Laura Devine's Story
Laura Devine, an English solicitor and US attorney, is head of one of the largest boutique immigration law firms in the UK, with an associated firm, Laura Devine Attorneys, in New York that have been described as a "transatlantic powerhouse". Recognised as one of the leading immigration specialists in the UK by legal directories, Laura advises business and personal clients on all areas of UK and US immigration.
Acknowledged as "a charismatic rainmaker" and "top legal expert" with commercial savvy, Laura is the most nominated UK immigration practitioner, as recognised for the fourth successive year by the international community in Who's Who Legal. She is considered "wonderful, a consummate professional with a great team behind her." In addition, the firm and Laura are both ranked in the top immigration tiers of Chambers 2013, which notes that Laura is "is very highly regarded and well liked across the industry", and the UK Legal 500,which says "the entire team is first class".
Laura is the author of numerous publications on UK immigration law, immigration correspondent for the Law Society Gazette, and contributor to Tottel's Immigration Bulletin. As an internationally renowned speaker on immigration topics and women in business issues, she regularly gives radio interviews, presentations and chairs conferences to the legal and business communities in the UK and abroad. She has been a visiting lecturer at London University and taught business law on the MBA programme at Hull University.
Extensively involved in immigration policy development and holding positions as UK representative of the International Bar Association Immigration Committee, Law Society council member and member of the Law Society Immigration Committee, Laura is at the forefront of immigration law.
Laura is also a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association, the American Immigration Lawyers' Association, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers and The City of London Solicitors' Company. She is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York and is a Fellow of the Center for International Legal Studies.
Legal Career History
Laura received her LLM from the London School of Economics and then worked at CMS Cameron McKenna and Eversheds before establishing her own firm, Laura Devine Immigration, in June 2003. She opened the associated New York office, Laura Devine Attorneys LLC, in 2007.