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Gherson LLP
17a-19 Harcourt Street

Employment > Immigration

Gherson LLP draws on the substantial experience of its founder, and eminent practitioner in the immigration space, Roger Gherson, to provide bespoke solutions to the complex matters of its predominantly HNW individuals client list. The firm’s business immigration offering is headed by senior solicitor Denise Osterwald and has been combined with the private client practice, making it well-placed to handle work for individuals seeking global talent, sole representative, or innovator and start-up visas. Solicitor Lisa Uttley is a key contact for this work. Charles Burnett takes a lead on much of the firm’s human rights and appeals work, handling a range of politically sensitive and complex work for HNW individuals. Both Burnett and the firm as a whole have extensive experience across the full gamut of related issues, with capabilities across extradition, sanctions, human rights, and asylum claims. Solicitor Amalia Gherson is noted for her work on novel issues arising from this practice.

Practice head(s):

Roger Gherson; Denise Osterwald; Charles Burnett

Other key lawyers:


The team works very efficiently. Client communications and prompt, polite, and informative.

They have a very professional team.’

Very professional team and outfit.

They have got the best team, with the knowledge and understanding to deal with the issues of their clients.’

I have worked with the Charles Burnett and Amalia Gherson; they have both got more experience, knowledge and patience to deal with the issues of the clients than any of their competitors.’

Lisa Uttley was outstanding.

‘Lisa Uttley was excellent. Very responsive and proactive.’

Work highlights

Gherson has an outstanding reputation and  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  provides advice and assistance to individuals and their families as well as investors and private and public companies in  respect of every aspect of immigration, no matter how simple, or complex.

Gherson offers exceptional service and with the experience of over 30 years in UK inbound immigration,  the firm advises clients on all the options open to them and then makes the very best immigration application  on their behalf.  UK immigration law is complex and making an application can be complicated, Gherson make the  process as straightforward as possible.

As immigration specialists Gherson advise on  all immigration routes for individuals and families, options for employers as well as, citizenship, asylum, human rights, extradition, financial sanctions,  and complex immigration litigation.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior and managing partner Roger Gherson
UK immigration/nationality/EU freedom of movement Roger Gherson
Civil liberties/human rights/asylum Roger Gherson
Photo Name Position Profile
Roger Gherson photo Roger Gherson Roger established Gherson in 1988, some seven years after first qualifying as…
Number of UK partners : 2
Number of other UK fee-earners : 30
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