Our Team: London Office

The firm's specialist lawyers uniquely combine the professionalism, expert knowledge and outstanding service levels of large city firms with the down-to-earth, friendly and flexible approach of a small practice.

Sophie Barrett-Brown

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Senior Partner and Head of UK Practice

Practice: UK Immigration

Sophie is Senior Partner and Head of the UK Practice of Laura Devine Solicitors (LDS) in London. Recognised for many years by legal directories (including Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, The Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and Super Lawyers) as a leading expert in UK immigration and nationality law, she has been described by directories as: 'a brilliant lawyer noted for her pragmatism and technical skills'; 'highly regarded for her business immigration expertise, particularly in relation to high net worth individuals. Sources agree she is an energetic powerhouse who gives very high-level advice; her knowledge of the points based system is second to none'.

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Nicolette Bostock

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Solicitor

Practice: UK Immigration

Nicolette is a solicitor at Laura Devine Solicitors in London specialising in UK immigration and nationality law since she joined Laura Devine Solicitors in 2007. Nicolette advises clients in relation to a wide range of applications including under all tiers of the points-based system (PBS), non-PBS categories, Tier 2 and Tier 4 sponsor licence applications and employer compliance support. She also has a particular expertise in EU free movement and permanent residence in the UK for EEA nationals and their non-EEA family members, involving complicated applications in EU free movement jurisprudence, applications for indefinite leave to remain in the UK and naturalisation and registration as British citizens.

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Natasha Chell

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Partner and Head of Compliance

Practice: UK Immigration

Natasha is a solicitor and the compliance partner in London, with over 15 years' experience in UK immigration law, nationality and EU free movement. She is recognised in the Legal 500 as an 'expert' in her field. With particular interest in the prevention of illegal working and risk management strategies Natasha has developed the firm's immigration compliance audit service for clients and provides strategic advice on Tier 2 compliance and remedies. She offers practical focused training on ways to improve business systems to prevent non-compliance and has an impressive record in assisting many clients in maintaining an A rating with the Home Office despite previous non-compliance, including having a civil penalty cancelled and overturning licence revocation.

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James Clark

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Trainee Solicitor

Practice: UK Immigration

James is a Trainee Solicitor in the UK immigration team in London. He assists with a range of immigration applications, including corporate clients, high net worth and personal clients.

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Laura Devine

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Managing Partner

Practice: UK and US Immigration

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).

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Eva Doerr

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Paralegal

Practice: UK Immigration

Eva is a paralegal in the UK immigration team at Laura Devine Solicitors in London. She assists with a range of immigration and naturalisation matters for both corporate and private clients.

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Karnig Dukmajian

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Attorney

Practice: US Immigration

Karnig is a US attorney in the London office of Laura Devine Solicitors. He has 7 years of experience, having focused exclusively on US business immigration matters since 2013, with a particular emphasis on treaty trader and treaty investor visas (E visas), intra-company transfers (L visas), specialty occupation workers (H-1B visas), and business immigration solutions for temporary business visitors (B visas), employment-based immigrants and foreign nationals with inadmissibility issues.

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Lesa-Marie Goncalves

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Senior Paralegal

Practice: US Immigration

Lesa-Marie is a senior paralegal to the US team at Laura Devine Solicitors in London, working on business and family-based immigration matters. She supports the US attorneys with the day-to-day handling of client matters, as well as researching and drafting documents and correspondence for various applications and petitions.

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Kate Harding

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Paralegal

Practice: UK Immigration

Kate is a paralegal to the UK team at Laura Devine Solicitors in London. She assists with a range of immigration applications, including corporate clients, high net worth and personal clients.

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Miglena Ilieva

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Solicitor

Practice: UK Immigration

Miglena is a UK immigration solicitor and heads the firm’s UK technical knowledge. She also advises clients on complex areas of immigration law and is involved in lobbying the Home Office to make changes to the law and policy. Miglena has a particular interest in European law and is one of the firm’s experts on free movement of people within the EEA.

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Christi Hufford Jackson

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Attorney and Head of the US Practice

Practice: US Immigration

Christi is a US-qualified attorney and Head of US Practice in London. She has 12 years’ experience representing clients in all areas of business and family-based immigration and has practised at firms in both the UK and US. Christi’s practice areas include advising and preparing all categories of non-immigrant and immigrant cases, with particular emphasis on L-1 intra-company transfers, E-2 treaty investors, B-1/B-2 visitors, O-1 persons with extraordinary ability, EB-1 and family-based green cards. She also routinely assists US citizens with citizenship issues, including passport applications, registrations of birth abroad and renunciation of US citizenship.

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Smruti Jeyanandhan

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Solicitor

Practice: UK Immigration

Smruti is a solicitor at Laura Devine Solicitors London specialising in UK immigration and nationality law in London since 2006. Smruti qualified at Laura Devine Solicitors in 2009. Smruti assists in all areas of business and personal immigration to the UK including European free movement. She has a particular interest in the points-based system (PBS), non-PBS categories, Tier 2 sponsor licence applications and employer compliance support. Her corporate clients range from small newly established businesses to multinational organisations and household brands spanning the finance and investment, legal, sporting, technology, creative and entertainment sectors. Smruti has a growing Tier 1 practice.

