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Laura Devine Solicitors

Work 0207 469 6460
London, New York

Sophie Barrett-Brown

Work +44 (0)20 7469 6460
Laura Devine Solicitors

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Immigration Law


Senior Partner and Head of the UK Practice


Sophie specialises in all aspects of UK business immigration and nationality law as well as EU free movement law. She has particular expertise in the points based system, Tiers 1, 2, 4 and 5, including sponsored migrants, entrepreneurs and investors, as well as discretionary applications. Her clients are drawn from all sectors, ranging from multinational corporations to SMEs, performance artists and high net worth individuals. 

Sophie is recognised for her innovative outlook, which is used to 'lobby the Home Office with regards to changing policy', regularly participating in policy consultations and working parties. For example, the firm's submission to the Migration Advisory Committee's (MAC) call for evidence on investors was quoted by the MAC in its consequent report in 2014 more than any other contributor. She has on several occasions given evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee (a parliamentary committee appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Home Office and its associated public bodies) on immigration. Sophie is a prolific speaker and commentator on immigration law, presenting internationally and frequently commenting in the general media. She is a regular ILPA trainer and leads their course on Tier 1 Investors and Entrepreneurs


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

London: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

Sophie Barrett-Brown - Laura Devine Solicitors

Within: Immigration

Immigration boutique Laura Devine Solicitors has a ‘well-earned reputation for excellence’, ‘undertakes the highest quality work’ and ‘excels in identifying pragmatic and creative solutions in order to meet the client’s objectives in the swiftest manner possible’. The firm has a substantial human rights and appeals practice, which advises on a range of issues covering oversta-s, separated families, elderly dependants and incapacitated applicants, as well as high profile asylum claims for politically exposed persons and other individuals.  Its business immigration department, which is particularly noted for its strengths in US and UK immigration law, regularly acts for multinational companies, SMEs, start-ups and executives. Managing partner Laura Devine is a ‘visionary leader’; ‘the client experience is at the heart of all she does’. Other key figures include ‘exceptional’ UK practice head Sophie Barrett-Brown; Anastasia Tonello, who is the global head of the firm’s US practice; and senior attorney US practice head in London Christi Hufford Jackson, who is a ‘dynamic practitioner, unsurpassed in identifying the best solution to a tricky problem’. Head of compliance and risk Natasha Chell is a ‘polished professional with an excellent client manner, who inspires complete confidence and consistently provides well thought out advice’, and is experienced in corporate immigration, with particular strengths in advising on sponsor licencing and Tier 2 matters. Senior solicitor Francesca Sciberras is ‘extremely professional’, ‘always accommodating’ and ‘gives clients the hard line, but also understands the reality of the client’s business’. Malini Skandachanmugarasan heads the appeals and human rights department, which includes recently promoted senior solicitor Matthew Wills, who also handles business immigration, and solicitor Zeena Luchowa.

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