Immigration in Wales

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Praised for its 'supportive, collaborative, kind and sensitive' approach, Duncan Lewis Solicitors excels in representing vulnerable clients in their immigration-related concerns, including in relation to those seeking asylum for fear of persecution in their home country as a result of their sexual orientation. 'Accessible and approachable' team head Vinita Templeton is appreciated for her 'compassion and willingness to think outside the box', enabling her to excel in handling many high-profile and challenging matters, including in judicial review proceedings for the victims of the Windrush scandal and Commonwealth veterans. Praised for her 'heart and passion', Vanessa Delgado is also a key member of the team and has considerable expertise across a wide variety of immigration, asylum, and human rights matters, through to judicial review.

Practice head(s):

Vinita Templeton

Other key lawyers:

Vanessa Delgado; Samuel Bass

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of the workings of the local courts which means good decisions can be made in each case to achieve the best outcome.’

‘The people I have been in contact with have been passionate about their work and advocating for their clients. Prompt responses to correspondence.’

‘The team is comprised of leading individuals and is unsurpassed in terms of excellent quality legal advice, representation and client care in all fields of immigration law and certainly in the South West and possibly more widely geographically.

‘Vinita Templeton is not just the best immigration lawyer I have ever worked with, she is an incredible human being who truly cares about her clients and their needs.’

‘Our organisation is in particularly grateful to Vanessa Delgado, who has worked with heart and passion to assist us with victims of modern slavery.’

‘Vinita Templeton makes sure that every communication is addressed timeously and thoroughly. She comes up with excellent solutions to keep cases on track.’

‘Vinita Templeton remained calm, authoritative and persuasive at all times and showed resilience, determination and legal expertise in great measure. It was a pleasure to work with her.’

‘Vinita Templeton is simply the best. She cares immensely for all of her clients and will fight the extra mile in every case. She is incredibly knowledgeable in all areas of immigration law and generous with her time. She is able to cater to all types of cases and clients, whether high-net individuals, vulnerable clients or niche complex areas, ensuring that each of their best interests are met.’  

Vanessa Delgado is a superstar immigration lawyer. She is meticulous, innovative in her thinking and arguments and extremely dedicated to her clients. It’s a pleasure to work with Vanessa.’

Work highlights

  • Handling a group action on behalf of eight Fijian veterans from the British Army in litigation against the Secretary of State for Defence (SSD) and Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD).
  • Representing a claimant in challenging a refusal by the Home Office to grant settlement under the Windrush scheme.
  • Acting for a gay Albanian man seeking asylum on the ground of fear of persecution due to sexual orientation.    

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

With three practitioners focusing almost exclusively on immigration matters, and also able to access expertise from the firm's broader employment offering, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is very well-positioned to represent private and public sector clients, from an advisory, project specific and litigation perspective. Led by 'knowledgeable and dependable' senior associate Nerys Ireland, the team's sweet-spot remains in the education sector, where it is able to provide 'very creative' advice to numerous higher education providers, including many Russell Group universities, on Tier 4 compliance relating to overseas students, as well as other attendant immigration matters. Senior associate Jennifer Pinder has also been a key addition to the team since arriving from Capital Law Limited in April 2020, and has been particular effective in growing the firm's offering in relation to business immigration work, both from a corporate support perspective, as well as in relation to global mobility issues regarding hires or cross-border team moves.

Practice head(s):

Nerys Ireland

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Pinder; Francesca Smith

Testimonials

The legal team that we work closely with are very competent in their area of law (immigration) and have a professional approach, but are also friendly, accessible and offer clear explanations of, often, complex legal issues.’

The individuals at Eversheds that we have worked with over the past few years are incredibly knowledgeable in their area of law but also down to earth and approachable, which is appreciated and has helped us to build up a strong relationship.’

The team provides very knowledgeable advice.’

The individuals that we work closely with demonstrate creative thinking with tricky immigration issues, which sets them apart, but are always straightforward so we know exactly where we stand.’

Nerys Ireland has really gone the extra mile for our organisation and you feel that nothing is too much trouble. She was key in working with our organisation to develop and agree a suitable contract to deliver an online immigration advice service as well as training sessions to our membership.’

