Simpson Millar launches immigration service


With the recruitment of two immigration solicitors and a legal adviser, national law firm Simpson Millar has launched a dedicated service for individuals and families seeking to work, visit or integrate into the UK.

The immigration team will offer advice on all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law.

Immigration Team

Sumita Gupta qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and immediately began her career in immigration law; a path she has remained firmly on ever since. As head of Simpson Millar's Immigration Team, she provides advice and assistance in all areas of immigration and public law. Also part of the team is solicitor, Arif Khalfe and legal adviser, Bhavini Bhatt. Together they will be helping foreign nationals and overseas workers tackle the complexities of the UK immigration system.

From the firm's Leeds, Manchester and London offices, the new Immigration Team will assist people that have a right to enter or remain in the UK, as well as businesses seeking to recruit staff in the country - some with potentially complex and urgent applications and appeals.

"Whether you are seeking to work, study or join family members in the UK, being refused entry by the Border Agency or being ordered to leave when you have a legal right to remain in the country can be frustrating. Often, these decisions are ill informed and in breach of people's basic human rights."

"Having the correct representation when seeking to extend leave or appeal a refusal decision can make a significant difference," said Sumita. "Getting stuck in the immigration maze can make anyone feel vulnerable or financially out of pocket, and we are here to make sure that doesn't happen."

On the commercial side, Simpson Millar's Immigration Team will assist with applications from business visitors, skilled workers, investors and entrepreneurs, as well as with EEA applications and applications on behalf of temporary and charitable workers.

Business that have been the target of a UKBA fine following a raid on their premises will be able to call on the firm to help negotiate down fines for employing overseas nationals without sufficient documentation.

Bhavini commented: "Immigration laws are growing increasingly complicated and many people need help to ensure their stay the UK is legal. I am passionate about finding pragmatic solutions for my clients and making sure the final outcome is what they were hoping for."

Commercial litigator and immigration solicitor, Arif has carved a niche for assisting skilled workers in particular - making sure their immigration papers giving them a right to work in the country are in order. "Immigration advice is often needed urgently and with great attention to detail so that is what I make an effort to provide; no nonsense and swift action."

Sumita will be based in Simpson Millar's Manchester office, Bhavini in London and Arif in Leeds.

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