Mr Philip Trott > Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law
81 Rivington Street

Work Department

UK Immigration


Senior Counsel


With a glittering legal career spanning over 45 years experience, “Philip Trott is a legendary figure in immigration law” according to The Spear’s 500 Top Recommended Immigration Lawyers.

Philip has joined Vanessa Ganguin as a Senior Counsel, working across the spectrum of business and personal immigration in which he has made a name for himself, representing the good, the bad and the very tricky cases too.

Philip has been described by Chambers and Partners as the “go to guy for any horrendously complex cases.” “You cannot get better,” according to Chambers High Net Worth 2021, “he is the godfather of immigration law.”

Philip is ranked a Thought Leader in Corporate Immigration according to Who’s Who Legal. And, unsurprisingly, with his roll call of clients, Philip also makes an appearance in the actual Who’s Who guide.

He is a winner of a Leaders in Law Global Award 2020 in the category of Immigration Law Expert of the Year in England.

Philip often provides expert comment on immigration issues on news and current affair shows on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, and he also makes appearances as an immigration expert on the LBC radio.

Philip has contributed to several Lexis Nexis publications on the ever-changing immigration routes for creatives and sports as he is renowned for sports, arts, culture and media-related clients. He has also made a name for himself with tricky discretionary immigration applications outside the rules, as well as cases involving national security issues.

Philip’s commercial clients range from big household brands to the health, charity and faith sectors, as well as investors and start-ups. He has represented the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) on the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) employer taskforce.

Philip has co-authored McDonald’s Immigration Law and Practice (7th ed), co-authored Immigration Law and Practice (Jackson, 3rd ed), as well as sitting on the editorial boards of Lexis Nexis PSL and American Immigration Lawyers Association Global Migration Publications Committee. He has also provided expert witness opinions for legal proceedings.


Fluent French


ILPA; American Immigration Lawyers Association; Employment Lawyers Association; Law Society.


Dauntsey’s; Portsmouth Grammar School; University College, London (1976 LLB).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Immigration

(Hall of Fame)

Philip TrottVanessa Ganguin Immigration Law

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.