Firms To Watch: Immigration

Azarmi Law was founded by accomplished immigration lawyer Sally Azarmi in 2012, and is expanding its offering for commercial clients, including with the May 2022 hire of solicitor Nagesh Jain from Healys LLP.
Danielle Cohen Solicitors has built a strong reputation assisting clients with complex appeals under founder Danielle Cohen, and is working to expand its team.
Lexus Law  was founded in 2020 by Jay Moghal, and is building a reputation acting for corporate clients alongside Moghal’s established position among high-net-worth clients.

Immigration in London

3CS Corporate Solicitors

3CS Corporate Solicitors‘ immigration team is led by director and head of legal Thomas Miles, with notable support from senior associate Samuel Njogu. An employment and immigration practitioner, Miles has particular expertise in assisting clients with the immigration elements of corporate transactions, redundancies, and TUPE transfers. The firm provides support on matters including skilled worker visas and intracompany transfers, and is especially distinguished through its work for Chinese, Japanese and South Korean clients.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Miles

Other key lawyers:

Samuel Njogu


‘We have been working with 3CS for many years. They have always been efficient and well versed in the law relating to immigration and visa requirements and provided first class support to us.’

‘People are so kind and diversified, and have great collaboration.’

‘We have been fortunate to work with Thomas Miles continually since we engaged 3CS. It has been beneficial to ensure this stability within our relationship. Thomas is extremely knowledgeable but at the same time approachable and explains things in ‘plain English’. His team are also efficient and approachable and we have encountered no issues with immigration (visas) and Home Office matters.’

Work highlights

  • Providing advice in conjunction with senior counsel to one of the world’s largest shipping companies in relation to its proposal to dock a ship with multiple overseas personnel on-board intending to work a combination of on the ship and on shore for multiple months, and whether this would fall within the special visa provisions for seamen.
  • Providing ongoing day to day support as well as handling multiple immigration applications, on both an Entry Clearance and In-Country basis, for one of the world’s largest pension funds – managed for an overseas government.

A Y & J Solicitors

The immigration team at boutique firm A Y & J Solicitors is especially well known for its work assisting individuals with Global Talent visas and companies with sponsor licence applications and management work. Managing director Yash Dubal heads up the team, and senior associates Diana Elena Todirica and Amy Felix-George are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Yash Dubal

Other key lawyers:

Diana Elena Todirica; Amy Felix-George


‘The team has been great and responsive walking us through key strategic advice regarding immigration.’

‘Customer care is the top priority for AY&J and they look after their clients till the very end.’

‘A Y & J provide a bespoke service of the highest standard. They work collaboratively with counsel to ensure the best end result for their clients. They are always very well prepared for every conference and in their instructions with the highest standard of professionalism, managing their clients expectations at the same time finding creative solutions to complex.’

‘Professional and very knowledgeable.’

‘Diana Todirica is an experienced lawyer and extremely approachable. Her preparation is meticulous and she strives to find a positive solution for her clients. Yash Dubal truly understands the business needs of clients and strives for excellence no matter the challenge.’

‘Amy Felix-George is a very safe pair of hands, always going the extra mile. Very knowledgeable, providing speedy and concise advice when needed.’

‘Diana Todirica is always very patient in answering all our questions and explains every step in detail. AY&J is very fortunate to have such an excellent lawyer on its staff, as she is always ready to assist in any way she can.’

‘Amy Felix-George was great. She walked me through the stages of applying on behalf of my employer for a sponsorship licence of a qualified employee from India. It was very easy to communicate with Amy, she is organised and focused, and she was very helpful. Her help made the process easier for me and it was great to get the licence. Amy also helped our employee from India with the visa application. In conclusion, Amy is very supportive, has excellent attention to details and it was great working with her.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted a CQC-registered care home in obtaining a sponsor licence to be able to sponsor registered nurses to work in the home.
  • Assisted a major hotels business (owning over 90 hotels in more than 20 countries around the world) in securing a Skilled Worker/Intra Company Transfer sponsor licence for its first UK hotel presence.
  • Assisted an international subsea operating company in bringing over numerous seafarers from the EU and also from non-EU countries.

Armstrong Teasdale

Armstrong Teasdale‘s immigration team underwent further change with the departure of practice head Stephen Hall to Vialto Partners and the hire of new practice head Ben Xu from Irwin Mitchell. The firm advises on general immigration strategy, and Xu brings particular experience acting for high-net-worth clients, especially from China; work in the sports sector is a key growth area.

Practice head(s):

Ben Xu

Baker McKenzie

Experienced senior associate Tony Haque leads Baker McKenzie‘s global immigration and mobility team in the UK, and is particularly noted for his expertise in the points-based system, which has seen clients turn to him extensively for strategic planning advice in the aftermath of Brexit. The team is embedded within the firm’s multinational offering, and provides wide-ranging support to a client base of multinationals, other corporates, and high-net-worth individuals, with specialisms including complex applications and large-scale project support. The offering is rounded out by senior immigration specialist Ying Li and senior associate Richard Mills.

Practice head(s):

Tony Haque

Other key lawyers:

Ying Li; Richard Mills

Bates Wells

The key strength of Bates Wells‘ immigration practice lies in its collaborative approach, which allows its lawyers to develop bespoke, focused solutions to meet the needs of clients on both the business and personal sides of the market. Practice head Tim Barnden focuses on human rights and personal immigration, while Chetal Patel leads the team’s corporate offering, where her experience includes advising on large acquisitions. Barnsden has especially notable experience in cases involving complex family situations and LGBT+ clients, as well as applicants facing issues relating to criminality or character. Associate Matthew James‘ work spans both business and personal immigration, with a particular focus on helping clients navigate the post-Brexit immigration system. The ‘knowledgeable, articulate, and down to earth’ Aisha Choudhry rounds out the team on the business side, where she is well regarded for her broad experience.

Practice head(s):

Tim Barnden

Other key lawyers:

Chetal Patel; Aisha Choudhry; Matthew James


‘The team at Bates Wells is simply par excellence. Their responsiveness, knowledge, timeliness and attention to detail makes them a forerunner in the industry.’

‘For us, the most important thing was the integration between the immigration team and our general charities support. It provided a holistic experience.’

‘Chetal Patel has been enormously helpful to us – she’s clearly on top of the issues and is a dream to work with. Highly recommended.’

‘Aisha Choudhry and Chetal Patel are always prompt, responsive and clear in their advice.’

‘Working with partner Chetal Patel is a sheer joy. She is very prompt with responses, has an up to date knowledge of market trends and issues and always delivers work in a concise, easy to understand manner that makes it a pleasure to work with her and her team.’

‘Aisha Choudhry is extremely thorough, hard-working and dedicated to her role in advising clients.’

‘The knowledge, experience (legal and practical) responsiveness, availability, combined with their engaging manner, make partner Chetal Patel and associate Aisha Choudhry a winning combination.’

‘We have complete faith in the advice we are given from the immigration team. They are extremely knowledgeable about such a complex system. They are always on top of what is happening and any changes occurring. It is not just about getting as much money as possible from clients. Communication is excellent.’

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans‘ immigration offering sits within the firm’s business advisory: employment and immigration group. The team is led by Tim Hayes, who was promoted to partner in June 2021, while private wealth expert Alastair Collett is a key contact for private clients. Business work includes sponsor licence applications and management issues for clients ranging from charities to property management and consulting businesses. On the personal immigration side, the firm acts for a range of private clients on complex applications and appeals.

Practice head(s):

Tim Hayes

Other key lawyers:

Alastair Collett


‘This is a very knowledgeable team who have an expansive level of knowledge. If they are unsure then they are very comfortable being open about that and have a wide network to pull upon. They can advise on immigration as well as UK employment issues. They take a pragmatic approach, which reflects the individual business needs.’

‘Approachability and empathy in what is often a far from logical overlap of political, social and legal issues.’

‘The individuals here are very easy to speak to and listen to the issue, tailoring their responses to the individual circumstances. They offer pragmatic and appropriate advice, giving different options and helping you find a way forward for your business. They will give context so, you as a client, are learning as well.’

‘Just so nice and understanding, yet knowledgeable, proactive and helpful.’

‘BDB Pitmans’ immigration team have provided consistently excellent service throughout the course of our relationship. The team retains and elevates its solicitors, enabling both continuity and refinement of skillset.’

‘On immigration and visa work: empathy, knowledge, professionalism, practical experience.’

‘The standout partner with whom I am working is Tim Hayes. He is extremely knowledgeable, as well as remarkably quick to respond and generally attentive.’

‘Tim Hayes is always very responsive, well informed about his practice area, and mindful of the unique needs of our business. He provides practical and easily understood advice, enabling our business to make well informed decisions in relation to immigration matters.’

Bindmans LLP

The immigration, asylum and nationality law team at Bindmans LLP is led by Alison Stanley and Liz Barratt, and is especially well known for the full-service support it provides to clients on human rights and asylum matters, from initial applications through to appeals, on matters including detention, bail, and deportation elements. The firm also acts for clients including SMEs, unions, and not-for-profits on the business side, with a growing practice providing strategic support and planning advice. Stanley draws on nearly four decades’ experience to act for clients from unaccompanied child asylum seekers to high-net-worth individuals, often working closely with the extradition team on crossover matters. Barratt has experience taking cases to the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union, as well as assisting clients with Global Talent and skilled worker applications. Roberta Haslam was promoted to partner in May 2022 and is recognised for her work with vulnerable and traumatised clients. Senior consultant Tanya Goldfarb and associate Emma Cohen are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Alison Stanley; Liz Barratt

Other key lawyers:

Roberta Haslam; Emma Cohen; Tanya Goldfarb


‘Top notch “A” Team. Gets the job done to the highest conceivable standards.’

‘This practice is very competent and being a client with them I experienced expertise and total diversity, collaboration with me as a client which is something I’ve not experienced before and I think this makes them unique. I will refer them to anyone because they’re very open to clients and gave the capabilities of taking up complex cases, which of course I’m an example.’

‘Bindmans is a well-respected and experienced firm in the UK’s legal industry and they have all these attributes for a reason. Its partners and senior lawyers have years of experience among them which I consider absolutely vital when finding a legal team for representation. I value professionalism, transparency, legal expertise, fair billing, and clear and honest communication as important attributes in a law firm and Bindmans LLP absolutely has all these attributes.’

‘The standout feature is how quickly they respond and the quality of the response. I have found both Liz Barratt and Alison Stanley to be willing to discuss complex matters before referral. Their advice is always comprehensive and well thought out and exhibits a deep knowledge of the law and practical aspects of it. I have been impressed by their ability to explain complex issues with clarity. You get a real sense that they are responding to your needs and providing a professional service of exceptional quality.’

‘I have worked with Liz Barratt on multiple occasions.  I personally rate Liz among the 5 best senior immigration lawyers in the whole of the UK. Her in-depth knowledge of immigration and human rights law, professionalism, transparency, empathy, and attention to detail stands her out among her peers.’

‘Liz Barratt permanently shines and is a superstar practitioner. Powerful intellect matched only by her personability and charm. She conducts the most difficult cases, including national security and closed material procedure cases. There really is no one like her. ‘

‘Roberta Haslam is one of few lawyers whom I met in my life with such vision and outstanding level of professionalism. Roberta was always positive and open in making sure that we put a very strong case to submit to the Home Office and she was constantly in contact with Home Office chasing the outcome and providing the feedback. She will always give the feedback even before I have asked. We have her name written in our hearts.’

‘Emma Cohen was our solicitor. Throughout the case, she was outstanding due to thorough understanding of our case, extensive knowledge in her area and empathy with us as her client. Her communication skills with clients and other relevant parties are very impressive. She always goes an extra mile to fulfil the demands of the case.’

Bird & Bird LLP

The business immigration team at Bird & Bird LLP sits within the firm’s HR services group, and provides broad corporate support from initial sponsorship applications through to management and compliance advice, and mock audits, with a particular focus on clients offering innovative tech solutions. The practice is headed up by senior associate Yuichi Sekine, who is dual-qualified in California and England and Wales, and advises clients from start-ups to multinationals on a range of complex immigration issues. Jonathan Goldsworthy, who came up to partner in May 2022, is also noted, with niche expertise in the sports sector.

Practice head(s):

Yuichi Sekine

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Goldsworthy


‘Efficient and timely responses. Always going above and beyond to support their client. Extremely personable. Experts in their fields and knowledgeable on all questions. Excellent service provided to all stakeholders within the business.’

‘Bird & Bird are highly knowledgeable, personable, and quick to respond. They check the 3 primary boxes for any immigration consulting. When using other firms I’ve found that no question is too small for Bird & Bird and they will go the extra mile to truly ensure that the employer understands the liability of hiring, and sponsoring and will also provide their advice on how best to proceed. This is extremely beneficial when we, as a company, are unsure on the best route and path to proceed with.’

‘Very helpful and efficient. The process is laid out clearly and followed up rigorously.’

‘I’ve had the pleasure of partnering with Yuichi Sekine. Yuichi provides an indispensable level of service and always puts the client first. No matter what the request is, I always feel in safe hands with Yuichi, and can trust his judgement and guidance on any situation. The firm’s time management stands out the most. I don’t think I’ve ever had to wait longer that a working day to receive a response and each response is thoughtful and contains all of the relevant information needed.’

‘They truly care. While this is a generic statement, globally, the Bird & Bird representatives are truly invested in the success and I never have to think twice about reaching out.’

