This pre-eminent team's presence is felt across all fields of immigration in both the business and personal sectors.
Ranked as leaders in immigration law by both the Chambers UK and Legal 500 directories, our particular skill is to untangle complex situations to find ways for our clients to meet the ever-changing requirements of the UK’s immigration categories.
We are widely recognised as the leading immigration practice in the UK. Indeed, our Immigration team is led by Philip Trott, the only immigration lawyer to be ranked as a Star Individual by Chambers UK legal directory. 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 aim to find strategies to neutralise poor immigration histories and get a successful outcome for our clients.
With the Coalition Government’s stated intention of reducing immigration, successive changes to the Immigration Rules have significantly altered established immigration routes and 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.
The team was recently nominated for a Legal 500 UK Award 2013 in the category Human Resources: Firm of the Year (Specialism), the only team to be recognised for this area of work across the awards. Head of department Philip Trott was also recently shortlisted for a High Value Immigration Award in the category of UK Immigration Advisor of the Year.
We work with leading businesses and charities and have considerable experience in managing immigration risk in a corporate context.
Equally, we continue to advise private clients on their relocation to the UK or on their immigration strategy once in the UK.
We also advise on all immigration categories, including options on the basis of relationships.
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.
Bates Wells is good on complex issues. They're all really bright there, and they think outside the box and can look at the bigger picture, which is really important. They give more than just narrow advice.
Chambers UK 2014
In working with our clients, we consider the immigration histories of both organisations and individuals, devise strategies and prepare and present the appropriate application or appeal.
We will then give detailed advice on submissions, analyse outcomes and guide you on how best to achieve your long-term aims.
With our wealth of in-house expertise, including a former immigration officer in our team, we can usually avoid seeking external counsels’ opinions, thus saving our clients both time and money.
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