Our Team

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Helen Smith

Partner

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.

Contact: helen@helensmithimmigration.co.uk
07789 444605
Twitter : HSImmigration
LinkedIn : Helen Smith

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).

Jennifer Szostek
Head of EMEA, PowerReviews

“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”

People & Talent Manager

“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!”


Lesley Kemp

Solicitor

Lesley Kemp is an experienced UK immigration and nationality lawyer and business founder. She has a special interest in supporting the arts, innovators and philanthropists who seek to bring about positive sustainable change.

Contact: lesleyk@helensmithimmigration.co.uk
07714 744 354

Lesley was a partner at Magrath and City firms Kingsley Napley and Reed Smith, and original founder of Kingsley Napley’s immigration department. She has written for Lexis Nexis and is a current author for Thomson Reuter’s on-line PLC.

Lesley specialises in Global Talent visas for the arts, British nationality matters, especially those requiring exceptional consideration, registration applications for children and claims to citizenship, as well as family and Brexit related applications and those involving complex immigration issues.

Edward Marchand
Associate Director (Europe)
Bennetts Associate Architects

“Lesley Kemp is brilliant! She guided us through the Permanent Residency and British Citizenship applications for myself and Settled Status for my partner. She is a compassionate person, considerate, helpful, effective, experienced, proficient, very knowledgeable, and an excellent communicator.”

Gudmundur Palmason
CEO at Strax AB (publ)

“It is with great pleasure that I recommend Lesley. She guided my family and I through a UK residency case in a swift and precise manner.

Lesley is a professional and very personal at the same time… pushes when needed and holds your hand/pen when needed.”


Hesham Shoeb

Associate

Hesham has over 10 years’ experience as a UK immigration lawyer, advising companies, schools and private individuals. Hesham qualified as a Barrister before converting to a Solicitor.

Contact: hesham@helensmithimmigration.co.uk
01483 917 302
Twitter : HSImmigration
LinkedIn : Hesham Shoeb

Hesham specialises in Global Talent visas in digital technology, assisting business professionals and technology experts with applications for endorsement by Tech Nation. He advises companies on applications to sponsor Skilled Workers, and assists with all other work and family visas to the UK.
He has written for Lexis Nexis and is a member of the Immigration Lawyers Practitioners Association.

Hesham is friendly and approachable and works closely with clients to deliver practical and effective results. Hesham is a fluent Arabic speaker.

Private Client

“Thank you for everything you’ve done for us and I am so glad that it’s just onward and upward from here. You are amazing and we are very grateful for your help.”

Asil Choudhury
Talent Lead, Perlego

“Hesham has been an amazing partner. He is a miracle worker.”


Vishal RIckhi

Vishal Rickhi

Trainee Solicitor

Vishal assists with business and personal immigration applications, aiding with applications in the Global Talent (Tech Nation), Skilled Worker, Appendix FM and nationality categories.

Contact: vishal@helensmithimmigration.co.uk
01483 917 302
Twitter : HSImmigration
LinkedIn : Vishal Rickhi

Vishal has worked in Immigration since 2018, firstly assisting with the appointment side of the immigration process. He received his Bachelor of Laws in 2015 from the University of London, his LPC with commendation in 2017 and was called to the bar in his native Trinidad and Tobago in 2018.

Vishal has a breadth of experience with appointments at the Home Office, Sopra Steria UKVCAS centre and the OVRO; making sure clients’ appointments run smoothly and are stress-free.


Ana Tolaj

Ana Tolaj

Trainee Solicitor

Ana has a wealth of immigration experience, consisting of over 8 years as an Immigration Consultant at various leading firms in London, including two of the Big 4. She specialises in UK immigration, and also has experience in Global Mobility and coordination.

Contact: ana@helensmithimmigration.co.uk
01483 917 302
Twitter : HSImmigration
LinkedIn : Ana Tolaj

Ana supports companies by assisting their current and future employees through each step of their UK immigration application to ensure a smooth and effortless immigration journey. She advises on various applications including Skilled Worker and Intra-Company transfer visas, Global Talent visas in the digital technology sector, spousal visas and settlement applications, as well as ensuring companies remain updated on their compliance duties.

Ana has a passion for delivering an excellent and personalised service by working closely with clients to manage their expectations, thoroughly supporting and updating them through their application process. Ana is known for providing professional advice in a friendly and clear manner.


Mahin Bhabutta

Mahin Bhabutta

Immigration Paralegal

Mahin assists with business and personal immigration cases.

Contact: mahin@helensmithimmigration.co.uk
01483 917 302
Twitter : HSImmigration
LinkedIn : Mahin Bhabutta

Mahin received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Exeter in 2021. Alongside his work he volunteers for AMERA International and is a contributing writer at Human Rights Pulse. He has gained a variety of experience through volunteering for the Law In 60 Seconds, the Open Rights Group and mentoring at university. Additionally, Mahin has his own blog where he discusses human rights issues.


An EU-based entrepreneur

“I’ve had a pleasure working with the Helen Smith crew. The procedure was very precise and accurate!
I felt that I was in good hands!”

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