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Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law
81 Rivington Street

Employment > Immigration Tier 3

The immigration boutique Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law covers the full scope of immigration work, acting for a range of clients across a range of sectors including media, sport, financial services, and tech. The practice is led by the ‘impressiveVanessa Ganguin, whose substantial expertise straddles the full range of business and personal immigration matters across a number of industries. Senior counsel Philip Trott is also noted for his significant experience, which he employs for complex work arising in relation to discretionary applications and national security issues. Senior associates Ben Maitland and Anushka Sinha bolstered the team with their arrivals in October 2022 and January 2023 respectively, and are key contacts within the department, as is ‘solutions-focused’ senior client manager Ross Kennedy.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Ganguin


Vanessa and her team are a very approachable, pragmatic and responsive immigration team. They are incredibly personable and knowledgeable.’

Vanessa Ganguin knows her subject inside out and is very happy to comment on unusual employment scenarios. She is very responsive and keen to provide pragmatic advice. Ross Kennedy is to be commended too for his knowledge and solution-focused approach.’

Vanessa Ganguin is highly experienced and an impressive individual.’

Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law is composed of a team of very experienced directors, employees and advisors, all of whom are highly knowledgeable in the multitude of complex rules that make up the immigration laws that are now in force. Each is very capable, but they also work well as a group, and there is always a deputy shadow following them up for continuity.’

Ross Kennedy, senior client manager, is the individual we always contact when we need support. We know he will guide us through the complexities that now govern the UK immigration rules. His manner is friendly and confident, and so importantly is his ability to turn complex technical jargon into terms we understand.’

Excellent communication and customer service skills, both to the business and individual employees. Flexible around meetings, even with short notice. Advice is clear, and uncomplicated. Quick turnaround following a request. We have not had an issue to date with any of the applications that we have submitted.’

Expert knowledge and fast responses. Commercial, practical and approachable.’

Vanessa Ganguin is a thought leader: she provides expert and professional advice in a way that clients understand.

Work highlights

Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law is a leading boutique immigration practice advising on all UK immigration and nationality matters with a personal, partner-led approach. The firm is renowned for a hands-on, responsive, friendly ethos, along with exceptional know-how and service that goes that extra mile.

The firm: Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law is a highly regarded firm that provides the full range of UK immigration and nationality advice services to business and private clients in the UK and all over the world.

The partner-led approach ensures that every client, large or small, receives the highest quality legal advice available, and the firm is particularly known for its accessibility, responsiveness, efficiency and friendly manner.

Vanessa and her colleagues are recognised as leaders in their field by all the major legal publications, including Who’s Who Legal, The Legal 500, Best Lawyers, The Times Best Law Firms  and Chambers & Partners.

The firm specialises in advising organisations on navigating the UK’s ever-changing business immigration routes, including sponsor licence applications, continuous compliance and sponsored work visas, as well as working with corporate and private clients on unsponsored work visas – such as the Global Talent route. It is highly regarded for thorough, responsive, high-quality service.

As a niche practice, the firm is highly client-focused and results-driven. Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law’s diverse range of clients include household brands, celebrities, and high-net-worth individuals, all of whom have access to the highest quality expertise borne of decades of experience.

Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law frequently receives referrals from other professional services and law firms (including immigration practices), often where applications have been refused or otherwise have become challenging, reflecting the responsiveness, meticulousness, level of expertise and creative problem-solving acumen at the firm. The firm is highly regarded as a safe pair of hands to deal with all matters immigration, with a friendly, hand-holding approach for all clients.

The firm is many US firms’ first choice of referral for their US corporate clients who are looking to establish a presence in the UK.

Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law has seen a growth in its work with companies setting up a presence in the UK and also tech, health, engineering and fintech firms in the UK seeking to attract and hire overseas talent. It has also seen considerable growth in its Global Talent visa practice and securing visas within the entertainment, arts and creative sectors. Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law also advises many founders, entrepreneurs and companies seeking to expand into and conduct business in the UK.

