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Gherson LLP
17a-19 Harcourt Street

Employment > Immigration

Gherson is described as 'unique in its expertise in the areas of extradition, asylum and immigration, and crime - there is no better firm to handle cases where all three are engaged.' Principal solicitor Roger Gherson founded the firm in 1988, and can draw on a huge depth of experience of assisting 'countless clients in myriad different situations'. 'Exceptional' solicitor Charles Burnett specialises in private and public law cases against the State, including human rights and judicial review claims and inquests. Adam Hoefel joined the firm in January 2021 from DavidsonMorris; he now heads up the corporate team, advising businesses on issues such as sponsor licences and recruitment issues.

Practice head(s):

Roger Gherson

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‘Roger Gherson is a one-off.  He has handled more asylum/criminal/extradition cases than anyone else. He has a list of contacts that is the envy of all others in the field. He will offer clients a level of care which goes beyond anything that is on offer elsewhere. He lives and breathes every case as much as his clients.’

‘Roger Gherson is a seasoned immigration solicitor whose reputation as being one of the finest complex immigration lawyers is well founded. He is an intuitive lawyer, who will not let go of the most challenging case if he knows intuitively that there is a just cause that must prevail, even if the letter of the law is against him. His sheer determination to achieve the best results for his clients makes him a formidable ally (to his clients) or opponent.  He fearlessly confronts any obstacles and challenges and gets the best from any counsel he instructs.’

‘I recall Charles Burnett joining the firm as newly qualified solicitor. Six years, countless clients and many successful applications later, he heads the team with Roger Gherson and together they do excellent work. Charles is an exceptional lawyer, he advises his clients with utter professionalism and empathy and manages their matters with a level of skill and dedication which sets him apart from his peers in other firms.’

‘Gherson is unique in its expertise in the areas of extradition, asylum and immigration, and crime. There is no better firm to handle cases where all three are engaged.’

‘This is a unique team dealing with some of the most complex and contentious, asylum and human rights applications, many of which are based on the ‘political opinion’ reason for persecution.’

‘Roger Gherson and his team now have a reputation for achieving excellent outcomes for their clients in very difficult situations.’

‘Roger Gherson and his team have been doing this work for almost thirty years and in that time have dealt with countless clients in myriad different situations. This depth of experience is one of the reasons they are so unique.’

‘The firm has its own team of skilled translators, who translate the client’s highly confidential documents and statements in-house. This provides an added layer of security and confidentiality, greatly valued by the clients, especially those whose matters concern sensitive and politically motivated arguments.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully advised a Russian national with an application for a sponsor licence and a Skilled Worker visa for an executive chef to work in a start-up vegan restaurant in London.
  • With the Akshaya Patra Foundation in need of experienced workers from abroad, the firm obtained a sponsor licence for the organisation within the sectors of Skilled Worker, ICT and Tier 5 Charity Workers, so that they could continue to hire skilled individuals.
  • Successfully sought an Indefinite Leave to Remain on the basis of five years continuous residence as a Tier 2 (General) migrant for a client.

With over 27 years’ experience and an outstanding reputation, Gherson remains a leading UK immigration, nationality, EU, asylum and human rights and extradition specialist.

The firm: Established in 1988, this niche practice is consistently recognised as a market leader in the field of immigration law by both clients and peers alike, and recruits and retains the best people. Roger Gherson’s uncompromising dedication to the cases he takes on ensures the firm achieves both legal excellence and exceptional client service.

Types of work undertaken: The firm advises on all immigration matters, including all points-based system (PBS) applications and investor and entrepreneur applications, as well as family and EU applications. Advising individuals and families on the most appropriate route to residence and nationality is a significant part of the firm’s work. Gherson often advises on its clients’ rights under Article 3 and Article 8 of the ECHR, and regularly makes discretionary applications which fall outside the immigration rules. The firm continues to strengthen its reputation for achieving a successful outcome for its clients, even in the most difficult and challenging of circumstances.

A dedicated team manages the requirements of the firm’s business clients, both local and international, assisting businesses with applications for sponsor licences and obtaining entry clearance for employees from outside the UK. This area of law is heavily regulated, and the penalties for not meeting the stringent requirements can be substantial. The firm provides a comprehensive advisory service to its business clients to ensure they remain compliant.

Roger Gherson has been heavily involved in complex international extradition work for many years in concert with other firms, but in 2013 the firm opened a dedicated in-house extradition department with a view to providing its clients with a complete service under one roof. The firm’s award-winning expertise in immigration and nationality law perfectly complements this offering and enables it to provide clients with a complete package of advice. Alongside general extradition work the firm is able to advise clients regarding the implications and merits of engaging with INTERPOL in relation to red notices and is extremely experienced in managing the after-effects of a successful extradition defence and ensuring that clients can continue to travel safely internationally.

As well as providing full defence representation for those facing extradition proceedings here in the UK the firm has unique experience in assisting its clients internationally. This aspect of its work can properly be said to be unparalleled. Roger Gherson is used to assembling and managing large teams of lawyers in different jurisdictions. Often the firm provides full back-office support for the foreign lawyers and provides the necessary legal expertise they need to effectively defend the case. In the past few years Gherson has assisted clients who have been arrested in connection with extradition proceedings in Austria, France, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic and Monaco. In each case the firm has quickly assembled teams of specialist extradition and asylum lawyers both abroad and in the UK and has proactively managed the case, ensuring the best possible outcome. Gherson is now probably the most experienced firm in the UK in this field. The firm has also now developed significant experience in the unusual legal arena of international sanctions cases, and continues to grow its reputation in this relatively new and complex area of law.

Gherson is a truly specialist firm of dedicated immigration and human rights professionals who have a reputation for pursuing the very best outcome for all their clients.

Senior and managing partner Roger Gherson
UK immigration/nationality/EU freedom of movement Roger Gherson
Civil liberties/human rights/asylum Roger Gherson
Roger Gherson photo Roger GhersonRoger established Gherson in 1988, some seven years after first qualifying as…
Number of UK partners : 1
Number of other UK fee-earners : 30
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