Ms Anita de Atouguia > Doyle Clayton > London, London > Lawyer Profile

Doyle Clayton

Work Department

Business Immigration


Partner and Head of Business Immigration


Since qualifying in 2000,  Anita is an expert in business immigration and heads up Doyle Clayton’s service assisting both corporate and individual clients with Business Immigration matters.

She is highly experienced in all aspects of Business Immigration law and works exclusively in this area handling a wide range of clients such as multinational corporate entities, SME’s, startups, international law firms, and high net worth individuals.

Anita provides expert advice on immigration options and strategy. She advises employers on sponsorship issues and provides advice and bespoke training on subjects such as sponsoring skilled workers on Tier 2 & 5 visas, compliance with the UK Home Office’s Prevention of Illegal Working regime and using the online sponsorship management system. Anita also works with co-counsel to facilitate the global movement of staff including arranging Schengen visas.

She deals with high net worth and skilled individuals on Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 (Investor) visas, spousal applications, applications for settlement and British Citizenship. Anita has particular expertise assisting clients with immigration applications under the Turkish Association Agreement and applications for EEA nationals and their family members.

Complex business immigration issues provide a challenge that Anita particularly relishes, and she enjoys applying her expertise and creativity to find the most favourable solution for each individual case. Her often ingenious advice is the result of thinking outside the box – and occasionally outside the Immigration Rules – to put a persuasive case to the UK Home Office.

The Legal 500 (2010) includes the following client opinion of her work: ‘Anita de Atouguia “instills complete confidence”’.

Anita is recommended by the Legal 500 (2015) as being “very knowledgeable”.

Professional Career
Dual qualified: Admitted Advocate of High Court of South Africa, and qualified Solicitor of England and Wales
Year qualified: 2001 (South Africa); 2008 (England and Wales)
Year made partner in present firm: November 2015

Doyle Clayton Partner – November 2015 – Present
Doyle Clayton Business Immigration Solicitor, Associate, Senior Associate – October 2012 – November 2015
Lewis Silkin LLP Associate, Senior Associate – March 2007 – May 2012
CMS Cameron McKenna Global Business Immigration Paralegal – April 2006 – March 2007


English, Afrikaans, Portuguese (basic)


Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA); British South African Lawyers Association (BSALA)


Main secondary school attended: Wordsworth High School, South Africa
Universities and colleges attended: University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
(Degrees and qualifications): Bachelor of Arts (BA); Bachelor of Laws (LLB); Master of Laws (LLM)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Human resources > Immigration

Doyle Clayton‘s business immigration department is regularly instructed by multinationals, SMEs and high-net-worth individuals on a range of immigration issues. The team, which is led by Anita de Atouguia, is adept at handling global mobility projects for businesses and the team is experienced in handling sponsor licence applications, Tier 2 applications and Tier 5 applications. It is also experienced in advising on Tier 4 sponsor licenses. The firm also advises on non-points based applications, such as applications for ILR, British citizenship and EEA matters. The firm acts for a range of clients across the education, legal, recruitment, manufacturing, advertising, technology, media and pharmaceutical sectors.