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  1. Immigration: business
  2. Immigration: human rights, appeals and overstay
  3. Hall of Fame
  4. Leading individuals
  5. Next generation lawyers

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Bates Wells Braithwaite is β€˜one of the top firms in the country for immigration’ and has β€˜an excellent team that offers a very high level of service, and attracts high-quality work in all types of cases’. With expertise across business and personal immigration, it advises clients across the media, education and charity sectors, acting for clients such as Endemol UK, The Royal Drawing School, Tyrus Capital Services, Rock Corps, Intersystems and Hillsong Church London, as well as advising a range of individual clients from domestic workers to chief executives of well-known companies and high-profile personalities in the entertainment business. Team head Philip Trott is β€˜an exceptional lawyer’ with β€˜immense knowledge and experience'. Senior associate Chetal Patel specialises in business immigration, and has a focus on advising clients on Tier 2 applications. Recently promoted partner Tim Barnden β€˜combines excellent client skills with years of specialist experience and enviable knowledge of the law’, and is noted for his personal and human rights immigration practice. Christopher Randall has recently left the firm.

Kingsley Napley LLP’s β€˜skilled and efficient’ team is β€˜personable’ and β€˜effective’, and β€˜delivers a consistently excellent level of service to clients’. It advises corporate clients including blue-chip companies, particularly in the legal, professional and financial services, media and entertainment, technology and energy industries, and also handles complex immigration cases for private individuals. Team head Nicolas Rollason has β€˜vast experience’ and advises clients on all areas of UK immigration and nationality law, with particular expertise advising businesses, investors, entrepreneurs, high-profile individuals and other high-net-worth clients. Ilda de Sousa advises large corporate clients and handles complex matters for individuals. European immigration law expert Elspeth Guild is β€˜brilliant’. Andrew Tingley is β€˜outstanding’, and advises high-net-worth individuals on Tier 1 applications, appeals, family applications, surrogacy and other complex applications. Marcia Longdon is β€˜a star of business immigration with plenty of experience of advising corporate clients on thorny issues’, and also handles personal immigration cases. Senior associate Katie Newbury advises on all aspects of UK immigration with an emphasis on complex personal cases, and associate Conor Boyd specialises in personal and family matters. Legal counsel Gillian Brownlee is also recommended. Associates Kim Vowden, Rizwana Quazi and Stephen Hall are also key members of the team.


A Y & J Solicitors

A Y & J Solicitors is quickly gaining a reputation for passionate legal immigration representation - meeting the complex and varied needs of both individuals and corporations facing legal immigration obstacles. The immigration team at A Y & J Solicitors takes an β€˜In It to Win It’ approach, where every client is treated with honesty, integrity, and creative solutions that bring the best resolution in the shortest possible time.

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Laura Devine Solicitors’ β€˜expert’ team delivers advice β€˜with clarity, efficiency and total focus on the most relevant legal points’, and is consistently commended as β€˜one of the best’ for immigration law, handling both business and personal matters. With a transatlantic presence, the firm is β€˜particularly good where there is an interplay with US immigration law’. Managing partner Laura Devine is β€˜a clear leader in the field’, and advises on both UK and US immigration. Head of the UK practice Sophie Barrett-Brown is β€˜exceptional, and appears to know everything there is to know about the points-based system’; she advises SMEs and start-ups, education institutions, and sports and entertainment organisations, as well as entrepreneurs and senior executives. Head of human rights and appeals Malini Skandachanmugarasan is β€˜very impressive’, and handles a range of complex matters and Article 8 cases. Christi Hufford Jackson heads the US practice. Head of compliance Natasha Chell has β€˜fantastic knowledge’ and is an expert in corporate immigration, with particular expertise in sponsor licensing and Tier 2 matters.

Magrath Sheldrick LLP’s business immigration practice is β€˜outstanding’. It handles UK, US and global immigration issues, and is particularly noted for its extensive financial services sector experience, advising major banking clients. It also acts for high-net-worth individuals, including several high-profile names in the entertainment industry. Managing partner and immigration head Ben Sheldrick is β€˜a fantastic practitioner’, and advises a number of multinational companies and leading financial institutions. Alfreda Joubert handles applications under the PBS. Zulaykha Bhaijee specialises in business and personal immigration law, advising corporate and private clients. Founding partner Chris Magrath is an expert in the PBS, and acts for wealthy entrepreneur and investor clients.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP’s β€˜very experienced’ team handles complex immigration compliance matters for both corporate and private clients, and is well versed in planning and compliance, work visas and permit applications, coordinated worldwide migration, entry for inward investors, business visitors, emergency business evacuations and business continuity. It acts for a range of major corporates, with significant expertise advising clients across the education, financial services, IT and technology sectors. Practice head Julia Onslow-Cole is β€˜a true expert in immigration’, and β€˜very highly regarded’. Solicitor Kelly Whiter is head of private client immigration, and Katrina Cooper is also recommended.

