Vanessa Ganguin is a leading light in immigration, with decades of experience of delivering great results and great value with a friendly, personal touch.

Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law is a dynamic immigration practice providing outstanding advice and exceptional service to businesses, individuals and families. Our team of specialists led by founder Vanessa Ganguin, has an impeccable record of finding fast solutions, challenging decisions and winning complex cases at all levels.

Why work with us?

Whether you are a global corporation, start-up, an investor, a talent or family members relocating to the UK, we can help you navigate UK immigration processes with the very best strategy for you.

We draw on our expertise in all areas of immigration as well as established contacts among Home Office policy makers and operational staff where necessary to resolve issues and obtain clarity for our clients.

To find out how we can help you please call us on 0207 033 9527 or click here to send us an email

Our Team

Vanessa Ganguin

Vanessa Ganguin
Managing Partner

Vanessa is one of the most highly regarded experts in immigration law, with over 25 years’ specialist experience in UK immigration.

She is recommended by Chambers & Partners UK, Chambers High Net Worth Guide, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal as a leading individual and thought leader in commercial immigration.

“Vanessa has a wealth of connections at the Home Office and frequently liaises with them in relation to the development of immigration policy,” according to Who’s Who Legal, and she has “a particular flair for appeals at all levels and challenging refusals.” “Vanessa Ganguin is especially knowledgeable in the handling of immigration matters for entertainment industry clients,” according to Chambers & Partners, and Legal 500 commends her “particular niche in acting for US corporate clients looking to establish a presence in the UK.”

Vanessa’s clients span various sectors and firms from start-ups to household brands, as well as individuals seeking immigration advice, from global talent and high net worth to those at the wrong end of decisions. Many of her referrals come from other legal practices – including other immigration firms on tricky matters – reflecting how highly she is regarded as a safe pair of hands.

Attracted to the compassionate side of the legal profession, Vanessa led hundreds of human rights and asylum appeals in her early career in immigration, before establishing a human rights and appeals team in a leading City practice. Vanessa co-founded boutique immigration specialists Ganguin Samartin in 2015, before going on to set up Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law specialising in all aspects of UK immigration advice.

She trains and presents to other professionals on current immigration issues and regularly writes articles on hot immigration topics. As Managing Partner of the firm, Vanessa’s breadth of experience and passion for her field ensures the highest level of service to all of her clients, from corporate to private, with her very hands-on, responsive and friendly ethos.

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Philip Trott
Senior Counsel

With a glittering legal career spanning over 44 years, “Philip Trott is a legendary figure in immigration law” according to The Spear’s 500 Top Recommended Immigration Lawyers.

Philip works across the spectrum of business and personal immigration in which he has made a name for himself, representing the good, the bad and the very tricky cases too.

Philip has been described by Chambers and Partners as the “go to guy for any horrendously complex cases.” “You cannot get better,” according to Chambers High Net Worth 2021, “he is the godfather of immigration law.” Like Vanessa, Philip is ranked a Thought Leader in Corporate Immigration according to Who’s Who Legal.

He is a winner of a Leaders in Law Global Award 2020 in the category of Immigration Law Expert of the Year in England. Philip provides expert comment on immigration issues on news and current affair shows on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, and he also makes appearances as an immigration expert on the LBC legal hour.

Philip has contributed to several Lexis Nexis publications on the ever-changing immigration routes for creatives and sports. He is renowned for sports, arts, culture and media-related clients. He has also made a name for himself with tricky discretionary immigration applications outside the rules, as well as cases involving national security issues.

Philip’s commercial clients range from big household brands to the health, charity and faith sectors, as well as investors and start-ups. He has represented the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) on the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) employer taskforce. Philip has co-authored McDonald’s Immigration Law and Practice (7th ed), co-authored Immigration Law and Practice (Jackson, 3rd ed), as well as sitting on the editorial boards of Lexis Nexis PSL and American Immigration Lawyers Association Global Migration Publications Committee. Philip also provides expert witness opinions for legal proceedings.

Ross Kennedy
Senior Client Manager

Ross brings over a decade of advising corporates and individuals and a proven track record of practice-leading immigration nous to the firm.

He has built a reputation for himself as a safe pair of hands across the wide range of challenges of personal and business immigration.

After leaving the Civil Service, Ross was previously Practice Manager and a senior at two immigration firms of global repute before joining Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law in 2021. Ross has a wealth of experience working with corporate clients of all sizes, from start-ups, SMEs and charitable or religious organisations to large multinational companies.

He regularly advises on applications for licences to sponsor skilled workers (including on UKVI compliance requirements, mergers, restructuring and TUPE, as well as training HR teams) and assists with visa applications for skilled workers, temporary workers, sole representatives, as well as creative and sports personalities. He also advises private clients on personal applications, from high net worth and highly skilled clients to family, UK ancestry and British citizenship.

