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Wesley Gryk

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Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP

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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’.

Member

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


London: Human resources

Immigration

Within: Leading individuals

Wesley Gryk - Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP

Within: Immigration

Niche immigration firm Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP ‘combines thorough knowledge of the complex and ever-changing immigration rules and policies with a real dedication to the client and the outcome sought’. It regularly acts for individuals on personal immigration issues, with a particular emphasis on cases involving human rights, nationality, civil liberties and European free movement issues. The team also acts for corporations, partnerships, religious orders and charities. Working on behalf of LGBTI individuals and families is a key area of specialism and the team regularly advises on same-sex asylum and partner-based applications. Senior partner Wesley Gryk's ‘status, knowledge and experience is legendary’. Barry O’Leary stands out for his ‘unsurpassed client-handling skills and for his deep knowledge of the law and how it is applied by decision makers and judges’. Diana Baxter is a ‘lateral and creative thinker’, ‘combines compassion, intellect and tactical nous’ and is ‘particularly good on complex nationality cases, as well as family cases involving children’. Alison Hunter, who is ‘very well-known and sought after for her work on complex family cases particularly concerning children in the care system, inter-country adoption and surrogacy', has particular expertise in EEA free movement issues. Solicitor Elizabeth Ruddick is a ‘brilliant practitioner with extraordinary attention to detail’.

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