Firm Profile > Gherson > London, England

Nightingale House
65 Curzon Street

Civil liberties and human rights Tier 4

Gherson has experience undertaking human rights, immigration and asylum matters with a domestic and international focus. Roger Gherson has expertise in complex human rights and extradition cases. Other team members include Charles Burnett, who is recommended for his strength in public and private actions against the state.

Practice head(s):

Roger Gherson

Other key lawyers:

Crime: general Tier 4

Gherson has a niche focus on extradition cases, and counts SFO matters, freezing orders and INTERPOL cases as cornerstone areas of expertise. The firm has been acting on the high-profile case concerning the UK's first-ever unexplained wealth order, which was issued against the wife of a banker jailed in Azerbaijan. Immigration law expert Roger Gherson and associate Thomas Garner lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Roger Gherson; Thomas Garner


Gherson is a specialist immigration, nationality, extradition and human rights offering which stands out for its ability to advise on complex asylum and human rights cases. The team is well-versed in domestic and international extradition proceedings, asylum claims, human rights-based applications, appeals and it is particularly adept at handling politically sensitive cases. On the business side, the team is instructed by entrepreneurs, private clients and multinational corporations. Firm founder Roger Gherson has a 'fantastic reputation'.

Practice head(s):

Roger Gherson

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Garner; Joe Levtov; Alina Fosh; Isobel Neilson


The team is thorough and provides information in an accessible manner.

The team is friendly and excellent at communicating to clients.

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.

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
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Ms Roger Gherson photo Ms Roger Gherson Roger 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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