Ross is a regular participant of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA) Economic Migration Working Group and a contributing author for Lexis PSL.

James Ball immigration solicitor

James Ball
Associate Solicitor

James is an Associate Solicitor who has worked on hundreds of immigration cases since he began advising clients on wide-ranging immigration law issues. These have included sponsor licence applications, complex family migration, British nationality law, and post Brexit settlement rights for European nationals.

James has experience of advising the sports industry, the charity sector and local authorities among other sectors on immigration and sponsorship related issues.

He is also adept at handling human rights and asylum issues,  and has led many cases in both the First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tier Tribunal, as well as having worked on cases in the the High Court and Administrative Court.

James has a wealth of experience in dealing with hard won immigration law matters, and is driven to fight relentlessly for each and every client, no matter how challenging or difficult the legal issue at hand.

Prior to joining Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law, James worked as a solicitor at another leading London-based law firm, also highly regarded by both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 for personal immigration law.

Roberta Imperial
Associate Solicitor

Associate Solicitor Roberta has worked alongside Vanessa Ganguin for four years now on all areas of immigration law, corporate and private, helping a wide range of clients choose their best immigration route into the UK.

Roberta is currently working with a broad spectrum of businesses, preparing their sponsor licences for the UK’s new points-based immigration system.

After completing her law degree in London, Roberta completed the Generalist Advice Course at the Citizens Advice Bureau where she provided general advice on various legal matters. Roberta also provided advice at the University of Law’s Legal Advice Centre while on the Legal Practice Course.

Following completion of the Legal Practice Course, Roberta trained as a Solicitor at Ganguin Samartin where she assisted the firm’s solicitors with all immigration matters, business, private and nationality. Having been admitted to the Solicitors Roll, Roberta continues to work closely with Vanessa Ganguin at Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law.

Roberta believes that everyone should have a voice and equal access to justice regardless of their socio-economic background. Practising law allows her to have an active role in making this a reality.

Dean Oamen

Dean has joined Vanessa at Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law, having worked alongside her at Ganguin Samartin, developing a skillset across the spectrum of corporate and private immigration matters.

Dean is particularly adept at the growing Global Talent immigration route into the UK for categories such as creatives, tech innovators, researchers and academics. He also works with a wide range of corporates from SMEs to household brands on sponsor licences – another increasingly important area, post-Brexit.

Prior to his career in immigration law, Dean competed as a triple jump athlete for the Great Britain junior athletics team and ranked in the UK’s top ten across several age groups.

He had his first insight into immigration law while working as a Student Immigration and Advice Assistant at UCL, and while working full time as a paralegal achieved a distinction in his LLM Legal Practice Course. Dean enjoys working over the breadth of the Immigration Rules and using them to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Lea Rival

Léa Rival

Léa has a solid understanding of the sponsor licence process and the duties sponsors must fulfil as well as Global Talent visa applications.

She also has experience working on human rights appeals and asylum applications, as well as cases involving sensitive and complex immigration histories.

Léa is a native French speaker and a keen linguist. She is also fluent in Spanish and has started learning Arabic.

Léa developed a keen interest in issues faced by EU citizens in the face of Brexit and the EU Settlement Scheme through her volunteering work. Prior to her career in immigration law, Léa completed her LLB with First Class Honours at Durham University and worked on several campaigns to raise awareness about FGM, honour-based violence and forced marriages with the HALO pro bono project. Léa continues to be passionate about human rights.

“Based on our experience I would highly recommend Vanessa’s ‘hand holding’ and professionalism for any immigration issue as it ensured a painless and efficient experience for both of us."

Private client, international businesswoman and advocate of women’s and children’s rights

“When it comes to UK immigration matters, Vanessa Ganguin consistently delivers for our clients. Highly recommended!”

Partner, US law firm

“Vanessa has a wealth of connections at the Home Office and frequently liaises with them in relation to the development of immigration policy… A particular flair for appeals at all levels and challenging refusals.”

Who’s Who Legal

“Vanessa’s team puts everything into plain English so we don’t have to be concerned about the terminology and understand immediately the intent and context behind each question we are asked to provide information on. We feel like they are very focused on us as a client and we are not having to fight with other clients for time and attention.”

Legal 500 testimonial

"I approached Vanessa for legal advice about my application and thanks to her and her team’s dedicated, responsive and excellent guidance through the process I gained British citizenship in good time."

Private client, student

"Vanessa Ganguin is especially knowledgeable in the handling of immigration matters for entertainment industry clients. Her work includes securing Tier 5 creative worker visas, as well as providing sponsor licence compliance advice to industry professionals.”

Chambers & Partners

“Vanessa Ganguin has a very specialised UK immigration practice, and is exceptionally knowledgeable in this field… Vanessa and her team provide a boutique style legal service which is flexible to fit any size of organisation.”

Legal 500

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