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Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP

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Niche immigration practice Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP fields a strong team of lawyers to provide full-spectrum support on the range of immigration matters. The team is led jointly by Alison Hunter, Barry O’Leary and Diana Baxter. Hunter is especially experienced in the EU Settlement Scheme and cases relating to EEA free movement following Brexit, as well as international adoption, spouse and partnership issues, and securing Global Talent visas. O’Leary is also adept at handling cases with connections to family law, including international surrogacy cases, and has particular expertise in asylum and human rights claims based on sexual identity, anchoring the firm’s strong offering to LGBT+ clients. Baxter is a primary contact for complex nationality cases. Senior solicitor Katie Dilger is another key contact, with a strong and developing practice in complex family cases, especially focused on claims based on the Article 8 right to family life.

Practice head(s):

Alison Hunter; Barry O’Leary; Diana Baxter

Other key lawyers:


‘They know their stuff like no-one else. At Wesley Gryk, clients are guaranteed to have a service which is second to none. They are at the top of their game in relation to tactics, case preparation, and expertise in the areas of immigration law they practice in. Briefs are always prepared to an exceptionally high standard.’

‘Besides the outstanding technical competence, the relationship with clients is very humane, which provides much needed reassurance and comfort during stressful moments.’

‘The team were very helpful assisting us with our visa application which was not straightforward due to political/civil unrest. They clearly explained the options available to us and provided us with all the necessary information for us to be able to put in the best application for our visa.’

‘Absolutely brilliant collegiate team with the best of the best for immigration and human rights cases. Very reasonably priced, heavy partner involvement and true expertise in lots of niche areas of immigration law such as LGBT+ issues, surrogacy and intercountry adoption issues.’

‘Barry O’Leary – utterly brilliant for surrogacy related and nationality law issues. Alison Hunter – the best immigration lawyer for adoption-related immigration issues, would always recommend her first. Diana Baxter – excellent immigration lawyer, has provided an extensive amount of legal opinion for family cases I have been involved in – clear and pragmatic advice, now increasingly instructed also by others in family law cases.’

‘Barry O’Leary and Diana Baxter are phenomenal with immigration/nationality applications following international surrogacy arrangements. They really have their finger on the pulse and are on top of any changes, even if minor, of any changes to the rules. They are far ahead of the competition for surrogacy. Alison Hunter is very knowledgeable and highly regarded for her work in intercountry adoption cases.’

‘Diana Baxter. She is very, very clever. She really knows her stuff and will have prepared everything on the papers, anticipating all the tricky legal points and preparing and strategizing to win. She really stands out as a star performer.’

‘Katie Dilger was friendly, helpful, but most importantly clear and concise. I couldn’t fault her.’

Work highlights

  • Assisting a woman from Pakistan with a successful application for asylum as she is at risk of honour based killing by her family after fleeing a forced marriage.
  • Assisting a British couple to obtain a visa for their adopted child in Afghanistan, including a request for emergency consideration so the mother and child could be safely evacuated following the fall of Kabul.
  • Assisting a client with a historical deportation order to apply successfully for the deportation order to be revoked so he could be granted a settlement visa to join his same-sex British partner.

Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP is a niche immigration practice dealing with all aspects of UK immigration, asylum and nationality law.  We have been providing specialist immigration advice for more than 26 years and, in 2020, we bid an emotional farewell to our founder and senior partner, Wesley Gryk, who has now retired.

The firm holds a high reputation for its work with individuals facing personal immigration problems, with a particular emphasis on cases involving human rights, civil liberties and European free movement issues.  Though we are mainly known for our work in the human rights and personal immigration field, we believe it is important to be able to assist clients across the spectrum of immigration law and we undertake a significant amount of work that would be considered “business immigration law” or in the “executive” categories.

As a specialist practice, our work covers the full spectrum of immigration law: we assist with asylum, human rights and deportation cases; a wide variety of other personal immigration and nationality work, in particular for EEA nationals, for LGBTQ individuals and their partners, in respect of immigration issues arising in international surrogacy and adoption cases, for children in care, for highly skilled / talented workers and students wanting to work in / move to the UK; and we advise businesses and other organisations, and their employees, on immigration issues and compliance.

Types of work undertaken: Immigration, Nationality Law, EU Law, Asylum.

Partner Diana Baxterdiana@gryklaw.com02074016887
Partner Barry O'Learybarry@gryklaw.com02074016887
Partner Alison Hunteralison@gryklaw.com02074016887
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Number of UK partners : 3
Number of other UK fee-earners : 11