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Laura Devine Immigration Offices
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Laura is the Managing Partner of Laura Devine Immigration (LDI), a prestigious immigration boutique with offices in London and New York providing UK and US immigration advice which has been described as a “transatlantic powerhouse”.
A qualified English solicitor and a US attorney, Laura is recognised as a Who’s Who Legal thought leader and its highest-rated Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) immigration lawyer in 2019, standing out for her “superb work”. Laura and her company of 60 staff are rated by all leading legal directories in the top tier of immigration firms. Prior to launching the company, she established the immigration practices at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) and Eversheds (now Eversheds Sutherland).
LDI is commended in The Times Best Law Firms 2019 for immigration.
Laura is the UK representative of the International Bar Association (IBA) Immigration Committee. Additionally, she was a Council Member of the Law Society for eight years and sat on the Law Society Immigration Committee for 15 years. Laura is the immigration correspondent for the Law Society Gazette and editor of Thomson Reuters’ first book on global immigration entitled ‘Immigration Law: Jurisdictional Comparisons’. She frequently speaks internationally on immigration, law firm management and women in business.
As Managing Partner, Laura oversees all staff and client matters for both the UK and US teams. She advises on UK and US immigration with a client base spanning all sectors from finance to fashion and corporates to individuals.
2004-2006 – Dip. Lit. Open University
2004 – Admitted to the New York Bar
1993-1996 – LLM London School of Economics / School of Oriental and African Studies
1998 – Admitted as Solicitor of England and Wales
1986-1988 – LPC College of Law, London
1983-1986 – LLB University College, London
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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.