Carter Thomas Solicitors delivers β€˜fast responses’ and a β€˜personalised service’; its β€˜expertise is unquestionable’, and β€˜its advice is always well thought out’. It is β€˜a market leader in sponsor licensing in the education sector’, and recently assisted a UK university to retain its Tier 2 and Tier 4 sponsor licence. The firm also advises businesses holding Tier 2 sponsor licences, and has a growing practice acting for Tier 1 investors and entrepreneurs. The β€˜dynamic and thoughtful’ Nichola Carter is β€˜valued for her integrity and comprehensive grasp of the issues’, and is commended for her β€˜tailored advice’.

Gherson has β€˜incredible expertise’ across the full spectrum of immigration matters. The business immigration team advises on investor visas, Tier 2 general and inter-company transfers, and sponsor licences, and its clients include national and international corporates. The firm also advises individuals and executives on the full range of UK immigration applications. Its specialist human rights, appeals and overstays team deals with a range of complex and politically sensitive matters, including asylum and extradition, and the firm’s β€˜real reputation and expertise is in handling giant transnational cases of enormous factual and legal complexity’. Roger Gherson is β€˜a leader in the field of immigration law’, and β€˜his commitment to his clients is unparalleled’; he heads the business immigration practice alongside consultant Lisa Amos.

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s β€˜highly professional yet always friendly and approachable’ team is β€˜exceptional’; it has a β€˜strong’ reputation for its work for high-net-worth individuals, and acts for entrepreneur, investor and corporate clients in the financial, creative, media, technology, sports and fashion industries. It is particularly noted for its expertise in applications for naturalisation and complex Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) cases. Recently promoted partner Maria Patsalos specialises in PBS applications, rights under European law, and appeals and claims for political asylum. Associate Natalie Loader is β€˜superb’ and has vast experience in the preparation of Tier 2 and Tier 5 applications. Steven Bostock was also recently promoted to partner, and heads the firm’s dedicated Tier 2 group. Department head Kamal Rahman is β€˜personable, professional and knowledgeable’ and is experienced in Tier 1 applications, with β€˜vast’ experience acting for high-net-worth individuals.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP’s β€˜first-class’ department manages a range of UK, US, and global immigration programmes, generally arising from major corporate transactions and reorganisations. It is also well versed in crisis management, intervening in the downgrade of sponsorship licences, advising on applications for administrative review, and obtaining immigration permissions for individuals previously removed from the UK. The team has also developed its practice advising high-net-worth individuals, as well as prominent individuals in the media and entertainment industry. Practice head Tracy Evlogidis is β€˜very experienced’, and associate Jennifer Connolly is also recommended.

Penningtons Manches LLP’s team of β€˜absolute experts’ has β€˜a grasp of the law as well as practice, and this makes a tremendous difference when dealing with complicated and challenging issues’. It acts for clients in the education, technology and sports sectors, and advises individual high-net-worth clients on their immigration requirements. Team head Pat Saini delivers β€˜creative solutions’, takes a β€˜personal’ approach, and acts for high-net-worth individuals, multinational corporations, and SMEs and start-ups, and has particular expertise in the education and technology sectors. The β€˜very able’ Hazar El-Chamaa heads the immigration offering for the private wealth sector and mainly handles investor and entrepreneur applications, as well as complex individual applications. Non-practising associate director Penny Evans focuses on corporate and education sector clients, and leads the Cambridge-based team.

Squire Patton Boggs predominantly acts for leading global businesses on high-end, complex immigration law issues; its clients include major players across the sports, media, and food and beverage sectors. It advises on PBS applications, Sole Representative visas and a wide range of ancillary issues including illegal working and recruitment procedures, objections to and appeals against Home Office civil penalties, and immigration implications of TUPE. The team also has particular expertise in Tier 2 compliance matters. Department head Annabel Mace has significant experience in the transfer of staff to countries outside the UK and has experience in the PBS, particularly on Tier 2 sponsor licences and related compliance. Supinder Sian is regularly instructed by clients in the sports sector, including major football clubs, on applications for players and their family members.