Key clients

Leeds Trinity University

Birmingham City University

South Thames Colleges Group

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

University of the West of England

University of Essex

Work highlights

  • Providing a dedicated immigration helpline service to Leeds Trinity University covering all aspects of student immigration to enhance compliance and reduce risk.
  • Providing advice to Birmingham City University, through an ongoing retainer, including a bespoke CoS assignment review process to fully support the University’s compliance.
  • Providing wide-ranging immigration advice to the members of The Association of American Study Abroad Programmes United Kingdom.

Capital Law Limited

Overseen by employment head Richard Thomas but run on a day-to-day basis by associates Alex Christen and Angharad AspinallCapital Law Limited provides 'responsive and service-minded' advice to corporate clients across a range of immigration matters, including as it relates to Tier 2 points-based system visa applications. In addition, the team regularly provides immigration due diligence pursuant to M&A transactions handled by the firm's growing roster of private equity clients, and has also been active providing updates and training sessions on the implications of Brexit with regard to UK-bound migration of EU workers.

Practice head(s):

Richard Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Alex Christen; Angharad Aspinall

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and service minded.’

Capital Law always bring a commercial perspective to the guidance they are providing, to make sure that it is understood in a business perspective.’

‘Capital Law go above and beyond to support my team on a regular basis. They are always on-hand to pick up ad hoc requests and meet our deadlines even if they are only a few hours long – nothing is too big of an ask!’

‘The pragmatic Angharad Aspinall is very responsive and supportive.’

‘Angharad Aspinall and Alex Christen are experts in their field and always provide confidence in any matters discussed. They are able to bring their experience, especially in the immigration area, to make working together efficient and enjoyable!’

Key clients

Sprout.ai Limited

Sigma Systems (UK) Limited

RJD Partners Limited

WestBridge

PCI Pharma Services

WEPA UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising PCI Pharma Services in the UK on the new immigration system their duties and responsibilities as a sponsor and the EU Settlement Scheme, and employment relationships with non-EEA nationals.
  • Advising a software solutions company on the impact of the coronavirus on immigration, including the ability to furlough sponsored workers; allowing sponsored workers to return to their home country in light of the pandemic to care for family and continue to work abroad, and reporting of these changes in compliance with the immigration rules.
  • Advised a growing insurtech company on obtaining a sponsor licence and sponsoring a key employee integral to the business.

Newfields

Boutique Cardiff-based immigration firm Newfields has an excellent reputation in the market as a result of its ability to provide 'commercially-minded' advice to its core roster of professional sports teams, including as it relates to securing visas (and on visa renewals) in relation to overseas players. 'Impressive' founding partner Glyn Lloyd  is chiefly responsible for the firm's success in the sports field as a result of his deep ties with numerous rugby and football clubs, which are appreciative of his 'approachability' and willingness to 'go the extra mile'. Outside of the sports arena, the firm also regularly secures referral work from local Welsh law firms who themselves lack any immigration law capability and has also recently notably secured a two-year contract from the Welsh government to support vulnerable citizens living in Wales and to help them secure status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Associate Abbie Lacey manages the work for the Welsh government and also has a focus on education-related immigration matters.

Practice head(s):

Glyn Lloyd; Abbie Lacey

Testimonials

‘Specialist, commercially minded immigration advisors. Good quality responsive and niche legal advisors.’

‘Whenever we use their services, we have full confidence that they will provide the best possible service, with the best possible outcomes in the best possible time frames.’

‘Glyn Lloyd is an expert in the field and commercially minded to suit clients. ’

‘Glyn Lloyd and all his team are so helpful and quick to respond to all our queries. As well as dealing with all our visa applications, they provide ad-hoc advice as and when needed. They have also provided in depth presentations on the latest changes to immigration law and Right to Work checks.’

‘Glyn Lloyd is an impressive person and lovely individual – always willing to go the extra mile.’

Key clients

Welsh Government

Harlequin Football Club

Admiral Insurance

Hull KR

Acuity Law

Rugby Football Union

Leeds Rhinos

Exeter Rugby Club

Swansea City FC

West Wales Domestic Abuse Service

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the Welsh Government under a two-year contract to support vulnerable citizens living in Wales to secure a status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
  • Assisting the employees of a global company with its points-based applications from within and outside of the UK, in addition to more complex family life and discretionary applications, indefinite leave to remain and British Citizenship matters.
  • Successfully secured visas for high-profile loan signings for Swansea City Football Club.