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Our Immigration department is a well established United Kingdom Immigration, asylum and Nationality practice.  We have specialised in this area of practice for well over 20 years.  We are based in Maida Vale in London and we represent clients across the UK and internationally.
One recent case lead by Louisa Agu as head of the department was reported as SoS for the Home Department (Appellant) v. JJ and Others (FC) Respondents [2007] UKHL 45 involving control orders.  Judgments throughout were in our client's favour, JJ, who we represented at every point from arrest to conclusion of the case at the House of Lords (now superseded by the Supreme Court).  The case was heard by our leading Judges, including Sulivan J at the High Court, Lord Philips of Worth Matravers, Sir Anthony Clarke the then Master of the Rolls and Sir Igor Judge (then President of the Queen's Bench Division and now Lord Chief Justice) at the Court of Appeal.  At the House of Lords, Lord Bingham, Lord Hofman, Baroness Hale of Richmond Lord Craswell and Lord Brown.  
We have a team of 3 very experienced solicitors and 2 highly experienced, motivated and committed caseworkers – all the members of the team are senior accredited caseworkers.  We provide legal advice, assistance and representation for companies, private and legally aided clients on all aspects of UK Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law as well as Human Rights Law.


We advise and assist clients in various ways, with any applications they may make to enable them to live, work or study here in the U.K.

We also assist persons: - who wish either marry or who have already married a foreign national in or outside the U.K, those who are already in a civil partnership or those who wish to enter into such a relationship, those who wish to settle in the U.K through the many possible routes to settlement in this country.

We also assist with any applications to extend or vary a current leave to remain. 
We advice and assist EEA nationals and members of their family with any immigration issues that they may have – this area of the law is currently in the state of flux and non EEA family members in particular need knowledgeable lawyers to assist them negotiate this area of law in order to gain admission into the country for them. 

There are many routes to British Nationality. The mainly known routes are naturalisation and registration based on residency and place of birth.  However there are other less known routes to British Nationality.  We assist persons who wish to naturalise or register as British Citizens based on residency and birth as well as those who wish to renounce their status as British Nationals; we also help those who do not know whether they are British nationals and those who want to know whether indeed they qualify to become British at all. 

We also advise those whose lives are in danger in their home country and as such have come here to seek protection or as a result are unable to return to their home country for various reasons.


We also advice and assist those who are currently outside the U.K but who wish to enter the country – whether as visitors, relatives, or parents who wish to come to the country simply to exercise their rights of access to their UK resident children.

When it has already gone wrong - we are also here to help.  We often find that many clients have taken various steps in the wrong direction when they find themselves in this unfortunate situation and often feel that no one can help.  We can.  We are able to advise and have successfully assisted many of those who for various reasons have overstayed their leave and remain in the country unlawfully, those facing deportation, those detained either lawfully or unlawfully; and those whose applications are based solely on their human rights.  Even if you feel that you have exhausted your rights, it is always worth contacting us for a second opinion as we might spot something others might have missed out or be able to present your case from a different perspective than was the case previously. It could even be that the law might have changed since your case was last refused, or indeed your circumstances might have also changed since your claim was last decided.

Equally, if you are an employer seeking help and or guidance in employing a foreign national we can help you too.

UK Immigration, Asylum and Nationality law is constantly changing and evolving.  We have people who are driven by their commitment to the client to get the best results for our clients. All the solicitors, case workers and trainees at Lawrence and Co keep up to date with these changes.  We are members of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA) and the Electronic Immigration Network.

What we can do for you

We can assist you with all aspects of your case in the following areas of immigration practice: 
Asylum applications ; Human rights applications, Students applications and extension of visa’s for students; Points based Scheme; Marriage applications; Civil partnerships / unmarried partnerships applications; Long residence applications :- 10 year rule : 14 year rule; Domestic violence applications; Domestic workers visa ; Fiancée applications; entry clearance applications – all categories of visitors including ordinary visitors, medical visitors, marriage visitors etc; Family settlement applications :- parents; grandparents; siblings etc; Variation of leave applications; Over Stayers; Deportations; Revocation of already existing lawful leave – e.g.: refugee status, humanitarian leave, or settlement; unlawful detention and bail ; All applications under EEA law ; British citizenships/ registration of children as British nationals ; Revocations of deportation orders; All appeals to the Tribunal relating to any of these applications; challenges to unlawful or irrational decision of the Secretary of State to the Admin court and any onward appeals to the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords.


Legal Aid / Legal Help
If you are unable to pay – it may not a problem.  We hold a franchise from the Legal Services Commission as a category one firm – the category given to the very best departments in the specialty by the Legal Services Commission. We also hold devolved powers from the Legal Services Commission which means that in an emergency, we are able to assist you without waiting for the Legal Services Commission to make the decision as to the merits of your claim.  We are able to provide assistance to clients where they qualify for assistance under any of the schemes provided by the Legal Services Commission.  We would be happy to discuss your case and to advice you on contact whether or not you qualify for legal aid.

If you need advice in relation to your family immigration; business immigration; asylum, human rights; student’s visa’s; work permits – indeed all immigration law matters, please contact LOUISA AGU, head of department who can be reached either by e-mail at or by telephone on 020 7266 4333 and she will be happy to assist.

We are also happy to discuss our fees on demand.
Mahmuna Hasnath