Baker McKenzie delivers β€˜accurate and timely responses’ and is noted for its β€˜high level of client service’. Benefiting from the firm’s β€˜vast global reach’ and working closely with the employment team, it regularly advises multinational companies on their immigration and mobility needs, as well as assisting high-net-worth and high-profile individuals on their immigration requirements. Senior associate Tony Haque heads the team. Employment team head John Evason and employment partner Stephen Ratcliffe are also recommended, and senior associate Richard Mills is also a key contact.

With a β€˜well-rounded’ team, Bindmans LLP is β€˜an extremely strong market player in all aspects of immigration, asylum, human rights, nationality and deportation law’, and has β€˜strong’ business immigration expertise, advising individuals, companies, trade unions and small not-for-profit organisations. The team is particularly praised for its β€˜ability to take on high-profile and cutting-edge cases’, and it is well versed in representing victims of trafficking, and advising on immigration issues in adoption and surrogacy cases and appeals. Alison Stanley β€˜has wide and significant experience and expertise in all facets of immigration law, including business and employment applicants as well as family, refugee and human rights claimants’. Liz Barratt is β€˜brilliant with clients, and also has very good judgement about how to run cases’. At the associate level, Emma Cohen is β€˜particularly well known for her work on intersecting family and immigration cases’, and β€˜offers pragmatic and helpful advice’; Ashley Fleming has β€˜a great eye for detail and goes the extra mile for clients’; and Roberta Haslam is β€˜thoroughly well prepared and a skilled tactician’. Stanley and Barratt jointly lead the team.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is a β€˜first-rate’ firm for business immigration and is commended for its β€˜extensive, up-to-date and relevant industry knowledge’. It regularly handles sponsorship issues, advises Tier 1 investors on complex investment structures, and works closely with the firm’s employment and corporate teams to advise on the impact of M&A transactions on sponsor licences. Team head Rose Carey β€˜exudes professionalism’, is β€˜a known expert in sponsorship matters’ and advises a range of multinational enterprises, as well as acting for Chinese and Russian high-net-worth individuals. Senior associate Paul McCarthy and associate Katherine Dennis are also recommended, alongside tax associate Elena Vasilyeva.

Lewis Silkin LLP has β€˜a very unstuffy, strong immigration team which excels in personal and corporate cases’ and advises clients across the legal, sports, fashion, media and entertainment, automotive and manufacturing industries. Marks & Spencer, Ford, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, ASOS and Fulham FC are clients. Team head Andrew Osborne advises large multinationals, smaller companies and individuals on PBS applications for investors and entrepreneurs under Tier 1, and on intra-company transfers and new hires under Tier 2. At senior associate level, Ben Maitland is β€˜extremely knowledgeable and personable, and clients really warm to his style of advice’; Diana Okoeva heads the US immigration practice; Poppy Wiseman has particular expertise in Tier 2 and sponsor licence applications; and Naomi Hanrahan-Soar has a focus on the science, technology and engineering sectors.

Russell-Cooke LLP is β€˜a standout firm in business immigration’; it provides a β€˜brilliant service for high-net-worth immigration clients, and achieves impressive results’. For business immigration, the team advises a range of multinational organisations, UK and US-based law firms, and smaller UK-based businesses and education institutions. The team specialises in the immigration law implications of complex and high-value corporate transactions, and also handles contentious matters. On the personal immigration side, it has acted for senior-level directors and partners, and also assists individuals on children and family law issues, with a growing practice in adoption cases. The β€˜experienced’ Edward Wanambwa heads the team, and associate Nisha Patel is β€˜calm and professional’. Tom Bradford recently joined Freeths LLP.

Taylor Wessing LLP’s immigration team works closely with the firm’s wider private wealth, employment, corporate and tax teams. Its focus is on inbound immigration from the US and Asia, advising a range of UK and overseas clients in the technology sector. It has a growing investor practice for private wealth clients and advises on international investor visas, entrepreneur visas and other complex nationality applications. Sean Nesbitt heads the team. Also recommended are senior counsel Charlie Pring, who advises US companies with operations in the UK, particularly in the technology, digital media, financial services and energy sectors; and Vikki Wiberg, who advises large corporates and handles high-net-worth investor and entrepreneur applications, particularly from the Far East and Middle East.

