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Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law
81 Rivington Street

Employment > Immigration Tier 4

Boutique immigration firm Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law fields a strong team of ‘incredibly knowledgeable‘ lawyers, well-equipped to handle work ranging from sponsor licence applications and processing issues to global talent visa procurement and support on takeovers, mergers, and downsizings. Founder and managing partner Vanessa Ganguin advises on all aspects of corporate and personal immigration, with particular strength in advising clients in the finance, fintech, engineering, media and entertainment, and sport sectors. Senior counsel Philip Trott brings a wealth of experience acting for clients including entrepreneurs, start-ups, and charities, and on matters extending to complex appeals and national security cases.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Ganguin

Other key lawyers:

Philip Trott; Ross Kennedy


‘It’s clear that their lawyers have huge amounts of experience in their practice area. They are incredibly knowledgeable and offer practical solutions to our clients’ problems.’

‘Vanessa Ganguin is proactive and responsive, we’re absolutely confident in her ability to deliver and her up to date expertise.’

‘Vanessa Ganguin is brilliant to work with and is an expert in this field. She has excellent attention to detail, is thorough and clear in her advice to us, explaining what we need to do in simple terms which has ensured the success of our employee visa sponsorships and sponsor licence applications. She has delivered her service with a personal touch, and is willing to go the extra mile in offering her guidance.’

‘Vanessa Ganguin and her team have assisted on a number of immigration matters. Their advice has been technically astute, timely and always to a high standard. We have no hesitation in recommending Vanessa and her team to our clients.’

‘Vanessa Ganguin is a leader in her field and always impresses us and our clients time and time again.’

‘Vanessa Ganguin is responsive and we have received only positive feedback.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted a global, cross-industry company that provides advisory and engineering services to clients all over the world with a challenging sponsor licence application prompted by a historical change of ownership.
  • Set the UK branch of a multinational industrial and energy company up with a Skilled Worker and Intra-Company Transfer sponsor licence and assisted with subsequent immigration matters, in the context of the commencement of a major construction project in the UK.
  • Assisted a US film production team requiring permission to enter the UK for a very high-profile shoot at very short notice for a major studio and a very popular family franchise.

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 major legal publications, including Who’s Who Legal, The Legal 500, Best Lawyers and Chambers & Partners.

Vanessa Ganguin has 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.

With 28 years of experience she 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.

Vanessa is an active member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) and served as a trustee for four years between 2016 and 2019.

Vanessa Ganguin, Philip Trott and Ross Kennedy all train and speak on immigration matters. They appear in the media and writing on topical immigration issues is frequently published.

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 Immigration Law was recently shortlisted for Magic Circle Immigration Law Firm of the Year 2020.

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.

The firm specialises in advising organisations on 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.

Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law frequently receives referrals from other law firms (including immigration practices), often where applications have been refused or otherwise have become challenging.

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.

The firm’s corporate clients range from multinationals to SMEs and start-ups. The firm works with clients from the worlds of finance, fintech, media, entertainment industries, tech start-ups, high profile celebrities, high net worth and private clients, luxury brands, manufacturing and sports. Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law also advises investors and entrepreneurs seeking to invest and conduct business in the UK.

Referrals often come from other legal practices and professional services firms, 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.

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 are met.

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.

Investors and entrepreneurs: entrepreneurs, investors, start-ups, established businesses and individuals 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 enjoyed 28 years 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 European free movement law and 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.

UK corporate immigration Vanessa Ganguinvanessa@vanessaganguin.com020 7033 9527
UK personal immigration (including human rights and appeals) Vanessa Ganguinvanessa@vanessaganguin.com020 7033 9527
Vanessa Ganguin photoMs Vanessa GanguinManaging Partner
Philip Trott photoMr Philip TrottSenior Counsel
Number of UK partners : 1
Associates, managers and counsels : 4
Paralegals : 2
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 & Commerce
French Chamber of Great Britain