Immigration Categories

We cover all areas of Home Office and Entry Clearance applications, both within and outside the Points Based System. For those in business we work for entrepreneurs, investors and business representatives. We also advise employers as Tier Two sponsors. We serve students and those proceeding to employment, and we advise organisations operating schemes covered by Tier Five.

Amnesty Schemes

In the past we have seen:

  • The Regularisation of Overstayers Scheme
  • The Family one-off Leave to Remain exercise
  • Legacy cases

Nowadays we act for similar clients aplying for Discretionary Leave outside the Rules.


Our Asylum work starts with the personal background of the individual who consults us. Frequently a political past has to be analysed before a substantive Home Office interview can take place.

We have challenged and defeated the government in cases where they have used powers to stop Asylum claims by means of “certification” – for instance Article 1F of the Geneva Convention.

Family applications

Marriages: – in-country and Entry Clearance applications.

Adult Dependant Relatives: – where care in their home countries is unavailable.

Family re-unification: – applications from under 18-year olds.

Human Rights Law

European Human Rights Law can affect every aspect of our work, particularly those with immigration difficulties. It is fast changing and complex. We bring such cases to Appeal at all levels of the Asylum and Immigration Chamber, and to Judicial Review in the High Court.


We make many applications to establish British Nationality by registration for British Overseas Citizens. Family histories need to be analysed and applied to the historical developments of British Nationality Law. Richard Timmis has long associations in East Africa where he is well known for this work.

We also act on difficult Naturalisation applications, for instance where good character has been put in doubt.


We act for many people whose immigration status has expired, where Human Rights Law has to be used. Some have made innocent slips, some get stranded by circumstances that are out of their control; others have long histories where roots in this country are put down over several years.