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Paragon Law Limited - Immigration

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: Nottingham

What the team is known for Large specialist practice with an outstanding reputation for its work across the immigration sphere. Strong track record handling applications under all tiers of the points-based system (PBS), assisted by strong links to business and legal communities in India, China and further afield. As well as its all-encompassing business immigration offering, it also handles personal applications regarding asylum and human rights.

Notable practitioners

Thalej Vasishta is a seasoned practitioner who advises on a wide range of corporate immigration matters. He regularly advises clients on the PBS and on corporate sponsorship.

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TRP Solicitors - Immigration

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: Birmingham

What the team is known for One of the top human rights practices in the country, renowned for asylum and Article 8 work. Also advises on nationality matters, assists foreign students and visitors, and acts on the most complex national security matters, including Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) hearings and cases involving control orders.

Strengths Sources say the firm is “one of the best firms in the country and definitely the best outside London.”

Interviewees say: “The partners at TRP Solicitors set a gold standard in the immigration field.”

Notable practitioners

Sources say that Margaret Finch is a “really good lawyer” whose “preparation is second to none.” She has experience of advising private clients on human rights and asylum matters, such as appeals, judicial reviews and entry clearance claims.

Sean McLoughlin is considered “one of the best immigration lawyers in the country, because he takes no nonsense and is always busting a gut to get good results for clients.” He advises on a range of human rights-related work, including deportation and leave to remain issues.

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Stevens & Bolton LLP - Immigration

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第二等

Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Guildford

What the team is known for High-calibre business immigration practice drawing on its employment expertise to offer commercial clients a rounded service. The firm is well known for its extensive experience of Tier 2 visa applications and obtaining sponsor licences. Also has a growing personal immigration offering advising individuals on indefinite leave to remain applications. Recent work includes advising on sponsor licence audits and advising EEA nationals on post-Brexit immigration matters.

Strengths One impressed client says they are “impressed with the team as a whole; their cohesion is evident and I can see that all are committed to providing a consistent, great service.”

Clients add: “They have an excellent team, and they are very focused on providing a high-quality service.”

Work highlights Advised Links of London in relation to an application which involved an individual switching from Tier 1 Entrepreneur to Tier 2 General so as to enable the individual to be sponsored and employed.

Advised Asahi Europe in relation to obtaining a new sponsorship licence following Asahi's acquisition of Miller Brands UK.

Significant clients Colas Rail, Kia Motors UK, CipherCloud, Wincor Nixdorf, Godiva UK.

Notable practitioners

Kerry Garcia is well regarded by clients, who say she is a “real partner to us rather than just adviser" and that "she ensures we cover all relevant matters and highlights potential risks.” She advises employers and private individuals on the full gamut of immigration issues, including issues related to the PBS, sponsorship compliance and naturalisation.

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Wright Hassall LLP - Immigration

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Leamington Spa

What the team is known for Premier business immigration team with a client list that includes high net worth individuals and corporate groups. Noted for its expertise with regard to Tier 1 and indefinite leave to remain applications. Also advises on immigration compliance, Tier 2 intra-company transfers and domestic worker appeals.

Notable practitioners

Head of the team Matthew Davies has comprehensive expertise in business immigration and acts for household-name clients on a full range of matters. Recent work includes assisting with immigration audits and advising on applications under Tier 2.

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Birketts LLP - Immigration

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 consultant
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office location: Cambridge

What the team is known for Full-service business immigration firm, advising both businesses recruiting from non-EU countries and high net worth individuals. It acts on the full range of matters, including sponsor and Tier 2 applications. Has an impressively diverse clientele drawn from an array of sectors, including media, technology and finance.

Strengths Clients say: "The team's approach is friendly, professional and delivered in plain English."

Work highlights Acted for Blancco UK on the Tier 2 transfer of staff to the UK from an international office.

Assisted Price Bailey with obtaining a visa for a secondee from an international partner firm using the Tier 5 intern scheme.

Significant clients London Diocesan Fund, Advertising Producers Association, Neopost, Access UK, Goodboy Digital.

Notable practitioners

Janice Leggett is “very professional, helpful and always willing to assist,” according to interviewees. She advises corporations and entrepreneurs, and other individuals on a range of issues, including the PBS and right to work. She has niche experience of immigration issues surrounding the film industry.

