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Fletcher Day
110 Cannon St

Employment > Immigration Tier 6

Fletcher Day's immigration practice was bolstered in March 2021 by the arrival of Matthew Cranton from Solomon Taylor & Shaw. He has taken over as the head of the team, following the departure of former head Sam Meymand for Meymand Maczynski Ltd in late 2020. Cranton acts for businesses ranging in size from start-ups and SMEs to FTSE 250 companies and global corporates. Work for high-net-worth individuals is another driver of activity. Cranton's expertise includes sponsor licence applications and management, as well as skilled worker visas, global talent visas and innovator visas. In addition, he is experienced in administrative reviews and appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber).

Practice head(s):

Matthew Cranton


I have received good advice, regular contact with regards to progress of my case, and quick replies to any queries I have. Also friendly service and an understanding of my situation.’

A big recommendation and positive feedback goes to Matthew Cranton. He was extremely helpful and correct in my case and supported me throughout the journey.’

Matthew Cranston is an excellent addition to the team. Good lawyer, intelligent, personable and has good attention to detail.’

Matthew Cranton – hard working, clever, great attention to detail, first-rate client care – he’s a star.’

I think Fletcher Day has assembled a solid immigration team. I have been very satisfied with the service provided during the process of applying for UK naturalisation.’

Key clients

Helios Towers Africa LLP

iSpecialist Limited

The firm:  Fletcher Day has performed strongly over the last 12 months or so, overcoming the many issues arising from the global pandemic.  The firm continued to provide high quality legal services to its’ national and international client base through the dedication and commitment of the team.

More recently, the firm has acquired the city based firm Silver Law LLP, expanding their offering to clients to include high level knowledge and advice in Construction Law.  Renowned solicitors Michael Shapiro, Jon Sharp and Richard Silver have all joined the firm and will continue to offer their expertise in this area.

In addition to its strong London and Manchester presence, Fletcher Day is known and recognised for its international capabilities.  Over 20 languages are spoken within the firm demonstrating its commitment to diversity and the multicultural clientele the firm has developed over the years.

We recognise that our success is dependent on the success of our clients.  For this reason, we work alongside our clients to build strong relationships.  For our clients whose affairs extend outside the UK, we have the connections, legal expertise, and language skills to handle the most complex, cross border and multi-jurisdictional matters.

Types of work undertaken
Commercial property:
this highly regarded real estate team has expertise in complex development and finance transactions as well as a broad range of investment work. The firm acts for both institutional and private investors in the disposal and acquisition of office buildings, shopping centres and industrial estates as well as all aspects of non-contentious landlord and tenant work. The department has particular expertise in property development and will guide its developer clients through all stages of a development project. This includes site acquisition, project funding, development set up and infrastructure as well as the subsequent off plan sales and complex ground rent disposals.

Corporate: the corporate and commercial team at Fletcher Day undertakes work, the quality and nature of which is comparable to the corporate offering of more longstanding departments within much larger firms. It has a particular focus on corporate finance and investment. The team offers specialist strategic advice to companies and other businesses, and acts for a mix of clients including high-net-worth individuals, SMEs and start-up companies. Its work includes matters ranging from complex shareholder and investment agreements, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture agreements, agency and distribution agreements, to the general sale and purchase of all types of businesses.

Family: the firm acts for a variety of high-net-worth clients dealing within all aspects of family law with particular emphasis on divorce and financial settlements, including nuptial agreements. The family team has a particular focus on cases which have complex financial structures and an international element and acts for a number of same-sex couples in relation to financial and children-related matters. The family team works closely with other private client professionals (including counsellors, family therapists, mediators, accountants, tax specialists and various financial service providers such as IFAs, private banks and stockbrokers).

Business immigration: the firm has experience in all aspects of business immigration applications with a primary focus on the investor and entrepreneur visa. The immigration team also regularly advises on entry clearance requirements, indefinite leave to remain and nationality applications. For employers, the firm is also able to provide specialist advice on sponsorship applications.

Dispute resolution: commercial litigation: the dispute resolution team at Fletcher Day has extensive litigation and arbitration experience and regularly takes on cases normally reserved for the Magic Circle firms. In particular, the commercial litigation team has a breadth of experience which includes complex contractual disputes, company and shareholder disputes, injunctions, fraudulent transactions, oil and gas, shipping and professional negligence. There is a truly international nature to the work conducted. Fee-earners have a wealth of experience in international litigation and arbitration.

Property litigation: working closely with the commercial litigation team, Fletcher Day has a highly respected property litigation team. The team covers virtually all types of property litigation work – both commercial and residential, landlord and tenant and real property disputes. It also deals, among other things, with sale of land disputes and agricultural tenancy matters. The team’s clients include corporate clients (retail clients, investor landlords and property developers) and individual clients (high-net-worth and others).

Employment: Fletcher Day has a fast-growing employment team whose members have many years’ experience in handling all aspects of the ever-changing landscape of employment law and related matters. They hold a deep understanding of the legal needs of both employers and employees, and approach every case with clarity, pragmatism and commerciality.

Insolvency: with three senior partners, including a licensed insolvency practitioner, the Fletcher Day insolvency department is now one of the largest and most experienced insolvency teams outside the City of London. Providing specialist, commercially focused advice within flexible fee structures it has developed a reputation for handling high-value, complex transactions for businesses and individuals.

London Jude Fletcherjude@fletcherday.co.uk+44(0)20 7632 1440
London Charles Pilchercharles.pilcher@fletcherday.co.uk+44(0)20 7632 1433
London Gary Nelsongary@fletcherday.co.uk+44 (0)20 7632 1438
Manchester David Crawleydavid@fletcherday.co.uk+44(0)16 1359 6130
Number of UK partners : 27
Number of other UK fee-earners : 25