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Laura Devine Immigration


Laura Devine Immigration is a 'very high-quality boutique practice. with a huge amount of experience; it is a go-to firm for difficult personal and business immigration issues'. On the business immigration front, the firm is strong on UK and US matters, which is enhanced by its New York office, and is instructed by a raft of corporate clients, start-ups and executives. The team works alongside HR teams on sponsor licence management, compliance training, audit services, and supports clients on a raft of immigration issues. Managing partner Laura Devine is a 'leading expert on immigration law'; while senior partner Sophie Barrett-Brown - 'the master of legal detail' - heads the UK practice; and Natasha Chell is head of risk and compliance. Senior solicitors Nicolette Bostock, who is 'very efficient', and Francesca Sciberras, who is 'extremely thorough' are also key figures. The firm's 'outstanding' appeals and human rights practice, which is led by senior solicitor Malini Skandachanmugarasan, handles a variety of work which includes advising on overstay, and matters involving separated families, elderly dependants and incapacitated applicants. It also handles high-profile asylum claims for individuals, and the team is experienced in advising politically exposed individuals.

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.

Brexit services
Working with businesses and individuals on the legal implications of Brexit from an immigration standpoint, we provide practical guidance, training and representation.

As well as focusing one client’s needs we are dedicated to the wellbeing of our team. Our commitment to staff care has been recognised by us winning the LexisNexis 2019 Award for Wellbeing.

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 Natasha Chell +44 (0)20 7469 6460
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Laura Devine photo Ms Laura Devine
 Christi Hufford Jackson  photo Christi Hufford Jackson
 Smruti Jeyanandhan  photo Smruti Jeyanandhan
 Malini Skandachanmugarasan  photo Malini Skandachanmugarasan
 Matthew Wills  photo Matthew Wills
 Sophie Barrett-Brown  photo Sophie Barrett-Brown
 Rachael Ockenden  photo Rachael Ockenden
 Sam Ingham  photo Sam Ingham
 Nicolette Bostock  photo Nicolette Bostock
 Natasha Chell  photo Natasha Chell
 Karnig Dukmajian  photo Karnig Dukmajian
 Miglena Ilieva  photo Miglena Ilieva
 Zeena Luchowa  photo Zeena Luchowa
 Anna Robinson  photo Anna Robinson
 Francesca Sciberras  photo Francesca Sciberras