigration-related public law offering is also superb.’

‘The outstanding team in the immigration sector for all areas of asylum and overstaying including appeals. Meticulous and inspired pursuit of every possible line of enquiry to produce the best evidence for the case in hand.’

‘Anita Vasisht and Chris McKendry are two of the most committed solicitors I have ever met. They give their full attention to every case.’

‘Wilsons have extremely high standards in their work. Case preparation is always superb, and highly organised. Care, compassion and commitment to the client are always at the heart of it. If I had a friend in need of immigration advice I would direct them to Wilsons.’

‘The team stands out as caring deeply about every client.’

‘Muhunthan Paramesvaran’s work was outstanding. He gave helpful and pertinent advice and then was totally supportive throughout the process. I could not recommend him more highly.’

‘Shining stars in the field. Meticulous, detailed approach. Thorough, humane, focused client care. Prompt and engaged. An absolute asset to the field of immigration and human rights law.’

‘I worked with Anita Vasisht for years and I honestly can say that I have rarely met a lawyer with so much passion for her clients and civil rights. She is dedicated to her clients and to her team. She works endless hours and is always interested in the personal wellbeing of the clients.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for an Iraqi man who was deprived of UK citizenship because the Home Office suspected he has links with Iranian Intelligence.
  • Working in partnership with homeless charity, St Mungo’s, to provide immigration advice and assistance to rough sleepers during the pandemic.

Withers LLP

Withers LLP's key strengths are in advising on global immigration programmes for financial and media companies - as well as a growing roster of technology sector clients - and acting for senior executives and founders of major international companies. The team has expertise in niche sectors including Formula One, football and tennis, and regularly provides post-Brexit immigration advice to UK-based organisations. Practice head Tracy Evlogidis is highly experienced in all areas of UK immigration law, while senior associate Gemma Goodhead has been particularly active in advising on sponsor licences.

Practice head(s):

Tracy Evlogidis

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Goodhead

Wright Hassall LLP

Wright Hassall LLP's business immigration practice is led by Matthew Davies, who acts for a mix of bluechip companies, professional services firms, investors and business people. He acts for clients from a range of industries, including financial services, legal, retail, oil and gas, IT and education. He is also knowledgeable about the interface between employment and immigration law, particularly in the context of illegal working and dismissals. His recent work has included advising clients on the practical and legal challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Other workstreams include sponsor licence applications and sponsor compliance advice.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Davies


Wright Hassall are extremely easy to deal with. We use them for all our visa sponsorship requirements. Every case is dealt with efficiently and with an extremely high degree of knowledge.’