Firm Profile > Magrath Sheldrick LLP > London, England

Magrath Sheldrick LLP

Employers Tier 7

Specialist employment and immigration firm Magrath Sheldrick LLP offers a wide range of services, from integrated HR support and advice on restructurings and reorganisations through to dealing with employee grievance matters. Practice head Adele Martins - 'a highly experienced and effective employment and immigration specialist' - is particularly well known in the theatre and entertainment sector.

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‘Adele Martins is a highly experienced and effective employment and immigration specialist with a great team behind her.’

‘Adele Martins is extremely commercial – she has the ability to cut to the chase. She is a tough negotiator and is always focussed on her client’s goal.’

‘Adele Martins has given us outstanding service with a straightforward approach that we value.’

‘This practice is highly experienced in the employment issues of our sector and offers in-depth knowledge of all the parameters at play when dealing with working practices which are unique to our industry.’

‘Adele Martins’ advice is accessible, not using legal jargon, and she offers a very human approach to any knotty HR issues whilst helping us navigate the legal side.’

‘They are a very niche team but provide an exceptional service and have been a joy to work with over the last couple of years. They were introduced to us via a client who we normally work with via another firm but they are a class act and particularly strong on employment litigation, adopting a commercial and pragmatic approach.’

‘Adele Martins  is meticulous, conscientious and hard working and she she is very calm and always puts the client at ease and you feel in safe hands.’


Key clients

BMI Healthcare Limited

Cameron Mackintosh Limited

Delfont Mackintosh Theatres

Lok’nStore Group PLC

Mediaocean Systems Limited

Sonangol Limited

The Penguin Group (UK)


Specialist business immigration firm Magrath Sheldrick LLP has extensive experience in the financial services sector, running global mobility programmes for major banking clients. A key area of work is advising on developing compliance and legal right to work policies. In addition to corporates, the team also assists individuals seeking entry to the UK as investors, entrepreneurs or performers. Managing partner Ben Sheldrick - 'a scholar of the law and an expert voice on Brexit' - has a great deal of expertise in supporting multinational companies and the global mobility departments of large organisations. Senior partner Chris Magrath is known for his work in US and UK immigration matters; Alfreda Joubert focuses her practice on advising private clients and high-net-worth individuals.

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‘The firm maintains a level of personal service that is appropriate for premier companies and their executive corps. The partners also maintain close contact with the government officers managing key functions – visa services, citizen support, and audit and investigation.’

‘The team offers us an outstanding level of service in all aspects; they are very responsive, give us pragmatic advice for the specific situation as well as regular immigration updates. Our employees are very happy with the service they receive throughout a process that can make them nervous. We believe we get excellent value for money.’

‘One of the things I find great with Magrath is how approachable they are; no question is too trivial for them to answer – and believe me, there are days I need reminding of the basics. They ensure that we are kept up to date with any changes and have been so helpful through the whole Brexit period. We have a high volume of EU staff in London who we have had to manage and they have been very collaborative on this.’

‘Fantastic client service and real expertise.’

‘Chris Magrath is never without a solution, and is aggressive on behalf of clients while maintaining ease of relationships with government officials.’

‘Ben Sheldrick is a scholar of the law, and a particularly expert voice on the parliamentary and constitutional progress of Brexit.  He is also an excellent client service relationship partner.’

‘Joanne Taylor understands our business and culture.’

‘Joanne Taylor is easy to talk to and understands the needs and sometimes the panic of some of our employees, she can explain things in plain English rather than just blinding people with immigration/solicitor speak, and that is needed by some of our employees. Some have never had a visa or work permit and it is a scary subject for them. Joanne is proactive and readily will suggest coming in to update our teams which helps us all in the long run.’

‘Ben Sheldrick’s client service is fabulous.’

This central London firm specialises in business immigration and employment law.

The firm: Established in 1990, Magrath Sheldrick LLP, formerly Magrath LLP, has been one of the UK’s pre-eminent specialist immigration and employment practices for nearly 30 years. Personal relationships, expert skills and a very commercial approach to business has helped distinguish this ambitious independent firm as a legal brand of choice.

