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Gherson LLP
17a-19 Harcourt Street

Employment > Immigration

Founded by renowned partner Roger Gherson, Gherson LLP signalled its intentions for further growth with its April 2022 conversion into an LLP, which saw complex immigration practice head Charles Burnett promoted to partner. Burnett’s experience includes asylum, international protection claims, and public law challenges to Home Office decisions, and the team is especially renowned for its extradition work. Adam Hoefel heads up the general immigration team, where solicitor Lisa Uttley is also a key contact. The firm extended its corporate offering with the September 2021 hire of associate Jemima Johnstone as new corporate immigration head. Johnstone arrives from DavidsonMorris.

Practice head(s):

Jemima Johnstone; Adam Hoefel; Charles Burnett

Other key lawyers:


‘Brilliant with clients. Very impressive in the cross-over of work between crime, asset recovery, human rights and immigration in particular.’

‘Experienced, detail-oriented practice.’

‘Really careful attention to detail. Step by step process making even complex tasks easier to digest. We had sensitive topics to solve involving an individual and socio-political changes -they were very supportive all the way through the process both with us and more importantly with the individual who needed help.’

‘Very efficient and committed team led by Roger Gherson. Extremely clear on the legal process and timelines involved.’

‘Roger Gherson is extraordinarily committed to his clients. Always goes the extra mile. Exceptional strategic thinker.’

‘The team is easily approachable and can give the best advice when dealing with clients with great patience – especially Charles Burnett, who has dealt with our case.’

‘I was very satisfied and felt I was in good hands right from the beginning. Adam Hoefel has an exceptionally strong eye for detail that has been a benefit to my case. He also has a very calm demeanour that was a blessing for his clients. Adam’s strong sense of organisation helps a lot during this time.’

‘Adam Hoefel is an excellent qualified solicitor. He is so professional and knowledgeable and he is there for his clients 24/7 ! I was highly satisfied with his service, and would recommend him to other clients.’

Key clients

Curzon Square Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully advised Curzon Square Limited on its application for an Australian nanny visa for a member of staff.
  • Successfully submitted extensive representations to the Home Office arguing for priority treatment for a high-net-worth family on the basis of travel requirements.
  • Successfully advised a religious establishment on its visa requirements for its representatives.

Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights

The offering at Gherson LLP overlaps both the human rights and the extradition, mutual assistance and INTERPOL practices; Charles Burnett heads up the former, whilst the latter is under the leadership of ex-SFO lead investigative lawyer, Thomas Cattee, who joined the firm in February 2021.

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.

Senior and managing partner Roger Gherson
UK immigration/nationality/EU freedom of movement Roger Gherson
Civil liberties/human rights/asylum Roger Gherson
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Number of UK partners : 2
Number of other UK fee-earners : 30
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