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Bonheur Legal


Boutique immigration offering Bonheur Legal is instructed by corporate, professional services and high-net-worth clients on a range of immigration issues. It is engaged by clients across the UK, Europe and Asia on inbound UK and European immigration work, and the team offers specialist advice on inbound and outbound African immigration issues. The team advises on global migration planning, employee transfers and company relocations, and also acts for investors and entrepreneurs.

Key clients


Club Med


Dimension Data

Deutsche Börse Group

Volvo Financial Services

World Federation of Exchanges (WFE)

Tetra Pak

Bonheur Legal is a specialist immigration firm. A best kept secret when it comes to corporate immigration, the firm aims to establish itself as the undisputed market leader in this field.

The firm: Founded in 2009, Bonheur Legal’s quick accession to become a trusted immigration provider to many top businesses is testament to its philosophy of putting clients at the centre of its advice. Described as ‘the most professional services firm on the market’ by clients, Bonheur Legal is dedicated to providing exceptional client service and has since its inception been truly solution driven.

The firm has established a strong presence in the UK, the US and Africa and currently works with over 120 counsel in the world. Bonheur’s accession in Africa has also been recognised through the firm’s sister company Visafrika, a firm specialised in providing immigration services for multi-nationals in Africa.

Founded by Thierry Hervet after starting his career at one of the large US law firms, he remains very hands-on within Bonheur and uses his knowledge and international experience to help the business’ corporate clients structure their global assignments.

Types of work undertaken: The firm provides advice and assistance on all aspects of immigration worldwide, with significant experience of advising on UK Tier 1 and Tier 2 immigration issues including: compliance under the UK points-based system; sponsored skilled workers; educational institutions; transfers within the European Union; sole representatives; and global migration planning.

Sectors: clients come from a wide range of sectors including the energy sector (where we represent one of the world’s largest energy companies), the financial services industry (acting as the sole immigration provider to one of the most prominent stock exchanges), the IT and technology sector, the leisure industry, education providers and manufacturing sectors. Bonheur’s experience and understanding of the different sectors that they work with means that they can advise their clients in line with the pertinent immigration rules but also taking into consideration their specific requirements and needs. They work closely with their clients, sometimes at their offices, so that they really understand how they can best assist them and make their immigration matters run as smoothly as possible.

Bonheur Legal and technology: Bonheur Legal views technology as a very important tool within the legal industry. In this respect we have launched the first App committed to Immigration Compliance (Kiesla? which is now available on App store). This follows the change in the immigration rules which now imposes on all landlords the requirement to complete an immigration check on their tenants. Kiesla? is the result of a year’s research and working closely with a technology firm. Bonheur is also currently developing an HR immigration monitoring software, which is due to be launched later this year. Bonheur is also currently developing an HR immigration monitoring software, which is due to be launched later this year.

Tailored service and compliance: as a boutique immigration consultancy firm, Bonheur Legal prides itself on delivering tailored advice to clients, whom it partners through the immigration process to ensure it adapts its service along the way to suit their changing requirements.

Clients include HR professionals worldwide requiring advice on employee transfers, relocation companies, sportsmen and artists, high-net-worth individuals looking to relocate onshore and offshore, and investors and entrepreneurs looking to explore onshore and offshore opportunities.

Private client department: The firm also has a private client department headed by Charlotte Hervet, one of the senior partners of the firm, who has considerable experience in assisting clients on matters such as investor visas, entrepreneur visas or independent residency routes. She is well-regarded by clients and peers alike, and her approach has been described as ‘truly professional’, with ‘honest and highly trusted’ advice.

Bonheur and Visafrika: Bonheur Legal continues it’s global expansion and has strengthened its presence in Africa through its sister firm Visafrika. As the ‘Level 1’ user for a number of companies with sponsorship licences in the UK, Bonheur has followed some of its clients into new jurisdictions including the more challenging ones. The firm is looking to continue its growth in the UK and will also continue to develop its HR immigration monitoring software, which aims to help HR professionals remain compliant at all times and facilitates any audit exercises.

Other offices: New York, Hong Kong

Number of UK partners : 2