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Magrath Sheldrick LLP

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Magrath Sheldrick LLP has a strong global offering, with a proven track record in handling mandates concerning immigration outside the UK, drawing upon the firm’s international presence. With an office in Singapore and a range of services to assist global clients with compliance, coordination, and risk, the firm is well-placed to advise its clients, which include major financial service sector operators and HNW individuals. Ben Sheldrick heads the firm’s global immigration services and leads the work from the Singaporean office, advising on strategy for global mobility mandates and working with a range of HNW individuals and high-profile corporate clients. Chris Magrath, co-founder of the firm, is dual-qualified in the US and the UK, working alongside US attorney Aryanah Eghbal as part of the firm’s dedicated US immigration offering. Joanne Taylor is also of note for her work in the corporate immigration space.

Practice head(s):

Ben Sheldrick


‘Quick responses to all questions whether it was from the HR team or the individual getting the visa. Always ready to jump on a call with our relocating employees and answer their questions. Invoices sent correctly and promptly!’

‘It’s a truly bespoke service. The team are all subject-matter experts in the locations we need them to be, and have dealt with various members in relation to various locations (APAC/USA/Europe etc). We have an excellent response time with our requests, and they keep us updated to any changes with the Home Office as well as other changes in other locations worldwide.’

‘I value all of the Magrath team that I have dealt with. They are very professional, friendly, approachable and do not use ‘jargon’; they use plain speak, so that there is no dubiety on what advice they are giving. They offer their opinion on some very complex matters, which has been invaluable.’

‘I’ve worked with other firms in the past and consider Magrath Sheldrick LLP is unusual in the continuity of its people working on our account; it gives them an excellent background of case history, which is so often useful in other instances. Their availability is excellent and someone is always prepared to have a call with me and colleagues if necessary and quite often at very short notice!

‘Joanne Taylor has worked with me on our account for 10 years. I know her better than some of my colleagues, and I know she will always read my email and assign the matter to one of her team if she is no longer able to handle it herself.’

‘I have found the team to be very approachable, responsive, experienced, knowledgeable and fantastic to interact with.’

‘The team is very professional and flexible to our needs.’

‘Always on hand for reliable, technical immigration advice and for more involved cases the team have been able to accurately quote, concierge and support visa application and international relocation processes.’

Work highlights

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 relocate 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 Joanne Taylor 02073176765
Global immigration Ben Sheldrick 02073176723
Employment Adele Martins 02073176719
Dispute resolution Jeremy Hershkorn 02073176762
UK Immigration Anita Ofis 02073176737
Employment Maria Krishnan 02073176794
Photo Name Position Profile
Rhona Azir photo Rhona Azir Solicitor Rhona is a Solicitor with 10 years’ immigration experience and primarily…
Aryanah Eghbal photo Aryanah Eghbal US Attorney  Aryanah joined Magrath Sheldrick’s US Immigration team as a US…
Davina Fernandes photo Davina Fernandes Senior Associate
Lucy Garrett photo Lucy Garrett Senior Associate Provides high-level advice to businesses in a variety of sectors…
Aynel Hamid photo Aynel Hamid Associate Aynel is an Associate specialising in UK Corporate Immigration. She is…
Jeremy Hershkorn photo Jeremy Hershkorn Partner A highly experienced lawyer and negotiator dealing in all types of…
Mairin Hoban photo Mairin Hoban Senior Associate
Lucy Hughes photo Lucy Hughes Solicitor Lucy joined the Employment Department as a Solicitor in March 2017,…
Nina Khuffash photo Nina Khuffash Associate Nina provides advice to both companies and individuals on all aspects…
Maria Krishnan photo Maria Krishnan Senior Associate Maria advises individuals and organisations on contentious and non-contentious employment…
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 Employment Department Adele deals with a wide…
Ahmad Namazie photo Ahmad Namazie Solicitor Advising on all UK Immigration and Nationality Law matters including Sponsor…
Anita  Ofis photo Anita Ofis Partner Anita is a Partner specialising in UK Corporate Immigration. She is…
Demet Rikabi photo Demet Rikabi Solicitor Focusing primarily on corporate immigration, Demet advises and assists multinational companies, financial…
Ben Sheldrick photo Ben Sheldrick Managing Partner Ben is head of the immigration department of Magrath Sheldrick…
Joanne Taylor photo Joanne Taylor Partner  Focusing primarily on corporate immigration Joanne advises and assists many HR departments…
Number of UK partners : 8
Number of other UK fee-earners : 60

We value diversity and do not discriminate on the basis of a person’s age, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic.  We are committed to equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion in every part of our business and encourage applications to join our teams from all backgrounds. We endeavour to ensure that our recruitment practices are as fair and as inclusive as possible, so please inform us if you need us to make any reasonable adjustments during our recruitment processes.

We champion respect and dignity at work and recognise the importance of staff wellbeing, both physically and mentally.  We encourage staff to be themselves, have a healthy work, life balance and offer flexible working patterns that enable our colleagues to pursue their legal career, enjoy family life and their other passions.