LLB (Hons), FRSA, Principal Solicitor, Recognised Sole Practitioner
Named as an expert in all the leading guides to immigration lawyers, Roger Gherson has a reputation for tenacity, reflected in the firm's breadth of litigation work, which includes immigration tribunal cases, judicial reviews in the High Courts and appearances at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission and the European Court of Human Rights. Roger also has in-depth knowledge of human rights and asylum claims (private only), whether in the context of extradition, national security proceedings or otherwise. He is also regularly quoted in the legal and business press on immigration and nationality matters.
Roger holds a law degree from University College London. He established Gherson in 1988 and has over 27 years' experience in all aspects of UK immigration and nationality law and related human rights work both within the UK and internationally. Roger leads a significant team of advisors that includes solicitors, barristers, immigration consultants, paralegals and translators. His expertise covers the full spectrum of business, investor and employment-related immigration as well as personal immigration matters.
Roger is "singled out for his 'unbounded energy' and his ability to 'retain strategic oversight of a large and difficult caseload'" in 2012's The Legal 500.
Lisa joined Gherson in 2000 and is a specialist in all corporate immigration matters, including sponsor licence applications, prevention of illegal working, objections to civil penalties and all matters relating to Tiers 1 and 2 of the Points-Based System, with a particular emphasis on issues relating to 'dependant leave to remain/enter' applications (unmarried partners, spouses, children and adopted children, domestic workers, etc.). She has extensive experience in respect of Tier 1 (General), HSMP Forum Judgement, ILR, Sole Representative, Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) and Tier 5 temporary workers applications as well as related appeals and administrative reviews. Lisa is also recommended in this year's The Legal 500.
Frederick joined Gherson in 2012 having previously undertaken publicly and privately funded immigration work for a regional firm. He worked as a Paralegal within the General Immigration Team at Gherson before joining the Complex Litigation team shortly after the commencement of his training contract. He has assisted with applications under Tiers 1 and 4 of the Points-Based System, EEA free movement legislation, and Appendix FM of the immigration Rules. He has worked on applications for British Nationality including complex naturalisation applications. He has assisted with immigration appeals to the First-Tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal, Court of Appeal, and with an application to the European Court of Human Rights. He holds a BA (Hons) degree in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford and completed an MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights at Utrecht University.
Sarah joined Gherson in February 2015 and is currently working in the corporate immigration team assisting with matters relating to sponsor licence applications, Tier 1 and 2 of the Points Based System, nationality applications and EEA matters. Sarah holds an LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Hull and has also completed the Legal Practice Course, graduating from the College of Law in 2012. Sarah also speaks fluent Farsi.
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Hari joined the complex Asylum and Immigration team in 2013 after completing a Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP College, Waterloo. She also holds a BA (Hons) in French and Spanish from the University of Manchester. Currently, Hari works in the Corporate Immigration team assisting in Entry Clearance, Leave to Remain and Indefinite Leave to Remain applications for Points Based System migrants and their dependants and also Naturalisation and Entrepreneur applications.
Charlie Joined Gherson in January 2015. Prior to joining the firm, he acted on behalf of clients in a wide range of private and public law cases against the State, including human rights and judicial review claims. Charlie holds an LLM in Human Rights Law from Birkbeck, University of London and a Graduate Diploma in Law from the College of Law, London. Charlie completed the Legal Practice Course in June 2011 and qualified as a solicitor in March 2014. Charlie is fluent in French and holds an undergraduate degree in French law.
Alina joined Gherson in 2006 and initially was working on complex asylum cases, appeals heard at the Immigration Tribunal and human rights cases taken to the European Court of Human Rights. She then moved to General Immigration Team and has experience with a wide range of immigration matters such as Tier 1 and 4 of the Points-Based system, applications under EEA free movement legislation and Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. She has worked on the applications for British Nationality, including complex naturalisation applications. She holds a Masters in Law from Kiev State University and a Graduate Diploma in Law from the BPP Law School in London. She also completed an LPC course at the BPP Law School with distinction. Alina speaks Russian and Ukrainian.
