Directory reviews: 2015

The International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2015

In London, Laura Devine is "among the top players" thanks to her "prowess" and "impressive capabilities" in immigration law. She is joined by Sophie Barrett-Brown who specialises in the points-based system and investor applications. In the New York office Anastasia Tonello "continues to shine" thanks to her "versatility and creativity".

Chambers and Partners UK 2015

What the team is known for Pre-eminent immigration boutique with strength on inbound and outbound US immigration. The team acts for clients in a range of sectors and regularly advises large corporate clients on the points-based system. Also notable for its work with high net worth individuals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are always quick to respond and clear in their communication style, with what can often be complex matters."
"They are very efficient, do not waste time and provide a good support system. In addition, they are very good at budgeting, which makes them cost-effective."

Notable practitioners
Sophie Barrett-Brown is variously praised as being "technically very strong" and "very well connected and respected for her work in the development of immigration law." She is an expert on the points-based system and is known for "her breadth of knowledge and ability to come up with options that might not be apparent."
Principal Laura Devine is well respected for her work in immigration. According to sources she is "an excellent lawyer" and a "tough negotiator." She has a wealth of experience in the area and is considered an expert on immigration to and from the USA.

Chambers and Partners USA 2015

What the team is known for Transatlantic immigration group with offices in New York and London specializing across the full range of US and UK employment-based visas. Expertise with outbound work and strong connections at the British Consulate and UK Trade & Investments are added benefits to domestic clients. Recognized prowess in the entrepreneurial and investor visa categories.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They stand out for their creative and fast-acting approach."
"They made me feel like I wasn't alone - I could call any time and they would have answers for me."

Notable practitioners
New York office managing partner Anastasia Tonello is "professional, punctual and fast" and "extremely adept at finding ways in which we can move talent around the world successfully," clients note. Her practice addresses the US inbound immigration needs of high net worth individuals, treaty investors and entertainers, among others.

Chambers and Partners Global 2015

What the team is known for Boutique immigration firm held in high esteem for its experience across the USA and the UK. With offices in New York and London, the firm advises on both personal and business immigration, with a strong focus on high net worth immigration. Regularly retained by entertainment industry clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have done excellent work, and their client service is top-notch."

Notable practitioners
Firm principal and founding partner Laura Devine is a key contact in London, alongside UK practice head Sophie Barrett-Brown. Anastasia Tonello is the managing partner of the firm's New York office.

The Legal 500 2015

Immigration specialist Laura Devine Solicitors, which is 'outstanding' and provides an 'exemplary and meticulous' service, handles inbound immigration issues for its global client base. The firm assists with applications across all visa categories. Department head Sophie Barrett-Brown is 'extremely good and offers creative and thoughtful solutions'. Malini Skandachanmugarasan is the key contact for human rights, appeals and overstay. Founding partner Laura Devine and Natasha Chell are also recommended.

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