Maria Patsalos > Mishcon de Reya LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Mishcon de Reya LLP
AFRICA HOUSE
70 KINGSWAY
LONDON
WC2B 6AH
England

Work Department

Mishcon Private

Position

Maria is a Partner in Mishcon Private advising individual and corporate clients on all areas of Immigration law.  Her clients benefit from her vast technical knowledge and experience in dealing with exceptional cases, as well as her ability to provide innovative and bespoke solutions.

She specialises in all Points Based applications, Sponsor Licences for companies under Tier 2 and Tier 5; Certificates of Sponsorship; Sole Representative visas; fiancée/spouse/civil partnership and unmarried partner applications; rights under European law as well as appeals to the Immigration Tribunal and Judicial Review applications.

Many of Maria’s clients wish to obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK and subsequent British citizenship. This often involves complex matters such as excess absences from the UK requiring the exercise of discretion by the Home Office. Maria assists with the provision of long term strategic advice, as well as establishing links and connections with the UK for such clients.

She has particular experience with claims for political asylum mainly on the basis of clients’ political affiliations or membership of certain social groups. She regularly assists clients with obtaining second residencies or citizenships in countries including Cyprus, Malta, Portugal and St Kitts & Nevis.

Maria is the immigration representative in the firm’s Sports Group. She regularly advises football clubs in the UK regarding obtaining visas for players and has also advised in relation to rugby, golf and darts.

Working with the UK based Human Rights organisation Liberty, Maria regularly advises on meritorious cases.  Maria also founded and supervises the immigration element of Pink Law, a free legal advice service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals run via Queen Mary University.

Career

Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP

Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP

Associate, Mishcon de Reya Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya

Trainee, Mishcon de Reya

Education

University of Birmingham, BA Classical Literature and Civilisation

Lawyer Rankings

London > Human resources > Immigration

(Next Generation Partners)

Maria PatsalosMishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP has an ‘outstanding reputation‘ for immigration work; it is ‘very skilled at dealing with difficult immigration and nationality issues‘; and the team has ‘first-rate legal skills, but unrivalled client care skills‘. The business immigration team acts for high-net-worth individuals and corporate clients, which are active across the financial, creative, media, technology, sports and fashion industries. The team is regularly engaged on sponsor licence applications, right to work checks, Home Office compliance, entrepreneur and innovator applications and representatives of overseas business visa applications. It is experienced in advising on exceptional applications for naturalisation and complex ILR applications. The team also offers human rights, asylum and deportation expertise; it defends clients against extradition requests and is engaged on contentious immigration issues for clients in the Middle East, Russia and China. Judicial review claims, human rights and asylum claims are a key part of the practice. Team head Kamal Rahman is the ‘absolute master of client care‘; she is ably supported by Steven BostockMaria Patsalos , managing associate Hannah Barnett and associate Matt Ingham.