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Carter Thomas Solicitors

Immigration Tier 2

Immigration boutique Carter Thomas Solicitors, which operates from offices in London and Sheffield, has continued to expand in recent months, with a series of new hires boosting the firm's capacity, particularly with regards to technology. The firm, which is led by Nichola Carter - 'one of the UK's leading business immigration lawyers' - has a strong focus on the education sector, and also works with a range of small to medium sized business clients. Other key members of the team include senior associate Nick Gore, who 'has a lovely demeanour, is easy to work with, and provides reassurance every step of the way.'

Practice head(s):

Nichola Carter

Other key lawyers:

Nick Gore; Ruth Jowett


‘Nichola Carter’s knowledge, integrity and customised approach are outstanding. She provides high quality services and value for money.’

‘Ruth Jowett provided clear, prompt and cost-effective advice.’

‘Nichola Carter is amazing… extremely clear in her views and extremely responsive.’

‘Nick Gore deserves a standing ovation for all of his help with our organization. He has a lovely demeanour, is easy to work with, and provides reassurance every step of the way. I fully recommend Nick and the team at Carter Thomas for their legal services.’

‘Nick Gore prepared my husband’s ILR application and we could not rate him more highly.  He was simply exceptional. He clearly had watertight knowledge of the process and requirements; was extremely thorough with supporting documentation; and gave prompt, helpful responses to our many questions. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.’

‘Ruth Jowett offered an excellent service. I have been really happy cooperating with Ruth and I feel lucky to have found her. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for an immigration lawyer.’

‘Nichola Carter is easily one of the UK’s leading business immigration lawyers. Her reputation when dealing with educational institutions is well deserved, but I would not have any hesitation in referring clients in any sector to her.’

‘Ruth Jowett handled our case and we have also been assisted by Nichola Carter. Their depth of knowledge, quick response, professionalism and efficiency were excellent throughout. Always went above and beyond the scope of work and hand to help and assist us.’

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 7959 2653
Photo Name Position Profile
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Number of UK partners : 2