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Richmond Chambers Immigration Barristers

Based in the heart of Covent Garden, 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, their 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, Work Visas, Business Visas, Short Stay Visas, Student 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.

Business immigration sector specialisms include Private Wealth, Artists and Entertainers, Tech Startups and Digital Talent, Small and Medium Businesses, Research and Innovation, Sportspersons and Journalists and Media Professionals.

The immigration team: The Richmond Chambers immigration team, consisting of 15 immigration barristers and 1 pupil barrister, supported by 6 legal associates and 4 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.

Zoe Bantleman has a busy practise covering all aspects of UK immigration law, including the points-based system, family migration, free movement, nationality, deportation, asylum and human rights.

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.

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, management 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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Zoe Bantleman  photo Zoe Bantleman Immigration Barrister
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Sarah Giddens  photo Sarah Giddens Immigration Barrister
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Stefania Patuto  photo Stefania Patuto Immigration Barrister
Alexandra Pease  photo Alexandra Pease Immigration Barrister
Geraldine Peterson  photo Geraldine Peterson Immigration Barrister
Zarina Rahman  photo Zarina Rahman Immigration Barrister
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Alexis Slatter  photo Alexis Slatter Immigration Barrister
Dr Catherine Taroni  photo Dr Catherine Taroni Immigration Barrister
Jasmine Theilgaard  photo Jasmine Theilgaard Immigration Barrister
Bernard Wood  photo Bernard Wood Immigration Barrister
Immigration Barristers : 15
Pupil Barristers : 2
Legal Associates : 5
Administrators : 4
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Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

At Richmond Chambers we put inclusion and diversity at the heart of the way we work, think and run our barrister-only law firm. We are committed to promoting inclusion and believe that a diverse legal team is a more powerful legal team.

What we believe

We’re committed to championing a culture of equality. We understand that equality inspires creativity, drives innovation and leads to a sense of belonging. We believe in empowering our people to be their best, both professionally and personally.

Our diversity helps us bring unique perspectives and skills to the table. And our inclusive culture ensures we can all leverage these unique contributions to the benefit of our clients. As equals, anything is possible.

Our commitments

Gender equality: We are committed to a gender balanced legal team

Persons with disabilities: We embrace best practices for including more persons with disabilities in our legal team

Supporting our LGBTQ+ community: We embrace authenticity at work—including sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

CLIENT: Ferhat Ince
TESTIMONIAL: I have recently been successful on my ILR spouse application. Paul and his team worked with us on the initial entry and extension visas too.  Once again, thanks to Paul and his team’s well oiled process, support and care it was as stress free a process as it possibly can be.  Paul and his team are experts, as well as being very  helpful and exceptionally responsive. Without Richmond Chambers the whole process would have been very daunting.  Due to Covid, I had to wait nearly 6 months for the decision but, given the quality of the final application, I was able to relax – confident that no mistakes had been made.   I can’t thank Paul and his Chambers enough.  I’ve already instructed them to help me with the naturalisation process.

CLIENT: Alissa Pries
TESTIMONIAL: Working with Richmond Chambers for my Tier 1 Global Talent Visa was an excellent experience and I wholeheartedly recommend this firm for others seeking support in their visa application. The team provided detailed guidance on all documentation needed, step-by-step instructions, and made themselves available to answer all questions. A big thank you to the team at Richmond Chambers, especially Zoe Bantleman and Georgina Griggs.

CLIENT: Sasha Bolin
TESTIMONIAL: I had the good fortune of finding Geraldine Peterson. Her advice, communication, expertise, patience and kindness was so very appreciated . Being able to put my international family situation and my 3 children’s immigration into her hands was the best decision ever. Wendy Barnes had patience and such attention to detail, diligently helping my case. I am a doctor and as a professional, am humbled and can only hope to someday communicate, support and help patients in a similar way.  I never expected such comprehensive explanations and follow through. It has been a privilege to know Geri and Wendy. On behalf of myself and my children thankyou!

CLIENT: Anna Firmin
TESTIMONIAL: There are not enough words to thank Alex & Alex and their team for the great job they did re  ADR visa for my son!!! We are still recovering after the difficult time we had but we’ll never forget how supportive Alex & Alex were through all the problems and processes, not only on a professional level but on a person’s level too. It felt as if they cared about all three of us like they were very close friends. Their response was always prompt and efficient. I would not hesitate to recommend their services to anyone in need of immigration advice! I feel very lucky that my husband found Alexandra Pease and she teamed up with Alex Papasotiriou. Many-many thanks to both of you and your team!!!

CLIENT:  Ivan Slyusarchuk
TESTIMONIAL: My family and I received invaluable advice from Dr Catherine Taroni from Richmond Chambers. No rating would be high enough to reflect her professionalism, knowledge of law and ability to connect the dots to find the easiest solution. She suggested us to take a route which was missed by all countless immigration advisers I turned to before. The second easiest way suggested by one of them would have cost us some £10k more, meant finding tons of supporting documents and [most importantly] at least 7.5 years longer before we could get our settlement permission.  Now, when it’s all behind us and the shiny ILR cards rest in our wallets I would like to thank Dr Taroni very much! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her advice to anybody who needs professional help with immigration. Worth every penny is an understatement!

TESTIMONIAL: A special thank you to the team at Richmond Chambers. Zarina Rahman and the Richmond Chambers team were extremely helpful throughout my application process. Zarina listened to my concerns with empathy, managed my case really well. Zarina is very professional, extremely responsive, knowledgeable, and provided me with effective solutions tailored to my situation. I would highly recommend Richmond Chambers and more specifically Zarina Rahman to anyone seeking professional advice regarding their immigration matters.

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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