Solicitor

Experience

Matthew is a Solicitor in the Immigration Department and advises on all aspects of personal and business immigration. Matthew specialises in advising EEA nationals and their family members on their status in the UK including advice on naturalisation applications and registrations for British citizenship. He also has experience advising on points based system, family and Human Rights applications.

Matthew has a background in advising charities and social enterprises having previously worked for four years with BWB’s Charity and Social Enterprise department.

Examples of recent work

  • Advising EEA nationals and their families on their status and the impact of Brexit on their status in the UK
  • Providing advice in family immigration matters, including cases involving complex financial situations or unusual living arrangements
  • Securing the overturning of an entry ban for a non-EEA musician looking to perform in the UK
  • Advising on a complex application for British citizenship where both the individual and parent were born outside the UK
  • Advising on numerous entry clearance and leave to remain applications under the points based system, including Tier 1 Investors and Entrepreneurs, and Tier 5 Charity worker visas

Qualifications and career

  • University of Nottingham, BSc (Hons) Physics, 2007
  • Nottingham Law School, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2009
  • Nottingham Law School, Legal Practice Course, LLB, 2010
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2011
  • Paralegal, Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2012 - 2015
  • Trainee Solicitor, Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2015 - 2017
  • Admitted as a solicitor in September 2017

Pro bono, memberships and appointment

  • Member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association
  • Trustee of Three Feathers Theatre Company
  • Former company secretary of the European Social Enterprise Law Association