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The 'ambitious, driven and diligent' team at Bankfield Heath Solicitors  handles the full spectrum of immigration mattes and has 'a reputation for dealing with cases sensitively and carefully'. The specialist firm has 'an exceptional understanding of global immigration law'. Noted for her 'professional, empathetic work ethic', 'top-notch lawyer' Amie Higgins is recommended for her 'specialist knowledge in assisting asylum seekers and survivors of trafficking'. The Leeds-based Istikhar Ahmed, who co-founded the firm alongside Higgins, focuses predominantly on business immigration work. Clients also highlight 'committed, considerate and compassionate' caseworker +Chloe Chambers .

The 'five-star' team at Carter Thomas Solicitors is 'knowledgeable, and quick in giving advice and understanding the business context'. Clients include education-sector clients, high-net-worth individuals and businesses. It has been instructed by a UK University to provide compliance advice in order to pass UKVI inspections, and is acting for an Indian tech company, successfully obtained an urgent sponsor licence in under a week. The team has also seen an increase in instructions from EEA nationals applying for permanent residence in the UK following the decision of the UK to leave the EU. Nichola Carter 'eads the way with her entrepreneurial energy' and is highlighted for her expertise in dealing with visa compliance issues involving the Home Office and UKVI.

Howells immigration team has particular experience handling asylum matters, human rights issues and family migration. Nadeem Ahmed heads the practice and led a team which successfully represented an individual before the administrative court opposing the Secretary of State for the Home Department's (SSHD) rejection of the claim that the claimant was a victim of human trafficking. The SSHD was ordered to reconsider the case and pay costs. In another work highlight, the group acted for an asylum seeker from Sri Lanka before the court of appeal, in a case which was later settled. Another key name to note is Rashdah Kauser.

The 'fantastic' team at Kingswell Watts Solicitors is regularly instructed by both individuals and companies in a range of immigration matters.  The Dewsbury-based practice is led by the 'friendly and amenable' Ilyas Bulbulia who has been advising a large international retailer on a broad range of immigration law, including on its sponsor licence. The team has also been advising a local council on the procedure for assessing migrant eligibility for employment, this has required consideration of the Equality Act 2010.

Parker Rhodes Hickmotts benefits from three offices across Yorkshire and has a strong immigration, asylum and human rights practice. Rotherham-based Christopher Cole heads up the team which also includes Shazia Yousaf.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's human resources practice advises national and international commercial clients on a broad range of immigration issues. Leeds-based legal director Louise Lightfoot is a key name to note and regularly advises on visa applications and extensions, assists with responses to requests for further information as well as acting for clients in relation to civil penalty notices. Nestlé UK, Nissan Motor Manufacturing and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne are all clients of the group.

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