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Richmond Chambers Immigration Barristers

Based in the heart of London, Richmond Chambers Immigration Barristers is a multi-award winning partnership of specialist immigration barristers.

Established in 2013 as the first barrister-only immigration law firm to be authorised in the UK, its immigration barristers have been helping foreign nationals and their families to live, work and study in the UK since the late-nineties.

The firm, widely regarded as the UK’s leading immigration barrister law firm, specialises in providing expert legal advice and representation, directly to individuals and businesses, in relation to all aspects of UK immigration law.

Every client receives advice and representation directly from a specialist immigration barrister, combined with the level of service expected from a trusted law firm.

Personal immigration: Richmond Chambers assists individuals with the full range of personal immigration matters, from preparing visa applications to enter and remain in the UK, to providing representation at appeals before the immigration tribunal and higher courts.

Areas of expertise include Investor Visas, Entrepreneur Visas, Partner & Family Visas, EEA Nationals & Family, Short Stay Visit Visas, Long Term Work Visas, Short Term Work Visas, Other Work Visas, Business Visas, Business Mobility Visas, Talent Visas, Student and Graduate Visas, Hong Kong BN(O) Visas, Settlement in the UK, British Citizenship and Human Rights.

Business immigration: The firm also provides business decision makers with a range of business immigration services, from preparing sponsor licence applications, to visa applications for employees and advice on compliance.

Areas of expertise include Sponsor Licence Applications, Sponsor Licence Renewals, Sponsor Licence Refusals, Sponsor Licence Suspensions, Sponsor Licence Revocations, Compliance & Civil Penalties.

The immigration team: The Richmond Chambers immigration team, consisting of 15 immigration barristers and 1 pupil barrister, supported by 10 legal associates and 6 administrators, is one of the most experienced immigration law teams in the UK.

Paul Richmond has over 20 years experience practising UK immigration law.  He is ranked in The Legal 500 as a leading immigration barrister, where he is described as “a text-book example of what a responsible and knowledgeable lawyer should be”.

Sarah Giddens was called to the Bar in 1999 and has practised successfully as a barrister for over 17 years. Sarah is one of the founding partners of Richmond Chambers and a key member of the Management Team.

Alexandra Pease has over 20 years experience in UK immigration law specialising in personal migration and is the head of Richmond Chambers’ personal immigration team.

Geraldine Peterson has specialised in immigration law since 1999. With 20 years experience, she has an established reputation for preparing high quality visa and immigration applications for business people, students, and family members seeking leave to enter/remain.

Alexis Slatter has specialised in immigration law for over 20 years. He is ranked in The Legal 500 as a leading immigration barrister, where it is noted that: “His unassuming character belies his great strength and exceptional intellect in fighting your case.

Simon Canter has over 20 years experience in UK immigration law.  He specialises in all aspects of appeals related Immigration and Asylum law and is regularly instructed to challenge Home Office immigration decisions at courts ranging from the First Tier Immigration Tribunal to the Court of Appeal.

Gillian McCall has experience assisting individual and business clients with their applications, appeals, judicial reviews and administrative reviews.  Gillian’s wide scope of knowledge of the Immigration Rules and case law allow her to advise clients on all aspects of their immigration cases and suggest suitable options for a successful outcome.

Dr Catherine Taroni assists both business and individual clients across a broad range of immigration law, including the points-based system, family migration, EEA free movement, nationality, asylum and human rights.

Zarina Rahman works on a broad range of immigration applications and appeals including points-based system, family migration under Appendix FM and outside the Rules, settlement and EEA applications.

Alex Papasotiriou focuses on deprivation of citizenship appeals involving issues of British and international nationality law, judicial review claims against revocation of ILR, human rights applications and appeals involving overstayers, victims of domestic violence and children and EEA and deportation appeals.

Georgina Griggs has developed a broad range of experience having worked on a variety of immigration cases, including both personal and business immigration law matters. She has worked with migrants to gain entry to the UK, to extend their stay in the UK, and to settle and naturalise as British.

Jasmine Theilgaard has experience in a wide range of personal and business immigration matters including family migration, EEA applications and appeals, asylum and human rights claims, and applications and appeals under the points based system.

Stefania Patuto has a busy practice involving a wide range of personal and business immigration matters, including family migration, EEA applications, asylum and human rights claims and appeals, and applications under the points based system.

Bernard Wood has a broad experience in advising and preparing both applications and appeals with respect to personal and business immigration matters, including family migration, asylum and human rights claims, applications under the EU Settlement Scheme, and the Points-Based System.

Lucy Katko’s practice at Richmond Chambers includes a wide variety of immigration and nationality cases. Her immigration work ranges from family applications to EEA applications, visit visas, and asylum and human rights claims and appeals. She also assists with applications to naturalise or register as a British citizen, and challenges to decisions to deprive citizenship.

