Recognised as a Key Lawyer
Matthew James' work ethic and attention-to-detail is excellent; he is highly professional and pleasant to deal with.
I’m a Solicitor in the Immigration Department. I advise on all aspects of personal and business immigration. A main area of my work is helping EEA nationals and their family members with their status in the UK. This includes advising on naturalisation and registrations for British citizenship. The last year has also seen me advise on points based system, family and Human Rights applications.
Before I joined the Immigration team, I worked for four years with Bates Wells’ Charity and Social Enterprise department. So I have a strong background in advising charities and social enterprises on their immigration needs as well.
I have advised a number of EEA nationals and their families on the impact of Brexit on their status in the UK. I have assisted people with making applications under the EU Settlement Scheme and helped employers with briefing their employees on what they will need to do once the UK leaves the EU.
When a musician needed to overturn a ban to perform in the UK, I helped them overturn the historic decision and get a visa to perform. I even then got to go back stage.
I advised a client who was looking at having his application refused due to his historic tax issues. I was able to ensure that he would not be required to leave the UK and continue living with his wife and kids.