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Criteria for affiliation and listings

Although the information on our website has been written by qualified immigration solicitors, it is not a substitute for getting your own professional legal advice. As an organisation, Rainbow Migration does not provide representation for any individual case. If you need advice or representation, we suggest you contact one of the affiliated solicitors listed below.

 

These firms pay an annual affiliation fee to appear here and a listing indicates they are LGBTQI+ friendly and supportive of our work. They are not ‘recommended’ as such and we can take no responsibility for the advice given by them. We will, however, always attempt to act in the best interests of our service users. See our lawyer affiliation policy.

 

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We welcome feedback, so if you have any concerns about anyone appearing here, do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Always ask for an estimate of costs and make it clear that you must be kept informed, with an explanation, if the estimate is likely to be exceeded. Fees do vary a great deal and should not be considered an indicator of quality.

 

The standards and requirements which are expected of legal practitioners in the UK – “for the benefit of the clients they serve and in the general public interest” – are published in detail as a set of principles by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). See also “How do I choose an immigration advisor?” – Guidance from the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA).

 

List of lawyers

All the firms listed on these pages are specialist in partner and spouse visa applications and many have been involved in pioneering work in the development of same-sex immigration legislation and policy.


Not all firms handle asylum applications. Note that ‘V' in the key indicates that one or more team members volunteer their time at our asylum support or partnership meetings.

 

London

Arona St James Solicitors

Arona St James Solicitors
63 St James St
London E17 7PJ
United Kingdom

Tel:
020 3757 8670

Specialist immigration & asylum practice. Arona Sarwar has 18 years experience handling LGBT matters, and handles both Personal and Corporate Immigration issues. Jamil Dhanji is an experienced barrister, specialising in immigration, asylum and EEA cases.

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KEY:
  • ILPA

    The firm employs at least one person who is an Immigration Law Practitioners Association course trainer

  • LGBTQI+ solicitors available

    LGBTQI solicitor(s) available.

  • ££-£££

    £120 to £180

Baker Law Solicitors LLP

Eldon Chambers
Falcon Court
30-32 Fleet Street
London EC4Y 1AA
United Kingdom

Tel:
020 7842 0800

Progressive and diverse City firm. We are committed to serving the LGBT community with our unique personal service. We have an excellent success rate in immigration and asylum matters. Specialist expertise in LGBT asylum claims. Further expertise in family & commercial litigation.

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KEY:
  • A2

    The firm employs at least one person who has been accredited at Level 2 of the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS). We do our best to keep this information up to date, but please check via the link, because the Law Society lists are updated every month.

  • ££-£££££

    £120 to £210 or above

Bates Wells

Bates Well
10 Queen Street Place
London EC4R 1BE
United Kingdom

Tel:
020 7551 7777

BatesWells is a full service firm with a small but very highly regarded immigration department headed by Tim Barnden. Tim is well known for his work on LGBTI immigration and asylum.

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KEY:
  • V

    One or more team members volunteer at asylum support and/or partnership meetings.

  • CH

    The firm, or an individual within the firm, is listed in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a leader in immigration law.

  • ILPA

    The firm employs at least one person who is an Immigration Law Practitioners Association course trainer

  • LGBTQI+ solicitors available

    LGBTQI solicitor(s) available.

  • £££££

    £210 or above

Bindmans LLP

Bindmans LLP
275 Gray's Inn Road
London WC1X 8HB
United Kingdom

Tel:
020 7833 4433

We have extensive experience of working with LGBT clients, providing expert advice in immigration matters, on relationships and parenting, challenging discrimination in employment and other legal issues.

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KEY:
  • LGBTQI+ solicitors available

    LGBTQI solicitor(s) available.

  • V

    One or more team members volunteer at asylum support and/or partnership meetings.

  • CH

    The firm, or an individual within the firm, is listed in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a leader in immigration law.

  • ILPA

    The firm employs at least one person who is an Immigration Law Practitioners Association course trainer

  • ££££

    ££££

Bishop & Sewell LLP (incorporating Fisher Meredith)

Bishop & Sewell LLP (incorporating Fisher Meredith)
59-60 Russell Square
London WC1B 4HP
United Kingdom

Tel:
020 7091 2731

Friendly team of specialist immigration lawyers with experience of handling a wide range of same sex immigration and nationality cases. Chambers and Legal 500 listed central London firm.

