Helen Smith has been practising immigration law since 2005 and has developed a highly pragmatic and solutions-focused approach to immigration. Having lived in five countries outside the UK, Helen knows that visa considerations should not be stressful and prioritises the enabling of your plans through immigration.
Helen qualified as a solicitor at City of London firm, Berwin Leighton Paisner in 2003. She then worked for legal publisher, PLC researching, writing and editing legal know-how and legal market reviews. She brings her editing and writing experience to her immigration practice for the benefit of her clients. After volunteering with Amnesty International in Sydney, Australia, Helen worked in some of London’s leading immigration law firms: Wesley Gryk Solicitors, Kingsley Napley and Fragomen, assisting clients ranging from refugees to global corporates.
Helen set up the immigration department at North Star Law in London in 2015 and built the team there, before launching her own firm in 2020, focused solely on UK immigration.
Helen has written and presented on immigration topics for many years, including with LexisPSL, the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) and the Institute of Directors (IoD).
A friend referred me to Helen for assistance with my visa application. I was at a complete loss where to start until I spoke to her and it became very clear, very fast, that she is an expert and I could not do this without her… Helen kept the process moving along efficiently, providing suggestions of solutions when I hit roadblocks. I would recommend her services to anybody looking for an immigration lawyer.
Helen is absolutely fantastic. Every query I asked, Helen would always come back with a very clear and detailed answer. I have always felt 100% comfortable that we are behaving in a safe and ethical way knowing that Helen has oversight on our immigration. To top it all off, Helen is such a pleasure to work with; she is kind, calm and informative. I highly recommend working with Helen!