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, scale-up, sports, science or arts talent, professionals or family members relocating to the UK or seeking a path to citizenship, we can help you navigate UK immigration and nationality 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.

For a chat about your UK immigration issues 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 27 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 45 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.

“You cannot get better,” according to Chambers High Net Worth, “he is the godfather of immigration law.”

Philip has also been described by Chambers and Partners as the “go-to guy for any horrendously complex cases.”

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 entrepreneurs 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.

Eralda Shullazi

Eralda Shullazi
Associate Solicitor

Eralda is experienced across the full range of UK private and business immigration law, working in areas such as family member applications, skilled worker sponsorship, British citizenship applications and post Brexit applications for European nationals. She also has experience with human rights and asylum applications and court appeals, including work with the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.

Eralda enjoys a great track record of positive outcomes for all manner of clients. Prior to joining Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law, Eralda completed her training contract with an established London law firm where she spent the majority of her training within the Immigration Department working closely with her colleagues on a range of different immigration applications including entrepreneurs and investors.

Eralda is fluent in Albanian.

Léa Rival
Paralegal

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.

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Alexandra Miradi
Paralegal

Alexandra has experience working in many different areas of private immigration law, such as British citizenship applications and family applications. She has also worked on many successful asylum and human rights appeals.

Alexandra began her legal career at another prestigious London boutique immigration firm where she worked across a large range of UK immigration cases, from High Net Worth clients to complex appeals by people at the sticky end of Home Office policy. Her work has included pro bono work on matters such as the Windrush scandal and revocation of deportation orders.

Prior to that, Alexandra studied various areas of law at SOAS University, such as Islamic law, and Southeast Asian Law. She has also recently completed her LPC and Masters in Legal Practice at BPP University, receiving a Distinction.

Alexandra has also contributed much of her time towards working for the charity Support Through Court, where she helped litigants in person navigate complex legal matters, such as child arrangement and financial provision applications and worked on many domestic violence cases.

“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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