Firm Profile > Carter Thomas Solicitors > London, England

Carter Thomas Solicitors


Boutique immigration firm Carter Thomas Solicitors is particularly well-known for its work concerning sponsor licences for education providers and businesses, and has extensive experience in matters where UKVI has taken enforcement action. The team also provides a Tier 4 mock audit service and advises on complex sponsor licence applications. Practice head Nichola Carter - an 'outstanding and longstanding immigration expert' - is recognised for her work for EEA nationals and high-net-worth clients. Associate Nick Gore is experienced in applications under the Global Talent route and in helping clients to protect their sponsor licence following suspension action; associate Jessica Walker advises corporate clients with a focus on prevention of illegal working legislation.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


‘Substantial expertise; first class engagement with the sector and external bodies and provision of well thought out, clearly explained and objective assessment of relevant law changes. Extremely helpful and pragmatic; always a valuable interaction. ‘

‘Nichola Carter is an outstanding and longstanding expert on immigration law. She’s particularly known for business immigration and especially sponsor licence cases, which is an esoteric, rapidly changing and demanding niche specialisation. She is very well regarded by her clients, gives practical and effective advice and has excellent relationships with the Home Office, which can make the difference between success and failure in really difficult cases. We work very well as a team and I always feel confident that she’s on top of the case when we work together.’

‘Nichola Carter is a pleasure to work with. Her knowledge in her field is outstanding and her contribution to the Higher Education Sector is significant and highly valued across sector networks.’

‘Nichola Carter is extremely knowledgeable about immigration rules and regs particularly. Her understanding and application of the rules in relation to the education sector and compliance are top-notch. Nichola provides advise in a well informed and considered manner grounded but not overly complicated. She is also very generous with her time. ‘

‘Nichola Carter is incredibly knowledgeable and very thorough. I have never had any hesitation in recommending her to individuals and corporate clients when I am unable to assist.’

‘Very helpful and approachable. Always able to give good advice and to arrive at a more than satisfactory conclusion.’

‘Jessica Walker is very efficient, thorough and knowledgeable. Whilst standing in for Jessica, Nick Gore has been very supportive and efficient. Both Jessica and Nick have been great in assisting me with my Tier 2 General Visa processes.’

The firm: Carter Thomas Solicitors is highly regarded for its work with sponsor licence holders faced with suspension or revocation action by UKVI. Benefiting from many years spent establishing a positive relationship with UKVI’s senior team in Sheffield, the firm regularly achieves strong results at an early stage in the process via sensible negotiation.

In relation to its work within the education sector, the firm’s experts have worked with a number of key organisations including UKCISA, Universities UK, London Higher, Independent Schools Council, Independent HE and English UK. Carter Thomas’s HEP on-site compliance review is regarded by many universities as the UK’s leading mock audit service and prepares them not only for UKVI audits but also for longer term growth in international student numbers. A high number of independent schools have also turned to the firm for assistance with its Tier 4 sponsor licence matters and also processes relating to workers and those on visit and other short-term visas.

Because of its practical approach to solving issues, the firm also has a 100% success record in Tier 1 Exceptional Talent and Investor r applications and has ensured that a high number of clients have been able to establish successful businesses in the UK. The firm is also one of a very small number to have had success under the new Innovator route.

The firm’s sole focus is on immigration law and it is therefore regularly instructed by a high number of law firms that do not offer immigration services.

Types of work undertaken: The firm advises education providers, businesses and individual clients on UK immigration matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Director and Principal Solicitor Nichola Carter 020 7484 5018
Photo Name Position Profile
 Nichola Carter  photo Nichola Carter Nichola Carter is one of the founders of specialist immigration law firm…
Number of UK partners : 2