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Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP
140 LOWER MARSH
LONDON
SE1 7AE
England
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Work Department

Immigration

Position

Wesley Gryk is senior partner at the firm, having founded the firm 20 years ago. He is experienced in all areas of British immigration law, including cases involving family issues (including partners, parents, children and surrogacy), exceptional talent applications, investor and entrepreneur applications, the sponsorship of workers under Tier 2 of the Home Office’s points based system and cases involving the interplay between British and European immigration law. He is also an acknowledged expert with respect to political asylum applications. He is currently acting for a number of NGOs intervening in a European Court of Human Rights case relating to issues arising in Finland with respect to the treatment of gay asylum seekers.

Career

Trained Birnberg Peirce Solicitors; qualified 1991; founding partner Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP 1995. After obtaining his JD from Harvard, Wesley worked for one year as the clerk to Judge Constance Baker Motley, the first black woman appointed as a US Federal Judge, in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. He then worked for four years as an associate at Shearman & Sterling, first in their New York offices, and subsequently in their Hong Kong Office. He moved to the UK in 1980 to take up the position of deputy representative and legal adviser of the UN High Commission for Refugees in their London office. Subsquently he worked for five years in the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London, first as deputy legal adviser and then as deputy head of their research department. After re-qualifying as a solicitor in the UK he took up a position as a solicitor at B M Bimberg & Co (now Birnberg Peirce), where he worked for five years before setting up his own firm. Publications of note: Chapters in ‘Advising Gay and Lesbian Clients: A Guide for Lawyers’ and the two editions of ‘Aids: A Guide to the Law’.

Memberships

New York Bar; City of New York Bar; Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association. Member and co-founder of UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (formerly ‘Stonewall Immigration Group’)

Education

East Catholic High School, Manchester, Connecticut; Harvard College (BA magna cum laude); Harvard Law School (JD cum laude); Warsaw University (Fulbright Fellow); College of Law (CPE and Law Society Finals)

Leisure

Reading, theatre, cinema, gym, good food

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Immigration

Specialist immigration firm Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP has a well-deserved reputation for its work in human rights, civil liberties and European free movement issues; Alison Hunter is particularly strong on EU law. Other areas of work include asylum and deportation cases. Barry O’Leary has extensive expertise in applications based on partnerships and family, and has a niche in applications involving international surrogacy arrangements. Diana Baxter has a well-regarded practice dealing with complex nationality work and applications outside of the immigration rules. Associate Nath Gbikpi has a track record of work on LGBT+ partner applications and asylum claims. Name partner Wesley Gryk retired in May 2020, but continues to assist the firm as an unpaid consultant.