Virginia, US

Siobhan is a Partner and Solicitor in the London office, where she manages a large team of Managers, Solicitors, Consultants and Paralegals. Siobhan is the lead solicitor for several major corporate clients, providing strategic immigration and compliance support. As a relationship manager, Siobhan has built an extensive network of both corporate and private clients across a diverse range of industry sectors.

Siobhan counsels clients on the full range of applications covered by the Immigration Rules, including sole representatives, visitors, family members, long residence applications and applications submitted under European law. She also acts for high net worth individuals on Tier 1 (Investor and Entrepreneur) applications.

Siobhan also provides tactical advice on client immigration sponsor obligations, compliance concerns and conducts audit checks for clients to help ensure that reporting and record keeping is robust, and illegal working checks are infallible. She has a lengthy history sitting on several working groups with the UKVI, where she represented the interests of clients and is now fully involved with the Home Office and various groups regarding the implications of Brexit.

Siobhan also advises clients on social security requirements in the context of immigration. She provides technical advice and analysis in relation to compliance of multinational companies and their employees in line with the current social security legislation including the EU Regulations, UK and US domestic legislation. She assists companies in obtaining A1/Certificate of coverage; Certificate of Retention and Exemption of social security liability.

Siobhan is a regular author and contributor to immigration articles and seminars (e.g., LexisNexis and Best Start Human Resources). She is also a frequent speaker and panelist at various seminars and corporate events in the UK including the FEM Global Mobility Summit

Education


College of Law, London | Legal Practice Course, 2002
College of Law, London | Graduate Diploma in Law, 2001
University of Reading | M.A., 1997
Leicester University | B.A., 1996

Awards

Recommended in The Legal 500 Directory United Kingdom, 2011

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

Publications and Lectures

Co-author, “Brexit: What’s next?”, BestStart Human Resources, Vol. 12, No. 2, May 2019.

Co-author, “Brexit: Preparing for a Future UK Social Security System.” Fragomen Blog, 1 January 2019.

Co-author, “Thinking Ahead: Brexit –‘No Deal’ and Social Security.” Fragomen Blog, October 2018.

Speaker, “Immigration & social security: The increasing need for day one compliance.” Fragomen EMEA Conference, Brussels, Belgium, September 2018.

Co-author, “Social Security post-Brexit in the UK and EU.” Fragomen Blog, July 2018.

Speaker, “Emotional Intelligence and Culture.” Fragomen EMEA Senior Training, Lisbon, Portugal, March 2018.

Co-author, “Brexit – are you prepared?” BestStart Human Resources, Vol. 10, No. 1, March 2017.

Speaker, “Guaranteeing robust compliance in tax, immigration and payroll.” FEM EMEA Summit 2016, UK, 11 November 2016.

Speaker, “Refresher of the Points Based System, potential upcoming rule changes and compliance.” Fragomen breakfast briefing, London, UK, 21 April 2016.

Speaker, “New Immigration Bill.” LexisNexis Webinar, 26 February 2016.

Speaker, “Tier 5 - Government authorised exchange.” LexisNexis Webinar, 13 October 2015.

Author, “Business Visitors – Breaking the law.” British American Business, Vol. 1,  July 2015.

Author, “The right to work - what does this mean for UK employers?” HR Heads Up, Vol. 8, No. 1, February 2015.

Speaker, “Immigration and what you need to do to prevent illegal working.” Fragomen Webinar, online, 26 June 2014.

Co-author, “Indefinite Leave to Remain – Consultation on Changes Announced.” Lexology, 9 June 2011.

Co-author, “Preparing for the Permanent Quota.” Mondaq, 3 February 2011.

Co-author, “Annual Limit on the Cap of Migrant Workers Announced.” V/Lex, January 2010.