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Joanne Taylor Partner

[email protected]020 7317 6765

I advise and assist multinational corporations on a daily basis in relation to the UK Immigration system, providing them on the options and requirements for individuals transferring to the UK

I am a Partner in the UK Immigration team at Magrath Sheldrick with many years of experience. Acknowledged by WWL as a leading individual in Corporate Immigration – Future Leaders 2020 I am described by clients as “forward-thinking” with “excellent knowledge”, and “very up to date in this ever-changing environment.”

Focusing primarily on corporate immigration I advise and assist many HR departments to determine their immigration needs for both existing and new hires into the business. All individuals are then assisted through the entire immigration process by myself and my team. I provide holistic support with all Sponsor Licence matters, which includes training, assistance with record keeping and Home Office audits. I will always consider strategic solutions for businesses to ensure compliance with strict Home Office requirements, whilst ensuring the business needs can be met, often exploring alternative immigration categories.

I am an active member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association and British American Business. I was also nominated for Women in Law Award 2020

Legal 500 Testimonals

‘Joanne Taylor understands our business and culture.’

‘Joanne Taylor is easy to talk to and understands the needs and sometimes the panic of some of our employees, she can explain things in plain English rather than just blinding people with immigration/solicitor speak, and that is needed by some of our employees. Some have never had a visa or work permit and it is a scary subject for them. Joanne is proactive and readily will suggest coming in to update our teams which helps us all in the long run.’


  • Team: UK Immigration
  • Based: London


  • Spending time with my young family
  • Films
  • Gardening

Notable experience

  • Advising and assisting in a high profile hostile takeover for a large UK PLC and the effect of that on the Sponsor Licence and any sponsored workers;
  • Advising and providing ongoing assistance to a large trade union and professional association on the impact of UK Government policy changes on their members;
  • Assisting corporations in Sponsor Licence revocations and liaising with the Home Office to reconsider the revocation;
  • Advising and assisting individuals in relation to the Tier 2 Cooling off period and solutions to enable them to re-enter the UK;
  • Lobbying the UK Government in relation to the Tier 2 (General) cap imposed, leading to a number of refused restricted certificates of sponsorship;
  • Assisting with complex Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) applications for individuals looking to come to the UK to start businesses and navigating the Home Office genuineness requirement.