Recommendations

  • Chetal "is truly a pioneer in her domain of expertise."

    HNW, Chambers UK 2021

  • She is very efficient and organised, and her depth of knowledge gives me great comfort.

    Chambers UK 2021

  • Global Elite Thought Leader, Chetal Patel is “wonderful to work with” and singled out as “an authority in her field” with peers adding that “she is an excellent speaker at conferences.”

    Who’s Who Legal 2021

  • She is very knowledgeable, incredibly personable, has good background and is a safe pair of hands

    Chambers HNW 2021

  • Chetal is great - she is commercial and quick to respond and react.

    Chambers UK 2021

  • She is ever so thorough and ever so clear. She is so efficient and so effective

    Chambers HNW 2021

  • Recommended for Corporate Immigration

    Who's Who Legal 2021

  • She is proactive and responsive and provided the necessary support to complete our exercise

    Legal 500 2021

  • I cannot praise her too highly. From the first contact I had with her she was extremely helpful, efficient and supportive; the overall experience of working with her was excellent.

    Chambers 2020

  • Chetal has "in-depth expert knowledge of immigration law that enables clients to make the right decision for their businesses"

    Who's Who Legal

    Corporate Immigration 2020

  • Chetal Patel possesses “in-depth expert knowledge of immigration law that enables clients to make the right decision for their businesses”

    Who's Who Legal 2020

  • Recognised as a Next Generation Partner

    Legal 500 2020

  • Chetal Patel expertly, promptly and pleasantly deals with all enquiries.

    Legal 500 2020

  • A really good, solid and conscientious lawyer

    Chambers HNW 2019 - Band 3

  • Really approachable and really down to earth

    Chambers HNW 2019 - Band 3

  • Future Leader' for Corporate Immigration

    Who's Who Legal 2019

  • Next generation lawyer

    Legal 500 2019

  • We were very satisfied with both the expert advice we received, and the successful outcome. It was a pleasure to deal with you.

    Client feedback

  • A key figure

    Legal 500 2018

  • Next generation lawyer

    Legal 500 2017

  • We appreciate your advice, the clarity of the information is immaculate

    Client feedback

  • "Your advice and guidance is always crystal clear and it's great working with you"

    Client feedback

  • She has the business best interests at heart.

    Client feedback

  • I have no hesitation in saying that all of Chetal's communications demonstrate and excellent knowledge of the law.

    Client feedback

  • All advice is given pleasantly, with authority, and leaving no doubt as to what is required of us.

    Client feedback

  • Your work has been unfailingly excellent in all regards. Prompt, effective, accurate, considered.

    Client feedback

  • Chetal Patel has a strong reputation in the market for her work in the charity and not-for-profit sectors. She also acts for large domestic and international companies in need of assistance with Tier 2 sponsorship matters.

    Chambers UK 2021

  • Chetal always fills me with confidence in the advice she provides.

    Client feedback

  • I have always felt confident that the advice you have given has been accurate and your judgement has always been the best.

    Client feedback

  • We got our visa sponsor licence application in thanks to the tireless efforts of Chetal. She's so very impressive.

    Client feedback

  • We could not have asked for a better, more responsible and on top of it partner in this.

    Client feedback

Experience

I help clients with their UK business related immigration matters and provide pragmatic solutions to often complex situations. At the heart of every immigration matter is an individual and I keep this at the forefront of my mind when advising.

My particular interests lie in sponsor related matters, the post-Brexit landscape and the government’s ‘hostile environment’ policies. With a range of immigration routes available, my work also means that I advise business people, HNW and high-profile individuals on visiting the UK and securing status.

Due to the nature of my work, I’m fortunate to work collaboratively with colleagues across other departments at Bates Wells’ and this adds to the client service that we can offer.

I enjoy sharing know how and I regularly deliver training sessions on business immigration related topics to fellow practitioners and organisations both nationally and internationally. I also contribute commentary to journalists.

Highlights

  • Immigration options for a HNW individual

    I advised a Forbes-listed Chinese billionaire on immigration options to the UK. The strategic advice was critical to the client as he wanted to plan his options for residency, based on the fact that he spends a limited amount of time in jurisdictions due to his global business.

  • Successful stage 1 Global Talent endorsement

    I advised a recent Oscar winner on a successful stage 1 Global Talent endorsement in preparation for the premier of a world-famous franchise. Given the actor’s status and the nature of the film industry, my work also involved successfully dealing with the actor’s extensive team (agents, marketing, etc).

  • Employment of a new hire

    I recently advised on the recruitment of an international non-profit charity’s new CEO and considered the immigration options from the start. I played a crucial role, alongside other advisors, in advising across a broad range of additional considerations relating to the high profile hire.

  • Entry into the UK

    I have provided strategic advice to a world renowned UK based data science institute in respect of the immigration options for bringing individuals to the UK to take part in fellowship programmes some of which were created following funding from the government. My advice has included careful consideration of the calls for proposal and advising on the most appropriate route of entry which would fit in with the client’s needs.

  • Sponsorship work

    Lead immigration partner for a company that publishes some of the UK’s best known news titles. Recent work included advising on the work visas for new recruits, advice on recruitment activity, right to work queries and Brexit support.

  • Sponsor licence suspension and reinstatement

    I successfully represented an international charity (which matches volunteers) with the reinstatement of its sponsor licence. I liaised closely with key members of the charity to ensure that the representations made were accurate and that they covered the impact of the possible revocation not just on the charity, but also those organisations that rely heavily on the client for providing volunteers. As part of this instruction, I also attended a meeting with the Home Office’s compliance team to discuss and make additional representations following the submission of the written representations. Following this meeting, a decision was made within a couple of days to reinstate the licence so that the client could continue to sponsor new volunteers for the forthcoming year.

  • Culture and creative sectors: talent visas and routes of entry

    I have advised on whether potential contestants would gain entry for a TV show.

  • Restructuring and acquisitions

    I advised FM Conway Limited on the immigration aspects of an acquisition.

  • Senior executives and international business

    I regularly advise individuals on business trips and the scope of their activities.

  • I advise individuals on exceptional talent/promise and start-up/innovators routes.
  • I advised on the entry of an acclaimed opera singer for performance at a live event.
  • I advised a fine jewellery designer in relation to the prevention of illegal working.
  • I advised a healthcare regulator on sponsorship issues pending a restructure.
  • I have successfully secured accelerated settlement for an Entrepreneur.
  • I have successfully applied for settlement for senior executives and their family members.
  • I advised on a foreign criminal conviction not being disclosed in a past application.
  • I advised on the considerations following a sponsored worker’s long term sick leave.
  • I regularly conduct extensive immigration audits.

Qualifications and career

  • Swansea University, LLB (Hons) Law and Business Studies, 2002-2005.
  • The College of Law, Legal Practice Course, 2006.
  • Trained at Birketts LLP, 2007.
  • Admitted as a Solicitor, 2009.
  • Solicitor, Birketts LLP, 2009.
  • Solicitor, Gherson, 2011.
  • Solicitor, Bates Wells, 2013.
  • Associate, Bates Wells, 2015.
  • Senior Associate, Bates Wells, 2016.
  • Partner, Bates Wells, 2018.

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association.
  • International Associate member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
  • Member of the International Bar Association’s Immigration and Nationality Law Committee.
  • Immigration Consultation Board for Practical Law.
  • Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association GMS Steering Committee.
  • Ambassador of the Bates Wells’ Race and Ethnicity Network.
  • Bates Wells Foundation Trustee.