Laura Devine

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Laura Devine

Laura is the Managing Partner of Laura Devine Immigration (LDI), a immigration boutique with offices in London and New York providing UK and US immigration advice which has been described as a “transatlantic powerhouse”.

A qualified English solicitor and a US attorney, Laura is recognised as a Who’s Who Legal thought leader and was its highest-rated Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) immigration lawyer in 2019, standing out for her “superb work”. Laura and her firm of 60 staff are rated by all leading legal directories in the top tier of immigration firms. Prior to launching the company, she established the immigration practices at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) and Eversheds (now Eversheds Sutherland).

LDI is commended in The Times Best Law Firms 2021 for immigration.

Laura is an officer on the International Bar Association (IBA) Immigration and Senior Lawyers Committee. Additionally, she was a Council Member of the Law Society for eight years and sat on the Law Society Immigration Committee for 15 years. Laura is the immigration correspondent for the Law Society Gazette and editor of Thomson Reuters’ first book on global immigration entitled ‘Immigration Law: Jurisdictional Comparisons’. She frequently speaks internationally on immigration, law firm management and women in business.

As Managing Partner, Laura oversees all staff and client matters for both the UK and US teams. She advises on UK and US immigration with a client base spanning all sectors from finance to fashion and corporates to individuals.


2003-present – Laura Devine Immigration
1996-2003 – Eversheds / Laura Devine joint venture
1990-1994 – Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC)
1987-1990 – Cameron Markby Hewitt (now CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro)

2004-2006 – Dip. Lit. Open University
2004 – Admitted to the New York Bar
1993-1996 – LLM London School of Economics / School of Oriental and African Studies
1998 – Admitted as Solicitor of England and Wales
1986-1988 – LPC College of Law, London
1983-1986 – LLB University College, London


The Law Society
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association
International Bar Association
American Bar Association
New York State Bar
Union Internationale des Avocats
Freeman of the City
Society of English & American Lawyers
City of London Solicitors’ Company
Scottish Lawyers in London


Hall of fame: Immigration, Legal 500 UK 2022
Lawyer of the year: Immigration, The Best Lawyers UK 2022
Listed: Immigration, Chambers UK 2022
Recognised: GlobalScot 2021
Listed: Immigration, Chambers Global 2021
Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration Lawyer of the year 2021
Global Elite Thought Leader: Who’s Who Legal Corporate Immigration 2021
Listed: Citywealth Leaders list 2021
Top recommended for immigration: Spear’s 500 2021
Winner: Citywealth Powerwomen Awards 2017: ‘Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year’ – Bronze
Winner: Citywealth Powerwomen Awards: ‘Boutique Organisation of the Year 2016: Female Leadership’
Winner: Law Society Excellence Award’s Woman of the Year 2015
Winner: Citywealth’s Magic Circle Awards: Immigration Law Firm of the Year 2015
Winner: Citywealth’s Powerwomen Awards 2015 Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year 2015
Winner: Legal 500 Human Resources Specialist Firm of the Year for Immigration 2014
Winner: High-Value Immigration Award for UK Immigration Advisory Firm 2014

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