Sources say Clare Hedges is “professional, very helpful and very good at explaining all scenarios in order for us to make an informed decision.” Her work includes advising businesses on Tier 2 visas, sponsorship revocations and issues relating to migrant workers.

Department profile by Birketts LLP

At Birketts we understand that moving to the UK is not only a matter of immigration categories and visa applications.

We work closely with talented and qualified professionals to provide the best advice possible to suit your business and individual needs, ensuring your move to the UK is structured not only to comply with the rigours of the immigration rules, but makes financial and practical sense too.

We have over 20 years of experience of immigration and are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about our subject, keeping up to date with the myriad of changes to the rules to provide you with an effective and efficient service.

Below is just a small sample of the type of work we undertake:

  • Right to work checks
  • Compliance audits and training
  • Points based scheme
  • Sponsorship
  • Tier 2
  • Tier 5
  • Sole representatives

Once the right immigration category has been identified, we can provide a full service to ensure that your investments, business and family are all taken care of.


Services available include:
  • setting up a business in the UK
  • financial planning
  • individual and corporate tax advice
  • property – residential and business
  • employment
  • international trade

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Cartwright King - Immigration

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 qualified lawyers
- Office location: Nottingham

What the team is known for Handles the complete range of commercial, individual and asylum immigration matters. Work includes advising businesses on sponsorship licence compliance and defending civil penalties. Recent work includes advising individuals on naturalisation and family reunification.

Notable practitioners

Mark Benton is a key contact.

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Gross & Co - Immigration

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office location: Bury St Edmunds

What the team is known for Offers an all-encompassing commercial immigration service to British-based companies seeking to hire foreign nationals and to overseas businesses wishing to establish themselves in the UK. Notable for its expertise in advising Japanese business clients. The firm is also adept at advising individuals on private immigration matters.

Strengths Clients value the team's “friendly and knowledgeable approach.”

Work highlights Assisted care home provider St Matthews with a full range of immigration matters, including Tier 2 applications and compliance issues.

Significant clients April Six.

Notable practitioners

According to sources, Graeme Kirk is “very sharp intellectually” and “is knowledgeable, friendly and advises with care and compassion.” He is recommended for his ability to handle the most complicated individual immigration issues for entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals.

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Parker Rhodes Hickmotts - Immigration

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Rotherham

What the team is known for Established immigration practice that undertakes the full range of immigration matters, with strong experience of PBS applications and judicial review proceedings. Also notable for its human rights and asylum-related legal aid work. Recently handled a significant number of complex country guidance cases concerning individuals from the Middle East.

Work highlights Acted for the claimant in SSH (Iran), a country guidance case relating to the illegal exit and return of failed asylum seekers to Iran.

Notable practitioners

Sources describe Christopher Cole as "the go-to on asylum cases in the north of England” and say: “He inspires a lot of confidence in clients.” He continues to advise on legal aid-funded matters, as well as privately funded human rights and asylum cases.

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Turpin & Miller - Immigration

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: Oxford

What the team is known for Accomplished immigration firm with a broad practice advising on corporate, human rights and private immigration matters. As well as advising businesses on the PBS, the firm also acts for prominent higher education establishments and charities. It is noted for its experience handling detention cases.

Strengths The team is praised by sources for “really knowing what they are doing."

Notable practitioners

Head of immigration Jo Renshaw is a key contact.

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Shoosmiths LLP - Immigration

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Nottingham

What the team is known for Robust business immigration practice that handles the full range of matters. Work includes supporting employers on sponsorship licences, and employees on complex PBS visa applications. Also advises clients regarding prevention of illegal working and related enforcement notices.

Strengths One source notes: "They know our business very well, are very familiar with the nature of our organisation, so are easy to interact with, and their advice is very practical and very responsive."

Others say: "They are all are very helpful, and make you feel listened to and that no question is a stupid question."

Work highlights Assisted Cavendish London (Learning) with obtaining a sponsorship licence, following an acquisition and subsequent TUPE transfer of sponsored migrant workers.

Advised Dassault Systèmes UK on the retention and return to the UK of an employee following a significant visa issue.

Significant clients The Open University, Kuehne + Nagel, Sarla Technologies, Deb Group, Krispy Kreme.