‘I worked with Yuichi Sekine and really enjoyed the cooperation. He is competent, reliable, and fast to respond.’

Bishop & Sewell LLP

Bishop & Sewell LLP‘s immigration team is headed up by Mariam Khaliq, who was promoted to partner in October 2021. The firm provides a broad immigration offering, with a particular focus on personal cases involving issues related to family law and family unification. This includes work involving international surrogacy, which has become increasingly complex in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Khaliq also has experience in matters involving EU nationals, as well as complex nationality claims. In addition, the firm is expanding its offering advising business clients on migrant workforces.

Practice head(s):

Mariam Khaliq


‘Friendly and approachable coupled with experience and knowledge.’

‘Bishop and Sewell is a well-informed, compassionate, and professional practice who handled my case with courtesy and care. I felt well-informed and well taken care of throughout my cases.’

‘The Immigration team are great. They went the extra mile for us explaining the trip ups of the immigration process and thinking behind the steps we had to take.’

‘Mariam Khaliq is an asset to the firm, she’s unparalleled in her knowledge of immigration matters and she handled a series of tricky cases for me across many years that have quite literally changed my life for the better. Even in the really difficult times, Mariam managed my case with compassion and professionalism, and I felt consistently reassured that I was working with the best.’

‘Mariam Khaliq leads a very competent team of well-resourced and capable solicitors. Mariam is always on top of her cases, both in terms of the legal developments and the particular details of some very complex facts. She always goes the extra mile to make sure everything is as well presented as possible, ensuring that all evidence that is necessary is available as early as possible.’

‘Mariam Khaliq was attentive and knowledgeable all the way through. Very smooth service. No surprises.’

Carter Thomas Solicitors

Cofounder and ‘recognised expert‘ in immigration law Nichola Carter runs Carter Thomas Solicitors‘ growing immigration team from the firm’s offices in London and Sheffield. Carter’s main focus is on the education sector, where she provides strategic advice to clients looking to expand their offerings for international students, as well as assistance with audits and compliance. Nick Gore, who was recently promoted to senior associate, leads the team’s private client work, where he has enjoyed particular success in securing Global Talent visas. The firm also has a strong practice providing sponsor licence support, where new hire Irfan Ali, who joined from David Gray Solicitors LLP in March 2022 as an associate, is a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Nichola Carter

Other key lawyers:

Nick Gore; Irfan Ali


‘What makes this practice unique is the speed of quality, incisive, and lucid response. I have dealt with several law firms in their sector of expertise and for me they are by far the best in what they do.’

‘Phenomenal, fast-moving team. Extremely high signal-to-noise ratio when interacting with them. Relentless focus on getting you what you need as fast as possible.’

‘Good communication, excellent attention paid to us as a client. Very knowledgeable in their specialist area of immigration and have been able to assist us in all matters that we required advice on.’

‘Fantastic market leading advice that is also pragmatic and commercial.’

‘Nichola Carter has always been approachable and genuine in all dealings. Nichola is not afraid of being honest with a client and conducting frank discussions about any given situation to address and resolve concerns rather than brushing them under the carpet or ignoring them. It feels like Nichola enjoys her area of expertise and will not allow a client’s vanity to obstruct proper conduct or working direction when working on complex immigration and sponsorship related matters.’

‘Nick Gore was outstanding. He provided timely, clear and effective guidance, always approachable, competent and pleasant. There is not a single aspect I can fault or where he could have done better. I strongly recommend him and have done so to others.’

‘Nichola Carter is an extremely hands-on and approachable partner. She delegates only after she has examined the matter and discussed with her associate the strategy to be followed. Nick Gore is an amazing talent: extremely professional, quick in grasping the requirements.’

‘Nick Gore is our primary contact point and has always been on top of every detail for us and runs the whole Visa Sponsorship application process very smoothly. Very knowledgeable and always takes time to explain complex matters.’

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Set within the firm’s employment, pensions and immigration group, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP‘s immigration practice is particularly well known for its work advising international clients with UK business interests, where it benefits from close collaboration with the firm’s corporate lawyers. The team has extended its offering to Chinese clients in recent years, with practice head Rose Carey a key contact in this area. Carey is supported by fellow partner Kelvin Tanner, who is crucial to the firm’s global immigration offering, working with clients from countries including Spain, India, and New Zealand. The team is bolstered by the presence of a strong band of associates, including Kate Gamester, who became a senior associate in October 2021 and has broad experience advising both corporate and high-net-worth clients.

Practice head(s):

Rose Carey

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Exceptional all round. Client communication and management, legal knowledge, awareness of policy developments, access to decision makers, liaison with counsel, fee negotiation and settlement. All exemplary.’

‘The firm has plenty of credibility in the market, a global presence and diversified services. It is an excellent brand with highly capable staff.’

‘The team at CRS is led from the top, with a great leader in partner, Rose Carey. They manage to create a collaborative environment with clients that facilitates open relationships about what is needed, what issues may arise and what may not be possible to overcome. The team will always rise to the occasion to ensure an answer can be found and in a timeframe that the answer is required.’

‘Charles Russell Speechlys is a professional and reputable firm and has excellent knowledge for Immigration rules and regulations.’

‘We have been working with Rose Carey for a few years now, and we are delighted with the service we receive. Rose Carey is solutions-oriented and provides excellent advice helping us with low level to complex immigration needs. She continuously offers us guidance on changes the business needs to know.’

‘I work most closely with Kelvin Tanner, partner on the immigration team, because he is extremely knowledgeable and experience. He is also a very likeable person and I know that my clients are in good hands when I introduce them to him. Also Owen Chan is an associate on the same team. He is also excellent and importantly speaks Chinese which is a great help for my team/clients.’

‘The team at Charles Russell Speechlys, Paul McCarthy in particular, are absolutely wonderful. They get back to any queries immediately and truly care. Paul has been invaluable in helping the team with immigration queries and his caring and calm manner always put them at ease given many times he is dealing with stressful and sometimes emotional situations.’

‘Paul McCarthy is by far the most caring, kind, talented, hard-working and professional immigration attorneys we have ever worked with.’

Key clients

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE)


University of London

Brasserie Bar Co

Work highlights

  • Advised Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe on the immigration aspects of expanding and competing in a dynamic and fast-paced market.
  • Advised the Entain group on managing immigration risk and global co-ordination of complex immigration issues.
  • Advised Brasserie Bar Co on a large-scale sponsorship to counter sector shortages and on the immigration aspects of a significant share sale.

Clarkslegal LLP

Clarkslegal LLP‘s ‘fantastic‘ immigration team is headed up by Reading-based Monica Atwal, who has particular expertise with high-level staff transfers, including directors and their families, and advising businesses setting up in the UK. She is supported by associate Rebecca Hone, newly arrived from Withers LLP in 2021, who also brings experience acting for high-net-worth private clients.

Practice head(s):

Monica Atwal

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Hone


‘The team at Clarkslegal is fantastic. They are very responsive, clear in their billing structure and always deliver results in a timely manner. I am always be sure when contacting Clarkslegal that I will be speaking to a specialist who understands their business area inside out and can provide commercial, practical advice.’

‘A friendly team on all interactions.’

‘I mainly work with Rebecca Hone on Immigration matters. Rebecca is a joy to work with; her communication style is clear and concise with clear actions and deadlines highlighted. I never have any doubt that our visa processes are in good hands.’

Key clients

Jardine Motors Group UK Limited

Tetra Tech Inc

Mishipay Ltd

United for Global Mental Health

Work highlights

  • Provided full immigration support to Tetra Tech Inc. as well as training the client’s HR team in relation to sponsor duties, the sponsorship management system, and how to carry out the prescribed right to work checks.
  • Advising leading automotive dealer Jardine Motors Group UK Limited on various immigration issues, including assisting in connection with the international transfer of members of staff from Hong Kong to the UK.
  • Advised MishiPay, a global leader in scan and go technology, on obtaining a sponsorship licence and advising on the sponsorship of software engineers from India.


Clintons‘ immigration practice is headed up by dual-qualified New York attorney and England and Wales solicitor Diana Okoeva, and draws on her experience to provide a strong US immigration offering, with a particular specialism in organising transatlantic transfers in the media and entertainment industry. Meanwhile, senior associate Natasha Hotson leads the UK offering, advising clients on matters including sponsor licences, overseas business applications and recruiting into the UK.

Practice head(s):

Diana Okoeva

Other key lawyers:

Natasha Hotson


‘Extremely good technical knowledge and useful practical solutions to business and personal immigration problems.’

‘Natasha Hotson is one of those dream lawyers who not only gets the issue immediately, but foresees the other issues in advance, so we’re never on the back foot.’

‘The team at Clintons is impressive for the depth of expertise across a range of application types. The Clinton’s team excels in all areas.’

‘Natasha Hotson’s technical expertise is uncanny. Pose a tough procedural question and Natasha recites the correct approach without blinking. At the same time, Natasha is a great strategist. She is zealous in optimising her clients’ position and adept at navigating processes. Clients also benefit from Natasha’s no-nonsense approach to UK Visas and Immigration’s foibles and to life in general.’

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co‘s immigration team is headed up by consultant Jonathan Chaimovic, who has experience advising corporate clients on inward migration.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Chaimovic


‘We have never had the need to consider another firm as we have been delighted with the quality of the work, advice, communication, engagement and how responsive they have been to our requests.’

‘We have been using Clyde & Co for immigration matters for many years and we are very satisfied.’

‘The team work seamlessly together and the advice provided is accurate, user friendly and timely. The keep us abreast of changes to the immigration laws and how this will impact our business.’ 


Corporate immigration is a key strength for DavidsonMorris, and the firm is well regarded for its strategic and long-term approach to its client relationships. Demetris Demetriou arrived from KPMG Law in the United Kingdom to lead the team in September 2021, following Jemima Johnstone‘s departure to Gherson LLP, and brings experience in handling the immigration aspects of corporate transactions. Demetriou works closely with founder and managing director Anne Morris, and is at the head of the firm’s sponsor licence management CARE package.

Practice head(s):

Demetris Demetriou

Other key lawyers:

Anne Morris


‘The DavidsonMorris immigration team are extremely knowledgeable about the official visa process for employees, and were very clear and supportive in the process of our application. The team always gave broad legal context for their guidance, but were also firm in their view of best practice and the best path for us to follow.’

‘The knowledge of the team and the expertise on explaining complicated stuff in simple ways without missing any detail is simply amazing!’

‘We’ve been super impressed with their customer service and they’ve walked us through immigration processes and educated us along the way.’

Key clients

Interpath Advisory


Hitech Grand Prix Ltd

Marmalade London Ltd

Scuderia Torro Rosso Formula 1

Mumbys Live-In Care

Intrepid Owl Ltd (trading as Rest Less Ltd)

Expro North Sea

ECS Europe

Crystal Hall Care Home

Crouch End Café Ltd

Work highlights

  • Retained immigration advisers to L G Harris, UK brand of global conglomerate Orkla ASA Group.
  • Retained immigration advisers to Interpath Advisory, the UK’s largest privately-owned independent turnaround and restructuring business.
  • Retained immigration advisers to growing tech company

Deloitte Legal

Large-scale, long-term corporate project work is a core strength of the immigration offering at Deloitte Legal, which is headed up in the UK and EMEA by Jurga McCluskey. The team has seen significant growth in its technology client base, especially since its early 2021 merger with specialist firm Kemp Little, and its recent experience extends to assisting clients with the execution of complex and time-sensitive evacuations in moments of geopolitical crisis. McCluskey works alongside immigration experts Katrina Cooper, who is dual-qualified in England and Wales and Australia and sits on the global immigration leadership team, and Emily King. In addition to its work for business clients, the firm also acts for private clients, where associate director Kathryn Crane is a key contact, overseen by director Anthony Michael.

Practice head(s):

Jurga McCluskey; Katrina Cooper; Emily King

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Michael; Kathryn Crane


Dentons‘ immigration practice is now led by Sarah Ingles-Carlyle, who took over as head following Jessica Pattinson’s December 2021 departure to an in-house role. The team provides comprehensive support to clients looking to establish or expand into the UK market, with notable experience in sectors including the pharmaceuticals, energy, and media and entertainment industries. Associate Vaida Lukaite is a key contact, with a growing practice advising on the points-based system and the prevention of illegal working.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Ingles Carlyle

Other key lawyers:

Vaida Lukaite


‘The team at Dentons are very professional and helpful. Any responses are clear and precise. They also respond very quickly.’

‘Vaida Lukaite – is my main point of contact and is very good.’

‘In my experience of working with other providers, the Dentons team stands out for its people. The team supporting our business is knowledgeable and experienced. We have a good working relationship with collaboration at the heart. They understand our people and the way we work, and consistently receive excellent feedback from the client group.’

Key clients

NBC Universal International Limited


Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Hunter Boot Limited

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Acro Aircraft Seating Limited

Ceridian Europe Limited

Altus Intervention

TC BioPharm Limited

Upfield UK Services Limited

HiFix (XE)

Clearglass Limited

Senning (UK) Limited

Solinq Holding Limited

Doyle Clayton

The immigration team at Doyle Clayton is headed up by the ‘extremely knowledgeableAnita de Atouguia, and works closely with the firm’s employment practice on crossover matters such as those concerning TUPE and senior executive transfers, and with the corporate team to advise on the immigration aspects of M&A and restructuring transactions. Other key figures include Malini Skandachanmugarasan, who was promoted to partner in January 2022 and whose experience includes cases relating to the EU Settlement Scheme and the crises in Afghanistan and Ukraine, and senior associate Anna Blackden, who leads the firm’s offering to the education sector. Adam Cotterill joins from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP .

Practice head(s):

Anita de Atouguia

Other key lawyers:

Malini Skandachanmugarasan; Anna Blackden


‘Doyle Clayton are always a pleasure to work with. Their lawyers are always easy to deal with, transparent with their fee structure and always willing to help. We typically work with Doyle Clayton for immigration and they are real experts in their field here. They always provide clear, sound, timely legal advice, irrespective of how complex the situation.’

‘If you want a job done properly, use Doyle Clayton! First class service from beginning to end.’

‘The team we have been in contact with have been kind patient and sincere. They are currently dealing with a very personal and sensitive case and at all times they have made us feel safe and explained everything carefully.’

‘Anita de Atouguia is a wonderful person to work with. She is extremely knowledgeable of our firm and particular circumstances and always happy to help and guide. She also has deadlines diarised and we can rely on Anita to ensure we stay compliant in all things immigration.’

‘Exceptional attention to detail, follow-up, and above and beyond delivery of services. My case involved them handling things not initially discussed, which Malini Skandachanmugarasan at Doyle Clayton handled without hesitation and solved immediately.’

‘Working with Doyle Clayton, in particular, Anna Blackden and Anita de Atouguia, was a really refreshing experience. They always had time for me, and answered every email in a way that I would understand, gave me all the facts and information I could possibly need, were extremely thorough with all aspects of my case. I am extremely thankful to Anna, Anita and the whole Doyle Clayton team for their help as I honestly believe that I would not have been able to obtain citizenship without them.’

‘Everyone at Doyle Clayton is strictly professional but enormously friendly. Malini Skandachanmugarasan is absolutely wonderful at answering any questions, putting your mind at ease and always makes herself available.’

‘I had the pleasure of dealing with Anna Blackden. She delivered a service of the highest quality. Excellent – we were informed and guided every step of the way.’

Key clients

Abbott Mead Vickers (AMV BBDO)

Altum Capital Management

Apollo Partners LLP

Aspen Insurance Service Limited

Downunder GeoSolutions Limited


Plan International UK

Product Madness

Sandton Capital Partners



Work highlights

  • Advised a British/US couple with an application on the basis of their human rights and compassionate grounds so that the US national could remain in the UK to provide end of life care and support to his partner.
  • Advised a former politician and his family on obtaining permanent residence in the UK on a discretionary basis due to a change in the Immigration Rules, having to address politically motivated extradition proceedings and criminal charges brought against him.
  • Overturning a refusal by the Home Office for an adopted child to be granted indefinite leave to enter the UK following a misunderstanding of the nature of overseas adoption proceedings.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors is known across practice areas for its legal aid work, and the immigration and public law team is especially prominent in this area, with experience bringing cases to the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court, and the European Court of Human Rights. The firm’s flagship judicial review claimant practice sees it represent clients including the vulnerable and marginalised, and its immigration offering is strengthened by collaboration with its expanding international presence challenging UK government practices abroad. Key team members include Toufique Hossain, who has particular experience handling asylum claims for clients who are victims of torture, sexual abuse, and trafficking, as well as Ahmed Aydeed, Rohena Wallace, and business immigration department directors Tamana Aziz and Vicash Ramkissoon, who provides advice and handle appeals for clients from a range of industries.

Practice head(s):

Tamana Aziz; Vicash Ramkissoon; Ahmed Aydeed; Bahar Ata; Claire Ryan; Gergana Pentcheva; James Packer; Jenna McKinney; Nazia Khan; Rohena Wallace; Tamana Aziz; Toufique Hossain; Vicash Ramkissoon; Vilash Gami; Zofia Duszynska

Other key lawyers:

Fahad Ansari; Stefan Vnuk


‘The firm is dynamic and adapts accordingly to client needs and circumstances.’

‘I really like the service provided by Duncan Lewis, their team is very well prepared, they are very objective and practical, the only thing you need to do is let them do their job and you will know you have chosen the right company. They always serve us very precisely, and when there is a problem they solve it.’

‘Toufique Hossain and his team have quite literally saved the lives of many who faced deportation without their cases having been fully considered, and who faced danger and potential death on return.’

‘Toufique Hossain – the big name at DL – in charge of a large, diverse and innovative team finding and executing public law challenges in this area. Ahmed Aydeed – up and coming Director at DL – has made a particular name in anti-trafficking challenges. Zofia Dyszynska has well recognised expertise in anti-trafficking cases and vulnerable clients. Stefan Vnuk is a long established practitioner in immigration law with a highly regarded reputation. Fahad Ansari has a burgeoning practice in national security cases in the High Court and Special Immigration Appeals Commission and has achieved remarkable results.’

‘Great resources owing to size of the team and firm. Some of the solicitors there really go the extra mile. They work round the clock and take on the most challenging cases. They fight to the end.’

‘In public law the teams led by Toufique Hossain and James Packer are exceptional in ability and reach. In privately funded work Vicash Ramkissoon is a very able and punctilious leader who deals with a wide range of clients. Other notable individuals: Bahar Ata has great experience in asylum cases including the most complex and in human rights. Zofia Duszynska is another experienced leader, of high ability, with particular experience in asylum cases. Claire Ryan and Vilash Gami are recent promotions to director, all with substantial ability and competence.’

‘They are willing to take on cases often when other firms have said no, they can do more challenging and complicated work. For immigration cases we make most of our referrals to the director Bahar Ata, whose team really takes a lot of last-minute work – without their support there are a lot of people would have been removed or deported unable to access legal advice. Bahar is really good at getting back to us quickly and if she says no, we know that it is because there really is no capacity in the team.’

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP‘s immigration team is now led by senior associate Sundeep Rathod, who joined from Simons Muirhead Burton in December 2021, following former practice head Dhruti Thakrar‘s departure to Keystone Law in the November. The practice increasingly provides sponsor licence, compliance and audit support to corporates, while retaining a modest high-net-worth practice.

Practice head(s):

Sundeep Rathod


‘Very efficient service, and personal too.’

‘Sundeep Rathod is our key point of contact. He is superb. He makes the complex simple. He is super-efficient, but also understands our requirements really well. An absolute pleasure to work with, and adds so much knowledge and experience. Makes our lives so much easier.’

‘The team are responsive and keen to work efficiently and professionally to resolve issues. They have a broad range of experience in the immigration field, especially in working on complex matters.’

Key clients

Sky Betting and Gaming

Parkson Mobile Limited

Berkeley Research Group (UK) Limited

Inside Out Architecture

K2 Consultancy Limited

EDM London Limited

WJR Developments UK Limited

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

International firm Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP fields a strong corporate-focused immigration team, providing strategic support across a range of sectors. Audrey Elliott leads the national practice from Birmingham, and has been central to recent efforts to help clients develop and implement immigration policies in the aftermath of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. Former team head Lizzie Field moved to Bristows LLP in September 2021, and the team took on three new associates, including principal associate Louisa Cole from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Practice head(s):

Audrey Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Louisa Cole; Esyllt Martin


‘Friendly and approachable, able to explain complex legal requirements in layman’s terms so we are able to understand and relay messages back to our employees. We have one dedicated point of contact who understands our business well, but other members of the team are also able to help out when needed.’

‘The team are very responsive and take me step by step through the process.’

‘The lawyers in Eversheds always come cross very professional and knowledgeable. They make us feel confident to seek advice from them whenever we need. Apart from delivering excellent service to us, Eversheds always keep us posted with the current regulations. Great law firm!’

‘Immigration counsel has been excellent. We require responsiveness on a short timeline and often have complex issues to resolve. The team has been excellent.’

‘Louisa Cole has been our primary partner on all immigration matters and is responsive, flexible and thorough. She is also practical which is essential for our business.’

‘Esyllt Martin – very knowledgeable on visas and immigration, professional and pleasant to work with. Provides lots of hands-on support and guidance to our organisation, and keeps us up to date with any developments in the visa space. Has managed a high volume of work, and communicates her advice well to HR, recruitment, managers and employees from our organisation.’

Key clients

The University of Sheffield


Farrer & Co

Elena Hinchin leads Farrer & Co‘s immigration practice, which works closely with the firm’s corporate and tax offerings to support corporate clients, and works with the family team to advise high-net-worth individuals and families. The team also has strength in litigation through experienced barrister Lee Jackson. Associate Tom Hardwick is a key contact for family applications and human rights appeals outside the rules, while associate Sonia Cala-Lesina is particularly adept at securing Global Talent visas for artists, writers and academics. Zoe Jacob has now moved to Boodle Hatfield LLP.

Practice head(s):

Elena Hinchin

Other key lawyers:

Lee Jackson; Tom Hardwick; Sonia Cala-Lesina


‘Very strong private client immigration team which combines well with the firm’s wider practice in disparate areas such as family law and dispute resolution.’

‘Farrer & Co is a team of highly professional lawyers who are able to solve different complex problems. I would like to point out that the team is very attentive to customers and has a clear organisation of workflow.’

‘I am happy with the quick response they’ve given to all my queries with necessary clarification. They were available always and have done application processing as quickly as possible. Will definitely recommend.’

‘Really efficient team that accomplishes what it tells you it will do at the price that it tells you it will do it at. No negative surprises just effective working. At the same time they are readily available quickly should any client hurdles appear. Couldn’t ask for a better service.’

‘Elena Hinchin, partner of Farrer & Co, is a high-level professional. She is distinguished by the ability to work with a large amount of information, sensitive and attentive attitude to the client, thoughtful and correct selection of necessary documents. A properly constructed plan of our cooperation helped to achieve a successful result.’

‘Great, full service team advising on immigration. Elena Hinchin is exceptional in this space. She goes far beyond the black letter law and gives highly practical and commercial advice. She is a go-to advisor for any high-stakes immigration advice.’

‘Sonia Cala-Lesina is the person we work with. She is personable, knowledgeable, efficient and keeps us up to date with everything. Elena Hinchin is the partner. She is great and I feel extremely comfortable with the team.’

‘Elena Hinchin leads the team and is uniquely placed to act for individuals based in former CIS states. She is hugely experienced, extremely well-connected, highly efficient and effective in achieving positive outcomes.’


Bolstered by the addition of new practice head, director Joanna Hunt from Lewis Silkin in September 2021, Fieldfisher‘s immigration team provides strategic support to clients in a range of sectors, including assistance with large-scale projects and transactions. Senior associate Gillian McKearney is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Gillian McKearney


‘Fieldfisher LLP has been an excellent partner to work with. They’re speedy, clear and collaborative. The depth of knowledge that the team hold when it comes to immigration and visa issues has proved invaluable. They have also worked very collaboratively to ensure any relationship is commercial for both parties.’

‘They’re responsive, experienced and knowledgeable, particularly Joanna Hunt.’

‘The service we received was impeccable. Their understanding of our needs and timelines, as well as our business was something we really appreciated and could not find elsewhere. Their team was well rounded, highly informed and extremely capable. The team was fantastic at taking into account our company’s small size and need for quick iteration.’

‘Joanna Hunt never failed to clarify key concepts for us and guide our project to success. Her team were responsive at all times and diligent in their work. They took our case to heart and really aligned with our tight timelines – they felt like they were part of our own team and had the same objectives and priorities in mind.’

‘Extremely good technical knowledge and useful practical solutions to business and personal immigration problems.’

‘Joanna Hunt is great at cutting to the chase and addressing the issue at hand, which is exactly what I want.’

‘Aside from being very friendly and accommodating they have expertise in all areas and locations.’

‘Gillian McKearney is sharp. She delivers extensive expertise with commerciality, reassurance and smooth client service. She clearly cares for her clients and consistently works to ensure they receive their desired outcomes. She is thorough and meticulous in her application of the law, whilst balancing this perfectly with practical considerations.’

Key clients

Wunderkind, Inc.

JLA Limited


Nate Tech, Inc

Charlotte Tilbury

Work highlights

  • Provided advice and support on all immigration issues to a growing corporate client, including issues relating to Covid-19 lockdowns and Brexit.
  • Provided ongoing advice and support to a venture-backed start-up, including compliance, tax, and growth advice following the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Supported an innovative cosmetic brand with its growth into the tech space by assisting with onboarding key tech talent.

Fladgate LLP

Led by the ‘highly experiencedKelly Whiter, Fladgate LLP‘s immigration team is especially well known for its work advising high-net-worth clients, with a particular focus on individuals working in the film industry. Whiter specialises in devising bespoke solutions for individuals, families, and corporate clients, who are under significant time pressure or in circumstances that do not fit neatly within the immigration rules. Her experience extends to matters relating to the EU Settlement Scheme, extension visas, and complex applications. Meanwhile, Thomas Garner has notable expertise in asylum and extradition issues, including significant recent work securing the deletion of INTERPOL Red Notices for politically exposed clients facing persecution, including high-profile political and business figures.

Practice head(s):

Kelly Whiter

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Garner


‘I have known Kelly Whiter for many years and frequently ask for her help and advice on immigration matters. She is highly experienced, knowledgeable, personable and reputable for her individual capabilities.’

‘Thomas Garner has evolved to become a trusted advisor on a variety of matters. He’s always very conscious of the potential interaction between different legal proceedings and helps me to see all the options to properly assess the situation and decide on the appropriate strategy. He is extremely responsive and always makes time to talk things through from a strategic perspective.’

