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Bates Wells & Braithwaite
Bates Wells Braithwaite 10
Queen Street Place
London EC4R 1BE

Tel: +44(0)20 7551 7785
Fax: +44(0)20 7551 7800


Philip has been advising on immigration issues all his professional life. He started his career as an employment lawyer before becoming one of the first lawyers to specialise exclusively in immigration law. Philip is now recognised as a leading expert in both business and personal immigration. He is the only lawyer ranked as a “Star Individual” by Chambers UK in the field of business immigration.

Philip heads the team of seven full-time lawyers providing specialist immigration advice to commercial, charity and individual clients in respect of Points Based System applications – including Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), Tier 1 (Investor) and those applying under Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent). Additionally, Philip routinely advises on non-Points Based System applications and often advises inward investors to the UK on establishing a presence under the sole representatives route. He continues to offer strategic advice and often advises EEA and Swiss nationals or their family members on free movement rights; and continues to assist those seeking to naturalise as British citizens or seeking British citizenship under an alternative basis.

Philip’s client base is diverse and includes household names such as Nike (UK), Endemol and Atlantic Records as well as numerous leading US law firms. He has a particular interest in the field of media and advises clients including Channel 4, TalkBack, Thames and other production companies on immigration risk. He advises a number of high profile international celebrities including Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent and advises Atlantic Records’ artists. A growing area of Philip’s practice is advising politicians and business leaders excluded from the UK for political reasons.

Immigration Law Practice:

We are widely recognised as the leading immigration practice in the UK. Our Immigration team is led by Philip Trott, the only immigration lawyer to be ranked as a Star Individual by Chambers UK legal directory. We offer bespoke, personalised immigration advice and have a proven track record in assisting clients facing seemingly insurmountable barriers to enter or to remain in the UK. Our dedicated team will always think outside the box. We are commercially aware and we understand clearly the needs of business to bring its talented new hires or overseas employees to the UK promptly and with as little effort as possible. We have experience advising all kinds of businesses, from small and medium-sized enterprises to FTSE 100-listed companies.Ranked as leaders in immigration law by both the Chambers UK and Legal 500 directories, our department is renowned for being able to untangle complex situations to find ways for our clients to meet the ever-changing requirements of the UK’s immigration laws.This pre-eminent team’s presence is felt across all fields of immigration in both the business and personal sectors.

Bates Wells & Braithwaite:

Bates Wells Braithwaite is a full service commercial City law firm working with a wide range of clients, large and small, across a variety of sectors – from established businesses, charities and social enterprises to innovative start-ups and high-profile individuals.

We stand out as a law firm – combining practical, commercial legal expertise with the deep understanding of the third sector that comes from working with more charities and social enterprises than any other UK firm. We are not only recognised as the leading charity law firm in the UK; we are also ranked in the major UK legal directories for our excellence across many of our specialist practice areas.

With some 190 staff and 30 partners, we are large enough to provide a complete range of commercial legal services yet small enough to be able to provide a personal service to every client. We are rated by Chambers UK as one of the best law firms in the UK for our client service, which we take extremely seriously.

BWB was founded in 1970 by Andrew Phillips (Lord Phillips of Sudbury) and has always been based in London, with clients across the UK and internationally. We are co-founders of a well-established international network of trusted law firms – Parlex – giving our clients easy access to consistently high quality commercial legal services across Europe and further afield,

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