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Laura Devine Solicitors is an award-winning boutique immigration firm recognised as one of the foremost immigration practices in the UK (ranked in 'Band 1' by legal directories). The firm comprises 50 dedicated staff and the partners, Laura Devine, Anastasia Tonello, Sophie Barrett-Brown, Natasha Chell and Jennifer Stevens are renowned as leading immigration experts.

The firm provides specialist advice on all aspects of immigration to the UK and US, and European free movement assisting individuals, families, SMEs and corporate clients including but not limited to, finance, consulting, manufacturing, IT, travel, hospitality, retail, pharmaceutical, education, entertainment, fashion and sports.

Members of the firm are involved in many organisations including the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA), American Bar Association (ABA), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), International Bar Association (IBA), Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) and The Law Society (TLS).

Accolades awarded include Citywealth's Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year, UK Immigration Advisory Firm of the Year 2014, Legal 500 Human Resources Specialist Firm of the Year 2014, The Magic Circle - Immigration Law Firm of the Year 2015, The Law Society Excellence Awards 2015 - Woman Lawyer of the Year, Citywealth Powerwomen Awards 2016 - Boutique Organisation of the Year: Female Leadership and The Magic Circle Awards 2016 - Immigration Law Firm of the Year.

Laura Devine Solicitors is associated with Laura Devine Attorneys LLC, New York.

Latest News

LDS wins Immigration Law Firm of the Year

We are delighted to announce that Laura Devine Solicitors has won, for the second successive year, Immigration Law Firm of the Year at Citywealth's Magic Circle Awards 2016. All of this would not be possible without our marvellous staff and partners in London and New York. We thank our contacts, business friends and, of course, our clients.

Future changes to Tier 2 announced by the Government

In response to the Migration Advisory Committee's (MAC) report published earlier this year, the Minister of State for Immigration, James Brokenshire, has announced today that reform to the Tier 2 category of the Points Based System will be implemented in two tranches, later this year (in the autumn) and in April 2017. The Government's announcement confirms that, as anticipated, it will be implementing the majority of the MAC's recommendations. The Statement of Changes HC 877 (summarised in a recent update on our website) published earlier this month contained only minor changes for April 2016, however the changes announced today are part of the Government's plans to reduce Britain's reliance on migrant workers and will have more significant impact on migrants and employers in the UK.

Latest Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules Published

The Government published changes to the Immigration Rules on Friday 11 March. Notably the anticipated overhaul to the Tier 1 and Tier 2 categories of the Points Based System as recommended by the Migration Advisory Committee’s recent reports (our briefings on the MAC’s latest reports are detailed on our website) have not been implemented. The paucity of changes in this April’s Statement of Changes is likely to be an indication that the Government did not have enough time to bring about the more sweeping changes, in particular to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 2 following the MAC’s reports. We therefore believe that more fundamental changes should be expected later this year.


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