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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.

Shortlisted for ‘Boutique Law Firm of the Year’ at the 2023 Modern Law Awards, the immigration barristers at Richmond Chambers provide expert legal advice and representation, directly to individuals and businesses, in relation to all aspects of UK immigration law.

Established in 2013 as the UK’s first barrister-only law firm, Richmond Chambers offers its clients unparalleled immigration law expertise and advocacy, ensuring that their immigration matters are handled with professionalism and precision.

This expertise, combined with the firm’s commitment to providing an outstanding level of client service, is reflected in its immigration team’s numerous positive client testimonials.

Personal immigration
Richmond Chambers assists individuals and families with the full range of personal immigration matters, from preparing visa applications to reunite, study, work or seek protection in the UK, to providing representation at appeals before the immigration tribunal and higher courts.

Areas of expertise include 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, Investor Visas, Entrepreneur Visas, Global 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 entrepreneurs, start-ups, SME’s and multinational corporations with a range of business immigration services, from preparing sponsor licence applications, to visa applications for employees and advice on compliance management.

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 3 pupil barristers, supported by 8 legal associates and 4 administrators, is one of the most experienced immigration law teams in the UK.

Paul Richmond has almost 25 years experience practising UK immigration law.  He has ranked in The Legal 500 as a leading immigration barrister, where he has been 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 20 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.

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 broad range of experience across all areas of business immigration law, with a particular emphasis on assisting organisations to apply for, and maintain, sponsor licences in order to sponsor migrants to work in the UK.  She also assists foreign national workers to secure business and work visas for the UK.

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.

Olivia Waddell works with clients on a wide range of immigration matters including family migration, asylum and human rights claims, and migration for business, work and study. This includes preparing applications for entry clearance to the UK and leave to remain in the UK, as well as assisting clients with obtaining indefinite leave to remain in the UK and naturalising as British citizens.

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, Managing 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’.”

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Paul Richmond +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Senior Partner Sarah Giddens +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Immigration Barrister Alexandra Pease +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Immigration Barrister Geraldine Peterson +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Immigration Barrister Alexis Slatter +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Immigration Barrister Simon Canter +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Immigration Barrister Gillian McCall +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Immigration Barrister Dr. Catherine Taroni +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Immigration Barrister Alex Papasotiriou +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Immigration Barrister Georgina Griggs +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Immigration Barrister Jasmine Theilgaard +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Immigration Barrister Stefania Patuto +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Immigration Barrister Bernard Wood +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Immigration Barrister Lucy Katko +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Immigration Barrister Olivia Waddell +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Pupil Barrister Maud Foxley +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Pupil Barrister Thomas Hill +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Pupil Barrister Isabella Reynard +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Senior Legal Associate Annie Ee +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Legal Associate Harriet Sheves +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Legal Associate Cameron Wallis +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Legal Associate Taya Sayekaya +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Legal Associate Emilia Cieslak +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Legal Associate Aaron Durban-Richardson +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Legal Associate Madeline Haas +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Legal Associate Marika Cash +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Legal Associate Rosanna Atkinson +44 (0) 203 617 9173
HR and Wellbeing Manager Nancy Holland +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Senior Chambers Administrator Summer Robson +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Chambers Administrator Emily Mitchell +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Chambers Administrator Nicki Behnamfar +44 (0) 203 617 9173
Photo Name Position Profile
Simon Canter photo Simon Canter Immigration Barrister
Sarah Giddens photo Sarah Giddens Senior Partner
Georgina Griggs photo Georgina Griggs Immigration Barrister
Lucy Katko photo Lucy Katko Immigration Barrister
Gillian McCall photo Gillian McCall Immigration Barrister
Alex Papasotiriou photo Alex Papasotiriou Immigration Barrister
Stefania Patuto photo Stefania Patuto Immigration Barrister
Alexandra Pease photo Alexandra Pease Immigration Barrister
Geraldine Peterson photo Geraldine Peterson Immigration Barrister
Paul Richmond photo Paul Richmond Managing Partner
Alexis Slatter photo Alexis Slatter Immigration Barrister
Catherine Taroni photo Dr Catherine Taroni Immigration Barrister
Jasmine Theilgaard photo Jasmine Theilgaard Immigration Barrister
Olivia Waddell photo Olivia Waddell Immigration Barrister
Bernard Wood photo Bernard Wood Immigration Barrister
Immigration Barristers : 15
Pupil Barristers : 3
Legal Associates : 8
Administrators : 4
Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
Bar Association of England and Wales
Immigration Law Practitioners Association

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: 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