Clients include major investment banks as well as global corporates across a range of sectors including healthcare, entertainment, IT and construction and a range of hedge funds, finance houses, industry executives and wealthy individuals. Clients value commercial acumen, consistently high service levels, and tailored approach from a firm that provides them with a personal service.

Partners are recognised as experts in their respective fields, and are regular contributors to the debate on key issues in their sectors, as well as speaking at business events throughout the UK and internationally.

Types of work undertaken: Magrath Sheldrick LLP is recognised as a major force in business immigration. It was the first practice in the UK to offer a US immigration law department and a global immigration law service to add to its substantial UK practice to help businesses locate their personnel worldwide. Magrath Global (Singapore) and a network of global immigration specialists provide international reach and expertise, which is underpinned by one of the largest teams of expert corporate immigration lawyers operating in the UK today.

Magrath Sheldrick LLP is seen as pivotal in helping businesses manage the implications of constant immigration changes with Chris Magrath and Ben Sheldrick recognised as thought leaders able to deliver creative solutions.

The firm’s employment department is highly regarded and acts for numerous institutions, major corporates and high-ranking executives, dealing with a host of compliance and strategic employment matters. The employment team has particular knowledge of transatlantic employment issues and data protection. It is regularly trusted by other law firms to deal with conflicted cases or those where the team has specific technical expertise. Head of employment Adele Martins leads an excellent team, which focuses on delivering pragmatic employment law and HR strategy and providing commercial solutions to employment disputes. The team also acts for private clients dealing with complex or high-risk employment issues, negotiating contract and exit agreements and providing strategic guidance on workplace disputes.

The firm’s dispute resolution expertise deals with breaches of contract, including debt and other financial disputes, corporate and personal insolvency, professional negligence and international trade and commission disputes.

Magrath Sheldrick LLP has created a substantial corporate immigration and employment practice and continues to grow across these core areas. Clients are attracted by a personal, partner-led relationship and an integrated focus on their issues, be they business or personal.

Department Name Email Telephone
UK immigration Chris Magrath 02073176713
UK immigration Ben Sheldrick 02073176723
UK immigration Alfreda Joubert 02073176742
UK immigration Zulaykha Bhaijee 02073176792
UK Immigration Joanne Taylor 02073176765
Global immigration Ben Sheldrick 02073176723
US immigration Chris Magrath 02073176713
Employment Adele Martins 02073176719
Dispute resolution Jeremy Hershkorn 02073176762
Photo Name Position Profile
 Zulaykha Bhaijee  photo Zulaykha Bhaijee Partner specialising in advising on all aspects of business immigration law. Zulaykha…
 Nichola Gallen-Friend  photo Nichola Gallen-Friend Partner at Magrath Sheldrick LLP Nichola advises employers and employees on a…
 Jeremy Hershkorn  photo Jeremy Hershkorn A highly experienced litigator and negotiator dealing in all types of commercial…
 Lucy Hughes  photo Lucy Hughes Lucy joined the Employment Department as a Solicitor in March 2017, having…
Mrs Alfreda Joubert  photo Mrs Alfreda Joubert Alfreda is a Partner and specializes in all private UK immigration matters…
 Chris Magrath  photo Chris Magrath Senior partner and head of immigration/employment departments. Clients include numerous UK and…
 Adele Martins  photo Adele Martins Partner and head of the firm’s employment department. Adele deals with a…
Mr Brian Naumann  photo Mr Brian Naumann Brian is a solicitor with 14 years of experience in Immigration work…
 Ben Sheldrick  photo Ben Sheldrick Ben is head of the immigration department of Magrath LLP, and the…
Mrs Joanne Taylor  photo Mrs Joanne Taylor Senior Associate at Magrath LLP. Joanne typically advises both corporate and private…
Number of UK partners : 8
Number of other UK fee-earners : 40