Bird & Bird LLP provides β€˜fast, effective and commercially focused advice’ and advises clients on business immigration as well as wider employment law issues such as global mobility and international HR strategies. It also drafts and negotiates immigration provisions relating to large commercial transactions. The team acts for a range of multinational companies in the energy, insurance, media, technology, telecoms and sports sectors, as well as high-profile individuals in the entertainment industry, and high-net-worth individuals. Senior associate Jonathan Goldsworthy, who heads the UK business immigration team, β€˜understands the commercial picture and is able to balance this with all the various pieces of legislation and provide practical solutions to issues’.

Boutique offering Bonheur Legal has significant experience in UK Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 5 immigration matters and advises corporate clients, particularly in the technology and software sectors, as well as multinationals, professional services firms and financial institutions, on the relocation of employees to the UK and overseas; Deutsche BΓΆrse Group, Tetra Pak, World Vision and Dimension Data Global Service are clients. The team also acts for high-net-worth individuals, and high-profile individuals in the sports and creative industries. Charlotte Hervet and Thierry Hervet are recommended.

The business immigration team at Clyde & Co LLP sits as part of a wider employment, pensions and immigration department and services a broad spectrum of blue-chip multinational entities on their immigration requirements, with an increasing presence in the insurance and energy (particularly oil and gas) sectors. Glencore, Total, Sasol and Universal Music are clients. Jonathan Chaimovic is β€˜highly recommended’ and is experienced in UK inward corporate immigration matters. Senior associate Tim Richards regularly handles Tier 2 applications.

Boutique immigration firm DavidsonMorris is noted for its β€˜refreshing common sense and pragmatic approach’; it β€˜takes the time to understand the needs of the client, and tailors the advice appropriately’. It acts for corporate clients across the financial, health and social care, sports, energy, technology and hospitality sectors on mobility programmes, and has a strong track record in challenging civil penalties. Casio Electronics, University of York, London Stock Exchange and Renault F1 are clients. The firm also advises high-net-worth individuals on their relocation and investment into the UK as entrepreneurs, and advises on Tier 1 investor visas and the transfer of corporate executives. Compliance specialist Jemima Johnstone leads on sponsor licence applications and renewals. Group head Anne Morris is β€˜experienced, knowledgeable and personable’.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s team is β€˜professional and approachable’, and β€˜its response times can be measured in hours and not days and weeks’. It advises high-net-worth individuals and special interest groups on a range of immigration issues, with a focus on complex Tier 1 entrepreneur, and Tier 1 investor applications. It also assists start-ups, particularly in the digital and technology industries, and handles Tier 2 skilled worker visa applications. Transferwise, Longleat Enterprises, Digital Shadows and KBC Advanced Technologies are clients. Team head Angharad Harris is β€˜fantastic’ and handles applications for investors and entrepreneurs establishing in the UK, as well as applications for sponsored migrants. At senior associate level, Anna Robinson advises on sponsorship and complex settlement and naturalisation applications; and the β€˜outstanding’ Devan Khagram specialises in PBS applications, including sponsorship licences, and complex investor and entrepreneur applications.

Wright Hassall LLP’s immigration team acts for clients across the retail, advertising, legal, food and confectionery, financial services and communications sectors. Team head Matthew Davies is experienced in sensitive cases at the crossover of immigration and employment law, particularly in relation to illegal working and dismissals. Associate Kelly Tomkinson handles business immigration, and also acts for individual clients. Former team head Marian Dixon has recently retired.

Bircham Dyson Bell acts for small and medium-sized businesses, international entities and charities on sponsor licences and visas for prospective and existing overseas personnel; Huddlestock, Adam Smith International and Duggan Morris Architects are clients. The team also works closely with the firm’s private wealth department, advising private clients on entry into the UK. Associate Tim Hayes handles business immigration, advising on global mobility issues such as applications for entry clearance or leave to remain under Tier 2 of the PBS, and also advises individuals on spouse applications, leave to remain, overstaying and appeals. Alastair Collett heads the personal immigration team and handles citizenship and residency matters. Jesper Christensen leads the immigration department.

