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Laura Devine Immigration

Work Department

Immigration Law


Senior Partner and Head of the UK Practice


Sophie is Senior Partner and Head of UK Practice at Laura Devine Immigration in London.  With over 20 years’ experience, she is described by top legal directories as having “exceptional knowledge” and “very close attention to detail”; “she sees the big picture and has a thorough and sound historic knowledge of her subject matter which is needed in a subject matter which is constantly changing”. 

Sophie’s clients are drawn from all sectors and range from multinational corporations to entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals and families.

Sophie has extensive experience in all aspects of UK business immigration and nationality law and EU free movement. She is skilled in all Tiers of the points-based system (PBS), including sponsored migrants, entrepreneur and investor routes as well as discretionary applications.

Sophie is also widely regarded for her policy work, regularly participating in policy consultations and working parties, including managing the company’s numerous submissions to the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC), Home office and the Home Affairs Select Committee, to which she has provided evidence on a number of occasions.

Sophie is a prolific speaker and commentator on immigration topics, presenting internationally and frequently commenting in the general media. Commended for her ‘generosity in sharing her knowledge’ for the benefit of the profession and immigration law practice in the UK, she was Chair of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) from 2007 to 2012, with which she continues to work extensively on various working groups and to deliver training. Sophie is currently a member of both the Lexis PSL Editorial Consulting Board and The Law Society Brexit Migration Strategic Reference Group.


The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)LexisNexis Consulting Editorial BoardThe Law Society.


2000 – QLTT – BPP Law School
1996-1997 – BVC Inns of Court School of Law
1993-1996 – LLB University of Wales

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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.