Jacqueline leads our immigration team and is a Law Society of Scotland-accredited specialist with over 20 years’ experience advising businesses and individuals in all aspects of UK immigration and nationality law. A top-ranked immigration lawyer in both the Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 independent legal directories, she has a reputation for delivering technical excellence and optimum results for clients.
Consultations with Jacqueline can be arranged from anywhere in the world via video platform, or by arrangement in the Edinburgh office (where she is based) or, with appropriate notice, in our London, Aberdeen or Glasgow offices.
Jacqueline specialises in representing clients with more complex immigration needs, such as inter-country adoption cases, adult dependant relative cases and challenging immigration refusal decisions before the Immigration and Asylum Chamber. She also regularly supports the firm’s new and existing business clients as they navigate the UK’s new immigration system in order to successfully recruit and retain non-British/Irish staff. This includes advising on right to work issues, applying for sponsor licences and carrying out mock audits for businesses to ensure compliance with sponsor licence duties. Jacqueline is incredibly knowledgeable on the sponsor licence system and all aspects of immigration compliance. Together with her colleague John Vassiliou, she has established a positive and collaborative working relationship with policy officials in the Home Office and regularly hosts engagement events for clients.
Over the last two decades, Jacqueline has represented hundreds of individuals and families at every stage of their UK immigration journey – from obtaining an initial entry visa to the UK to becoming first-time British passport holders. Jacqueline strives to use every aspect of this experience to ensure clients' immigration journeys are as smooth as possible.
In addition, for those international families and individuals seeking support on non-immigration issues, Jacqueline, in collaboration with Gillian Campbell, Partner in our private wealth and tax team, founded the firm’s International Families Group, which delivers a one-stop legal support service for entrepreneurs, professionals, high net worth individuals, investors and their families moving to the UK.