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Laura Devine Solicitors

100 CANNON STREET, LONDON, EC4N 6EU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0207 469 6460
Email:
Web:
www.lauradevine.com
London, New York

Laura Devine

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

Work Department

Immigration Law

Position

Managing Partner

Career

Laura is the Managing Partner of Laura Devine Immigration Law, a prestigious boutique immigration firm with offices in London and New York providing UK and US immigration advice which has been described as a "transatlantic powerhouse". Laura is recognised as a Who’s Who Legal thought leader and its highest-rated UK immigration lawyer in 2017 standing out as “the best”. Laura and her firm of 60 staff are rated by all legal directories in the top tier of immigration firms as are the other partners of the firm.

Laura is an English solicitor and a US attorney and before launching her own law firm she established the immigration practices at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) and Eversheds (now Eversheds Sutherland). 

The firm is commended in The Times Best Law Firms 2019 for immigration.

Laura is the UK representative of the International Bar Association Immigration Committee. She was a Council member of the Law Society for eight years and sat on the Law Society Immigration Committee for 15 years. She is the immigration correspondent for the Law Society Gazette and editor of Thomson Reuters' first book on global immigration entitled 'Immigration Law: Jurisdictional Comparisons' now in its second edition. Laura speaks internationally on immigration, law firm management and women in business. She is seen as a pioneer on GSR in law firms. As Managing Partner Laura, oversees all staff and client matters for both the UK and US teams. She advises on UK and US immigration with a client base spanning all sectors from finance to fashion and corporates to individuals.

Member

The Law Society
Immigration Law Practitioners' Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association
International Bar Association
American Bar Association
New York State Bar
Union Internationale des Avocats
Freeman of the City
Society of English & American Lawyers
City of London Solicitors’ Company
Scottish Lawyers in London

Education

2004 - 2006 - Dip. Lit. Open University
2004 - Admitted to the New York Bar
1993 - 1996 - LLM London School of Economics / School of Oriental and African Studies
1998 - Admitted as Solicitor of England and Wales
1986 - 1988 - LPC College of Law, London
1983 - 1986 - LLB University College, London


London: Human resources

Immigration

Within: Leading individuals

Laura Devine - 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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