The β€˜impressive’ team at Doyle Clayton, which specialises in employment and immigration, is β€˜commercial, astute and very easy to deal with’, β€˜responsive’ and β€˜willing to give detailed and realistic advice’. It acts for employers and high-profile individuals on sponsor and investor licence applications, with β€˜in-depth experience’ of the PBS and Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 5 applications. Anita de Atouguia heads the business immigration practice, and has β€˜staggeringly high knowledge and interest in this complex area’. Associate Mandeep Khroud specialises in entrepreneur work, and has a high-net-worth client base.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ β€˜diligent’ and β€˜professional’ team β€˜is prepared to go the extra mile’ for its clients. It is experienced across personal immigration, asylum, human rights and nationality matters, with particular expertise in judicial review cases. It acts for vulnerable clients such as victims of trafficking or torture, and handles unlawful detention cases. On the business side, it advises SME clients on sponsorship licence applications under the PBS, as well as on immigration strategy and compliance. It also advises high-net-worth individuals from Asia, the Middle East and Russia on Tier 1 and investor visas. Toufique Hossain has β€˜an amazing ability to conduct a wide range of demanding test case litigation’, handling complex public law cases involving judicial review and unlawful detention. The β€˜hardworking and dedicated’ Jenna McKinney handles asylum, immigration detention and judicial review matters; the β€˜brilliant’ James Packer specialises in judicial review; and Ayan Yalchin advises on Tier 1, 2, 4 and 5 applications. Vicash Ramkissoon is β€˜friendly and experienced’ and advises international businesses and high-net-worth individuals on complex Tier 1, 2 and 4 applications. Adam Tear recently joined Howe + Co Solicitors.

Fox Williams LLP specialises in business immigration, advising small and medium-sized companies, as well as individuals, on compliance and sponsorship, PBS applications, settlement and nationality matters. It achieves β€˜very good response times’, and is β€˜efficient and helpful with difficult situations’. Team head Sacha Schoenfeld is β€˜an excellent communicator’, and provides β€˜outstanding client care’.

Travers Smith LLP has particular experience advising clients in the financial services sector, acting for banks, insurers and investment clients, while the media, manufacturing, health, leisure and retail sectors are also areas of focus. It is experienced in sponsor licences and Tier 2 visas for senior executives and highly specialised professionals, as well as Tier 1 entrepreneur visa applications, and also advises on immigration issues arising from corporate transactions. SV Life Sciences, Triad Retail, Virgin Media and VR Capital are clients. Employment head Tim Gilbert handles Tier 1 (entrepreneur), Tier 2 (general) and Tier 2 (intra-company transfers) applications. SiΓ’n Keall advises a number of clients in the financial services sector, and Ed Mills is also recommended.

The immigration team at Edwin Coe LLP sits within the firm’s employment team and acts for both individuals and businesses in all areas of immigration and nationality law. Team head Dhruti Thakrar specialises in UK immigration work and has significant expertise in sponsor licensing work, Tier 1 entrepreneur and investor applications, complex nationality applications, appeals and second nationality options. Consultant Christine Chiew handles private and corporate immigration and nationality matters, such as Tier 1 and 2 applications, as well as related appeals and administrative reviews.

Ganguin Samartin delivers β€˜a very professional service’; there is a β€˜great deal of communication’ to facilitate β€˜a personal approach’. It provides UK and US immigration advice to business and private clients. Its corporate clients come from a range of industries including finance, media, technology and sports, and it also advises several high-profile entertainers, as well as investors and entrepreneurs. Appeals, human rights issues and overstay matters are also mainstays of the practice. UK immigration head Vanessa Ganguin is β€˜very approachable’, delivers β€˜speedy responses’ and is noted for her human rights and appeals work. US immigration head Paul Samartin is also recommended. Associate Meghan Vozila joined in 2017 from Healys LLP.

Described as β€˜a well-synchronised ship’, Gulbenkian Andonian has β€˜industrial know-how’ and gives β€˜detailed and honest advice’; β€˜its pursuit of a positive outcome and involvement through every stage are second to none’. It is also commended for β€˜its strong ability to handle its own advocacy’. It advises on a range of immigration matters for business and individual clients, relating to work permits, investors, innovators, business and residency applications, asylum and human rights, appeals, and nationality law. Senior consultant Bernard Andonian has β€˜vast knowledge’ and is β€˜incredibly diligent’; Dave Vasoodaven is β€˜a diamond’ and is β€˜very meticulous in his approach; he knows how to give the client peace of mind’; Hayk Sayadyan is β€˜very approachable’; and Fadi Farhat, who heads the appeals and public law litigation team, is β€˜very professional’, β€˜can think on his toes’ and β€˜has an excellent way of presenting cases’.

