In London, Laura Devine of Laura Devine Solicitors is one of the country's leading immigration specialists and a "real star". She is very highly praised by peers from Europe and North America for her "fantastic practice", and is one of the most highly regarded lawyers in the research. Her team includes the "extremely good" Sophie Barrett-Brown, who is head of the UK practice and an investor and private client expert. Head of the US practice in New York, Anastasia Tonello, focuses on compliance matters.
Laura Devine Solicitors is "superb", and highly regarded by peers. The firm represents clients in the finance, consultancy, manufacturing and legal sectors and has recently seen an increase in work from clients in fashion, sports and the arts. Sophie Barrett-Brown and Laura Devine are highly rated.
Interviewees were overwhelmingly positive about "heavyweights" Laura Devine Solicitors. Clients were enthusiastic about the level of service provided by this comprehensive immigration firm: "The partner contact has been perfect - they provide the right person for the job. Their vision is spot-on - they identify issues, and see a clear way of solving them. The advice has always been very clear, very thorough and well researched." In addition, due to the firm's New York office, Laura Devine Solicitors acts as other practitioners' "first port of call on US immigration law."
Key individuals: Sophie Barrett-Brown is the long-standing chair of key practitioners' group ILPA, and her name is well known amongst HR professionals and immigration lawyers. Clients are happy to recommend her to other organisations, and she is described as "a fantastic lawyer." Laura Devine "is very highly regarded and well liked across the industry." Currently focusing on the growth of the firm, she continues to be a respected industry spokesperson.