‘I know Kelly Whiter from years prior as one of the top UK Immigration Lawyers dealing with High Net Worth private clients. She also assists them with owner managed businesses with UK Immigration needs. The level of service is very bespoke & personal. They become trusted advisors due to the strength of this personal service. Outside of the box solutions.’

‘Thomas Garner has assisted me in a human rights matter and I have found him very approachable, pragmatic, knowledgeable and very responsive responding to emails, returning phone and meeting his self imposed and my deadlines. A delight to work with and a very safe pair of hands to guide one through a complex process.’

‘Thomas Garner has been my attorney for more than 2 years. He is diligent and has extremely strong drafting ability. He is able to reduce the most complex matters into clear and persuasive documents. At the same time, Thomas has a broad strategic vision when it comes to a case – he thinks outside of the box and is very resourceful.’

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP‘s immigration team is led by experienced practitioner Sacha Schoenfeld, and focuses on devising bespoke solutions for business and individual clients with complex immigration issues. Its corporate practice extends from sponsor licence and compliance management to transactions and transfers, with key sectors including the financial services and technology industries. Senior associate Adele Standard is highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sacha Shoenfeld

Other key lawyers:

Adele Standard


‘Fox Williams has always been the best choice for any visa and immigration matters – the firm has an impressive track record and capabilities in this area.’

‘Very knowledgeable about the UK Sponsorship Licence – understand employers’ lack of understanding and skill around this topic. Have the ability to guide us through.’

‘Sacha Schoenfeld stands out as she seems to be able to answer any question on visas, immigration, sponsorship. She is prompt to respond to emails.’

‘Adele Standard is a perfect legal professional – she possesses not only a deep knowledge of law, but also knows industry practices and can always come up with an optimal legal strategy. She (and her team) are very approachable and responsive, consistently meet deadlines and can, simply speaking, get the job done – quickly, efficiently and for more than reasonable costs.’

‘Fox Williams has always been very efficient. The biggest strength of Fox Williams is their staff and the quality of the work produced, the feeling that they are taking the total responsibility of the mission to bring it to a positive result. Actually, it appears as simple, but it is just called ‘trust’.’

‘Our main and almost unique contact is Adele Standard who is always available, answers very quickly and very precisely to our requests, anticipates specific milestones. All the folders she had to work on went to a positive end, respecting the way she initially planned and explained to us when we started. We also have excellent contact with Sacha Schoenfeld when Adele is off.’

Key clients

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C.

Strategic Value Partners UK Ltd

Ocorian Services UK Ltd

C&J Clark International Ltd

Newgen Software Technologies Ltd

Domestic & General Group Ltd

Actis LLP

Beamery Ltd

Steptoe & Johnson UK Ltd

MarketAxess Ltd

Castleton Commodities International LLC

Sevenoaks School

Freemans Solicitors

Led by Oluwole Osibona, who became managing partner in April 2022, Freemans Solicitors‘ immigration department has experience in handling the range of complex human rights-related immigration matters, from nationality and citizenship applications to cases concerning deportation and unlawful detention. Ahmed Sesay is another key contact, and was promoted to partner in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Oluwole Osibona

Other key lawyers:

Ahmed Sesay


‘An eclectic team with wide and deep experience of all aspects of immigration law. Based in Central London, the firm has teams well established in other areas and the cross disciplined expertise enhances each teams breadth. Expect good communication, realistic but also creative advice.’

‘Great depth of knowledge and experience, with modern and highly professional approach.’

‘This is a very strong department; all the members are knowledgeable, accessible, very hardworking and genuinely motivated to do the best for their clients. I really value my working relationship with the whole department. It does feel like a collaborative approach, both within the department but even with counsel; the lay-client gets a joined-up service. The team is particularly diverse.’

‘The people are amazing. Fantastic service received over the last 10 years.’

‘Goes above and beyond to support at every stage of the process.’

‘Team led by a veteran of the circuit, partner in firm and head of immigration, Oluwole Osibona. A steady, calm and extremely knowledgeable individual whose leadership ensures consistently assured service to the firms immigration clients. Oluwole is a great communicator, managing client expectations well and provides excellent instructions and background research too.’

‘Mr. Osibona is a highly skilled and educated immigration lawyer who supplied me with excellent service. He is a true professional who will go above and beyond for his clients. He took on my hopeless case and brought it to a successful conclusion. Justice has only been served as a result of his professional expertise. I will be eternally thankful.’

‘The team at Freemans has the ability to work with others across the legal profession and the courts. From taking on clients, to liaising with counsel’s clerks, to instructing counsel, and speaking to the listings office at court prior to listing, the team is able to communicate effectively with people at every level within the legal profession and legal system. I have always found Mr Oluwole Osibona to have an uncanny ability to put his clients at ease, whilst maintaining professional integrity and quality service.’

Freeths LLP

Headed up by Emma Brooksbank in Leeds, Freeths LLP‘s business immigration practice is anchored in London by senior associate Shradha Virji and associate Iram Noordin. The education and manufacturing industries are core sectors for the team, which also works closely with the firm’s corporate team on transactions.

Practice head(s):

Emma Brooksbank

Other key lawyers:

Shradha Virji; Iram Noordin


‘The knowledge of the team is the main strength. The team at Freeths has been able to guide us at all stages of the process. They have also provided effective advice and support to the new employee joining our company. They have been very responsive to the needs of our business often at very short notice. This has been critical to us as we face a very fast moving labour market.’

‘We have worked very closely with Emma Brooksbank in particular during the period of time we have utilised the sponsor license. Emma’s knowledge and support has been invaluable to our business. There hasn’t been a question that we have raised that Emma hasn’t been able to provide the answer to. We have received comprehensive guidance at every step of the process. This has allowed us to build a positive and trusting relationship which is critical as this is a big focus of our attraction and talent strategy.’

‘We have worked with Freeths for in excess of 20 years. They have taken time to fully understand our business, how we work and what our standards and values are. We consider them a true partner who adds value.’

‘A helpful and responsive team.’

Key clients

Villa Care Limited

Costa Limited

CNC Inversiones, parent of GSR International Limited and GSR Resources Limited

The Blockhouse Technology Limited

Metka- EGN Limited

Asite Solutions Limited

Sofidel UK Ltd

Jeffreys Henry LLP inc JH Audit Limited and JH Business Services Limited

University of Leeds

Celsa Manufacturing Uk Ltd

Gherson LLP

Founded by renowned partner Roger Gherson, Gherson LLP signalled its intentions for further growth with its April 2022 conversion into an LLP, which saw complex immigration practice head Charles Burnett promoted to partner. Burnett’s experience includes asylum, international protection claims, and public law challenges to Home Office decisions, and the team is especially renowned for its extradition work. Adam Hoefel heads up the general immigration team, where solicitor Lisa Uttley is also a key contact. The firm extended its corporate offering with the September 2021 hire of associate Jemima Johnstone as new corporate immigration head. Johnstone arrives from DavidsonMorris.

Practice head(s):

Jemima Johnstone; Adam Hoefel; Charles Burnett

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Uttley; Roger Gherson


‘Brilliant with clients. Very impressive in the cross-over of work between crime, asset recovery, human rights and immigration in particular.’

‘Experienced, detail-oriented practice.’

‘Really careful attention to detail. Step by step process making even complex tasks easier to digest. We had sensitive topics to solve involving an individual and socio-political changes -they were very supportive all the way through the process both with us and more importantly with the individual who needed help.’

‘Very efficient and committed team led by Roger Gherson. Extremely clear on the legal process and timelines involved.’

‘Roger Gherson is extraordinarily committed to his clients. Always goes the extra mile. Exceptional strategic thinker.’

‘The team is easily approachable and can give the best advice when dealing with clients with great patience – especially Charles Burnett, who has dealt with our case.’

‘I was very satisfied and felt I was in good hands right from the beginning. Adam Hoefel has an exceptionally strong eye for detail that has been a benefit to my case. He also has a very calm demeanour that was a blessing for his clients. Adam’s strong sense of organisation helps a lot during this time.’

‘Adam Hoefel is an excellent qualified solicitor. He is so professional and knowledgeable and he is there for his clients 24/7 ! I was highly satisfied with his service, and would recommend him to other clients.’

Key clients

Curzon Square Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully advised Curzon Square Limited on its application for an Australian nanny visa for a member of staff.
  • Successfully submitted extensive representations to the Home Office arguing for priority treatment for a high-net-worth family on the basis of travel requirements.
  • Successfully advised a religious establishment on its visa requirements for its representatives.

Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors

Boutique City firm Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors fields a strong immigration team under managing director Dave Vasoodaven and legal director Fadi Farhat, assisting clients with matters including complex asylum and family cases. Vasoodaven represents high-net-worth individuals in contentious and non-contentious work. As head of the firm’s appeals and public law department, Farhat has seen his cases taken to the High Court and Court of Appeal; he also regularly acts as an advocate, allowing the firm to handle cases entirely in-house, from initial instruction through to litigation and decision. Founding partners and former immigration judges Bernard Andonian and Paul Gulbenkian remain active in the firm.

Practice head(s):

Bernard Andonian; Dave Vasoodaven; Fadi Farhat

Other key lawyers:

Paul Gulbenkian

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Set within the private client, tax and immigration department, the immigration team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP was established with the arrival of experienced partner Sarah Gogan from Fladgate LLP in April 2021. Gogan is well regarded for her work on complex and politically sensitive international protection cases for high-net-worth and high-profile, politically exposed individuals.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Gogan

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Boyce


‘Excellent team with great strategic vision and sensitive at all times to their clients’ needs.’

‘Sarah Gogan is probably the outstanding practitioner in this field. She is quite simply superb.’

‘Harbottle and Lewis is an extremely well known and justifiably respected firm in the field of human rights and immigration law.’

‘Sarah Gogan is very focused and attuned to serving her clients.’

‘They have two very impressive and well-informed solicitors in Sarah Gogan and Charlotte Boyce. Sarah Gogan showed great intelligence and excellent judgement in handling an extremely challenging and controversial extradition and asylum case. She is now ably assisted by Charlotte Boyce, who has also acquired great experience in the field of extradition and asylum, and with whom I have worked closely on the same major extradition and asylum case.’

‘Sarah Gogan works very hard and makes herself available to her clients 24/7. She delivers high quality advice and support to all her clients.’

‘Sarah Gogan’s experience and expertise spans asylum applications, business immigration, family reunion, nationality and crossover cases. She ensures that the client’s needs are understood and acted upon with close attention to detail and with utmost respect and confidentiality. Sarah provides a professional, highly competent, unruffled service to the most demanding clients in the most challenging cases. Not many law firms in the UK can make such a boast.’

‘Sarah Gogan is standout. She is one of the leading lawyers in this field and her presence at Harbottle automatically puts the firm on the map in this practice area.’

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP‘s immigration offering is led by Antonia Torr, who has particular expertise acting for high-net-worth clients, especially those seeking UK entry from China. In addition to advising entrepreneurs and investors, she is well known for her proficiency in applications with family law elements. Solicitor Phong Ma is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Antonia Torr

Other key lawyers:

Phong Ma


‘The whole team is amazing, helpful and understanding.’

‘Always willing to help with practical advice.’

‘All the team members work so well with each other.’

‘Antonia Torr is engaging and super-responsive. Excellent qualities in an immigration lawyer!’

Irvine Thanvi Natas

Headed up by experienced practitioner Syed Naqvi, Irvine Thanvi Natas‘s immigration team is well regarded for its expertise in judicial reviews and strategic litigation, especially concerning deportations and removals. Naqvi also has experience as an advocate at the First-tier and Upper Tribunals, and has appeared before the Court of Appeal.

Practice head(s):

Syed Naqvi

Work highlights

  • Acted on a successful high court challenge of SSHD work policy for asylum seekers.
  • Appealing a Court of Appeal judgment that held that a refusal of an Indefinite Leave to Remain application did not necessarily amount to a refusal of a human rights claim giving the applicant a right of appeal.
  • Acted on a successful Court of Appeal test case where it was held that refusals on the ground of character or conduct required a balancing exercise, taking into account both positive and negative considerations.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell advises a range of corporate and high-net-worth clients. Private client head Alex Ruffel leads the London offering following practice head Ben Xu ‘s departure to Armstrong Teasdale, while Paula Myers heads up the firm’s national practice from Leeds. Senior associate Mandeep Khroud is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Alex Ruffel

Other key lawyers:

Paula Myers; Mandeep Khroud


‘Irwin Mitchell’s team was always available to support us on our queries, every time we needed them. They are amazing.’

JMW Solicitors LLP

Led by Dipesh Shah, JMW Solicitors LLP‘s immigration practice has seen notable growth, with senior associate Aleksandra Yuskina joining from Deloitte Legal in September 2021 and promoted to partner in May 2022. Shah has particular expertise in the sports sector, and the firm fields a dedicated sub-team to handle large projects for corporate clients, especially in the care industry.

Practice head(s):

Dipesh Shah

Other key lawyers:

Aleksandra Yuskina; Bhavini Bhatt


‘Incredibly knowledgeable yet approachable. Commercial and quick to react to the needs of our business.’

‘JMW have supported us through the Brexit transition to formulate an efficient process together for work entry visas for foreign national prospective employees. I commend them on their support and time taken to take us through the complexities of the UK system and establish a common and pragmatic process.’

‘Dipesh Shah is very friendly, approachable and understands our business’s needs with ease. He executes any requests efficiently and effectively. At partner level, some are not available to service their clients. However, Dipesh is always available and that is very much appreciated.’

