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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Hannah Berkeley

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Solicitor

Practice: UK Immigration

Hannah is the Professional Support Lawyer at Laura Devine Solicitors and is a solicitor in London. Having specialised in UK immigration and nationality law since 2010, she is well versed with advising corporate clients, from large multinationals to SMEs and on a full range of immigration solutions for staff and senior executives providing compliance and audit counselling.

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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 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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Gail Bumbury

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Paralegal

Practice: UK Immigration

Gail is a paralegal at Laura Devine Solicitors in London assisting solicitors with the preparation of points-based system (PBS) and non-PBS based immigration applications to the Home Office, drafting letters of advice to clients and submission letters to the Home Office, corresponding with clients and conducting legal research.

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Natasha Chell

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Partner

Practice: UK Immigration

Natasha is a solicitor and the compliance partner in London, with over 14 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 assisted many clients in maintaining an A rating with the Home Office despite previous non-compliance.

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James Clark

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Paralegal

Practice: UK Immigration

James is a paralegal in the UK immigration team in London and assists with new enquiries, referrals and ad hoc queries.

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Patrick Cook-Fowler

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Paralegal

Practice: UK Immigration

Patrick is a paralegal in the UK immigration team in London. He assists with a range of immigration applications for corporate clients, high net-worth individuals and families.

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Laura Devine

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Managing Partner

Practice: UK and US Immigration

Laura Devine is the Managing Partner of Laura Devine Solicitors, a boutique immigration firm with offices in London and New York providing UK and US immigration advice which together are described as a "transatlantic powerhouse". Laura is recognised as the most highly nominated European immigration lawyer in Who's Who Legal 2014. 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. Laura and her firm of 55 staff are rated by all legal directories in the top tier of immigration firms as are the other partners of the firm.

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William Diaz

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Attorney

Practice: US Immigration

William is a US attorney at Laura Devine Solicitors in London having practised exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law since 2011. Prior to joining the firm, William worked in New York and London, counselling skilled professionals, entertainers and multinational corporations, while successfully presenting hundreds of cases to the US Department of Homeland Security. While in New York, he litigated a number of human rights claims on behalf of individuals seeking protection under the United Nations Convention Against Torture. William's volunteer experience includes time with the New York Civil Liberties Union and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague, where he assisted in the prosecution of war crimes.

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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 6 years' experience in all areas of US business immigration law, with a particular focus 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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Iria Gruda

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Paralegal

Practice: UK Immigration

Iria is a paralegal in the UK immigration team at Laura Devine Solicitors in London. She assists with a range of immigration and nationality applications, for both corporate clients, including start-up businesses to multinational companies, and high-net worth individuals.

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Sonia Husain

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Paralegal

Practice: US Immigration

Sonia is paralegal to the US team in London. She provides support to the US attorneys with the day-to-day handling of client matters, researching and drafting documents and correspondence for various applications and petitions.

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Smruti Jeyanandhan

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Solicitor

Practice: UK Immigration

Smruti is a solicitor at Laura Devine Solicitors London with 9 years' experience specialising in UK immigration and nationality law in London, having qualified at Laura Devine Solicitors in 2006, and more recently practising in the immigration department at Pricewaterhouse Coopers Legal LLP. 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.

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Madeleine Lamond

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Paralegal

Practice: UK Immigration

Madeleine is a paralegal in the UK immigration team at Laura Devine Solicitors in London. She assists with a range of immigration applications for both corporate and private clients. Madeleine has a particular interest in family immigration and Article 8 cases.

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Rachael Ockenden

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Paralegal

Practice: UK Immigration

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

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Maria Quevedo

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Registered European Lawyer - Abogado

Practice: UK Immigration

Maria is a registered European Lawyer at Laura Devine Solicitors in London having qualified as a Spanish lawyer (Abogado) and a member of the Madrid Bar Association (Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid). Maria advises corporate clients, from large multinationals to SMEs, on a full range of UK immigration solutions for staff and senior executives as well as compliance and audit matters.

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Anna Robinson

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Solicitor

Practice: UK Immigration

Anna is a solicitor in the UK immigration team at Laura Devine Solicitors in London and is the manager of the new enquiries team which includes referrals and ad hoc queries. Anna has specialised in UK immigration law for 15 years, first working with Laura Devine Solicitors in 1997.

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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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Malini Skandachanmugarasan

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Senior Solicitor

Practice: UK Immigration

Malini is a senior solicitor 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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James Vaughan

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Paralegal

Practice: UK Immigration

James is a paralegal in the UK immigration team at Laura Devine Solicitors in London. He assists with a range of immigration and nationality applications, for both corporate clients, including start-up businesses to multinational companies, and high net-worth individuals.

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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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Simon Amos

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Knowledge Management Assistant

Practice: UK Immigration

After graduating in Law from Exeter University in 2014 Simon joined LDS. He is the firm's Knowledge Management Assistant.

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