Why choose Shepherd and Wedderburn for immigration?

  • Our experienced immigration and nationality lawyers Jacqueline Moore and John Vassiliou are accredited Law Society of Scotland specialists. Our in-depth knowledge of the immigration rules and regulations allows us to provide clients with a comprehensive review of their case and advice tailored to their individual needs.
  • We provide clear and pragmatic advice in plain English to empower you to make informed decisions. We recognise that the immigration process can be extremely stressful. We aim to reduce that stress and give you peace of mind.
  • Most immigration applications are now made digitally via online application forms and document uploading platforms. Our solicitor Jack Freeland and caseworker Kerry Adams will work with you to ensure this process runs as smoothly as possible.
  • As well as supporting clients with visa and nationality issues, we can assist you and your family with buying and selling property, establishing a business, employment law queries and personal tax and estate planning.
  • Our clients also benefit from access to legal specialists with relevant expertise from across our offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London, our extensive network of trusted professional advisers including accountants, investment and wealth managers, education providers and placing consultants, and a network of lawyers in more than 45 jurisdictions. 

Personal and family immigration

Jacqueline and John have particular expertise in:

  • spouse visas and partner visas for families and their dependent children;
  • British citizenship, including complex ancestral claims to British nationality;
  • investor visas for high net worth individuals and their families;
  • European nationals seeking advice on the EU Settlement Scheme;
  • adoption of foreign-national children in Scotland
  • adult dependant relative visas for elderly parents; and
  • complex immigration litigation.

We offer fixed-fee initial consultations to advise new clients on their specific immigration or nationality issues.

What to expect from our personal immigration solicitors? 

Where appropriate, we offer full legal representation and can guide you all the way through to submission of your visa or nationality application.

You can expect:

  • clear jargon-free advice on rules and procedure;
  • a bespoke document list containing all mandatory and recommended documentation required for your visa;
  • assistance with drafting supporting statements or letters;
  • a thorough review of all of your documentation and evidence;
  • a tailored covering letter that addresses any complexities specific to your case; and
  • assistance with completing and submitting your application forms.

For those who prefer to prepare their own applications, we offer a document checking service to review your application bundle and provide constructive feedback. 

Business immigration

Immigration issues can be a challenge for business owners and HR professionals. Government guidance documents for employers and sponsors run into hundreds of pages. We can take the pressure off your HR department by guiding you through sponsor licence applications and providing ongoing advice in relation to recruitment of international workers.

What to expect from our business immigration solicitors? 

Our immigration lawyers regularly advise on:

  • relocating or establishing a business in the UK;
  • obtaining and maintaining a sponsor licence;
  • recruiting and retaining international staff;
  • visas for religious workers;
  • challenging civil penalties and revocation of sponsor licences; and
  • immigration, compliance, and right to work check training for HR professionals.

Read more about Business Immigration.


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    Jacqueline Moore has been handling our immigration matters for the past 7 years and we would not trust anyone else with this. She has helped guide us through quite a challenging ILR application due to COVID-related circumstances making the application trickier. We received excellent advice from Jacqueline and she, along with her team, went above and beyond to help overcome the hurdles we faced.

    Jacqueline and her team are incredibly invested in their work and they make you feel well supported through the whole immigration process. We could not recommend Jacqueline more highly and are so thankful for the help and attention to detail she and her team have provided during a very stressful process!

    Alasdair Henry & Gloria Nava May 2021

  • I would like to thank Ms. Jacqueline Moore & all the team at Shepherd & Wedderburn. Very professional, very knowledgeable, highly recommended.

    S Russell, August 2020

  • When we needed legal services under the most trying of times, you and your firm came through for us with relief that was much needed. 

    R Partain, February 2021


  • Jacqueline Moore has been assisting with my Immigration case since 2014, she has a keen eye for detail, and has gone far beyond ordinary my expectation many times to assure my applications were successful. She gave timely expertise to a difficult aspect of my immigration history in reference to my ILR application. Her input was invaluable and I can’t say what a relief it was to know that my application was in such safe hands. I have now received my stay and will certainly be recommending the team at Shepherd and Wedderburn.

    A Mitchell, March 2020

  • I have received a fantastic service from Shepherd and Wedderburn’s Immigration Department. Jacqueline has been dealing with my immigration matters for the last 20 years ago till now. She and her immigration team help me step-by-step and support me all the way in dealing with the Home Office. Thank you Jacqueline and her Immigration Team!

    J Hui, February 2021


  • After my successful application for indefinite leave to remain, which was handled by Shepherd and Wedderburn, I decided to do my naturalisation application with the firm as well. The whole experience has been a very positive one; the team are very helpful and professional, and they make sure they address any queries in a timely manner. The process was explained to me clearly, and I was made aware of the timeline of different steps. My naturalisation application was also a successful one, with a short turnaround time, and I am extremely happy and satisfied with the service I have received. 

    Y Sarabi, March 2020

  • Jacqueline is so knowledgeable about her subject, it is very reassuring as a client, that the person dealing with you during the most stressful and anxious times has so much expertise at her fingertips. I have absolutely no hesitation recommending Jacqueline to anyone needing an immigration expert.

    J Gurung, February 2021

  • I'd like to thanks Jacqueline and her team for her immense help during my application process. It's been an uncertain time with the pandemic and I won't be able to deal with the stress coming with the visa applications without the team's professionalism and efficiency. The communication was easy, and the team always keeps me well informed of new developments. They go above and beyond to suggest the most cost effective and least complicated method for my visa extension. I can't be more grateful for their help - especially during the stressful time.

    D Cheuk, March 2020