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.


James Clark

James Clark

Associate

James has been practising immigration law since 2012, including at two leading specialist immigration law firms in central London. James qualified as a solicitor in 2018.

Contact: james@helensmithimmigration.co.uk
01483 917 302
Twitter : HSImmigration
LinkedIn : James Clark

James has substantial experience working closely with exceptionally talented individuals in the technology sector applying under the Global Talent route, and with European nationals relying on the Frontier Worker route.

James helps companies, often very specialist in their field, hire some of the brightest workers in the world, including through the Skilled Worker and Intra-Company Transfer routes, and supports on compliance. He also supports individuals, including high net worth individuals, wanting to be in the UK with family, establish businesses or obtain British citizenship.

James works closely with clients, including companies and individuals, and is quick to understand priorities, instil confidence and, using a combination of creativity and experience, meet objectives.


Vishal Rickhi

Vishal Rickhi

Immigration Paralegal

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.


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