An accredited Law Society of Scotland specialist in Immigration law, Jacqueline has practiced in immigration law for over 18 years. Over that time, she has built up a wealth of experience acting on behalf of clients ranging from asylum-seekers to multi-national companies to Russell Group Universities.
Immigration issues can be a challenge for business owners and HR professionals. Keeping on top of Right to Work legislation is an issue for all businesses. For those looking to hire international talent, a Sponsor licence is usually required. Jacqueline has helped fashion start-ups such as Strathberry and multi-national companies such as Epic Games obtain their licence. She was also the instructing solicitor in the only reported case in the UK in which the higher court found that a Sponsor licence refusal was unlawful.
The current family migration laws are particularly complex and it can be very difficult for families to navigate their way through the system. Jacqueline strives to demystify the process and help families achieve a prompt and successful outcome.
Jacqueline is hugely privileged to act for a number of Scottish Universities in respect of their immigration issues. Universities have a diverse and international workforce and rely heavily on their Sponsor licence as the mechanism for recruiting international academics. Jacqueline has acted as the lead solicitor in preparing several Universities for their HEAT audit. Currently, she acts for a number of University clients, advising them on a wide range of immigration issues, including Sponsor compliance (Tier 2 and Tier 5), Brexit related issues and non PBS routes.
Over the course of her career, Jacqueline has secured visas for hundreds of individuals looking to come to the UK to set up or invest. These can be some of the most difficult visa routes and Jacqueline enjoys taking the time to understand the businesses that clients are trying to set up so that she can advise on the best path. Importantly, for many of her clients, Jacqueline and her team advise from the outset not only on the requirements to enter the UK, but also on what must be done when clients arrive to give them the the best possible prospects for future applications to remain in the UK.