Family & Individual Immigration Solicitors

  • Experienced, skilled, collaborative expertise and support every step of the way

  • Experts in family visas, temporary visas, and settlement & citizenship applications

  • Transparent pricing at all stages

Helping you navigate the UK immigration rules

Our family immigration team can support you with all aspects of immigrating to the UK, from advising on the most appropriate visa route for your circumstances to guiding you through the application process. We’re here to assist you at every stage, and can provide the legal expertise you need to obtain settlement and citizenship when the time comes.

We appreciate circumstances can change and often individuals may be required to switch from one visa category to another in order to remain in the UK. Offering in-depth knowledge of the Immigration Rules and the many different visa options that are available, our team is well equipped to help plan your journey.

Get in touch today by completing the form to arrange a free consultation.

Our family immigration lawyers’ expertise

The team at Shakespeare Martineau offers immigration expertise in a range of areas:

  • Family immigration routes – Fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner visa, Spouse visa, Unmarried partner visa, Returning Resident visa, EU Settlement Scheme, UK Ancestry visa, and British National Overseas.

  • Temporary visa applications – Youth Mobility Scheme, Graduate visa, Student visa, Visitor visa, Marriage visa, and Frontier Worker Permits.

  • Settlement and British citizenship – Indefinite leave to remain, long residence, naturalisation as a British citizen, registering children as British citizens, and British passport applications.

"We received a first-class service from our solicitor Calum Hanrahan who dealt with our case in a friendly and professional manner at all times." Client Feedback

How we support you

Our first priority is to get to know you and your circumstances. From here, we’ll identify the most appropriate visa route and explain the process involved in obtaining your visa, including the expected timeline.

Your specialist legal adviser will then help you to prepare your application in full, including:

  • Advising on and helping to gather the necessary supporting documents;

  • Arranging for foreign documents to be translated into English;

  • Submitting your application;

  • Creating your account with UKVCAS;

  • Upload all supporting document and arrange for a biometrics appointment;

  • Keeping you updated throughout the process.

If you are on an eligible visa route, we can support you with preparations for obtaining indefinite leave to remain.   Usually, 12 months after obtaining indefinite leave to remain, you will be eligible to apply to naturalise as a British citizen.  Our expert British citizenship lawyers can assist you with the naturalisation process. Find out more about our pricing here

Why choose Shakespeare Martineau?

There are plenty of reasons to choose Shakespeare Martineau as your business immigration lawyers:

  • We have a proven track record of assisting families with making successful UK immigration applications, including in circumstances when it appears specific Immigration Rules cannot be met.

  • Our immigration experts understand the ins and outs of the various visa options available to you and can advise on the best course of action, whatever your circumstances.

  • We’re well-positioned to offer end-to-end support – as well as assisting with visa applications, we help you to prepare for the next stage of the process (including indefinite leave to remain and naturalisation as a British citizen).

  • We are proud members of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) a professional association and registered charity aiming to promote and improve advice and representation in immigration, asylum and nationality law. Find out more here.

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How can we help?

Our expert lawyers are ready to help you with a wide range of legal services, use the search below or call us on: 0330 024 0333

How can we help?

Our expert lawyers are ready to help you with a wide range of legal services, use the search below or call us on: 0330 024 0333

How we have helped international business

Global FX company

Acted for a global FX company in defending a c. £78m claim brought by its client seeking rescission of contracts on grounds of unlawful means conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duties, fraud and bribery.

We advised the client on how the litigation may have financial and regulatory implications across different jurisdictions in which the client operates. We acted for the client in freezing orders, applications for pre-action disclosure, security for costs and third party disclosure orders. We also drafted witness statements, consulted experts and carried out a mammoth disclosure exercise that required careful review of sensitive information provided by different entities in the client group operating in different jurisdictions.

Politically sensitive claim

Acted for a sovereign State and its various ministries in defending a politically sensitive claim that involved 5 arbitrations, and eventually led to court proceedings in 5 different jurisdictions (including England, India, Abu Dhabi, New York and District of Columbia) to seek enforcement of the arbitration award.

The case required swift and effective collaboration with foreign law firms, as well as various ministries involved, to adopt a unified and harmonious approach whilst dealing with enforcement proceedings in different jurisdictions.

Aircraft lease contract

Acted for a sovereign State in defending a £30m claim by a foreign lessor arising out of an aircraft lease contract and a linked guarantee agreement.

The case posed complex jurisdictional and governing law issues as the lease and guarantee contracts contained different jurisdiction and governing law clauses. The case also involved issues of foreign illegality, on which we had to liaise closely with foreign law experts and foreign witnesses. We also carried out an on-site review of documentary evidence and held witness interviews at the client’s offices in Africa.

Ultra high net worth individual

Acted for an ultra-high-net-worth individual in defending a potential claim for recovery of US$76m brought by an overseas resident claimant alleging complex causes of actions ranging from breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty to mistake, fraud and conspiracy.

Insurer claim

Acting for the claimant in arbitration proceedings for recovery of £1.25m from the insurer of defendant, after first successfully representing the claimant in securing a summary judgment against the defendant for the recovery of such sum before the insurer declined cover. As the insurer is based in a foreign jurisdiction, and is currently in administration, the team has had to deal with complex issues of jurisdiction, governing law and extra-territorial operation of moratoria.

How can we help?

Our expert lawyers are ready to help you with a wide range of legal services, use the search below or call us on: 0330 024 0333