Stephen is a senior solicitor and heads up our Immigration Team. He specialises in UK immigration for corporate clients across various industries including; banking, tech, international law firms, architecture, TV/film and sports. Stephen also handles complex private client cases including British nationality and applications under European Law. With 10 years’ experience in immigration law Stephen has a broad technical knowledge. Stephen provides client focused, practical and straightforward advice. His main experience includes:
Sponsor Licence applications
Tier 2 visas
Naturalisation and settlement/permanent residence
European residence cards and EEA family permits
Tier 5 (creative and sports) visas
Sole representative visas
However, he also has experience across the full range of UK immigration applications.
Stephen is also experienced at handling and resolving Sponsor Licence suspensions or revocations, including the Judicial Review process.
With Brexit scheduled for March 2019 and the Conservative government clamping down on immigration numbers to the UK, Stephen is involved in lobbying on behalf of businesses and providing high level strategic thinking for the future of UK immigration.
Recently there has been a move by the UK immigration authorities towards stricter enforcement and compliance and this is an area in which Stephen is particularly strong. Stephen has attended numerous immigration audits and has an excellent track record of obtaining Sponsor Licences and drafting robust internal policies and procedures to pass any future audits. Stephen works closely with the Employment team to ensure HR policies are both immigration and employment law compliant.
Stephen has worked for band-1 rated immigration law firms for the past 10 years, undertaking his training at PwC. Stephen has recently been mentioned in Legal 500 for immigration law. Stephen attended Law School at BPP in London and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations from The University of Manchester.