Francesca joined Gherson in 2012 and is working on the corporate immigration team. She specialises in Sponsor License and Tier 2 applications, together advising on the prevention of illegal working and the compliancy of HR files/systems in line with the regulations of Sponsor License holders within the UK. She also advises on Entry Clearance, Leave to Remain and Indefinite Leave to Remain applications for Points Based System Migrants and their Dependent family members. She also deals with various applications for family members of British and EEA migrants.
Thomas joined Gherson in 2013 to head up the extradition team and has over 10 years experience in high profile extradition and criminal law. He has been involved in extradition cases in a number of different jurisdictions and has experience of dealing with complex cases involving simultaneous asylum issues. Alongside extradition, Thomas often advises individuals who wish to make representations to INTERPOL. Finally, Thomas has experience in representing individuals in challenging financial sanctions imposed by the EU. Thomas holds a degree in law from the University of Leicester, is a member of Fair Trials International's Legal Experts Advisory Panel and in 2014 was selected as a 'Rising Star' in Super Lawyer's London list.
Lucy joined Gherson in January 2015 as part of the complex immigration team. Lucy holds a degree in Politics (MA) from the University of Glasgow and a Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP Law School. Lucy completed the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School with Distinction. Prior to joining the firm she worked as a Senior Immigration Caseworker with experience in asylum applications and appeals, as well as immigration detention matters.
Kate joined Gherson in August 2011 and currently works within the general immigration team. Kate holds a BA (Hons) degree in English Literature from Newcastle University and a Graduate Diploma in Law from the College of Law, London. Kate also completed the Legal Practice Course with distinction, graduating from the College of Law with an LLB degree.
Christina has experience of complex asylum cases and immigration appeals. She holds a BA (Hons) degree in English from Kings College London. She completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at the College of Law, London in 2009. Prior to joining Gherson in January 2011, she worked as Protection Associate for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Cyprus. Christina also speaks fluent Greek and Spanish.
Candice joined Gherson in January 2015 and currently works within the general immigration team. Candice holds a BA (Law) degree from Stellenbosch University in South Africa and a Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP Law School, London. Candice has also completed the Legal Practice Course, graduating from BPP Law School in July 2014.
Joe joined Gherson in February 2000 and practices primarily in personal immigration law, with particular expertise in human rights cases. Joe holds a degree in English from Queen Mary and Westfield College London and an MA in Slavonic and Eastern European Studies from the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, London University. He undertook his Common Professional Examination and Legal Practice Course with the College of Law in Birmingham and London. Joe is also fluent in Russian.
Isobel works as a solicitor in the general immigration team, having been admitted as a solicitor in March 2012, when she joined Gherson. She graduated with a law degree from SOAS, University of London. She then undertook her Legal Practice Course at Kaplan Law School in London. She trained at PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP.
Gintare joined Gherson's complex immigration team in July 2014 and currently assists with extradition, asylum and sanctions cases. She holds a Bachelor of Law from Mykolas Riomeris University in Lithuania, an LLM in International Law and a Graduate Diploma in Law from Southampton Solent University. Gintare is fluent in Lithuanian and Russian and conversant in Armenian.
Nikita joined Gherson in September 2013 and currently works within the Corporate Immigration Team. Nikita holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Medical Sciences from University of Leeds and a Graduate Diploma of Law from BPP Law School. Nikita also completed the Legal Practice Course, graduating from BPP Law School with a LLB Degree. Nikita deals with matters relating to sponsor licence applications, prevention of illegal working in the UK, all matters relating to Tier 1 and 2 of the Points Based System, nationality applications and EEA matters.
Solicitor, Registered Foreign Lawyer (New South Wales)
Roxanne joined Gherson in 2013 and works in the litigation team specialising in complex immigration, asylum and human rights cases. She holds a Bachelor of Psychology and Law from Macquarie University in Australia and was admitted as a Solicitor in Australia in May 2008. She is also a registered foreign lawyer in the UK. Prior to joining Gherson, Roxanne worked in both private practice and in-house specialising in employment law and industrial relations.