James Perrott Senior Counsel

James is head of the immigration team, providing specialist immigration advice to a range of clients including FTSE100 companies, Small and Medium Enterprises, Higher Education Institutions and high-net-worth individuals.

James provides strategic consultancy advice to major companies on immigration matters in a variety of sectors and supports UK start-ups in relation to the Tier 2 Sponsor Licence regime.  This involves assisting with all aspects of the process from the Sponsor Licence application itself through to obtaining visas for individual non-EEA national employees.  He also helps to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Points Based System (PBS) and the illegal working legislation.  He has also assisted organisations in their discussions with the Home Office following the threat of or actual downgrading / suspension of their sponsor licences, ensuring they retain their ability to sponsor non-EEA nationals.

James has successfully assisted high-net-worth clients with Tier 1 (Investor), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) applications as well as complex family, permanent residence and naturalisation applications, including those involving adoption.  James also regularly advises on European Free Movement issues and UK outbound immigration applications.

James has also worked with representative organisations in submitting immigration policy recommendations to UK Government departments.

James is a regular speaker at conferences, writes articles for leading immigration publications and has been quoted in the national press.

Professional memberships

  • Immigration Law Practitioners Association

James has recently been appointed co-convenor of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association Economic Migration Working Group.

What people are saying

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"James is 'a tenacious lawyer with a wealth of high-quality experience, strong contacts and a personable manner'."

The UK Legal 500 2017

"He is a very likeable chap but also has a good attention to detail and an extensive case knowledge. He is very user-friendly, detailed, accurate and hard-working."

Chambers HNW 2017

"Recognised as a 'Star Associate' for Immigration: Business"

Chambers UK 2016