‘Aleksandra Yuskina went above and beyond to ensure that our deadlines were met, arranging to speak outside of office hours and working with a sense of urgency.’

‘They are lovely people who are very easy to deal with, very responsive and helpful.’

‘Aleksandra Yuskina – very professional, gets everything done on budget and within the timescales agreed. She is always happy to reach out if she needs additional clarification or she thinks there is a better way of doing things. A pleasure to deal with.’

‘The immigration team have exceptional communication skills and are great with the clients we introduce. We pass them a very high volume of work and they manage the caseloads efficiently and in a timely manner. Their industry knowledge is second to none and we always feel reassured having them on side.’

Keystone Law

Keystone Law‘s immigration team expanded further with the November 2021 hire of former Edwin Coe LLP practice head Dhruti Thakrar, bolstering its already strong reputation for both business and private-client work. Nicola Richards is especially well known for her work with clients in the technology sector, while Jayanti Mitra-Valdes is a key contact for high-net-worth clients. Corporate-focused Sharmila Mehta acts for senior executives and multinationals, and Tsige Berhanu brings expertise in areas including naturalisations and family-based applications.

Other key lawyers:

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


‘They really focus on catering to the clients’ needs. Extremely diverse, with various language skills and capabilities.’

‘Christine Chiew – To me she is one of the best immigration lawyers at the moment. She has often helped clients of mine finding solutions in an ever-changing immigration environment. She also does something unique which is to consider the various other aspects of the client’s needs when planning the client’s strategy. Jayanti Mitra-Valdes – Jayanti is very well experienced and professional. Sharmila Mehta – Well qualified and particularly skilled in solving clients’ problems. Dhruti Thakrar – Well qualified and particularly skilled in solving clients’ problems.’

‘Christina Chiew – Clear, practical commercial advice. Provides a service “over and above” that expected from a standard lawyer.’

‘Christine Chiew’s team are all professional individuals with efficiency and provide bespoke services for each of my family members.’

‘Christine Chiew does not only provide professional advice but also looks into every details during the visa application and extension processes. She planed ahead for each procedure in order to achieve successful application results.’

Key clients



Work highlights

  • Submitted a sponsor licence application for V7, which was granted quicker than standard processing time, and assisted with an in-country application for the intended hire, also processed quickly.
  • Liaised with the Home Office to successfully assist a client with frontier work permits, in a case where time was critical due to the nature of the cargo and its contribution to the UK fishing industry.

Kingsley Napley LLP

At Kingsley Napley LLP, prominent partner Nicolas Rollason heads a sizeable team of ‘very knowledgeable‘ lawyers, including multiple ‘trusted market leaders on immigration matters‘. Private client experience includes EU Settlement Scheme applications, overstays and appeals, and cases relating to international surrogacy, while core business clients include those in the financial services, technology, media and entertainment, and sports industries, to which the firm provides advice on matters ranging from inward investment and restructures to compliance work. The ‘superbKatie Newbury heads up the private client offering, in addition to her work alongside the criminal team on asylum and extradition matters. Elspeth Guild focuses on EU matters, while other key partners include Ilda De Sousa, Marcia Longdon, and Kim Vowden, who was promoted to partner in May 2022. Associate Oliver Oldman is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Rollason

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Kingsley Napley offers a Rolls Royce service to clients, seamlessly taking them from the beginning of a case through to conclusion with reference to counsel where necessary. They are quickly responsive to queries, on top of changes to the law, and have an impressive commitment to those cases which are legally complex.’

‘They are commercially savvy, on top of the law, committed to clients and on top of the technology to assist delivery of an excellent service.’

‘Incredibly pragmatic and responsive, very knowledgeable and willing to help.’

‘Trusted market leaders on immigration matters.’

‘Very knowledgeable attorneys in the immigration practice section. Diligent and prompt. The two partners I’ve deal with, Nicolas Rollason and Katie Newbury, are outstanding and very pleasant to deal with.’

‘Katie Newbury is superb: calm, helpful and astute.’

‘Katie Newbury – I have worked with Katie for years and she is incredibly knowledgeable and diligent in her work, a joy to work with.’

‘Oliver Oldman: he is relatively new to the firm, he is very on top of the law and committed to his cases. He is likely to go far.’

Laura Devine Immigration

Transatlantic services are a key specialism for boutique firm Laura Devine Immigration, with close coordination between its offices in London and New York. The team has a ‘deep bench‘ of lawyers, led by the ‘peerlessLaura Devine, who founded the firm and is dual-qualified as both a solicitor in England and Wales and a US attorney. Senior partner Sophie Barrett-Brown heads up the UK practice, covering all aspects of UK immigration and nationality and EU free movement law, as well as advising corporate clients on matters including complex restructures, start-ups, and scale-ups. Natasha Chell is similarly capable in the field of corporate immigration, with a niche focus on clients in the armed forces – a significant area of strength for the firm. US attorney Christi Hufford Jackson leads the US-focused practice in London, while Zeena Luchowa and Matthew Wills co-lead the human rights practice, and were promoted to associate partners in July 2022, alongside Nicolette Bostock and Francesca Sciberras.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Nicolette Bostock; Francesca Sciberras


‘Deep bench strength and international coverage, led by the peerless Laura Devine.’

‘Professional, leaders in the market in terms of expertise and contacts with the Home Office. Honest with clarity around costs.’

‘All of the team we have worked with at Laura Devine have been exceptional. They have been available at all hours, taken time to ensure everything is understood by their clients, acted quickly and efficiently and shown genuine compassion throughout the process.’

‘The entire team at Laura Devine is extremely efficient and well coordinated. My experience while working with the entire team of Laura Devine, right from the Trainee Associates to the Partners was very pleasant and satisfying. The team is always up-to-date on all the new rules, notifications etc regarding immigration.’

‘Laura Devine, Natasha Chell, Sophie Barrett Brown – high profile thought leaders in immigration issues.’

‘Christi Jackson is a level headed, high energy, problem solving partner. She will go above and beyond in order to come up with solutions for complicated matters. Her talent for being able to recap a complex situation in layman terms and bite sized steps to all audiences is beyond impressive. She feels like an extension of the team!’

‘Zeena Luchowa is the senior lawyer that I mainly get in touch with regarding cases. Working with such a professional could not have been more smooth. She is very easy to communicate with and has significant experience in the field of immigration law. Zeena has a good eye for attention to detail and therefore this provides comfort that all aspects of the case dealt with are taken seriously without omissions or things being overlooked.’

‘Matthew Wills is extremely dedicated and highly intelligent. He is dedicated to his clients and works hard to get the best for them.’

Lewis Silkin

The immigration and global mobility team at Lewis Silkin operates under the leadership of Andrew Osborne, advising multinationals, start-ups, and high-net-worth individuals, with especially strong expertise in the fashion, media and entertainment, and sports sectors. Supinder Singh Sian joined from Squire Patton Boggs in August 2021, and brings a wealth of experience supporting corporate clients on UK inbound and global mobility matters, as well as knowledge of the points-based system and the EU Settlement Scheme. Stephen O’Flaherty was promoted to partner in April 2022, and is particularly highly regarded for his work for clients in the sports industry, which he handles with a ‘clear, practical approach‘.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Osborne

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The team at Lewis Silkin are always on hand to support us with a diverse range of queries which are often very time sensitive. They’re able to convey the legal requirements and considerations in a clear way and help us to understand how it applies specifically to our business and the way we operate. They provide a high quality service to both the business and the employees that they support and this is reflected in the feedback that we receive.’

‘The team takes time to understand our business needs and learn about our internal policies and processes before advising on solutions, which is a very refreshing approach. While we are a small (but growing) company in the UK, they are thinking ahead and setting up processes and systems for us at scale for our anticipated future growth.’

‘I have worked closely with Lewis Silkin for a number of years. They have provided us with industry leading legal advice and support and I would not hesitate in recommending the practice, in particular in dealing with Creative Worker Visas (formerly Tier 5) and related immigration enquiries. They have provided outstanding legal support.’

‘They provide a unique and tailored service and goes above and beyond.’

‘Andrew Osborne heads the practice and is reactive to any queries in an efficient and timely manner.’

‘I’ve worked with Stephen O’Flaherty for a couple of years now and he is a trusted partner to our team. As well as his immigration expertise, he has a clear, practical approach which helps us to understand the full picture of a situation. We value Stephen’s support very highly.’

‘Supinder Sian – the gold standard for legal support in a complex and ever-changing area. Supinder is always able to find a solution to any problem we have. He is responsive, even at unsociable hours. We simply could not function without him!’

‘I appreciate how they’ve taken the time to get to know our company and our values. They connect with us as people first and foremost and want to make sure they are adjusting to our business and needs. Stephen O’Flaherty has been a very strong partner in our UK set-up and has provided catered advice on everything from our RTW checks, Sponsorship licence, ongoing compliance, and day-to-day casework.’

Key clients


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Benevolent AI

Havas Media

Marks & Spencer


Babylon Health

Work highlights

  • Advised a retail franchiser with sponsor licence applications for five different stores and helped with more than 40 visa applications.
  • Advised a global financial service company on the immigration aspects of a M&A transaction.
  • Advised a listed IT company on obtaining its Sponsor Licence and with the immigration applications for specific initial hires.

Macfarlanes LLP

Personal tax expert Edward Reed leads Macfarlanes LLP‘s immigration practice, where he is especially noted for his work advising internationally mobile families. The team acts for a range of corporate clients, providing broad support including sponsor licence application management and transaction and compliance advice. Senior solicitors Tom Marsom and Jessica Yu sit at the heart of the firm’s immigration offering, with specialist experience including post-Brexit planning and M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Edward Reed

Other key lawyers:

Tom Marsom; Jessica Yu


‘Macfarlanes is a firm that differentiates itself from its peers by offering bespoke services which are tailored to the uniqueness of its clients.’

‘Jessica Yu provides a standout service. She empathises with her clients, assimilates their requirements and translates to a clear legal path. She communicated frequently and clearly throughout our engagement and returned our confidence to get to an outcome which we thought was not possible. Would work with her again and again.’

‘They are high-end and provide an excellent service to their clients.’

‘Tom Marsom is extremely responsive and knowledgeable.’

Magrath Sheldrick LLP

Boutique City firm Magrath Sheldrick LLP‘s flagship business immigration team acts for high-net-worth and corporate clients in sectors ranging from the entertainment to finance industries. Managing partner Ben Sheldrick heads up the practice, bringing a wealth of experience assisting clients with strategic immigration support. He works alongside senior partner Chris Magrath, who is dual-qualified in the US and UK. Alfreda Joubert is a key contact for private client work, and Joanne Taylor and Zulaykha Bhaijee are also noted. The London office is expanding its US-focused offering, with the March 2022 hire of US attorney Aryannah Eghbal. The group is also noted for its proprietary Global Reach system, which allows clients to track and process applications and stay prepared in the face of unannounced audits.

Practice head(s):

Ben Sheldrick

Other key lawyers:

Chris Magrath; Alfreda Joubert; Zulaykha Bhaijee; Joanne Taylor; Aryannah Eghbal


‘Their knowledge of the complexities of immigration law is exceptional and far-reaching. This is why they are subject-matter experts for our members. They are knowledgeable about complex global immigration issues as well as the UK. They cover many countries. They also understand policy and the political debates that inform the development of immigration law. This is what makes them stand out from the field.’

‘They bring an exceptional personal relationship to their clients.’

‘What we find with Magrath Sheldrick LLP is that they have a fantastic online tool called Global Reach. What also makes Magrath Sheldrick LLP unique is that you feel that you are getting a proper bespoke service, from the Senior Partners down. You are not just a number. The overall collaboration has been superb, I have found them very reactive as well as offering proactive advice too.’

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP

Boutique private client firm Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP addresses immigration issues as part of its full-service offering to corporate and high-net-worth clients. Holistic advice to individual clients is a key focus, with recent work dominated by attempts to find alternative routes for clients after the closure of the tier 1 investor visa. The team also advises businesses on workforce management, including setting up in the UK. Ceris Gardner heads up the practice, while managing partner Emma-Jane Weider is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Ceris Gardner

Other key lawyers:

Emma-Jane Weider


‘Very proactive and efficient team.’

‘Emma-Jane Weider and her team do their investigations diligently, and then the results are presented in a clear, logical and practical manner. Brilliant and concise analysis of the issues we put to them. Would certainly go back to them again if necessary.’

‘Real excellence, attention to detail, standout client care.’

‘Emma-Jane Weider is immensely knowledgeable in this area. I have great respect for her. Really excellent and always available.’

Meymand Maczynski Ltd

Sam Meymand co-founded Meymand Maczynski Ltd in 2020 with Olga Meymand. Since then, the firm has built a strong reputation for its ability to secure positive decisions for individual clients, with particular expertise in global talent and innovator visas, which it handles on top of sponsor licence management work for corporate clients.

Practice head(s):

Sam Meymand

Other key lawyers:

Olga Meymand; Victoria Tanousis


‘Meymand Maczynski are consummate professionals who go the extra mile to provide a quality and attentive service. They are a dedicated, detail orientated firm who make their clients feel truly supported and valued.’

‘Sam Meymand is a professional, kind and calm solicitor with extensive knowledge of UK immigration law. He has significant expertise in UK Start-up and Innovator visa applications. Nothing is too much trouble for Sam and he approaches complex matters with calm, logic and precision.’

‘Very knowledgeable and responsive. Sam and his team are simply a pleasure to work with.’

