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Magrath Sheldrick LLP

Employment > Immigration Tier 1

Managing partner Ben Sheldrick leads the immigration practice at City boutique Magrath Sheldrick LLP, working alongside senior partner Chris Magrath. While the firm also provides employment and disputes advice, immigration is its core focus, with a strong emphasis on banking sector clients. As well as major corporates, the team also works with high-net-worth and high-profile individuals, and has recently introduced a new global immigration compliance solution named Global Reach, which provides active mobility case management together with a compliance toolkit. Other key members of the team include private client specialist Alfreda Joubert, Zulaykha Bhaijee and Joanne Taylor.

Practice head(s):

Ben Sheldrick


‘The individuals at Magrath are simply great. They always listen and they are always available for the clients and they provide an excellent service.’

‘Magrath provide a service that feels very one on one – no question is too silly and the responses that we receive are comprehensive. They take our business into consideration and are always willing to help us work through difficult issues. We can have awkward employees but they address them directly and take the time to explain in detail why there may be an issue or delay. I have never had an issue with billing in the time we have used them.’

‘Ben Sheldrick is simply the best. Just wonderful.’

‘Joanne Taylor is our main contact and over the years – especially the Brexit ones – has proved invaluable. If Jo is not available there is always someone else who will pick up the work.’

‘Magrath Sheldrick combine expertise for both UK inbound as well as outbound immigration, with their strength lying in the UK inbound expertise. They are very well connected with the relevant immigration bodies and always up to date on latest developments. I appreciate their webinars and newsletters on developments and upcoming changes.’

‘Zulaykha Bhaijee is a partner who stands out for her availability and strong understanding of her clients’ business reality. I appreciate her ability to efficiently guide us and advise on immigration requirements and obligations as a sponsor.’

‘Ben Sheldrick and Joanne Taylor are close to their business and the legislation.  It’s refreshing to be able to speak to a partner (let alone managing partner) so easily.’

‘Zulaykha Bhaijee is friendly and supportive.’

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 over 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.

UK immigration Chris
UK immigration Ben
UK immigration Alfreda
UK immigration Zulaykha
UK Immigration Joanne
Global immigration Ben
US immigration Chris
Employment Adele
Dispute resolution Jeremy
UK Immigration Anita
Zulaykha Bhaijee  photo Zulaykha Bhaijee Partner specialising in advising on all aspects of business immigration law. Zulaykha…
Jane Brown photo Jane BrownSolicitor Jane advises employers and employees on both contentious and non-contentious matters.…
Jeremy Hershkorn  photo Jeremy Hershkorn A highly experienced lawyer 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…
Alfreda Joubert  photo 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…
Ben Sheldrick photo Ben SheldrickBen is head of the immigration department of Magrath LLP, and the…
Joanne Taylor  photo Joanne Taylor Partner at Magrath Sheldrick LLP Focusing primarily on corporate immigration Joanne advises and…
Loleini Williams photo Loleini WilliamsLoleini is a solicitor advising both corporate and private clients across a…
Number of UK partners : 8
Number of other UK fee-earners : 60