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Laura Devine Immigration Offices
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Partner and Head of Risk and Compliance
Natasha is a Partner and Head of Risk and Compliance at Laura Devine Immigration (LDI) in London.
With 19 years’ experience in UK immigration law, nationality and EU free movement, Natasha was recognised in the Legal 500 UK 2018 as a “polished professional with an excellent client manner, who inspires complete confidence and consistently provides well thought out advice”, while Who’s Who Legal 2019 praise her for being “well known in the UK market for her impressive work handling immigration and free movement matters”.
With substantial experience and interest in the prevention of illegal working and risk management strategies, Natasha has developed the LDI’s immigration compliance audit service for clients and provides strategic advice on Tier 2 compliance and remedies. She offers practical, focused training on ways to improve business systems to prevent non-compliance and has an impressive record in assisting many clients in maintaining an A rating with the Home Office, despite previous non-compliance. Amongst her accomplishments in this area are having a civil penalty cancelled and overturning a licence revocation.
Natasha also manages the LDI’s EU Brexit services for clients, creating tailored EU advisory services to businesses and their staff in order to help prepare them for the changes ahead following the UK’s anticipated withdrawal from the EU.
Natasha acts for a broad spectrum of clients, ranging from major multinationals to start-up businesses and individuals. She manages some of LDI’s highest profile corporate and education clients, including international financial service providers, insurance businesses, exclusive fashion, retail and entertainment organisations.
As a skilled and practised speaker, Natasha is frequently invited to present to clients and contacts at events across the UK. She is a prolific writer on UK immigration for both the HR media and leading legal research provider, LexisNexis.
2006 – QLTT – BPP Law School
2000-2001 – BVC Inns of Court School of Law
1997-2000 – LLB London Guildhall University
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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.