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KEY:
  • V

    One or more team members volunteer at asylum support and/or partnership meetings.

  • CH

    The firm, or an individual within the firm, is listed in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a leader in immigration law.

  • ILPA

    The firm employs at least one person who is an Immigration Law Practitioners Association course trainer

  • £££-£££££

    £150 to £210 or above

Cardinal Hume Centre

Cardinal Hume Centre
3-7 Arneway Street
London SW1P 2BG
United Kingdom

Tel:
020 7222 1602

We accept referrals from UKLGIG and are experienced in handling sexuality cases. We have a legal aid contract to do immigration work. We are a charity and act in non legally-aided cases without charge.

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KEY:
  • A2

    The firm employs at least one person who has been accredited at Level 2 of the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS). We do our best to keep this information up to date, but please check via the link, because the Law Society lists are updated every month.

  • NFP

    Not for profit organisation.

Danielle Cohen Solicitors

Danielle Cohen
14 Lawfords Wharf
Lyme Street
Camden NW1 0SF
United Kingdom

Tel:
020 7267 4133

Niche firm of specialist Immigration & Human Rights Solicitors. Danielle Cohen has over 20 years’ experience as an Immigration Lawyer and a reputation for offering professional, honest, expert advice, with extensive experience and a wide client base in relation to same-sex couples.

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KEY:
  • A2

    The firm employs at least one person who has been accredited at Level 2 of the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS). We do our best to keep this information up to date, but please check via the link, because the Law Society lists are updated every month.

  • £££££

    £210 or above

Elder Rahimi Solicitors

Norvin House
45-55 Commercial Street
London E1 6BD
United Kingdom

Tel:
020 7377 6600
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KEY:
  • CH

    The firm, or an individual within the firm, is listed in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a leader in immigration law.

  • A2

    The firm employs at least one person who has been accredited at Level 2 of the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS). We do our best to keep this information up to date, but please check via the link, because the Law Society lists are updated every month.

  • £

    under £120 per hour

Hackney Community Law Centre

Hackney Community Law Centre
8 Lower Clapton Road
London E5 0PD
United Kingdom

Tel:
020 8985 5236

Not for profit charity providing free legal advice in social welfare and immigration law. Approachable gay friendly staff.

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KEY:
  • A2

    The firm employs at least one person who has been accredited at Level 2 of the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS). We do our best to keep this information up to date, but please check via the link, because the Law Society lists are updated every month.

  • LGBTQI+ solicitors available

    LGBTQI solicitor(s) available.

Luqmani Thompson

Luqmani Thompson
77/79 High Road
Wood Green
London N22 6BB
United Kingdom

Tel:
020 8365 7800

This firm undertakes a mixture of private client and legal aid work.

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KEY:
  • CH

    The firm, or an individual within the firm, is listed in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a leader in immigration law.

  • A2

    The firm employs at least one person who has been accredited at Level 2 of the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS). We do our best to keep this information up to date, but please check via the link, because the Law Society lists are updated every month.

  • ILPA

    The firm employs at least one person who is an Immigration Law Practitioners Association course trainer

  • ££-££££

    £120 to £210

Magrath LLP Solicitors

Magrath LLP Solicitors
66/67 Newman Street
London W1T 3EQ
United Kingdom

Tel:
020 74953003

Young dynamic practice in London’s West End. Friendly team of immigration lawyers with expertise in same-sex applications, naturalisation, UK and global immigration requirements.

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KEY:
  • CH

    The firm, or an individual within the firm, is listed in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a leader in immigration law.

  • LGBTQI+ solicitors available

    LGBTQI solicitor(s) available.

  • ££££–£££££

    £180 to £210 or above

Owens Stevens Solicitors

28 Downs Road
Clapton
London E5 8DS
United Kingdom

Tel:
020 8986 7555

Extensive experience in dealing with same sex applications – proposed civil partnership visas & extensions, asylum. Also points based system and complicated scenarios. Honest, practical, sympathetic advice. Reasonable fees.

