Sophie Barrett-Brown is Senior Partner and Head of UK Practice at immigration firm, Laura Devine Solicitors. With over 20 years’ experience in UK immigration and nationality law and EU free movement law, she has been recognised for many years by legal directories (including Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and The Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers) as a leading expert in UK immigration and nationality law, she has been described by directories as having ‘exceptional knowledge’ and ‘very close attention to detail’; ‘she sees the big picture and has a thorough and sound historic knowledge of her subject matter which is needed in a subject matter which is constantly changing.’
Her clients are drawn from all sectors and range from multinational corporations to entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals and families.
Sophie specialises in all aspects of UK business immigration and nationality law as well as EU free movement law. She has particular expertise in the points-based system, Tiers 1, 2, 4 and 5, including sponsored migrants, entrepreneurs and investors, as well as discretionary applications.
Sophie is also widely known for her policy work, regularly participating in policy consultations and working parties including managing the firm's numerous submissions to the Migration Advisory Committee's (MAC), Home office and the Home Affairs Select Committee, to which she has given evidence on a number of occasions.
Sophie is a prolific speaker and commentator on immigration topics, presenting internationally and frequently commenting in the general media. Commended for her ‘generosity in sharing her knowledge’ for the benefit of the profession and immigration law practice in the UK, she is a past Chair of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) (2007-2012), with whom she continues to work extensively on various working groups and delivering training, a member of the Lexis PSL Editorial Consulting Board and member of The Law Society Brexit Migration Strategic Reference Group.
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