In London, Laura Devine is our most highly nominated European lawyer this year. Sources describe her as "committed" and "strongly endorse" her skills in the field. She heads her niche immigration firm Laura Devine Solicitors and is also the UK representative of the International Bar Association Immigration Committee. Sophie Barrett-Brown is also a "brilliant" lawyer, noted for her "pragmatism and technical skills" with expertise on the points-based system and investor applications. At the New York office Anastasia Tonello is a "deserving inclusion". She is managing partner of the office and serves as chair on the AILA department of state liaison committee.
Boutique immigration practice advising both business and individuals. Particularly focused on immigration between the USA and UK, with offices in London and New York.
Strengths: (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They are always professional, and provide information as needed in an easy to understand way."
Technical ability: "If I were choosing a firm, Laura Devine would be on the shortlist because of its recognised expertise, technical ability and service levels."
Notable practitioners Sophie Barrett-Brown has a wealth of immigration experience and regularly handles matters under the PBS. Laura Devine is a "very smart lawyer" and the go-to person for individuals with US immigration problems.
US-UK immigration-focused group handling compliance and inbound and outbound immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Caseload includes numerous matters involving the entertainment industry, the scientific world and business entrepreneurs. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) "They think outside the box." "They were always very approachable and knowledgeable." Notable practitioners The "very professional and very practical" Anastasia Tonello is "just extremely good at what she does," according to sources, with clients declaring that they have "total faith in her decision-making." A dual-qualified UK and US lawyer, she focuses on inbound and outbound services and is noted for her cutting-edge practice advising entertainers, artists, entrepreneurs and investors.
Laura Devine Attorneys is highly regarded among peers and clients alike. The firm practices in both US and UK immigration and nationality law. Recent highlights include a number of impressive extraordinary ability cases in business and in the arts. Clients include high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs and multinational corporate entities.
Sources say: "Extremely professional and absolute experts in their field."
Key Individuals: Clients value managing partner Anastasia Tonello's creative approach and her commercial awareness, with one interviewee noting that she is "very quick to attend to our matters." She is dual-qualified in the USA and the UK, and is frequently called upon to provide advice on outbound and global immigration matters.