‘Sam Meymand has extensive links to the Iranian community and the Middle East.’

‘Meymand Maczynski Ltd has a team of well qualified and professional practitioners. They are very creative in handling issues and are very solution oriented.’

‘Sam Meymand is hands-on, very knowledgeable and commercially-minded and price competitive. He takes good care of his clients and is trustworthy.’

‘Small elite team has very strong specialist expertise in all forms of private immigration casework, both private client and commercial immigration. Exceptionally strong client engagement ensures that their clients feel fully part of their own legal proceedings with the chance to input and discuss strategy with counsel from the outset.’

‘Sam Meymand shows real dedication to client satisfaction and maximising their meeting of goals, nothing is spared as to effort or resources.’

Mills & Reeve LLP

Headed up by Norwich-based employment and immigration expert Alex Russell, Mills & Reeve LLP‘s immigration offering provides comprehensive support to businesses, with particular strength in the higher education, healthcare, sport, life sciences, technology and charity sectors. Recent work has focused on helping clients navigate the new post-Brexit and points-based systems, in addition to handling sponsor licence applications.

Practice head(s):

Alex Russell

Other key lawyers:

Mark Benton; Tracy Yates


‘Very personal service – specific to what we need and how we work and our scenarios. Tailors service and advice to us, shows good understanding of what we do.’

‘Accessibility and flexibility are second to none – always super responsive and innovative in their thinking. The Mills & Reeve team have always kept us abreast of salient developments in our field which has been extremely valuable at a complex, busy and challenging time for immigration.’

‘Tracy Yates is exceptionally knowledgeable and personable and is a pleasure to deal with. Tracy is a trusted adviser to the business and is always solutions driven and pragmatic with lots of personality and candour to assist colleagues at all levels and abilities client side.’

‘I think what makes Mills & Reeve have a superpower is their ability to act in the moment in emergencies. The advice is always empathic and accurate. I rely on the team in moments when I am unsure and confident they will help me in forming a decision.’

‘Tracy Yates has been instrumental in guiding and advising me. Tracy is always on hand and willing to advise. I’m amazed at the hours and dedication Tracy puts in.’

Key clients

Olympus KeyMed

King’s College London

Baxter Healthcare

Red Gate Software

The British Library

Charles River

Work highlights

  • Conducted an urgent compliance audit for a UK University in preparation for a Home Office audit that the University had been notified would be conducted imminently.
  • Advised a software company on the recruitment of multiple software developers and engineers under the Skilled Worker visa category.
  • Prepared a sponsor licence application under the points based immigration system for an international airline, thereby enabling it to recruit key staff from the global labour market.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

The immigration team at Mishcon de Reya LLP is especially well known for its offering to high-net-worth clients, with head of immigration Kamal Rahman a key figure in this area, specialising in complex applications outside the rules for wealthy individuals and families, and often coordinating with the firm’s family and tax departments to provide a full-service offering. The business immigration practice, meanwhile, is led by senior equity partner Steven Bostock, and acts for clients across a range of sectors, from finance and technology to media and sports. Maria Patsalos is a key contact in the latter sector, acting as immigration representative to the firm’s sports group, alongside her broad practice advising corporate and individual clients, with experience extending from strategic advice to asylum claims. Managing associate Neil Shanghavi, associate Natalie Loader and Hannah Barnett are also noted; the latter was promoted to partner in November 2021.

Practice head(s):

Kamal Rahman; Steven Bostock

Other key lawyers:

Maria Patsalos; Hannah Barnett; Natalie Loader; Neil Shanghavi; Mattey Avgustinov


‘The team has always exceeded our expectations and always delivered. Exceptional talent, with competence and determination. They can be relied upon completely.’

‘Everyone in the team at Mishcon de Reya I worked with was very competent, always professional, quick to respond and able to explain in understandable language complicated legal information. Everything was well explained in terms of the processes, billing and potential complications.’

‘Good reputation in the market for higher end immigration work. Particularly high net worth private clients.’

‘Quite honestly, the team go above and beyond. They’re available anytime we need them and are the first to offer support, advice and care to every case we work on with them. Their professionalism is notable, combined with empathy and a genuine human touch that doesn’t go unnoticed.’

‘Steven Bostock (partner) has been my solicitor over many years and has been truly amazing to work with. Very knowledgeable and hard working, very organised and thorough, always quick to respond without delay, supportive and reassuring, transparent and honest, and consistent in his level of genuine care and top quality work over many years.’

‘Hannah Barnett and Mattey Avgustinov have both been key individuals driving forward progress on my client’s application. They have both been happy to answer queries and provide their time to myself as well as my client which has ensured the smooth process thus far.’

‘They were very attentive, supportive and there for me when I needed them. I worked very closely with Natalie Loader and Neil Shanghavi. Incredibly competent professionals, always on top of the regulations and changes in the law. Their approach, which is very much human-centric, made the process so much easier for me. They care about their clients and are always one step ahead.’

‘Neil Shanghavi managed our visa process from start to finish. He was very knowledgeable, very clear with deadlines and expectations and generally a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Global Minds Ltd

Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice for Global Minds Ltd IT Solutions Company, including ongoing UK immigration assistance, ranging from right to work checks to sponsored immigration applications for its employees.
  • Acting for PRCBC in a very high profile pro bono matter, 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 of £640 (representing more than 50% of the overall fee).
  • Acting for a number of individuals claiming asylum in the UK due to political persecution.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Matthew Howse leads Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP‘s employment department in London, while Shannon Donnelly heads up the immigration team from Washington DC. The media and entertainment, technology, and investment industries are core client sectors, and the firm provides long-term and strategic support, as well as assistance on transactions and reorganisations. Associates Jennifer Connolly and Yvette Allen are key contacts on UK and global immigration matters, with Connolly’s clients including chemical and technology companies and charities, and Allen often leading on matters for entertainment sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Howse; Shannon Donnelly

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Connolly; Yvette Allen


‘The individuals we worked with are the best immigration lawyers we have ever encountered. In particular, Jennifer Connolly – an absolute professional and master of the field. She has a powerhouse of skills, not just when dealing with our internal team but with our cast and contributors, as well as liaising with the relevant authorities when times got difficult and close to the wire. Immigration law is insanely complex, I look forward to working with Jennifer and the team on our next projects and would recommend to anybody in a heartbeat.’

‘Jennifer Connolly and Yvette Allen are very responsive. Very detailed but with a can-go attitude.’

‘The knowledge and efficiency of this team are outstanding. They really devoted their time into our project wholeheartedly, which was on a very tight turnaround. I could not fault the team at Morgan Lewis.’

‘Jennifer Connolly is simply wonderful. Dynamic and solution oriented. Yvette Allen is thoughtful and empathetic.’

Key clients

Cameron Mackintosh Ltd

Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability

Whizz Kid Entertainment Limited

Osborne Clarke LLP

Operating under the leadership of Gavin Jones, Osborne Clarke LLP‘s business immigration team is particularly well respected for its work acting for multinational corporations, with Jones a key figure for clients seeking advice and support with inward investment. Bristol-based Adam Sinfield was promoted to legal director in October 2021, and is recommended for his work assisting a variety of UK and international clients.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Jones

Other key lawyers:

Adam Sinfield


‘They know exactly what they are doing and can guide the client through the process so that right result is achieved efficiently, quickly and to budget.’

‘Gavin Jones: knows the law and the process backwards and can explain and assist, tactfully and sensibly.’

‘The Immigration team at this firm are always very responsive, professional yet friendly and approachable. Their advice is always clear and they are trusted experts for us in this field.’

‘Approachable, knowledgeable, friendly, responsive.’

‘The team are very knowledgeable. They always keep you updated and are very efficient.’

‘I’ve worked mainly with Gavin Jones the head of immigration. His knowledge is outstanding. He always delivers and has helped me on numerous occasions. He is very approachable, he listens to what the client wants and makes useful suggestions. I have 100% confidence when working with him.’

Key clients

OVO Group Ltd

Vertical Aerospace Group Ltd

Alloyed (formally Oxmet Technologies)


IDG Communications



Bluefield Services Ltd / Bluefield Partners LLP


Lilium Aviation

Work highlights

  • Supported a client with compliance, strategy, and senior hire visa requirements including the coordination of several multijurisdictional matters across multiple service lines, including advising on and drafting its post-COVID global agile working policy.
  • Assisted Neo4j with all global mobility issues including visas for its highly skilled workforce and compliance, in addition to reviewing policies and procedures in relation to right to work checks.
  • Assisted IDG Communications with all global mobility issues including visas for its highly skilled workforce and compliance, in addition to assisting in reviewing policies and procedures in relation to sponsored workers.

OTS Solicitors

A specialist immigration practice co-founded by Teni Shahiean and Oshin Shahiean, OTS Solicitors has built up a reputation for both human rights and corporate work, and fields industry stalwart Paul Gulbenkian as a consultant. Teni Shahiean has expertise advising on matters ranging from Global Talent and skilled worker visas to sponsorship licences and intracompany transfers, as well as complex family issues and EEA and Brexit challenges. Oshin Shahiean, meanwhile, handles human rights matters including unlawful detentions and deportations. Hans Sok Appadu co-leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Teni Shahiean; Hans Sok Appadu; Oshin Shahiean

Other key lawyers:

Maryem Ahmed; Paul Gulbenkian


‘OTS Solicitors are very professional and are very attentive to their clients. They provide clients with the best advice and also allow clients to take part in the decision making in the process. They keep clients informed every step of the way, explaining and making sure clients understand the process and next steps.’

‘OTS Solicitors gave us very professional and honest advice and met the strict deadlines and strived to maximise the chance to win the case during application and appeal’s stages. Their attention to the details and empathy towards the client impressed me the most.’

‘OTS has been a very well organised and professional firm according to my experience with them as they assisted me in putting through my citizenship application. From my own point of view they have a good understanding of the UK immigration system.’

‘Great, excellent quality, incredible, I’m totally satisfied to have worked with this company.’

‘Teni Shahiean is a standout senior partner in the firm leading by example in terms of legal knowledge, research and work rate. Hans Sok Appadu has been a rising star for a couple of years now and gets better and better. The clients adore him. He is particularly knowledgeable on business law but very impressive all round.’

‘Mr Paul Gulbenkian has changed our lives, thanks to his help our situation with immigration has changed. A wonderful person with very exceptional values. Someone who cares from the heart.’

‘Hans Sok Appadu has very strong business immigration expertise in all relevant routes, and his demanding client base guarantees he knows the latest possibilities and pitfalls that confront them.’

‘We are beyond grateful for our solicitor Maryem Ahmed for invaluable support and advice so that our appeal was allowed by the court in the end. She is honest, thorough and patient in helping us deal with this extremely difficult journey. Without her we would not reach where we are now.’

Key clients

Wiserfunding Ltd

GENSYS Technologies UK Ltd

Transcendent Travel Services LLC

Detroit Pizza Ltd

Il Molino Ltd

Holyshot Ltd

OpsRamp UK

GME Services Ltd

Popcorn Group Limited

Quantatative Ltd

Work highlights

  • Successfully achieved indefinite leave to remain in the UK in complex proceedings on behalf of a representative of an overseas business and former diplomat.
  • Advised fast-growing fintech company Wiserfunding on a challenging Certificate of Sponsorship visa for a migrant worker.
  • Advised the London office of GENSYS Technologies, a leading software solution provider headquartered in the Middle East, on a key sponsorship licence.

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

The citizenship and immigration department at Payne Hicks Beach LLP focuses on two main areas: applications for right to remain, naturalisation, and citizenship for investors and entrepreneurs and their families; and complex human rights and asylum claims for clients facing political persecution in their countries of origin. Practice head Kathryn Bradbury handles a broad spectrum of work for high-net-worth clients, especially in the arts and technology sectors. Highly regarded partner Matt Ingham is a key contact for international protection and asylum claims, with notable successes in judicial reviews. Ingham is also recommended for his innovative work making asylum claims while simultaneously defending extradition requests.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Bradbury

Other key lawyers:

Matt Ingham; Gintare Plistkovaite; Navka Raja


‘Payne Hicks Beach has a particular niche in acting for high net worth individuals facing persecution in their country of origin and seek to resist removal from the UK. This complex asylum/human rights work is conducted by a small number of firms, and PHB does it especially well.’

‘Payne Hicks Beach has a glittering reputation in business immigration. The firm conducts the full span of work applicable to commercial immigration law. In addition, given the firm’s strength in cases involving human rights and asylum, the solicitors at PHB have particularly innovative ways of addressing problems which arise beyond the ‘tick box’ approach mandated by the Home Office.’

‘Kathryn Bradbury – a longstanding star of immigration law, Kathryn heads up the immigration team and runs a very tight ship. She is able to combine skilled legal analysis with practical solutions and committed client care skills. Matt Ingham is a rising star and is able to efficiently handle extremely complex cases while also maintaining high standards of client care. Cases handled by Matt frequently involve legal proceedings in multiple different countries, as well as within the UK, and push legal boundaries. I cannot recommend him highly enough.’

‘Incredibly strong immigration offering, complemented by the wider private client areas. A truly unique technical proposition, delivered with a highly personalised service.’

‘Kathryn Bradbury – the best immigration lawyer in London and my go to choice for any client case.’

‘PHB takes an entrepreneurial and strategic approach to a practice area that can often be treated as a commodity by firms. The team has the insight and intelligence to serve as strategic advisors to businesses and individuals.’

‘Matt Ingham impressed with his tactical nous, effective client handling and strategic insight.’