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KEY:
  • A2

    The firm employs at least one person who has been accredited at Level 2 of the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS). We do our best to keep this information up to date, but please check via the link, because the Law Society lists are updated every month.

  • ILPA

    The firm employs at least one person who is an Immigration Law Practitioners Association course trainer

  • £-££

    under £120 per hour to £150

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP
125 Wood Street
London EC2V 7AW
United Kingdom

Tel:
020 7457 3000

Penningtons’ friendly, specialist team has extensive experience in all aspects of immigration and nationality law and a strong reputation in challenging unfair decisions.

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KEY:
  • V

    One or more team members volunteer at asylum support and/or partnership meetings.

  • CH

    The firm, or an individual within the firm, is listed in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a leader in immigration law.

  • ILPA

    The firm employs at least one person who is an Immigration Law Practitioners Association course trainer

  • LGBTQI+ solicitors available

    LGBTQI solicitor(s) available.

  • ££-£££££

    £120 to £210 or above

Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP

Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP
140 Lower Marsh
London SE1 7AE
United Kingdom

Tel:
02074016887

Listed in Chambers Guide 2017 as one of London’s four leading practices, the firm is widely acknowledged for its expertise in representing LGBT clients with immigration and asylum matters.

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KEY:
  • V

    One or more team members volunteer at asylum support and/or partnership meetings.

  • CH

    The firm, or an individual within the firm, is listed in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a leader in immigration law.

  • ILPA

    The firm employs at least one person who is an Immigration Law Practitioners Association course trainer

  • £-£££££

    under £120 per hour to £210 or above

  • LGBTQI+ solicitors available

    LGBTQI solicitor(s) available.

Wilson LLP Solicitors

Wilson LLP Solicitors
697 High Road
Tottenham
London N7 8AD
United Kingdom

Tel:
020 8808 7535

Specialists in same-sex work with 20 years experience. Fixed fees available. Listed in Chambers and Legal 500 as leaders in immigration law. Stonewall Award winner.

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KEY:
  • V

    One or more team members volunteer at asylum support and/or partnership meetings.

  • CH

    The firm, or an individual within the firm, is listed in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a leader in immigration law.

  • A2

    The firm employs at least one person who has been accredited at Level 2 of the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS). We do our best to keep this information up to date, but please check via the link, because the Law Society lists are updated every month.

  • ILPA

    The firm employs at least one person who is an Immigration Law Practitioners Association course trainer

  • £-£££

    under £120 per hour to £180

  • LGBTQI+ solicitors available

    LGBTQI solicitor(s) available.

Thames Valley

Turpin & Miller LLP

Turpin & Miller LLP
1 Agnes Court
Oxford Road, Cowley
Oxford OX4 2EW
United Kingdom

Tel:
01865 770 111

We have a large and friendly team covering all aspects of immigration, PBS and asylum work, including appeals to the Tribunal and Higher Courts.

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KEY:
  • CH

    The firm, or an individual within the firm, is listed in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a leader in immigration law.

  • ILPA

    The firm employs at least one person who is an Immigration Law Practitioners Association course trainer

  • ££-££££

    £120 to £210

Turpin & Miller LLP

Turpin & Miller LLP
58 St Mary's Butts
Reading
Berks RG1 2LG
United Kingdom

Tel:
01865770111

We have a large and friendly team covering all aspects of immigration, PBS and asylum work, including appeals to the Tribunal and Higher Courts.

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KEY:
  • CH

    The firm, or an individual within the firm, is listed in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a leader in immigration law.

  • A2

    The firm employs at least one person who has been accredited at Level 2 of the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS). We do our best to keep this information up to date, but please check via the link, because the Law Society lists are updated every month.

  • ILPA

    The firm employs at least one person who is an Immigration Law Practitioners Association course trainer

  • LGBTQI+ solicitors available

    LGBTQI solicitor(s) available.

  • ££-££££

    £120 to £210

Midlands

TRP Solicitors

TRP Solicitors
12 George Road
Edgbaston
Birmingham B15 1NP
United Kingdom

Tel:
0121 616 4700

Specialist immigration practice with strong human rights focus. We have brought a number of leading cases on family life rights.

