Mandie has over 19 years’ experience in UK immigration and nationality law and has been ranked as a leading immigration lawyer in the by Legal 500. She joined Clarke Willmott in July 2019 as the Head of the Immigration Department.
Mandie’s comprehensive expertise means that she can quickly find practical solutions to her clients’ immigration based problems.
She invests time getting to know her clients; their goals; and objectives so that she can deliver a first class, comprehensive, tailor made service to meet their specific needs. In particular, Mandie works with businesses looking to set up in the UK; and organisations considering employing non EU nationals. She has extensive experience in relation to all tiers of the Points Based System.
In the past she has successfully run a number of businesses that have developed her understanding of challenges faced by commercial enterprises when launching in the UK, or seeking to hire or transfer personnel from abroad, including funding, competition and service delivery. Mandie has been recognised in the Legal 500 as acting “for SMEs on Tier 1 entrepreneur applications and employer responsibilities.”
Mandie uses Plain English to ensure that her advice is straightforward and demystifies the complicated and constantly changing area of UK immigration law.
She is also an experienced Trainer and provides bespoke training courses to her clients. She has trained for a number of organisations such as the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA), private colleges, universities, Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) and companies of all sizes.
Mandie has been a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Law and has taught the immigration component of the Chartered Legal Executives course for CILEX Law school.
She has also contributed to Xpert HR, a comprehensive source of compliance, good practice and benchmarking for HR professionals.
She has appeared on BBC News London and the Vanessa Feltz BBC Radio London breakfast discussing topical immigration matters.
For the past four years, Mandie has provided immigration advice, as a Volunteer for the charity Crisis at Christmas.
Acting for a world governing body for a sport, officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee in a Sponsor Licence application. The organisation had previously been refused. The Immigration Rules stated that another application could not be made until a period of six months had expired. Mandie’s representation resulted in a sponsor licence being granted to the organisation within a few weeks of making the application. This meant that the organisation was able to bring sought after overseas employees to the UK and continue to effectively continue its’ important role in the industry.
Mandie’s expertise quickly identified a client’s goals which led to him saving £200,000 and submitting a successful Sole Representative visa.
Assisting several Tier 1 Entrepreneur clients with formulating their business plans and making detailed representations why their visas should be granted. Unlike most applicants in this category, Mandie’s clients were not required to attend a Home Office interview as her representations sufficiently addressed the stringent genuineness test set by the Home
Representing a Pilot employee when he was detained at Bournemouth Airport and securing a multiple entry visit visa without making a formal application at the British High Commission.