Knowledge Centre: Richmond Chambers’ Knowledge Centre has an extensive amount of free information on immigration law issues facing both individuals and businesses.  Barristers and legal associates publish several new articles every week, including how-to guides, FAQs, updates on changes in the immigration rules and case-law updates. The articles cover all areas of immigration law and are accessible via a searchable database.

Why choose Richmond Chambers?
Paul Richmond, Senior Partner at Richmond Chambers, says:

“Our immigration barristers have helped scores of individuals and businesses obtain visas for the UK or challenge Home Office immigration decisions, bringing years of knowledge and experience to the table.

We work hard to understand our clients’ plans and objectives. Then we put together the right team, with the right mix of skills, languages and experience, to help our clients get to where they want to be as easily and cost-effectively as possible.

We’re obsessed with excellence and clear communication is vital to what we do. Our barristers work closely with our clients, to make sure that they always know what’s going on and that everything is delivered on time.

Our barristers are passionate about immigration law and bring enthusiasm and commitment to every case they work on. We care about our clients and always go the extra mile to ensure that everything is ‘just right’.”

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Immigration Barristers : 15
Pupil Barristers : 1
Legal Associates : 10
Administrators : 6
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CLIENT: Roger Lloyd
TESTIMONIAL: Richmond Chambers have helped us to go from fiancee visa to British citizenship. They were everything we would have hoped for: Expert knowledge to steer us through the labyrinth of constantly changing legislation; responsive, kind, patient and listening and always accurate, precise and efficient. All of which goes toward a successful outcome. Highly recommended.

CLIENT: Andrea Lewis
TESTIMONIAL: Superb knowledge and professional service – simply excellent. Richmond Chambers provides outstanding service and their knowledge of the UK immigration process and law is unmatched. I recommend Richmond Chambers highly.

CLIENT: John Rogerson
TESTIMONIAL: What a fantastic team. After one failed self application we phoned many immigration specialists and … Richmond Chambers came out head and shoulders above the rest. We were carefully guided through the whole settlement visa procedure and no stone was left unturned which resulted in the spouse visa finally being granted by UK immigration. We cannot praise this organisation enough and would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone needing the best professional advice on UK immigration and visas.

CLIENT: Amal Taibouni
TESTIMONIAL: The legal services provided by Richmond Chambers Immigration Barristers … could not be better … we had no doubts given the thoroughness, attention to all details and knowledge of the law displayed … When we received our file ready for submission, we were just amazed of how the work was beautifully done!!! … I cannot emphasize enough how professional and dedicated they are to their clients. We will definitely use Richmond Chambers at the time of extension and we highly recommend.

CLIENT: James Zhang
TESTIMONIAL: Richmond Chambers is professional, honest, reputable and experienced. If you would like to prepare a strong UK visa application, you are strongly recommended to contact Richmond Chambers!

CLIENT: Care4U Pharmacy Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: As an employer, I decided to use Richmond Chamber’s services to apply for a visa extension for one of our key employees – working to a fairly tight deadline. I found their approach to be consistently confident and unflappable, responding to queries and acknowledging receipt of documents quickly and efficiently. If only all businesses were as easy to work with!

CLIENT: Sonam Dhall
TESTIMONIAL: Phenomenal! I have to wholeheartedly say that Richmond Chambers has been absolutely amazing in getting me my visa, and that too without an interview. Thank you so much for your work Richmond Chambers, you’re by far the best at what you do.

CLIENT: Kashif Lahani
TESTIMONIAL: The services provided by Richmond Chambers are worth every penny. They demonstrated a very professional approach at each and every step of the case, with amazing response times.

CLIENT: Galina C
TESTIMONIAL: We used Richmond Chambers for the second time … in order to obtain an extension to my wife’s Spouse Visa. As before we were most impressed by the highly professional approach. This is a firm you can rely on to get it right. We recommend without hesitatio

English Language Requirement for Spouse Visas

The English language requirement for partner and parent visas was introduced on 29 November 2010 by then Home Secretary Theresa May, who stated at the time that ‘the new English requirement for spouses will help promote integration, remove cultural barriers and protect public services’. This requirement is equally relevant for partner and parent visa applications.

Excessive Absences in an Application for Naturalisation

The British Nationality Act (BNA 1981) allows individuals to naturalise under either section 6(1) or 6(2) of the Act. Section 6(2) applies where an individual is married to a British citizen. An Applicant will need to demonstrate their commitment and future intentions to have their principal home in the UK before they can naturalise as a British citizen. They will also need to satisfy an absence requirement.

Good Character Requirement in Citizenship Applications

The British Nationality Act (BNA 1981) contains a good character requirement, which applies to certain applications for registration and naturalisation for those over 10 years old at the date of application.The good character requirement previously only applied for naturalisation applications, but in 2010 this was extended to other routes to citizenship.

Adequate Maintenance Requirement – Appendix FM

In July 2012, the Immigration Rules were changed to implement new requirements for non-EEA nationals applying to enter or remain in the UK under the family migration route. Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules was subsequently introduced, incorporating an adequate maintenance requirement.

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