With 30 years of experience Vanessa Ganguin is renowned for her meticulousness and a phenomenal success rate at overcoming adverse decisions and tricky situations. She has an extensive network of contacts with key Home Office operational and policy personnel and has actively participated in developing UK immigration policy.

The firm advises chambers of commerce and business and trade associations as well as their members on moving offices and staff to the UK. Vanessa Ganguin, Anushka Sinha, Ben Maitland, Philip Trott and Ross Kennedy all train and speak on immigration matters. They appear in the media and their writing on topical immigration issues is frequently published. They all have a wealth of experience of all aspects of personal immigration, including tricky and challenging cases and are able to offer solutions from every aspect of immigration law..

As well as a range of Home Office and consular connections that it can consult, the firm has an extensive network of legal experts in other areas and jurisdictions and other professional services to work with to ensure that its clients’ wider needs establishing themselves in the UK are met.

Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law is part of the global Partners Immigration network of specialist immigration practitioners offering access to some of the top immigration and global mobility services in a wide range of jurisdictions around the world. The firm is also a member of the Association of European Attorneys.

Types of work undertaken
Business and employers:
 as a niche practice Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law understands the needs and challenges of different commercial enterprises. From individual investors and entrepreneurs to multinational corporations, its vast experience has seen the firm advise on every aspect of the sponsor licence system. It is well versed in all aspects of immigration relating to employees, directors, partners, consultants/contractors and sole representatives. The firm provides the highest level of bespoke advice.

Individuals and families: Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law guides individuals through all types of applications including visitor, student, worker and discretionary outside the immigration rules, and also those involving human rights issues, citizenship, indefinite leave to remain, dependants and other family members. The firm has an impressive track record of creative solutions both within the immigration rules and on a discretionary basis outside the rules.

Global Talent, founders and entrepreneurs: the firm specialises in the Global Talent visas for the arts and sciences. Senior Associate Anushka Sinha frequently teaches courses on the coveted route as well as other tech routes to industry peers and the tech and creative sectors.

Founders, entrepreneurs, investors, start-ups, established businesses and individuals also seek out the firm’s expertise when considering their short- and long-term needs. By dovetailing its service with professionals such as clients’ accountants, tax advisers and property consultants, Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law ensures all needs are met. Its service provides strategic advice from the outset, and always factors in the ever-changing legislation, as well as help in switching to other categories, negotiating the rules on dependants, indefinite leave to remain and citizenship.

Appeals and judicial review: Vanessa Ganguin has decades of experience winning statutory appeals in the tribunals and higher courts, not to mention successful administrative and judicial reviews. The firm works with only the very best barristers in the field and its expertise extends to appeals involving all types of human rights issues. It is consistently successful when challenging decisions by way of appeal (where rights are available), administrative review and judicial review.

Having led hundreds of human rights and asylum appeals in her early career in immigration and established a human rights and appeals team in another top London practice, Vanessa’s distinctive USP is her ability to advise on the thornier immigration issues.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Vanessa Ganguin 020 7033 9527
Senior Counsel Philip Trott 020 7033 9527
Senior Associate Ben Maitland 020 7033 9527
Senior Associate Anushka Sinha 020 7033 9527
Senior Client Manager Ross Kennedy 020 7033 9527
Associate Solicitor Eralda Shullazi 020 7033 9527
Photo Name Position Profile
Vanessa Ganguin photo Vanessa Ganguin Managing Partner
Ross Kennedy photo Ross Kennedy Senior Client Manager
Ben Maitland photo Ben Maitland Senior Associate
Eralda Shullazi photo Eralda Shullazi Associate Solicitor
Anushka  Sinha photo Anushka Sinha Senior Associate
Philip Trott photo Philip Trott Senior Counsel
Number of UK partners : 1
Associates, managers and counsels : 5
Paralegals : 3
ILPA (Immigration Lawyers Practice Association)
AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) - Philip Trott
BritishAmerican Business
Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce
German-British Chamber of Industry and Commerce
French Chamber of Great Britain
Association of European Advocates
Partners Immigration