Ben Sheldrick, Managing Partner
Ben is a Managing Partner and Head of Business Immigration at Magrath Sheldrick LLP, one of the UK's leading commercial immigration practices. He is recognised as a leading UK immigration expert by the legal community and is noted by all of the major legal directories for his expertise in immigration law.
Ben is immigration counsel to many household-name multinational companies and he has extensive experience in strategic planning of global mobility programmes for large organisations, assisting global mobility departments and HR professionals in developing compliance and legal right to work policies and procedures. His team also advises individuals of all nationalities seeking entry to the UK as workers, investors, entrepreneurs, artists, performers or for family reunion.
Ben works with the International Bar Association (IBA), the Immigration Law Practitioner’s Association (ILPA), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), British American Business (BAB), the Investment Migration Council (IMC), Expat-Academy and many other groups in disseminating information in respect of global immigration policy and legal developments. Ben advises and speaks to many organisations in respect of the immigration law implications of the British decision to leave the European Union. He is recognised by Who’s Who Legal as a thought leader on Brexit.
Joanne Taylor, Partner
Joanne is a Partner in the UK Immigration department of Magrath Sheldrick LLP and she has assisted clients in relation to Brexit planning since the referendum in 2016.
Joanne works closely with large and medium sized corporate clients assisting with their day to day HR issues and in the recruitment of both EEA and non-EEA nationals. Joanne has extensive experience in guiding employers through their record keeping and reporting obligations and of the Home Office auditing process, providing strategic solutions to businesses to ensure compliance with strict Home Office requirements, whilst ensuring the business needs can be met, often exploring alternative immigration categories. Joanne assists high-level corporate employees in obtaining leave to enter and remain in the UK.
Joanne has links with the EU Exit Engagement Team at the Home Office and attends the Immigration Lawyers roundtable discussions to ensure regular contact and feedback is maintained with the Home Office. Joanne also liaises with UK Visas and Immigration on policy matters, challenging them where there are discrepancies in their guidance and lobbying for positive change in the current regulatory system.
Joanne has experience in strategic immigration planning for large organisations and she assists international assignment departments and human resource managers in developing compliance and Legal Right to Work (“LRTW”) policies. This work has become increasingly important given the emphasis on devolved responsibility within current UK Tier 2 sponsorship policy. She has significant experience in all aspects of the Points Based System, advises on compliance and regulatory issues and carries out regular onsite training and audits.
Kerry Hough, Global Immigration Manager
Kerry joined Magrath Sheldrick LLP Solicitors in February 2012 as a global immigration specialist. Kerry specialises in the provision of bespoke global immigration advice to corporate and private clients.
Kerry has worked for over 17 years in all aspects of global immigration, be it visit related immigration matters, business travel matters or work and residence immigration advice. Kerry is also proficient with the gathering of and the preparation of immigration application packages for submission to the relevant global authority or government department.