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Madeleine Lamond

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Trainee Solicitor

Practice: UK Immigration

Madeleine is a Trainee Solicitor in the UK immigration team at Laura Devine Solicitors in London. She assists with a range of immigration applications, including corporate and education clients, high net worth and private clients. Madeleine undertook a six month secondment to the Law Societies Joint Brussels Office, where she lobbied EU institutions and the UK Government and Parliament and monitored and reported on legal developments in various practice areas, including criminal justice, human rights, tax law and the regulation of legal services.

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Zeena Luchowa

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Solicitor

Practice: UK Immigration

Zeena is a solicitor in the UK Immigration team at Laura Devine Solicitors in London. She has experience in dealing with both personal and business immigration matters. Zeena’s corporate immigration expertise includes advising prospective and current Tier 2 sponsors on compliance with sponsor obligations, right-to-work checks and also on the recruitment of individuals or transfer of employees from overseas. Zeena is also involved in assisting with sponsorship following acquisition of companies and the transfer of their employees under TUPE regulations.

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Rachael Ockenden

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Trainee Solicitor

Practice: UK Immigration

Rachael is a Trainee Solicitor in the UK immigration team in London. She assists with a range of immigration applications, including corporate and education clients, high net worth and personal clients.

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Anna Robinson

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Solicitor

Practice: UK Immigration

Anna who has specialised in UK immigration law since first working with Laura in 1997 is the Manager of the UK Enquiries Team which deals with referrals and ad hoc queries. Anna is also our Mental Health Ambassador and as a practising Psychotherapist is ideally placed to cultivate the firm’s well-being practices.

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Francesca Sciberras

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Solicitor

Practice: UK Immigration

Francesca is a solicitor at Laura Devine Solicitors in London and has specialised exclusively in UK immigration law since 2010. Acting for many of the firm's highest profile corporate clients, from major multinationals to start-up businesses, Francesca has a particular expertise in Tier 2 and sponsor licence applications. She regularly advises employers on complex Tier 2 issues and delivers strategic solutions to multinational businesses for global transfers to the UK. She also provides audit services to organisations to assist them in understanding their duties to maintain compliance.

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Anushka Sinha

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Senior Solicitor

Practice: UK Immigration

Anushka Sinha is a Senior Solicitor at Laura Devine Solicitors in London. Anushka specialises in all areas of business and personal immigration to the UK. She is at the forefront of the UK immigration practice, challenging policies in difficult matters. She has been invited on numerous occasions to meet with the Immigration Minister and senior policymakers to discuss changes to policy and processes. Anushka has an excellent working relationship with the Department for International Trade and the British Consulate General in New York, where she has presented alongside Entry Clearance Managers and policymakers. Anushka's clients span all sectors and she is particularly known for her expertise working with companies in the global entertainment industry as well as internationally renowned artists and entertainers, particularly in the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category.

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Malini Skandachanmugarasan

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Senior Solicitor, Head of Appeals and Human Rights

Practice: UK Immigration

Malini is a senior solicitor and Head of Appeals and Human Rights in the UK immigration team at Laura Devine Solicitors in London and a manager in the appeals and human rights team. Malini specialises in private client and personal immigration matters, in particular refusals, administrative reviews and appeals relating to human rights issues. A large proportion of instructions relate to family-based applications, discretionary applications on the basis of the European Convention on Human Rights and complex immigration applications, most involving direct liaising with senior-level contacts at the Home Office. She also advises on applications for EEA nationals and non-EEA family members.

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Lydia Stephenson-Slater

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Paralegal

Practice: UK Immigration

Lydia is a paralegal to the UK team at Laura Devine Solicitors in London. She has experience in personal and business immigration matters, providing support to the UK solicitors with the day-to-day handling of client matters. She assists with a range of immigration applications for corporate, high net worth and personal clients.

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James Vaughan

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Trainee Solicitor

Practice: UK Immigration

James is a Trainee Solicitor in the UK immigration team in London. He assists with a range of immigration applications, including corporate clients, high net worth and personal clients.

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Matthew Wills

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Solicitor

Practice: UK Immigration

Matthew is a solicitor at Laura Devine Solicitors in London and has practised UK immigration and nationality law since 2010. Matthew has experience in a range of applications under the points-based system (PBS), including Tier 2 sponsor licence applications. He provides support for SMEs through to large multinationals on a range of immigration solutions and on their compliance obligations. Matthew also advises on Tier 1 (Investor) and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) applications for high net worth individuals, including those submitted on a discretionary basis. He is experienced in settlement and naturalisation applications, assists with family immigration matters and advises on applications for EEA nationals and non-EEA family members. He has been actively involved in appeals to the First Tier Tribunal on applications for discretionary leave to remain in the UK made under Article 8 ECHR and applications for judicial review.

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