Firm Profile > Magrath Sheldrick LLP > London, England

Magrath Sheldrick LLP

Employment: employers Tier 7

Immigration and employment boutique Magrath Sheldrick LLP is instructed by UK and international employers to advise on HR compliance, disciplinary procedures, contracts and settlement agreements as well as restructuring and contentious matters. Practice head Adele Martins has experience in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Adele Martins


Specialist business immigration outfit Magrath Sheldrick LLP has long-established experience of advising clients in the financial services sector; it is regularly engaged by major banks on a raft of immigration and global mobility issues. The team is also instructed by a number of ultra-high net worth individuals and household-name media and entertainment personalities. Senior partner Chris Magrath has a focus on UK and US immigration matters, while managing partner Ben Sheldrick stands out for his experience in advising clients in the financial services sector. Alfreda Joubert is experienced in acting for private clients, while Zulaykha Bhaijee primarily works with corporate clients.

Practice head(s):

Ben Sheldrick; Zulaykha Bhaijee; Alfreda Joubert

Other key lawyers:


The firm has a wealth of experience and is very highly regarded.

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…
Mr Ben Sheldrick photo Mr 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