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Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law
81 Rivington Street

Work Department

UK immigration team


Managing Partner


Vanessa Ganguin is the founder and Managing Partner at the highly-regarded specialist practice Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law and a leading light in UK immigration.

Vanessa is one of the most highly regarded experts in immigration law, with more than 28 years’ specialist experience in UK immigration. She is listed in Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal as a leading individual in her field.

According to Who’s Who Legal, “Vanessa has a wealth of connections at the Home Office and frequently liaises with them in relation to the development of immigration policy… A particular flair for appeals at all levels and challenging refusals.”

Chambers & Partners Legal Guide says: “Vanessa Ganguin is especially knowledgeable in the handling of immigration matters for entertainment industry clients. Her work includes securing Tier 5 Creative visas, as well as providing sponsor licence compliance advice to industry professionals.”

Vanessa advises on all aspects of corporate and personal immigration and acts for her clients across the full range of immigration matters, including sponsor licence applications and compliance for organisations, transfers and takeovers, work visa options, global talent, family, human rights and nationality matters. She particularly excels in handling complex cases and challenging negative decisions.

Vanessa regularly trains and speaks on immigration matters and her writings on topical immigration issues are frequently published. She is an active member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) and served as a trustee for four years between 2016 and 2019.

Her clients span the worlds of finance, fintech, luxury brands, media, entertainment industries, manufacturing, engineering, medicine, sport, tech start-ups, high-profile celebrities, high net-worth and private clients. Vanessa also often advises entrepreneurs seeking to conduct business in the UK.

Many of her referrals come from other legal practices – including other immigration firms on difficult matters – reflecting how highly-regarded she is as a safe pair of hands to deal with all matters immigration.

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.

Attracted to the compassionate side of the legal profession Vanessa began her legal career fighting challenging asylum and human rights cases at all levels before developing her expertise in business immigration at a leading immigration firm.

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 tricky immigration issues.

In 2015 she co-founded immigration specialists Ganguin Samartin – ranked among the top firms in the Legal 500, before going on to found Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law.

Continuing the niche, high-level specialist immigration advice that made Ganguin Samartin a growing success for the past five years, the firm specialises in UK immigration. Her very hands-on, responsive, friendly ethos continues, along with exceptional service that goes that extra mile.

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.




Immigration Law Practitioners Association


Lancaster University 1992 LLB Hons; College of Law Chester 1993 Law Society Finals

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Vanessa GanguinVanessa 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.