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Laura Devine Immigration

Work Department

Immigration Law


Francesca is a Senior Solicitor at Laura Devine Immigration in London who has focussed exclusively on UK immigration law since 2010.

Francesca’s regularly advises employers on complex Tier 2 issues, delivering strategic solutions to multinational businesses for their global transfers to the UK and sponsor licence applications. Francesca has substantial experience in EU free movement and frequently provides counsel to EEA nationals and their employers on the immigration implications surrounding Brexit. Francesca serves many of the company’s highest profile multinational corporate clients, financial organisations and legal firms as well as start-ups and businesses within the arts industry.

Francesca is described as “extremely professional”, “always accommodating” and a solicitor who “gives clients the hard line, but also understands the reality of the client’s business”.

A seasoned presenter, Francesca routinely provides training to clients and other immigration lawyers on Tier 2 and Tier 2 compliance through the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA). She is also an active member of the International Bar Association (IBA), having spoken at both the 2017 and 2018 annual conferences on the topics of ‘international students’ and ‘corporate immigration law practice management’ respectively.


2013 – Admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales
2009 – 2010 – LPC, The University of Law
2005 – 2008 – LLB, University of Southampton

Lawyer Rankings

London > Human resources > Immigration

Within: Rising stars -

Francesca Sciberras

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.