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KEY:
  • CH

    The firm, or an individual within the firm, is listed in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a leader in immigration law.

  • A2

    The firm employs at least one person who has been accredited at Level 2 of the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS). We do our best to keep this information up to date, but please check via the link, because the Law Society lists are updated every month.

  • ££

    £120 – £150

East

Ellisons Solicitors

Ellisons Solicitors
84 Guildhall Street
Bury St. Edmunds
Suffolk IP33 1LN
United Kingdom

Tel:
01284 763333

Established for more than 250 years, we have a proven track record of providing clients with first class service and advice, enabling them to make the right decisions. We have experience in all aspects of law and have dealt with many cases for the LGBT community.

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KEY:
  • CH

    The firm, or an individual within the firm, is listed in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a leader in immigration law.

  • ILPA

    The firm employs at least one person who is an Immigration Law Practitioners Association course trainer

  • £££££

    £210 or above

North East

Carter Thomas Solicitors

Carter Thomas Solicitors
Electric Works
Sheffield Digital Campus
Sheffield S1 2BJ
United Kingdom

Tel:
0114 286 6310

Nichola Carter has worked with UKLGIG for over 15 years. The firm is listed in The Legal 500 and offers a free initial telephone consultation or a one-hour meeting/application review service at a fixed fee of £80 plus VAT.

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KEY:
  • CH

    The firm, or an individual within the firm, is listed in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a leader in immigration law.

  • ILPA

    The firm employs at least one person who is an Immigration Law Practitioners Association course trainer

  • LGBTQI+ solicitors available

    LGBTQI solicitor(s) available.

  • ££-£££££

    £120 to £210 or above

North West

Broudie Jackson Canter

Broudie Jackson Canter
27 Dale Street
Liverpool L2 3HD
United Kingdom

Tel:
0151 282 1961

North West law firm specialising in Immigration and Asylum & Human Rights. One of the largest Immigration teams in Liverpool and Manchester to offer legal aid and privately paid services.

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KEY:
  • A2

    The firm employs at least one person who has been accredited at Level 2 of the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS). We do our best to keep this information up to date, but please check via the link, because the Law Society lists are updated every month.

  • LGBTQI+ solicitors available

    LGBTQI solicitor(s) available.

  • ££

    £120 – £150

Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit

Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit
1, Delaunays Road
Manchester M8 4QS
United Kingdom

Tel:
0161 740 7722

For details of how to access our services please telephone our reception on 0161 740 7722 for details of advice sessions we are currently running.

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KEY:
  • A2

    The firm employs at least one person who has been accredited at Level 2 of the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS). We do our best to keep this information up to date, but please check via the link, because the Law Society lists are updated every month.

  • ILPA

    The firm employs at least one person who is an Immigration Law Practitioners Association course trainer

  • NFP

    Not for profit organisation.

Latitude Law

Latitude Law
6th Fl, St James Building
79 Oxford Street
Manchester M1 6FQ
United Kingdom

Tel:
0161 234 6800

Manchester-based private practice specialising in all aspects of immigration, asylum and human rights law. We have particular expertise with fresh protection claims raising LGBTQI+ issues, and advising on ID & documentation issues for trans clients.

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KEY:
  • CH

    The firm, or an individual within the firm, is listed in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a leader in immigration law.

  • ILPA

    The firm employs at least one person who is an Immigration Law Practitioners Association course trainer

  • A2

    The firm employs at least one person who has been accredited at Level 2 of the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS). We do our best to keep this information up to date, but please check via the link, because the Law Society lists are updated every month.

  • LGBTQI+ solicitors available

    LGBTQI solicitor(s) available.

  • ££-£££££

    £120 to £210 or above

Scotland

Gray & Co.

Gray & Co.
16 Bilsland Drive
Glasgow G20 9TH
United Kingdom

Tel:
0141 946 7777

Our company deals with all aspects of immigration, and we have been doing so for over 20 years.

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KEY:
  • CH

    The firm, or an individual within the firm, is listed in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a leader in immigration law.

  • ILPA

    The firm employs at least one person who is an Immigration Law Practitioners Association course trainer

  • ££

    £120 – £150