Notable practitioners

Helen Burgess and Sarah Lovell are key contacts.

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Carter Thomas Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Interviewees consistently praise Nichola Carter of Carter Thomas Solicitors as the “gold standard as far as immigration is concerned," going on to say: "She is calm, cool and practical in the approach she adopts with an excellent relationship with the Home Office.” She is sought out by educational institutions for her excellent grasp of PBS and expertise on sponsorship licence revocations.

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TRP Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say that Margaret Finch is a “really good lawyer” whose “preparation is second to none.” She has experience of advising private clients on human rights and asylum matters, such as appeals, judicial reviews and entry clearance claims.

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TRP Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Sean McLoughlin is considered “one of the best immigration lawyers in the country, because he takes no nonsense and is always busting a gut to get good results for clients.” He advises on a range of human rights-related work, including deportation and leave to remain issues.

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Parker Rhodes Hickmotts

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources describe Christopher Cole as "the go-to on asylum cases in the north of England” and say: “He inspires a lot of confidence in clients.” He continues to advise on legal aid-funded matters, as well as privately funded human rights and asylum cases.

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Natasha Gya Williams

Gya Williams Immigration

From the Chambers UK guide

One impressed source says that Natasha Gya Williams of Gya Williams Immigration is “very professional while being approachable and friendly" and notes: "Her knowledge in immigration law gave me confidence in her advice.” She regularly advises on complex personal immigration matters, with notable work on Tier 1 applications.

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Birketts LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Janice Leggett is “very professional, helpful and always willing to assist,” according to interviewees. She advises corporations and entrepreneurs, and other individuals on a range of issues, including the PBS and right to work. She has niche experience of immigration issues surrounding the film industry.

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David Gray Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Bryony Rest of David Gray Solicitors is recommended for being “extremely knowledgeable" by interviewees, who also say that she "provides clear instructions, demonstrates a thorough grasp of the issues and is an effective communicator.” She handles both commercial and personal immigration matters.

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Wright Hassall LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of the team Matthew Davies has comprehensive expertise in business immigration and acts for household-name clients on a full range of matters. Recent work includes assisting with immigration audits and advising on applications under Tier 2.

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Stevens & Bolton LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kerry Garcia is well regarded by clients, who say she is a “real partner to us rather than just adviser" and that "she ensures we cover all relevant matters and highlights potential risks.” She advises employers and private individuals on the full gamut of immigration issues, including issues related to the PBS, sponsorship compliance and naturalisation.

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Gross & Co

From the Chambers UK guide

According to sources, Graeme Kirk is “very sharp intellectually” and “is knowledgeable, friendly and advises with care and compassion.” He is recommended for his ability to handle the most complicated individual immigration issues for entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals.

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Paragon Law Limited

From the Chambers UK guide

Thalej Vasishta is a seasoned practitioner who advises on a wide range of corporate immigration matters. He regularly advises clients on the PBS and on corporate sponsorship.

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Wornham & Co Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Trevor Wornham of Wornham & Co Solicitors is “always thought of as a very good practitioner in terms of knowledge of personal and business immigration,” according to market commentators.

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Up and Coming

Simpson Millar LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Interviewees recommend Emma Brooksbank of Simpson Millar LLP for "carrying off the difficult combination of being knowledgeable and authoritative while still down-to-earth and friendly." She advises corporations, education organisations and local authorities on a full range of immigration issues.

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Star Associate

Fisher Jones Greenwood

From the Chambers UK guide

Ashlee Campbell of Fisher Jones Greenwood advises individuals on a full range of personal immigration matters, and undertakes work that is funded by legal aid, as well as that which is privately funded. Sources note her representation of asylum seekers, and say that she "always goes the extra mile for her clients and leaves no stone unturned."

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Associates to watch

Birketts LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say Clare Hedges is “professional, very helpful and very good at explaining all scenarios in order for us to make an informed decision.” Her work includes advising businesses on Tier 2 visas, sponsorship revocations and issues relating to migrant workers.

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Associates to watch

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

From the Chambers UK guide

"Responsive, knowledgeable, insightful, supportive and pragmatic" is how Judith Hockin of VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) is described by sources. She regularly advises education institutions on Tier 2 and Tier 4 matters.

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