Carter Thomas Solicitors > Sheffield, England > Firm Profile

Carter Thomas Solicitors
Electric Works
Digital Campus, 3 Concourse Way
S1 2BJ

Employment > Immigration Tier 2

Carter Thomas Solicitors is noted for both its sector strength in education, working across businesses, independent schools, and universities, and its offering in relation to sponsor licences, utilising a sponsor licence platform to consistently ‘provide up-to-date information for clients‘. Operating out of Sheffield, the firm also possesses capabilities to advise private clients, assisting a mix of tech, fashion, and creative entrepreneurs. Nichola Carter heads the practice, and is both ‘one of the foremost experts on sponsor licensing law’, and highly experienced in handling immigration mandates for education clients. The team has been bolstered with the promotion of Nick Gore to partner in April 2023, bringing his expertise in working on behalf of fashion designers and musicians. Associate Irfan Ali leads on business immigration services, including the sponsor licence platform.

Practice head(s):

Nichola Carter

Other key lawyers:


Nichola Carter is exceptional! Always provides amazing response time, and clear and lucid advice. Nick Gore gives excellent responses and lucid, practical advice and is well versed in all relevant, rules, regulations and practices.

First class sector knowledge. Always available and responsive.

Nichola Carter’s advice is always pitch perfect. Constant communication and always available when needed.’

An exceptional team to work with. Very skilled, very polite.’

Nick Gore is extremely skilled and knowledgeable. His assistance was excellent and exceptional.’

As a team, Carter Thomas make great efforts to provide up-to-date information for clients in the form of regular legal updates via email and also webinars where individuals go through topics of relevance. The guidance received is always comprehensive and practical, including an element of hand-holding when it comes to submitting visa applications for both the employer and the employee. They help to make the complex manageable.’

Nichola Carter is rightly regarded as one of the foremost experts on sponsor licensing law and the go-to lawyer when sponsors have problems.’

I work primarily with Nick Gore, now a partner at Carter Thomas. He has always been the epitome of calm reassurance, offering practical advice and guidance on a variety of situations facing our company in the ever-increasingly complex post-Brexit world. I never hesitate to seek advice, and the responses I receive are always helpful.

Work highlights

Carter Thomas Solicitors is highly regarded for its work with businesses that need or have a sponsor licence to sponsor overseas workers. It advises clients from a range of sectors including tech, health, energy, banking, venture capital, media, fashion and education.

The team has significant experience in dealing with complex situations and regularly secures sponsor licences for clients that have been advised by other firms that the chances of success are slim. It also acts for sponsors faced with suspension or revocation action by UKVI and has a strong success record.

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. The firm’s compliance review service is regarded by many universities and private schools 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.

The team also advises private clients including high net worth individuals and those with highly complex cases. Because of its practical approach to solving issues, the firm has an extremely high success record in Global Talent applications and has ensured that a high number of clients have been able to establish successful careers and businesses in the UK.

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


Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Nichola Carter 0330 460 9892
Photo Name Position Profile
Irfan  Ali photo Mr Irfan Ali Partner
Nichola Carter photo Ms Nichola Carter Senior Partner
Nick Gore photo Mr Nick Gore Partner
Number of UK partners : 3