• You cannot get better. He is the godfather of immigration law.

    Chambers HNW 2021

  • Senior Statesperson: A longstanding leader in immigration law, Philip Trott advises on the full gamut of immigration issues, from sponsor licence applications to matters surrounding Tier 2 visas.

    Chambers UK 2021

  • He provides an excellent service; he is incredibly knowledgeable and thorough

    Chambers UK 2021

  • He is a guru when it comes to immigration law. He is someone I call when I am stuck on a thorny immigration problem.

    Chambers HNW 2021

  • He "is the foremost expert on immigration matters in the UK"

    Chambers HNW 2021

  • One of the great doyens of immigration

    Chambers HNW 2021

  • Recommended for Corporate Immigration

    Who's Who Legal 2021

  • Best Lawyer - Immigration

    Best Lawyers 2021 9th Edition

  • His work with high profile clients often with unique and complex cases, is unrivalled.

    Citywealth Leaders 2020

  • If you are serious about UK Immigration, you have to have Philip Trott on your team

    Legal 500 2020

  • Generous with his time and know-how

    Chambers 2020

  • Philip Trott is a stand out partner, he is incredibly knowledgeable, and is very good at understanding the needs of the business and advising accordingly

    Legal 500 2020

  • The 'eminent' Philip Trott

    Legal 500 2020

  • "I couldn't imagine an immigration world without Philip. He's like the oracle - the fountain of immigration knowledge"

    Chambers HNW 2019 - Band 1

  • Superstar immigration lawyer praised for his encyclopedic knowledge of rules and appeals

    Chambers HNW 2019 - Band 1

  • Best Lawyer - Immigration Law

    8th Edition of Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom

  • Philip is a "leader in the field" of a broad range of PBS applications to represent individuals and business on immigration matters

    Chambers 2019

  • Philip's advice is "practical and focused"

    Chambers 2019

  • Philip is 'extremely knowledgeable'

    Chambers 2019

  • A stalwart of the immigration world

    Legal 500 2018

  • Brilliant lawyer and has an excellent reputation

    Chambers HNW 2018

  • One of the top immigration lawyers in the country and just an amazing member of the profession

    Chambers HNW 2018

  • "One of the stalwarts in the immigration practice"

    Chambers HNW 2018

  • Recognised as a Best Lawyer

    Best Lawyers in UK 2019 Edition

  • His ability to manage the technical, emotional and human side of questions is considered second to none.

    Chambers 2018

  • Leading individual.

    Legal 500 2016

  • Philip is an 'extremely knowledgeable' practice head. 

    Legal 500 2016

  • Philip is an "acknowledged expert for both business and private immigration"

    Chambers HNW 2016, Immigration Band 1

  • "He's phenomenal" and "a real leading light in the immigration field"

    Chambers HNW 2016, Immigration Band 1

  • Philip is well known for 'his impressive client list' in the entertainment sector

    Chambers HNW 2016, Immigration Band 1

  • Named as a top 10 Immigration Lawyer 

    Spear's 2016

  • Shortlisted for Immigration Lawyers' section

    The Spear's 500 2017

  • Philip gives "clear and useful advice" and is "generous with his time."

    Chambers UK 2016

  • Philip always gets back to us in a very short space of time, and because of his connections and other official appointments we are confident that we are getting the latest information

    Chambers UK 2021


I have been advising on immigration issues all my professional life. I started my career as an employment lawyer before becoming one of the first lawyers to specialise exclusively in immigration law. I am now recognised as a leading expert in both business and personal immigration.

I provide specialist immigration advice to commercial, charity and individual clients in respect of Points Based System applications – including Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer), Tier 1 (Start up and Innovator), Tier 1 (Investor) and those applying under Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent). Additionally, I routinely advise on non-Points Based System applications and often advise inward investors to the UK on establishing a presence under the sole representative route. I continue to offer strategic advice and often advise EEA and Swiss nationals or their family members on free movement rights; and continue to assist those seeking to naturalise as British Citizens or seeking British Citizenship under an alternative basis. 

My client base is diverse and includes household names such as Nike (UK), Endemol and Atlantic Records as well as numerous leading US law firms. I have a particular interest in the field of media and advise clients including Channel 4, TalkBack, Thames and other production companies on immigration risk. I advise a number of high profile international celebrities including Snoop DoggBusta Rhymes50 Cent and advise Atlantic Records’ artists. A growing area of my practice is advising politicians and business leaders excluded from the UK for political reasons. 

I take interest in the reform of business and employment related immigration. I co-convened the Immigration Law Practitioners Association working group on Economic Migration and regularly teach fellow professionals. I am regularly asked to comment on developments in employment-related immigration law and often appear as expert witness in legal here involving immigration matters.

I am a member of the Law Society Brexit task force involved in making representations to the government.

I have been listed in the Citywealth Leaders List 2017 as a leading lawyer for immigration.

I am listed in the Who’s Who 2019 publication, which is the essential directory of the noteworthy and influential people in every area of public life, published worldwide.

I am ranked Band 1 in the Chambers High Net Worth Publication 2021 for my Immigration work.

I have been selected by peers for the inclusion in the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom in the practice area of Immigration law.
I am the winner of a Leaders in Law Global Award 2020 in the category of Immigration Law Expert of the Year in England.

I recently featured in a special CNN News broadcast, UK Edition 2.0, discussing Brexit and its entanglement with the migration of Indian chefs.

I am a Consulting Editorial Board Member and Contributing Author to the Lexis Nexis PSL Immigration Service.

I am on the committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Global Migration Publications Section. As a member of this committee, I assist in producing quality and newsworthy articles which are made available to those with membership.

Myself and my team have been chosen as the winner of Media Sector Immigration Law – Law Firm of the Year in England in the Global Law Experts Annual Awards.

  • I manage the sponsor licence applications for large corporate clients applying under the Points Based System
  • I advise those who had been unlawfully refused leave to enter at the port of entry as a result of their previously spent criminal convictions
  • I advise on applications being made exceptionally and outside the immigration rules where the application would be decided on a discretionary basis
  • I prepare expert witness evidence in respect of those injured and pursuing personal injury claims where their immigration status would affect the amount of the damages awarded
  • I manage and advise upon corporate risk in an immigration context
  • I advise those subject to threat of redundancy in the city whose leave to remain was contingent on employment
  • I am featured as a panellist at the Investment Migration Council Event in April 2016

Qualifications and career

  • University of London, LLB (Hons), 1976
  • College of Law Lancaster Gate, Law Society finals, 1977
  • Trained with Dale Parkinson and Lawford & Co, 1977-1979
  • Partner with Lawford & Co, 1982-1988
  • Partner at Thompson Snell & Passmore, 1988-1992
  • Partner at Bates Wells, 1992

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Voluntary advisor to Rock Corps and Apprentice Nation
  • Volunteer at Kingston Hospital
  • The Lansbury Club
  • Volkswagens Owners Club
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Global Migration Publications Committee