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Birketts LLP

Work 01223 326600
Fax 01223 326629
Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich

Clare Hedges

Work 01223 326605
Birketts LLP

Work Department



Senior Associate - Head of Immigration


Clare applies her extensive knowledge of immigration law to help clients find creative solutions to achieve their goals in the UK.  She helps organisations to recruit and retain the migrant workers they need and supports individuals and families wishing to enter and/or remain in the UK. 

In addition to regularly obtaining Tier 2 General and Intra-Company Transfer visas, Clare’s work with our charity clients means she also has experience of more unusual categories of the Points Based System, including Tier 2 Ministers of Religion and Tier 5 Religious and Charity Workers.  She also helps education institutions protect their Tier 4 Student sponsor licences.  She also deals with sponsor licence issues arising following mergers and acquisitions and helping overseas companies obtain the appropriate visa for their sole representative in the UK.

Clare advises individuals on a wide range of applications, including family-related visas, those based on UK Ancestry and visas for Entrepreneurs and Investors.  Due to Brexit Clare is increasingly supporting EEA nationals with permanent residence, settlement and naturalisation, by submitting applications on their behalf or offering a checking service.

Thanks to her previous experience as an employment lawyer Clare has particular expertise in advising on the prevention of illegal working, ensuring employers balance competing Home Office and employment law requirements.

Clare helps our clients to manage immigration risk, by providing training on sponsorship duties and carrying out immigration compliance audits.  She also delivers workshops for HR and line managers on right to work checks and regularly runs seminars for EU nationals regarding their options to secure their status in the UK.


A fluent French speaker, she also acts as local contact for French law matters.




University of Cambridge

East Anglia: Human resources


Within: Rising stars

Clare Hedges - Birketts LLP

Within: Immigration

The immigration practice at Birketts LLP is 'second to none', according to one client. Specialist senior associate Clare Hedges leads the immigration group, which has support from paralegals in Norwich and Cambridge, and also calls on the services of a consultant from the Chelmsford office. The firm is particularly well known for all types of Tier 2 and 5 visas, including the more unusual Ministers of Religion visas, and it frequently advises on the prevention of illegal working.

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South East: Human resources


Within: Immigration

Birketts LLP's immigration department is divided across four offices in East Anglia and the South East and is headed by Clare Hedges, who specialises in business immigration with a niche specialism in advising on sponsor license applications for Ministers of Religion. Chelmsford-based Janice Leggett supports multinational, SME and private clients on business immigration, employment of non-EU workers including sponsorship and related contentious matters. She is also an experienced advisor on immigration issues affecting the film production industry.

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