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London law firm member Sherrards strengthens International Services team with launch of immigration unit

In a strategic move that strengthens the firm’s international services offering, London law firm Sherrards has launched a full-service Immigration Unit under the leadership of immigration specialist Laura Butcher.

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Head of International Services in London, Paul Marmor

Paul Marmor, partner at Sherrards

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It’s a terrific move for Sherrards and great strategic fit for us to be able to offer a fully-fledged immigration unit. This will really help us to support our international offering and, in particular, our speciality desks focusing on China, Russia and the CIS region and France, not to mention the issues thrown up by Brexit. Paul Marmor, Head of International Services, Sherrards Solicitors

Extending the firm’s international offering through a fully-fledged immigration service adds extra firepower to Sherrards Solicitors’ ('Sherrards') ability to service overseas businesses and private clients coming into the UK. The firm can now provide the full range of legal skillsets needed by a foreign business or individual in the UK and when required, can link up seamlessly with trusted counterparts at Alliott Group member firms across the world. The development ties in neatly with the launch in 2017 of Alliott Group’s fast-developing multidisciplinary Global Mobility Services Group.

The continued growth of the firm’s International Services team and the issues and opportunities related to Brexit made a compelling case for launching the new service and for recruiting immigration specialist Laura Butcher to lead its development. Paul Marmor, Head of International Services, explains: “It’s a terrific move for Sherrards and great strategic fit for us to be able to offer a fully-fledged immigration unit. This will really help us to support our international offering and, in particular, our specialty desks focusing on China, Russia and the CIS region and France, not to mention the issues thrown up by Brexit.”

Having trained and honed her expertise at international immigration law firm Fragomen, and more recently with national UK law firm Osborne Clark, Laura is an authority on all aspects of UK immigration law. She has represented some of the world’s largest companies across all sectors, including research, analytics, data and consulting services, finance, technology, engineering, retail, telecoms, consultancy and oil and gas. Over the years, she has combined her immigration law experience with employment law experience, enabling her to provide strategic advice to employers on compliance and immigration conflicts and to high net worth individuals on not only their immigration requirements, but also on matters related to lifestyle, conveyancing and estate planning.

Laura comments: 

“My passion is immigration work, and I wanted to be part of of a firm that is also passionate about developing an immigration offering. Sherrards is a perfect fit with its international connectivity.”
Laura Butcher with Paul Marmor, Head of International Services at London lawyers Sherrards Solicitors.

Laura Butcher with Paul Marmor, Head of International Services at London lawyers Sherrards Solicitors.


Laura joins an International Services team consisting of experienced, multilingual lawyers who head up specialist foreign desks focused on China (Laurel (Xueying) Zhang, Russia and CIS (Marta Grieve) and France and Europe (Geraldine Fabre). The team is headed up by international services partner Paul Marmor and head of the corporate team, Jean-Paul da Costa.

Luc Lamy, Chair of Alliott Group’s Global Mobility Services Group and partner at Tax Consult in Belgium adds:

“Alliott Group’s Global Mobility Services Group aims to provide international companies with an alternative source of professional services advice beyond the usual Big Four or Big Law firms. Sherrards’ launch of an immigration practice in the UK strengthens our team’s ability to offer an international one-stop-shop professional services experience to companies facing the legal, tax and HR challenges involved in moving their staff across geographic borders.”

Need help with immigration into the UK?

In the first instance, contact Head of International Services at Sherrards, Paul Marmor