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Laura Devine Immigration

Work Department

Immigration Law


Senior Solicitor, Head of Appeals and Human Rights


Malini is a Senior Solicitor and Head of Appeals and Human Rights at Laura Devine Immigration in London. Highly regarded as an immigration law practitioner, her diverse work covers both complex, personal and business immigration instructions.  Malini is recognised as “a talented lawyer who blends expert knowledge with a common-sense approach and sense of humour”.

Malini specialises in personal and private client immigration matters with a focus on refusals, administrative reviews and appeals relating to complex discretionary matters and human rights issues. A large proportion of instructions relate to family members, private clients and human rights claims as well as the exercise of discretion and complex immigration applications. She is well-versed in applications requiring critical thinking and creative solutions within the Immigration Rules and on the basis of the European Convention on Human Rights. Many of Malini’s applications involve liaising with senior-level contacts at the Home Office.

Malini has substantial experience with personal immigration, serving diverse clientele with her unique skills in cases involving the general grounds of refusal, extradition, asylum, family migration, international surrogacy and adoption.

Additionally, Malini has an established a robust business immigration practice, advising corporate clients including educational providers, international law firms and media corporations on applications under the points-based system (PBS), including sponsor licences, Tier 2, right-to-work matters, Brexit issues and Tier 5 (Temporary Workers).

Malini is also a highly experienced trainer and speaks internationally on a range of immigration topics, including Brexit, global mobility, business visitors and trafficking. She has delivered talks at the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) and the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA).


2011 – Admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales
2006 – 2007 – Legal Practice Course – College of Law, Bloomsbury London
2002 – 2005 – BA (Jurisprudence) – St Peter’s College, University of Oxford

Lawyer Rankings

London > Human resources > Immigration

Within: Rising stars -

Malini Skandachanmugarasan

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.