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The 'knowledgeable and well organised' team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors¬†'punches well above its weight ‚Äď litigating points of law with both national and international importance'. 'Second-to-none in the publicly funded arena in Wales', the firm handles a broad range of immigration, asylum and nationality matters including handling high-profile claimant judicial review matters. 'Experienced and knowledgeable' team head Vinita Templeton¬† 'displays compassion when needed but also provides straightforward answers and actions when required'. Templeton excels at handling complex claimant judicial review matters. 'Passionate, creative and brilliant' consultant Vanessa Delgado¬†regularly handles high-profile cases of national significance and has had key involvement in a reported case on the risks on return for Iranian Asylum seekers who had been critical of the regime through social media activities. 'Hardworking, dedicated and thorough' solicitor Eleri Haf Davies¬†has a flourishing reputation in the market, particularly in relation to¬†Latin American asylum claims and human trafficking.¬†She excels at handling complex claimant judicial review matters including her ongoing work for a Kosovar national in bringing action for judicial review against the¬† Secretary of State for the Home Department who has refused and certified her asylum claim despite fears that the claimant will be persecuted on her return due to her Roma ethnicity.

Sitting within the firm's broader employment team, Capital Law LLP 's immigration offering provides particular expertise on corporate UK in-bound immigration matters with a particular specialism in Tiers 1 and 2 of the points based system. The arrival in December 2017 of associate Jennifer Pinder from Berry Smith has strengthened the team that also includes solicitor Alex Christen, whose expertise includes assisting companies to become licensed sponsors and providing immigration due diligence on corporate transactions. As well as standalone immigration work and training sessions with which the firm regularly runs (most notably recently regarding the implications of Brexit on corporate immigration issues), the team is also able to leverage the firm's impressive roster of corporate clients, and regularly advises them on the business immigration implications of business transfers.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides an 'exceptional service' to an impressive array of education sector clients, including numerous major universities and further education institutions, which the team advises on all aspects of Tier 4 immigration. Benefiting from 'expertise in student and staff immigration matters', senior associate Nerys Ireland and associate Francesca Smith are very well regarded in the education sector where they are praised for their 'user friendly style'. On the business immigration front, senior associate Richard Woodhead has significant experience of advising international companies and global plcs on complex immigration and global mobility issues and their interface with UK employment law.

With offices in Cardiff, Newport and Swansea, niche immigration firm NLS Solicitors has significant resources with which to direct to individuals and businesses seeking a range of immigration advice, including assisting on citizenship applications, sponsorship applications for companies and judicial review claims. Nicholas Webb and Louise Fenney are recommended.

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