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Laura Devine Immigration

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Laura Devine Immigration leverages the wide-ranging experience of its ‘exceptionally capable‘ team, which acts across the full gamut of immigration work, substantively working with immigration-related organisations ‘to achieve legislative and policy changes‘. Laura Devine heads the entire firm while Sophie Barrett-Brown leads the business practice, Barrett-Brown being described as ‘a stand-out individual and leader in the immigration law sector‘ for her work in personal immigration. Natasha Chell works at the intersection of business and personal matters, advising senior executives, HNW individuals, and families, while Christi Hufford Jackson heads the US immigration team in both New York and London, providing a market-leading US immigration service. The firm’s offering, particularly in relation to human rights, appeals, and overstays, has been strengthened with the promotion of Zeena LuchowaMatthew Wills, and Francesca Sciberras to partner in June 2023, with Luchowa and Wills now leading on work in this area.

Practice head(s):

Laura Devine; Sophie Barrett-Brown; Natasha Chell; Christi Hufford Jackson; Zeena Luchowa; Matthew Wills

Other key lawyers:


‘Sophie Barrett-Brown and Matthew Wills have unparalleled expertise in the matters of business immigration. I have consistently been impressed by Sophie’s and Matthew’s expertise, dedication and commitment to providing the highest level of service to me as their client.’

The team are very solution focussed and strong on dealing with all enquiries very promptly.’

Matthew Wills’ dedication to his clients is noteworthy. He always responds very promptly and always is calm and reassuring.’

‘Members of the LDI team are actively involved in the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA) and The Law Society. As part of these umbrella organisations and through their work directly advocating to the Home Office, they assist to achieve legislative and policy changes.’

Sophie Barrett-Brown is a stand-out individual and leader in the immigration law sector. She has a brilliant legal mind, which she uses to find optimal solutions for her clients. Matthew Wills is the go-to solicitor for any cases concerning the business, visitor and family provisions, including human rights appeals. He has a fierce intellect, which he combines with excellent client care skills.

Zeena Luchowa is a very impressive in her understanding of immigration law, but more importantly in her advocacy of how the law and policy should develop. Zeena pushes for solutions, utilising her diplomacy and superb communications skills to bring the Home Office into the conversation and achieving positive outcomes.’

Zeena Luchowa and her team are extremely knowledgeable about immigration law and keep themselves updated on any changes to the law. They have good contacts at the Home Office, so you know you are getting the best service. The team at this firm work very hard and always keep us updated on our client’s immigration application.’

The entire team is exceptionally capable.

Work highlights

With offices in London and New York, Laura Devine Immigration is regarded as a “stellar” immigration boutique with a powerful transatlantic capability.

Focusing on UK and US immigration and European free movement, we rank in the top tier for immigration across legal directories and are recognised as an “excellent”, “committed” and dedicated team noted for going above and beyond to achieve success for our clients.

Corporate immigration: Delivering a seamless immigration service to businesses, we develop strategic immigration plans and provide support across all areas of UK and US corporate immigration, including UK sponsor licence applications (Tiers 2, 4 and 5), sponsor licence management, compliance training and audit services. Our US services comprise US petitions, including Blanket and Individual L-1; H-1B/E-3 Speciality Worker; O-1 Extraordinary Ability; and Employment-Based Immigrant cases. Our lawyers work closely with HR teams to provide support with their day to day immigration requirements.

Entrepreneurs and investors: We have the knowledge and skill to advise individuals on entrepreneur and investor visa applications. Whether a client is contemplating investing in, or setting up a new UK venture, we provide guidance from the outset, taking a holistic view to ensure we advise on the most appropriate means to meet the client’s long-term immigration aims addressing possible extensions and settlement routes. Our US team guides both individual and corporate investors through the process of establishing or purchasing a company in the US in order to obtain E-2 treaty investor visas for the investors and employees of the enterprise.

Personal immigration: We advise private clients and their families on the full immigration process. From visa/entry clearance applications and extension applications to indefinite leave to remain or to obtaining British citizenship and passports. Our US team assists clients with visitor visa applications and waivers of inadmissibility, and advising US citizens living abroad on matters including renunciation of citizenship, passport renewal, second passport applications and registration of birth for US citizen children born abroad. As for Human Rights, we have a dedicated team with extensive knowledge to advise individuals on human rights claims and appeals. They will go the distance to challenge policy and lobby on behalf of clients.

Laura Devine Immigration is associated with Laura Devine Attorneys LLC, New York.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Laura Devine +44 (0)20 7469 6460
Senior Partner and Head of UK Practice Sophie Barrett-Brown +44 (0)20 7469 6460
Partner and Head of Risk and Compliance Natasha Chell +44 (0)20 7469 6460
Partner and Head of the US Practice Christi Jackson +44 (0)20 7469 6460
Partner Zeena Luchowa +44 (0)20 7469 6460
Partner Francesca Sciberras +44 (0)20 7469 6460
Partner Matthew Wills +44 (0)20 7469 6460
Photo Name Position Profile
Sophie Barrett-Brown photo Sophie Barrett-Brown Senior Partner and Head of UK Practice
Natasha Chell photo Natasha Chell Partner and Head of Risk and Compliance
Laura Devine photo Laura Devine Managing Partner
Christi Hufford Jackson photo Christi Hufford Jackson Partner and Head of the US Practice
Zeena Luchowa photo Zeena Luchowa Partner
Brian Naumann photo Brian Naumann Senior Solicitor
Francesca Sciberras photo Francesca Sciberras Partner
Matthew Wills photo Matthew Wills Partner