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Laura Devine

Managing Partner

Sector: UK and US Immigration
Location: London and New York Office

email: laura.devine@lauradevine.com
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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 was described in The Times as the "Queen of the ritzy" in the immigration market.

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.


History

2003 - present - Laura Devine Solicitors
2007 - present - Laura Devine Attorneys LLC
1996-2003 - Eversheds / Laura Devine joint venture
1990-1994 - Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC)
1987-1990 - Cameron Markby Hewitt (now CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro)


Education

2004-2006 - Dip. Lit. Open University
2003-2004 - Admitted to the New York Bar
1993-1996 - LLM London School of Economics / School of Oriental and African Studies
1986-1988 - LPC College of Law, London
1983-1986 - LLB University College, London

Memberships

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

Awards

2017 - Citywealth Powerwomen Awards: ‘Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year’ - Bronze
2016 - Citywealth Powerwomen Awards: 'Boutique Organisation of the Year: Female Leadership'
2015 - Law Society Excellence Award's Woman of the Year
2015 - Citywealth's Magic Circle Awards: Immigration Law Firm of the Year
2015 - Citywealth's Powerwomen Awards 2015 Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year
2014 - Legal 500 Human Resources Specialist Firm of the Year for Immigration
2014 - High-Value Immigration Award for UK Immigration Advisory Firm