Directory reviews: 2016

Chambers and Partners UK 2016

What the team is known for Commands great respect for inbound and outbound immigration support for media, educational institutions, corporate clients and others. Of particular note is the US immigration expertise on offer in co-operation with the firm's New York office.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were very thorough and wanted to make sure that everything was perfect."

Notable practitioners
Sophie Barrett-Brown is highly regarded for her work on behalf of investors and businessmen. In addition to a wider PBS expertise, she regularly lobbies government agencies and contributes to policy consultations and working parties.

Laura Devine is the firm's principal, and a standout practitioner qualified to act on both UK and US legal matters. She is one of the country's leading authorities on business immigration and advises clients from all conceivable commercial sectors.

Chambers and Partners USA 2016

What the team is known for High-quality boutique specializing in US and UK immigration matters. Its clients include individuals, families and businesses, and it enjoys a fine reputation for its work across a variety of industries, including finance and fashion. It is particularly noted in the industry for its expertise in consulate-related work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They do an excellent job - they are very knowledgeable, they keep us informed of various issues, and they are very efficient."

"They're thorough, they're prompt, and they're responsive."

Notable practitioners
"Excellent attorney" Anastasia Tonello is the managing partner of the firm's New York office and is qualified to practice in both the USA and UK. Her practice centers on the inbound and outbound immigration needs of her clients, which include high net worth individuals.

Jennifer Stevens "is terrific - she is very responsive. She got back to me right away when I had questions and she kept us informed about the process as it went along," notes one impressed source. Her clients hail from a range of industry sectors and her practice focuses on outbound USA to UK immigration matters. She is particularly adept at advising on applications under the points-based system.

Chambers and Partners Global 2016

What the team is known for Highly regarded boutique immigration practice with offices in London and New York, offering advice to corporate clients as well as high net worth individuals and entrepreneurial investors. The firm has significant expertise in business and personal migration strengthened by its work on inbound and outbound US immigration.

Notable practitioners
Founding partner Laura Devine leads both UK and US teams. London-based Sophie Barrett-Brown heads the UK practice, while Anastasia Tonello in New York heads the US immigration team.

Chambers and Partners High Net Worth 2016

The "very highly regarded" Sophie Barrett-Brown is certainly a favourite with sources who single her out as a "leading individual" and an "expert" in the HNW immigration arena. Barrett-Brown's practice encompasses all aspects of UK business immigration, nationality laws and EU free movement law. "She's got a very clear, analytical mind. She makes fantastic assessments and really dissects the immigration rules," says a source, adding: "She's very bright, she does a lot on the policy side of things and is involved in all consultations, she is very sharp, very clear." Barrett-Brown is adept at handling cases involving sponsored migrants, entrepreneurs and investors, and discretionary applications. As well as her legal acumen, sources also praise Barrett-Brown's personal qualities. "She's the sort of person you would invite to your dinner party and she'd make a great contribution, while also being very clever," comments a market peer. She is the Tier One Investors and Entrepreneur course trainer at the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA). Sources describe her as the "absolute guru on the investor and entrepreneur categories."

Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration 2016

Listed experts:
Laura Devine: With a "market-leading reputation", Laura Devine is commended for her "extremely reliable and distinguished" transatlantic immigration practice
Sophie Barrett-Brown: Sophie Barrett-Brown is "in a class of her own" when it comes to UK immigration law, and is known for her "intricate knowledge" of the points-based system
Anastasia Tonello: Anastasia Tonello boasts a "great reputation" among peers, and wins praise for the "tremendous depth of her expertise"
Christi Hufford Jackson: "Rising star" Christi Hufford Jackson continues to make waves as she is recognised for her "effective counsel" on corporate immigration matters

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