‘Matt Ingham is excellent – good with clients, dogged, intelligent, solution-focused.’

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP fields a ‘very diligent and thorough‘ immigration team, known for obtaining ‘the best possible outcome‘ in difficult cases across the range of business and personal matters. Pat Saini leads the team, as well as co-leading the firm’s wider India group, and focuses on clients in the education industry – a key sector for the firm. Her clients range from individuals and institutions, and she also has a strong reputation for her work in the technology sector. Also notable is the ‘truly excellentHazar El-Chamaa, who, alongside her work heading up private wealth immigration and handling complex personal cases including nationality and EU work, currently sits as head of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association. Senior associate Meghan Vozila is noted for her broad practice acting for clients ranging from SMEs and high-net-worth individuals to multinationals, and associate Afeefah Shabbir is key to the firm’s corporate offering. Adam Cotterill has left the firm for Doyle Clayton.

Practice head(s):

Pat Saini

Other key lawyers:

Hazar El-Chamaa; Meghan Vozila; Afeefah Shabbir


‘We found Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP to be highly professional and reliable. All their advice was concise and clear, that led us to a good result.’

‘Clear advice, very diligent and thorough in approach, went beyond to get us the best possible outcome.’

‘The lawyers in the team are all extremely knowledgeable which allows them to thoroughly assess a situation and provide top notch advice to clients.’

‘Pat Saini who leads the practice at Penningtons has done an excellent job, and has helped me to explain to key stakeholders and the media what is happening with UK immigration. She is a strong leader with great communication skills.’

‘Hazar El-Chamaa is truly excellent. In addition to her wealth of knowledge and experience in immigration law, she is approachable, pragmatic and solution-oriented. A matter is always in good hands in her care.’

‘All members of the team are exceptional, particularly Pat Saini and Meghan Vozila. Both of these individuals are stars and can handle any immigration matter.’

‘Hazar El-Chamaa is particularly special to work with. Very professional and confident. Very experienced and knowledgeable. Always happy to go the extra mile to make things happen. They stand out from other firms particularly on engagement and availability.’

‘Meghan Vozila and her team always were available and made sure I had quick answers to my many questions. They always offered different solutions with the pros and cons. Meghan especially was always diligent in getting back to me and she took time to deal with my issues.’

Key clients

Galileo Global Education

Regent’s university




Tata Limited

Engitix Therapeutics


The Oversight Board


Work highlights

  • Launched a dedicated audit, compliance, and training service, with significant demand from the education sector, including preparing four universities and two schools for Home Office audits.
  • Assisted many individuals including a family leaving Ukraine.
  • Assisted many individuals with late applications under the EU settlement scheme and permanent residency applications.

RLegal Solicitors

Co-founders David Robinson and Evan Remedios lead specialist boutique firm RLegal Solicitors, bringing significant experience in the range of UK immigration matters, from sponsor licence applications to appeals and judicial reviews. The team is known for its ‘personalised, professional and empathetic service‘, which it provides to clients including high-net-worth individuals, families, and large corporates.

Practice head(s):

David Robinson; Evan Remedios


‘RLegal has supported my immigration process since 2015. They have provided me with an outstanding level of service. They are knowledgeable, diligent and prompt. Furthermore, they were very supportive and willing to go the extra mile to answer all our questions and put our mind at ease.’

‘Loaded with other relevant services and colleagues to source pertinent information.’

‘I have worked with David Robinson, who was my representative. I found him expert in his field. He talks with knowledge, and knows how to manage client satisfaction. I found him very easy to communicate with, very helpful in places where I need more clarification. His experience as an immigration solicitor stands out.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a company to obtain a sponsorship licence, overcoming a previous refusal and following enhanced due diligence by the Home Office.
  • Represented a business owner to obtain indefinite leave to remain as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur, in addition to assisting her company with its sponsorship licence matters.
  • Overturned on appeal a refusal of indefinite leave to remain on the basis of long residence and regularised the permission of overstaying family members.

Russell-Cooke LLP

The immigration team at Russell-Cooke LLP is led by Edward Wanambwa, whose wealth of corporate expertise leaves him especially well-placed to advise on the immigration aspects of corporate transactions such as share acquisitions and dispositions and TUPE transfers. The firm also has a strong litigation offering, spearheaded by legal counsel and former Home Office barrister Tom Bradford, while senior associate Nisha Patel is also noted. Clients range from biotech and investment management companies to individuals seeking entry via the Global Talent route and families facing issues relating to international adoption.

Practice head(s):

Edward Wanambwa

Other key lawyers:

Tom Bradford; Nisha Patel; Bhavneeta Libachia


‘The team response is always very good, their advice is clear, concise and devoid of legal jargon. They are very practical in their advice, offering good solutions to complex issues.’

‘The firm is very responsive from the first contact and clear about time frames and providing preliminary advice pending greater investigation into the issue.’

‘The innate and underlying knowledge and experience regarding nationality, residence conditions, related documentation etc. are self-evident and unusually well established and readily imported on a client-facing basis.’

‘Ed Wanambwa is brilliant with clients, extremely calm and measured, a real expert and someone who inspires complete confidence. They handle things seamlessly and I rate them very highly indeed.’

‘Nisha Patel was sensitive to our case and all the ensuing possibilities; she dealt with it all very fast and efficiently.’

‘My main point of contact is Bhavneeta Limbachia, she is incredibly professional, very responsive, extremely practical and pragmatic with her advice, which is always very clear, and concise.’

Work highlights

  • Advised on UK immigration aspects of a $6bn plus acquisition of a US fintech company by another US fintech company.
  • Advised on immigration aspects of the establishment of a biotech platform in the UK.
  • Advised a UK-based Ukrainian national on how she can sponsor her parents, her cousin and her cousin’s daughter, from Kyiv, to come to the UK.


The media and entertainment industry is a key sector for Sheridans, and the immigration team has enviable experience in securing and managing applications on the temporary worker – creative route. Practice head Owen Jones is a key contact in this area, and also acts for corporate clients, while Anita Pali‘s experience extends from sponsor licence management and compliance to audit assistance and the prevention of illegal working.

Practice head(s):

Owen Jones

Other key lawyers:

Anita Pali


‘A deep knowledge of immigration rules – both in legal terms and in how the rules are applied by the Home Office, which is critically important in this sphere of law.’

‘Owen Jones has always given us a high level of service and technical expertise. Anita Pali comes with a wealth of real-world experience and practical insight.’

‘Sheridans are extremely helpful; fast and clear responses. They keep us informed of any changes in applications.’

Key clients

Ambulatory Surgery International Ltd

Core Communications Limited

Squire Patton Boggs

The business immigration team at Squire Patton Boggs acts primarily for large corporate clients, drawing on the firm’s experience and global reach to provide strategic support from large-scale visa applications to compliance, training, and auditing advice. Practice head Annabel Mace has broad experience across immigration and employment law, with particular expertise in handling issues that span the two areas, such as regulated labour leasing matters and overseas remote working issues. She is supported by a strong team of associates, with senior associate May Cheung a notable recent arrival, having joined from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Annabel Mace

Other key lawyers:

May Cheung; Carine Elliott; Osheenn Giam


‘The Squire Patton Boggs team that we work with is headed up by Annabel Mace. There is nothing too difficult or too challenging for them. They are always willing to take their time, to explain and be patient with people and this makes them stand out as a great partner. Their commitment to people, processes and ethics as well as offering transparency of pricing and clear and easy to follow guidelines makes it a dream to work with them.’

‘SPB provide us with exceptional service in helping prospective employees gain skilled visas to come to the UK. The team deals with highly demanding employees and managers in a professional and prompt manner.’

‘Annabel Mace has a professional, caring, enthusiastic, calming and reassuring style which means that nothing ever seems to be too much trouble for her or her team.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a global media company within a period of 9 months on the successful reinstatement of its sponsor licence following a compliance suspension, an extensive internal audit and the immigration implications both of an internal group restructure and subsequent sale of the business.
  • Advised a leading health care provider on over 200 Skilled Worker and Healthcare visas in a period of 8 months ensuring the successful operation of its UK operations.
  • Advised global energy providers on over 30 applications under the rarely used Temporary Worker – International Agreement visa route which was vital to its ongoing UK operations.

Sterling Law

Boutique firm Sterling Law has a particular focus on sponsor licences and global talent visas and the technology industry. In human rights, it has been especially active in cases arising from the Russian war in Ukraine. Founders Ruslan Kosarenko and Yuriy Lysenko head up the team, with Oksana Demyanchuk also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ruslan Kosarenko; Yuriy Lysenko

Other key lawyers:

Oksana Demyanchuk


‘Great service and attentive care. Their focus was really on sorting my problems.’

‘Individual approach, quick replies to all my questions, they stand for my interests, protecting me against additional charges.’

‘This team is calm, capable and efficient. They have the complex Immigration Rules at their fingertips and a sound understanding of business needs, particularly up-to-the-minute technology, which makes them an impressive force in business immigration.’

Key clients

Osborne Partners


Celebro media

Place Rouge

Response IQ

Axis Mason


Vimes Consulting

Independent Power Corporation

Work highlights

  • Assisted with employee relocation and hiring, and successfully obtained Sponsor Licence for one of the oldest private members’ clubs.
  • Assisted with employee relocation and hiring, and successfully obtained a Sponsor Licence for a well-known international fashion brand.
  • Successful appeal on asylum grounds for a Nepalese national and her spouse.

Taylor Wessing LLP

The immigration practice at Taylor Wessing LLP is led by employment, pensions, and mobility co-head Sean Nesbitt, an immigration practitioner with experience advising on immigration issues relating to executive employment, business transfers, and corporate transactions, as well as overlapping employment issues such as disputes with international and mobility elements. Beyond Nesbitt, the practice is anchored by senior counsels Charlie Pring and Vikki Wiberg, who handle US and North American inbound and technology work, and Asian inbound and high-net-worth/business crossover work, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Sean Nesbitt

Other key lawyers:

Charlie Pring; Vikki Wiberg


‘Taylor Wessing provides professional advice. They followed up cases with accurate information and good time management.’

‘Great working relationships and support. No question is a silly question and support is always provided. If calls are needed to discuss cases or queries they are always available to arrange these. Makes the work much easier when you know the individuals you are working with.’

‘The team provides exceptionally high quality work product, direct and straightforward answers to questions, and is incredibly prompt and responsive.’

Key clients

II-VI Compound Semiconductors Limited

Sofina Foods

China Mobile International UK Limited

Citrix Systems Limited

COMPASS Pathways

Development Partners International

NEC Telecom Europe

Niantic Incorporated

PetroChina International Company Limited


Sonangol Offshore Services

Tavant Technologies



Work highlights

  • Advised Sofina Foods on the acquisition of Eight Fifty Food Group and the subsequent post-transaction integration of the target business into the wider group.
  • Advising II-VI Compound Semiconductors Limited in relation to its substantial manufacturing site expansion in the levelling up targeted area of Northeast England.

Travers Smith LLP

Under the leadership of employment head Ed Mills, Travers Smith LLP‘s immigration practice has experience extending to the manufacturing, health, leisure and retail, and technology sectors, with a particular focus on finance matters, where the team’s close collaboration with regulatory specialists across the firm enables it to provide comprehensive strategic advice. Siân Keall is a key contact for clients facing complex immigration issues, including those related to acquisitions and transactions, while Tim Gilbert advises on the full range of visa issues. Senior associate Moji Oyediran is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ed Mills

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

Bain Capital


Brewin Dolphin


Shepheard Neame

Ambassador Theatre Group



The Access Group

Marathon Asset Management

Eastdil Secured

Bakkavor plc


Monarch Alternative Capital

Davidson Kempner European Partners

Campbell Lutyens


Emerald Investments



Muzinich & Co

Work highlights

  • Advised leading UK food wholesaler Bidfood on the consolidation of its immigration sponsor licences across the group into one umbrella licence, as well as providing advice and training on right to work compliance and advising on the immigration status of EU employees.
  • Advised leading comparison site, Uswitch, on its immigration sponsor licence compliance following its acquisition of, as well as advising on Skilled Worker visas for key tech roles.
  • Advised Bain Capital on a range of Frontier Worker permits and Skilled Worker visas for internationally mobile investment professionals in the post-Brexit immigration regime, as well as navigating Covid-19 travel restrictions for business travellers.

Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law

Boutique immigration firm Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law fields a strong team of ‘incredibly knowledgeable‘ lawyers, well-equipped to handle work ranging from sponsor licence applications and processing issues to global talent visa procurement and support on takeovers, mergers, and downsizings. Founder and managing partner Vanessa Ganguin advises on all aspects of corporate and personal immigration, with particular strength in advising clients in the finance, fintech, engineering, media and entertainment, and sport sectors. Senior counsel Philip Trott brings a wealth of experience acting for clients including entrepreneurs, start-ups, and charities, and on matters extending to complex appeals and national security cases.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Ganguin

Other key lawyers:

Philip Trott; Ross Kennedy


‘It’s clear that their lawyers have huge amounts of experience in their practice area. They are incredibly knowledgeable and offer practical solutions to our clients’ problems.’

‘Vanessa Ganguin is proactive and responsive, we’re absolutely confident in her ability to deliver and her up to date expertise.’

‘Vanessa Ganguin is brilliant to work with and is an expert in this field. She has excellent attention to detail, is thorough and clear in her advice to us, explaining what we need to do in simple terms which has ensured the success of our employee visa sponsorships and sponsor licence applications. She has delivered her service with a personal touch, and is willing to go the extra mile in offering her guidance.’

