The ‘fabulous team’ at Bates Wells Braithwaite is formed of experienced practitioners, with market-leading expertise in all aspects of immigration law”
We are widely recognised as the leading immigration practice in the UK. Our Immigration team is led by Philip Trott, who is ranked in the top tier in both major UK legal directories for excellence. We offer bespoke, personalised immigration advice and have a proven track record in assisting clients facing seemingly insurmountable barriers to enter or to remain in the UK. Our dedicated team will always think outside the box. We are commercially aware and we understand clearly the needs of business to bring its talented new hires or overseas employees to the UK promptly and with as little effort as possible. We have experience advising all kinds of businesses, from small and medium-sized enterprises to FTSE 100-listed companies.Ranked as leaders in immigration law by both the Chambers UK and Legal 500 directories, our department is renowned for being able to untangle complex situations to find ways for our clients to meet the ever-changing requirements of the UK’s immigration laws.This pre-eminent team's presence is felt across all fields of immigration in both the business and personal sectors.
With the government making regular and sometimes sweeping changes to immigration laws, we make it our business to be part of the debate so that we can deliver robust immigration advice based on the latest legal developments.
We have successfully challenged immigration legislation in landmark test cases and are often consulted by government departments over potential changes to the law. Our clients can be confident that we are at the forefront of this rapidly changing area.
We pride ourselves on our relationships with clients and are particularly proud to have been ranked as one of the best law firms for client service.
It is a brilliant team and we couldn't live without it”
We work with a broad range of clients. We advise multinational corporations and large charities, small start-up companies and sole traders, as well as religious organisations and education providers. We have extensive experience in managing immigration sponsorship and compliance systems for UK employers and education providers.
We regularly advise individuals wishing to invest in the UK or establish a UK based business. We work closely with other departments in our firm. Our advice is not limited to immigration law in isolation, but incorporates company law, commercial, tax and employment law considerations.
We advise families on their relocation to the UK or families forced to live apart due to immigration or economic reasons. We continue to develop expertise in advising on niche immigration problems involving celebrities and national security cases.
We are aware that at the end of each immigration decision there is a person, whose life is being affected. We therefore approach each case with the utmost attention and sensitivity, always finding time to explain the process in detail to all parties involved.
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We recognise that issues involving immigration can be complex, stressful and frustrating, whether it be for a large multinational corporation or a single individual. Our role is to make this process as smooth as possible for all parties involved, calling upon our extensive knowledge of the nuances of immigration law and often obscure practices of the Home Office.
In our work we consider the immigration history of the client to devise strategies and prepare and present solutions best suited to our client’s financial means and expectations.
We have an in-depth knowledge of the Points Based System of the Immigration Rules and extensive experience making applications under all of its categories, including Tier 1 (Investor), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 2 routes.
We recognise that the Points Based System migration is not the only solution to our clients’ immigration problems. We look at all options and, whenever possible, try to present our clients with a choice, taking into account their long term goals as well as their immediate needs.
We are prepared to devise immigration strategies for those who do not fit into the current immigration categories. Christopher Randall, a senior associate in our department and a part-time immigration judge, has a particular interest and expertise in refugee and human rights law, appeals and issues relating to overstaying.
With our wealth of in-house expertise, we can usually avoid seeking external counsels’ opinions, thus saving our clients both time and money.
We can offer a spectrum of fees arrangements. Junior members of our team work under close supervision of Philip Trott, and as a result, we can offer the highest quality of service at more affordable prices.
We can advise clients on the UK tax consequences of living and working in the UK. This includes:
- UK tax residency and domicile advice;
- Ascertaining what UK taxes will be applied and advising on how these can be mitigated;
- Helping clients to file UK tax returns.
BWB displays 'extremely good knowledge of the area', and 'consistently offers good, prudent advice' on 'high-profile' matters.
Legal 500 2013
Bates Wells has been absolutely brilliant every step of the way. They are experienced and kept me informed of everything all the time. Everything was handled with the utmost care and attention.
Chambers UK 2014
- UK Visas and Immigration
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA)
- Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI)
- EU Immigration Portal