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Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP

Employment > Immigration Tier 1

Advising clients across immigration, asylum and nationality matters, Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP is particularly noted for its capabilities in cases that involve LGBTQI+ migrants and asylum seekers, victims of domestic abuse, and international surrogacy arrangements. Co-head of the practice Barry O’Leary has strengths in all of these specialist areas, being noted as ‘the standout immigration and nationality lawyer when it comes to surrogacy arrangements’, in addition to experience in handling applications on the basis of partnership and families. Alison Hunter is another co-lead and has expertise in EU free movement and the EU Settlement Scheme, in addition to a niche practice relating to intercountry adoption matters. Co-lead Diana Baxter covers the full range of the complex nationality work for which the wider firm is known, and also covers family-related matters engaging human rights, where she is ‘on top of the case law and knows how to use it to ensure success for her clients‘. They are joined by the newly promoted Katie Dilger who made partner in 2023, bringing her specialism in family-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Alison Hunter; Barry O’Leary; Diana Baxter

Other key lawyers:


‘Absolutely fantastic team, very experienced and knowledgeable, clear and timely communication, provided consistent and structured guidance taking into account and understanding my particular circumstances. This team that values diversity and is very respectful of each other and the clients.’

Diana Baxter is honest, responsive, and always able to engage with their clients. We feel supported by her. She thoroughly explains the different aspects of your case and keeps you informed. She always seeks to achieve a positive outcome for you.’

We find they are a trustworthy, knowledgeable, professional firm that understands the nuances of British nationality laws and can advise and provide workable solutions for you, their clients. We have no hesitation in recommending them.’

Wesley Gryk are one of the best in the field for privately paying asylum and immigration. They are meticulously well-prepared and on top of their game in terms of client management and case strategy.

I have worked recently with Diana Baxter, and she is brilliant. She is extremely clever and on top of the case law and knows how to use it to ensure success for her clients.’

An all round excellent firm for immigration work, particularly cases with an LGBT element. They are very well known for applications arising from surrogacy arrangements overseas.’

Barry O’Leary is the standout immigration and nationality lawyer when it comes to surrogacy arrangements. He gives pragmatic advice and can think creatively in the most difficult of cases to find solutions for his clients.

Work highlights

  • Advised on complex citizenship applications based on historical legislative unfairness following changes to the British Nationality Act 1981, amended by the Borders and Nationality Act 2022.
  • Completed a successful judicial review against the refusal to reconsider refused entry to a victim of transnational marriage abandonment who remained separated from her young British child.
  • Completed a successful deportation appeal for client who had resided in the UK since childhood and who retained protection from deportation under EU law post-Brexit.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Partner Diana Baxter diana@gryklaw.com 02074016887
Partner Barry O'Leary barry@gryklaw.com 02074016887
Partner Alison Hunter alison@gryklaw.com 02074016887
Photo Name Position Profile
Diana Baxter photo Diana Baxter Partner
Katie Dilger photo Katie Dilger Katie is a Partner at Wesley Gryk.  Her practice covers a full…
Alison Hunter photo Alison Hunter Alison is a partner at Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP. Her practice covers…
Andrew Jones photo Andrew Jones Andrew is a solicitor at Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP who joined the…
Barry O'Leary photo Barry O'Leary Barry O’Leary is one of the UK’s leading immigration practitioners and has…
Barry O'Leary photo Barry O'Leary Barry O’Leary is one of the UK’s leading immigration practitioners and has…
Number of UK partners : 4
Number of other UK fee-earners : 11