‘Vanessa Ganguin and her team have assisted on a number of immigration matters. Their advice has been technically astute, timely and always to a high standard. We have no hesitation in recommending Vanessa and her team to our clients.’

‘Vanessa Ganguin is a leader in her field and always impresses us and our clients time and time again.’

‘Vanessa Ganguin is responsive and we have received only positive feedback.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted a global, cross-industry company that provides advisory and engineering services to clients all over the world with a challenging sponsor licence application prompted by a historical change of ownership.
  • Set the UK branch of a multinational industrial and energy company up with a Skilled Worker and Intra-Company Transfer sponsor licence and assisted with subsequent immigration matters, in the context of the commencement of a major construction project in the UK.
  • Assisted a US film production team requiring permission to enter the UK for a very high-profile shoot at very short notice for a major studio and a very popular family franchise.

Vialto Partners

Established from the global mobility services wing of PwC LLP in April 2022, Vialto Partners retains its large team of strong lawyers based in London and Belfast, its high-profile client base, and its reputation for broad corporate support work on matters ranging from global mobility and strategy to crisis management. Sharan Kundi and Lindsey Barras head up the team alongside new arrival Ian Robinson, who joined from Fragomen LLP in June 2022. Other notable team members include director Andrea Als, who specialises in UK immigration and sponsor licence compliance, and Lyudmyla Davies, who heads up the firm’s private client and private business immigration teams.

Practice head(s):

Sharan Kundi; Lindsey Barras; Ian Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Als; Lyudmyla Davies

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Jointly led by partners Devan Khagram and Anna Robinson, Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s immigration practice is well regarded for its broad capabilities, including handling sponsor licence and skilled worker applications and providing training and advice on the new points-based system. In addition to its work for clients in the digital and technology industry, the firm has niche expertise in the maritime sector, as well as handling the immigration elements of large-scale leisure events. The team also has experience in personal immigration.

Practice head(s):

Devan Khagram; Anna Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Elliott Marsh


‘Excellent communication throughout – clear instructions and information from all of the team. Positive and friendly, always on hand to address queries and questions.’

‘Elliott Marsh – so helpful and personable, especially helping with last minute queries, even at the last hours of the working day. Genuinely a nice person with a customer-first approach that I respect and admire.’

‘The team listens to the needs of their clients and consistently comes up with pragmatic solutions to problems.’

‘We have received excellent support and understanding from the team, especially from Elliott Marsh.’

‘Individuals are personable, helpful and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

North of England P&I Association Limited

DDM Entertainment & Events Inc.

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

Frasers Management (UK) Ltd

Golar Management Limited

PGS Exploration (UK) Limited

Teekay Shipping (Glasgow) Ltd

Founders for Good Ltd

Wayve Technologies Ltd

Tufton Investment Management Limited

Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP

Niche immigration practice Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP fields a strong team of lawyers to provide full-spectrum support on the range of immigration matters. The team is led jointly by Alison Hunter, Barry O’Leary and Diana Baxter. Hunter is especially experienced in the EU Settlement Scheme and cases relating to EEA free movement following Brexit, as well as international adoption, spouse and partnership issues, and securing Global Talent visas. O’Leary is also adept at handling cases with connections to family law, including international surrogacy cases, and has particular expertise in asylum and human rights claims based on sexual identity, anchoring the firm’s strong offering to LGBT+ clients. Baxter is a primary contact for complex nationality cases. Senior solicitor Katie Dilger is another key contact, with a strong and developing practice in complex family cases, especially focused on claims based on the Article 8 right to family life.

Practice head(s):

Alison Hunter; Barry O’Leary; Diana Baxter

Other key lawyers:

Katie Dilger


‘They know their stuff like no-one else. At Wesley Gryk, clients are guaranteed to have a service which is second to none. They are at the top of their game in relation to tactics, case preparation, and expertise in the areas of immigration law they practice in. Briefs are always prepared to an exceptionally high standard.’

‘Besides the outstanding technical competence, the relationship with clients is very humane, which provides much needed reassurance and comfort during stressful moments.’

‘The team were very helpful assisting us with our visa application which was not straightforward due to political/civil unrest. They clearly explained the options available to us and provided us with all the necessary information for us to be able to put in the best application for our visa.’

‘Absolutely brilliant collegiate team with the best of the best for immigration and human rights cases. Very reasonably priced, heavy partner involvement and true expertise in lots of niche areas of immigration law such as LGBT+ issues, surrogacy and intercountry adoption issues.’

‘Barry O’Leary – utterly brilliant for surrogacy related and nationality law issues. Alison Hunter – the best immigration lawyer for adoption-related immigration issues, would always recommend her first. Diana Baxter – excellent immigration lawyer, has provided an extensive amount of legal opinion for family cases I have been involved in – clear and pragmatic advice, now increasingly instructed also by others in family law cases.’

‘Barry O’Leary and Diana Baxter are phenomenal with immigration/nationality applications following international surrogacy arrangements. They really have their finger on the pulse and are on top of any changes, even if minor, of any changes to the rules. They are far ahead of the competition for surrogacy. Alison Hunter is very knowledgeable and highly regarded for her work in intercountry adoption cases.’

‘Diana Baxter. She is very, very clever. She really knows her stuff and will have prepared everything on the papers, anticipating all the tricky legal points and preparing and strategizing to win. She really stands out as a star performer.’

‘Katie Dilger was friendly, helpful, but most importantly clear and concise. I couldn’t fault her.’

Work highlights

  • Assisting a woman from Pakistan with a successful application for asylum as she is at risk of honour based killing by her family after fleeing a forced marriage.
  • Assisting a British couple to obtain a visa for their adopted child in Afghanistan, including a request for emergency consideration so the mother and child could be safely evacuated following the fall of Kabul.
  • Assisting a client with a historical deportation order to apply successfully for the deportation order to be revoked so he could be granted a settlement visa to join his same-sex British partner.

Westkin Associates

At boutique Westkin Associates, a sizeable team handles the breadth of immigration work for clients ranging from private clients to start-ups and established companies. At the centre of the team is managing director Amir Zaidi, a former barrister and accomplished immigration specialist. Other key contacts include senior associates Rosy Romano and Lizama Thahir, commercial director Ayan Yalchin and associate Michael Marziano.

Practice head(s):

Amir Zaidi; Michael Marziano; Rosy Romano; Lizama Thahir

Other key lawyers:

Ayan Yalchin


‘Westkin Associates offer a highly tailored service to clients. We are comfortable with referring all requests for immigration and visa advice to Westkin Associates and our clients are uniformly happy and impressed with the quality of advice and service they receive.’

‘An excellent all round firm – would highly recommend for corporate and HNW personal immigration expertise. Have a good following of clients from the Gulf States.’

‘Westkin are an ambitious enterprise which operates efficiently and effectively, managing cases in a manner which is convenient and accessible through the development and implementation of excellent IT and case management systems. The firm serves an extraordinarily diverse array of clients from eminent former politicians to domestic workers. They deliver a thorough and cost effective service to all.’

‘Amir Zaidi and Rosy Romano of Westkin are clearly very experienced in complex appeals, working with top-rate counsel, and are familiar with the issues which can arise in such cases and are adept at handling demanding clients.’ 

‘Ayan Yalchin – highly experienced and knowledgeable with great client relationship skills and a calm and assured presence. Amir Zaidi – top-notch legal expert in all things immigration drawing on his background as a barrister to great effect.’

‘Amir Zaidi is astute, well connected, informed and articulate. He is a massive draw to high profile and high net worth clients, handling them and their cases with assured confidence and getting the best out of those he employs to ensure unparalleled outcomes. Rosy Romano is a standout lawyer. She manages complex cases and challenging clients with aplomb. She is no nonsense, cuts through the superfluous and identifies the critical features of a case before then developing effective strategies and diligent case management processes to deliver the best outcomes.’

‘Michael Marziano is extremely hardworking and can handle the most difficult of cases with ease.’

‘Lizama Thahir is very professional. I think the highest compliment I can make is if a family member needed a solicitor to help with an immigration matter I would refer them to Lizama. She is up to date, meticulous in her approach and takes time to provide a bespoke service to each of her clients.’

Wilson Solicitors LLP

Wilson Solicitors LLP‘s sizeable and well-regarded immigration department is headed up by Anita Vasisht, who handles cases including sensitive SIAC matters with ‘a tenacity and eagerness that is thrilling to witness’. Managing partner Matthew Davies focuses on assisting EU nationals with applications and appeals in the aftermath of Brexit, while former managing partner Michael Hanley continues to work closely with the team on complex nationality work as a senior consultant. Muhunthan Paramesvaran‘s broad experience includes asylum cases and litigation, and he runs the firm’s private client offering alongside Ana Gonzalez, whose expertise ranges from cases involving vulnerable clients and children to asylum cases relating to those at risk of persecution for apostasy. The ‘extremely versatile’ Marcela Navarrete recently joined the team to help coordinate its detention work, for which Aisling Ni Chuinn is also a key contact. Notable work over the last year includes a project assisting female Afghan judges and lawyers to find legal routes to leave the country after the fall of the Afghan government. Chris McKendry is also recommended, as is associate Imogen Townley.

Practice head(s):

Anita Vasisht

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Davies; Michael Hanley; Muhuntha Paramesvaran; Ana Gonzalez; Marcela Navarrete; Aisling Ni Chuinn; Chris McKendry; Imogen Townley


‘Just an all-round outstanding firm. Solicitors care and are compassionate. They are reliable and trustworthy, tenacious and clever. They know immigration law inside out and analyse a case in detail in order to decide how to proceed. They are thorough and careful with details knowing that a small error alone can fail a complex case. Every member of staff at Wilson’s that I’ve dealt with has been superb – Anita Vasisht is off the scale!’

‘This a very devoted and tenacious team, which leaves no stone unturned.’

‘Wilsons is one of the top specialist immigration firms in the country. Its reputation is justly deserved. It boasts a large team of excellent, highly trained and dedicated solicitors. Whatever the case the client will receive superb quality representation and service from this firm. They are recognised for their significant cases challenging legal changes and government policy, but are equally adept at achieving excellent results in individual cases.’

‘A remarkable group of people who treat pro-bono work and their pro-bono clients as if they are top, fee-paying clients. They always strive for solutions and you have the sense that there are no such things as problems when these talented lawyers put their minds to work. They are not only genuinely inclusive as a law firm of LGBT+ people but also hugely experienced in managing LGBT+ cases, whether they are asylum, human rights or personal cases.’

‘Anita Vashist and Chris McKendry are outstanding. They are utterly committed to their clients, have excellent judgement, and nothing is too much trouble for them.’

‘Anita Vashisht is an inspiration for exceptionally detailed statements that bring her clients’ cases to life. Aisling Ni Chuinn has pursued her clients’ interests in human rights cases via cutting edge public law challenges in the higher courts. Imogen Townley has achieved effective results via innovative challenges in asylum, nationality and trafficking cases.’

‘Muhunthan Paramesvaran has an encyclopaedic knowledge of this area of law. He also shows great care for his clients.’

‘Ana Gonzalez who heads a private law team is a leading expert in complex gender identity and sexual orientation claims and also in EUSS and EU law. She is a versatile lawyer able to deal with nationality issues, children in care, work permits while delivering work at phenomenal speed to an exceptional standard. She manages a large team of outstanding young lawyers and is an inspirational leader.’

Work highlights

  • Acted on an exceptionally complex SIAC case in which an Iraqi man was deprived of UK citizenship because the Home Office suspected he had links with Iranian intelligence.
  • Represented an SIAC client who was accused of aligning herself with ISIS in Syria and stripped of her British citizenship.
  • Advised a severely disabled boy and his mother in relation to their asylum appeals in a matter transferred to the European Court of Justice in which it was argued that UNRWA had ceased to provide the clients with protection and assistance.

Withers LLP

Withers LLP‘s immigration practice is especially notable for its global immigration programmes and its ability to align immigration and tax advice for corporate clients. Led by Tracy Evlogidis, the team has particular expertise advising high-net-worth and sports and entertainment clients, as well as companies in the fashion, retail, and technology sectors. Senior associate Gemma Goodhead is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Tracy Evlogidis

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Goodhead


‘Tracy Evlogidis is a first-rate lawyer – she knows the law well and gives timely and practical advice. She managed to secure an exceptional outcome for a client on securing UK citizenship through perseverance, charm, and good old-fashioned lawyering.’

‘The group has a strong profile in the market and brings the wider tax awareness of the wider Withers team.’

‘The uniqueness is due to Tracy Evlogidis who has guided me on immigration matters over the last 20 years. Her expertise and ability to deliver a solution no matter how complex is second to none.’

Wright Hassall LLP

Matthew Davies leads Wright Hassall LLP‘s immigration team from Leamington Spa, and is well known for his broad experience acting for high-profile corporates in the financial services, IT and gaming, professional service, education, retail, insurance, oil and gas, and manufacturing sectors, as well as charities and high-net-worth individuals. The team provides training and risk management advice, and notable recent work has included support with key shortage occupation hires.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Davies


‘We instruct WH for all of our immigration work. Our only point of contact is Matthew Davies who is very good. He is responsive, sensible and cost effective.’

‘Very responsive. Clear instructions/advice. Great turnaround. 100% trust. Very little turnover at Wright Hassall so the business knows our business well. Exceptional level of service.’

‘Matthew Davies is our man and go to person.’