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Gemma Goodhead

An immigration lawyer with specialist expertise advising businesses and educational establishments
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I am an experienced immigration lawyer who helps businesses, educational establishments and individuals to achieve their UK immigration objectives.

I advise on all areas of corporate immigration including Tiers 1, 2, 4 and 5 of the Points-Based System (PBS). My clients span a broad range of sectors including banking, financial services, law, advertising, media and entertainment.

I help businesses and educational establishments to obtain and maintain their immigration sponsor licences, including post-licence compliance and UKVI audits. I also advise on family-based immigration categories such as Indefinite Leave to Remain, British Citizenship and European immigration into the UK.

UK immigration law is a highly changeable field of law that must respond to a variety of political and economic factors, I offer training and one-to-one consultations for businesses, educational establishments and individuals. For example, I am currently helping clients to understand the impacts of Brexit, and the options available to EEA nationals and their family members.


  • Advising employers on their applications for a Tier 2 sponsorship licence, as well as pre and post-licensing compliance issues.
  • Helping individuals to submit applications for entry clearance, Leave to Remain and settling in the UK.
  • Conducting client audits, including attendance at UKVI audits.
  • Advising on the hiring and transfer of employees under the Points-Based System, often as part of large multi-national intra-company transfers.
  • Delivering Brexit workshops and one-to-one consultations for businesses with EEA employees.


  • Qualified in 2010
  • Previously at Fragomen, Morgan Lewis & Bockius and Speechly Bircham 

Views & Insights
Expected shortage of restricted certificates of sponsorship in November 2017

A shortage of Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCoS) is expected when the monthly applications deadline comes to a close on 5 November 2017.

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Theresa May attempts to reassure EEA nationals

Gemma Goodhead explains what outcomes we can expect from the upcoming EU summit. This comes after Theresa May's facebook post went viral

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The consequence of illegal working for your business

Head of Immigration, Gemma Goodhead writes for Small Business on the consequences of hiring illegal workers.

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Do your new employees have the right to work in the UK?

In The Caterer magazine, solicitor Gemma Goodhead explains the importance of right to work checks on all employees.

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Brexit and the Risk of Discrimination in Employment

There is nothing to suggest that EEA citizens will lose the right to work following Brexit, therefore it is unjustified to discriminate based on nationality.

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The Future of Immigration in the Hospitality Sector Post-Brexit

Head of Immigration, Gemma Goodhead comments on what immigration rules hospitality businesses should be aware of when employing staff from the EU.

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EEA nationals beware of unconscious bias

In HR Director, our expert solicitors examine the dangers of unconscious bias in the lead up to Brexit.

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Introducing Gemma Goodhead

Head of Employment & Immigration, Chris Cook welcomes new head of Immigration, Gemma Goodhead, to SA Law.

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