Virginia, US

Kelly is a Manager and Solicitor in Fragomen’s London office 

and she represents the firm regularly in Scotland and Northern Ireland. She is responsible for coordinating and managing Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) immigration programmes on behalf of the firm’s largest financial services clients. As a Single Point of Contact, she coordinates coverage for her clients across the EMEA region and delivers strategic legal and tactical advice as well as advisory services.

Kelly has 9 years’ experience in UK immigration law. Her experience includes advising clients daily on the Tier 2 immigration category, actively managing sponsor licences, indefinite leave to remain (including long residence), family and dependant matters, ancestry, Tier 5 Youth Mobility and the EU Settlement Scheme. She regularly assists clients with complex retained rights of residence, discretionary leave to remain, adoption, domestic workers, unmarried partners and citizenship applications.

Given the regional scope of her role, Kelly is also adept at advising clients on European immigration strategies. She has educated her clients on Posted Workers notification requirements, the EU ICT Directive, the impacts of corporate restructuring, cooling off periods and other unique regulatory considerations. In the wake of Brexit, Kelly devised tailored action plans for Brexit contingency planning to ensure her clients remained prepared.

Kelly holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Advanced Legal Practice (with a focus on employment law) which she applies to her immigration practice when clients encounter challenges associated with notice periods, restrictive covenants and impacts of corporate restructurings.

Kelly is part of Fragomen's Corporate Social Responsibility planning and Pro Bono team. She is also a student mentor for her alma mater and actively supports the development of Paralegals at Fragomen having trained and qualified with the firm.

Education


University of Northumbria | Master of Laws (LL.M), Advanced Legal Practice, 2013
University of Northumbria | Legal Practice Course, PG Dip (Law), 2011
University of Salzburg (Paris Lodron University) | Diploma in Area Studies (DAS), 2010
Ulster University | Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), 2010, honors with Criminology

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

Conducted comparative analysis for clients to determine quickest routes possible into EU Member States for their assignees.

Frequent speaker at internal and external Brexit planning events, including town halls, seminars and conferences.

Proficient in the EU ICT Enforcement Directive and Posted Worker requirements.

Advised extensively on Business Travel within EMEA, specifically genuine travel as a visitor versus need for work authorisation and Posted Worker requirements.

Coordinated two of the firm’s largest client graduate schemes. Also experienced at providing advice on Milkround and H1B Contingency planning.

Acted on behalf of VIP clients (including actors in the film & TV industry) maintaining disgression and candour given sensitive nature of applications.

Assisted clients who had been issued international arrest warrants by liaising with criminal defence and extradition lawyers in connection with proposed travel and advising on implications/risk of travel.

Successfully assisted clients with complex and discretionary applications as a result of criminal convictions/adverse immigration history following PTSD diagnosis in extremely compelling and compassionate circumstances.

As part of Training contract, completed seats in Compliance & Sponsorship, Foreign & Consular Practice, assisted Partners, as well as a secondment to the International Family Law Group (IFLG).

Publications and Lectures

Speaker, “The UK's Post-Brexit Immigration System: Implications for Scotland”, Holyrood, Edinburgh, Scotland, January 2020.

Contributor, “A Practical Immigration System for a post Brexit Britain” by Gerwyn Davies, CIPD report, September 2019.

Speaker, “Responses to Immigration White Paper Round Table” CIPD, Edinburgh & Glasgow, Scotland, August 2019.

Speaker, “Navigating Brexit.” The Recruitment & Employment Confederation workshop, Edinburgh, Scotland, May 2019.

Speaker, “Navigating Brexit.” The Recruitment & Employment Confederation workshop, Belfast, Northern Ireland, April 2019.