Macfarlanes LLP has β€˜a relatively small team, but it is undoubtedly a very high-quality practice’, and handles a full range of immigration and nationality matters. On the corporate side, its work covers corporate due diligence, advice to start-ups looking to employ non-EEA nationals, and immigration compliance, including sponsor licence duties and illegal working. It has recently assisted a number of companies in relation to issues arising from non-compliance with the requirements of Tier 2 and Tier 4 of the PBS. It also advises private clients on Tier 1 (investor) applications, applications under European Law and complex family applications involving overseas adoption. Senior counsel James Perrott is β€˜a tenacious lawyer with a wealth of high-quality experience, strong contacts and a personable manner’, and has a β€˜genuine passion for the subject area’. Edward Reed is also recommended.

Mills & Reeve LLP handles business and student immigration, as well as private client work. It is particularly noted for its work in the education and health sectors, and also advises organisations in the commercial and charity sectors; the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, King’s College London, Red Gate Software, the Royal Veterinary College, Baxter Healthcare and Olympus are clients. Principal associate Alex Russell heads the team and has a particular specialism in advising universities. Emma Tuck, who is also a principal associate, advises higher education institutions on Tier 4 student immigration matters.

LUPINS has an β€˜exceptional track record in human rights matters’, representing vulnerable clients; it has extensive experience in judicial review and higher court litigation, unlawful detention and refugee cases. The team is also becoming β€˜increasingly specialised in business immigration’, advising corporate clients, high-net-worth-individuals and educational establishments. Lawrence Lupin is β€˜clearly committed to his clients’ best interests’, and is β€˜extremely knowledgeable’. Stefan Vnuk, who leads the public law team, β€˜will not rest until he has exhausted every possible option available’, which β€˜ensures that clients are always represented to the very highest standards’. Tamana Aziz has joined Duncan Lewis Solicitors.

Bishop & Sewell LLP focuses on asylum and human rights work, and also handles PBS applications for high-net-worth individuals, as well as public law challenges, and detention and deportation cases. Team head Mariam Khaliq acts for individual clients and local authorities on human rights applications, EEA applications, PBS and naturalisation matters, and deportation cases. Associate Karma Hickman advises on immigration, asylum and citizenship matters, and has a focus on international surrogacy cases and complex partnership applications.

Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP has a team of β€˜excellent human rights and immigration lawyers’ with β€˜exceptional expertise’ advising individuals, and has a focus on cases involving human rights, civil liberties and European free movement issues; mainstays of the practice include specialist applications relating to international surrogacy and adoption, complex nationality applications, and applications for asylum and humanitarian protection, particularly on behalf of LGBTI clients. Firm founder Wesley Gryk is β€˜wonderful with clients’ and has β€˜considerable experience’. Barry O’Leary is the β€˜go-to person for LGBTQI immigration issues’, and he and Diana Baxter, who was recently promoted to partner, β€˜are among the most experienced and knowledgeable solicitors dealing with international surrogacy cases’. Alison Hunter is β€˜widely recognised for her work in family migration’.

Wilson Solicitors LLP has β€˜a first-rate reputation in immigration work’; the team is β€˜approachable, friendly, highly industrious and professional’ and β€˜a foundation pillar in the immigration law legal community’. It handles appeals work covering the full range of human rights and refugee matters, including appeals from asylum seekers, as well as human rights cases involving family reunification, marriage and private life. Anita Vasisht is β€˜a force of nature’; her β€˜abilities with clients are unparalleled’ and she is β€˜ready and able to take on the most difficult and complex cases and execute them with the very highest degree of skill, precision and professionalism’. Department head Matthew Davies’ β€˜legal analysis and tactical decision making are second to none’, and managing partner Michael Hanley is an β€˜outstanding solicitor’.

Healys LLP’s β€˜excellent’ offering acts for high-net-worth individuals, and regularly advises individuals from the sports, music, theatre, film and entertainment industries. It also advises UK Universities on student visas, extensions and reviews, and advises companies on sponsorship licences. Department head Ivon Sampson β€˜is willing to fight for clients’. Omar Shams, who heads the Middle East department, advises businesses and high-net-worth individuals on entry into the UK.

OTS Solicitors’ β€˜professional’ and β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ team gives β€˜realistic advice’ and is β€˜committed to excellence’. It has β€˜a wealth of experience’ in human rights matters and handles appeals and refusals; judicial reviews; indefinite leave to remain cases; EEA applications; and asylum claims. It also handles business immigration instructions. Oshin Shahiean β€˜exercises good judgement and has excellent communication and analytical skills’, and Teni Shahiean β€˜possesses excellent communication skills and knowledge in a vast range of immigration matters’. Solicitor Smit Kumar is β€˜excellent’, and consultant Paul Gulbenkian has β€˜vast experience’.

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