Virginia, US

Kelly is a Senior Associate and solicitor in the Fragomen London office. She joined Fragomen in 2011 after having successfully completed her postgraduate legal studies in 2011. Since joining the firm, she has gained experience in several areas working with clients in the financial, technology, telecommunications, media, management consulting, and oil and gas sectors. Kelly is also a member of Fragomen's dedicated Financial Services Team, which provides strategic advice and support to clients in the financial services sector.

Kelly holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Advanced Legal Practice with a focus on employment law, which she has been able to apply practically to her immigration experience regarding notice periods, restrictive covenants and corporate restructures that trigger Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) scenarios. In addition, she spent a year in Austria studying international commercial arbitration, international trade law and international business transactions as part of the European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students (ERASMUS) program.

Kelly is a member of Fragomen's Corporate Social Responsibility Team and Pro Bono Team. She is actively involved with working with CSR partners and assists in the organization of CSR events in the UK. She is also a student mentor for her alma mater, and actively supports the Special Olympics since being an athlete escort and medal bearer at the 2003 Special Olympics.

Education


University of Northumbria | Master of Law, 2013
University of Northumbria | Legal Practice Course, Post Graduate Diploma in Law, 2011
University of Salzburg (Paris Lodron University) | Diploma in Area Studies (DAS), 2010
Ulster University | Bachelor of Law, 2010, Honors

Awards

Tughan’s Solicitors Award for highest achieving student in company law, 2010

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Legal Qualifications: Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

Member, Law Society of England and Wales

Member, Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association

Member, London Irish Business Society

Worked closely with senior Home Office officials to develop and offer services for the Registered Traveller Scheme

Assisted and advised senior executive VIP clients on all aspects of registered traveller applications

Assisted Partners with complex cases, engaging and onboarding new clients, and internal briefing memos following developments in immigration law

Liaised directly with the Home Office to improve customer service initiatives

Advised and assisted new and existing clients on a number of compliance-related matters, including sponsor license applications, on-site mock audits and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) audits, immigration impacts of corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, TUPE scenarios and right to work provisions

Working with U.S. Fragomen attorneys, oversaw the B-1/B-2 visa application process for an international bank’s graduate recruitment program

Assisted Fragomen’s Consular Team in London with business visitor visas for CEOs, MDs, and other senior personnel of several global companies; obtaining visas for countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak in Africa in 2014; and obtaining second passports for senior executives

Undertook a secondment to a niche international family law firm where she advised clients and provided assistance on immigration matters encompassing sensitive family matters, such as British citizenship, Appendix FM and European law

Worked with a senior Partner who was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) and provided extensive support and assistance in the reported cases of MET HAT (No 2) [2014] EWHC 717 (Fam) and Tan v Choy [2014] EWCA Civ 251

Advised clients on a range of private client matters including indefinite leave to remain (ILR) and naturalization, spouse applications (under Appendix FM and European law), Tier 1 (including General, Investor and Entrepreneur applications), Tier 5, Domestic Workers and general visitors

Advised corporate clients on complex and routine immigration applications including Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP)/Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 5 of the Points Based System

Co-led the Graduate Recruitment Program for a Big Four accounting firm where she advised on all aspects of immigration requirements including assisting over 100 non-EEA graduates both inside and outside the UK