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Naomi Hanrahan-Soar

Naomi Hanrahan-SoarManaging Associate

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I have many years’ experience helping businesses and private clients to navigate UK immigration law.

Whilst my current focus is in the science, technology and engineering industries, I have worked with corporate clients in a broad array of sectors including; oil and gas, financial, media, advertising, consulting, manufacturing, hospitality, design and advertising. My high net worth clients have derived their wealth from exciting trajectories in music, film and the arts, design, modelling, hospitality and natural resources, among others. Accordingly, I recognise that clients value flexibility, practicality and clarity from their legal advisors. I endeavor to always provide this in the manner best suited to their unique situation and priorities.

My clients come from a broad range of industry sectors and I advise on the full range of business immigration routes to the UK as well as applicable personal immigration options and issues. This includes applications for Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visas, Tier 2 Sponsor Licenses and associated Tier 2 applications as well as Tier 1 Entrepreneurs and Investors.


In the current immigration climate, preparing clients for potential Home Office audits and ensuring compliance is vitally important and forms a significant portion of my work via training and mock audits. Further, I often provide seminars for the benefit of both employers and employees concerned about the impending changes to Free Movement as a result of Brexit. I have also successfully challenged a number of Civil Penalties under the Illegal Working Regime and, to assist in their prevention, developed practical measures to fit cooperatively with clients’ existing business systems.

Technology & Communications and Policy work

As the Vice Chair of techUK’s Skills, Talent and Migration Group, I regularly advise and consult on the unique concerns of STEM companies within the requirements and restrictions of immigration law. In addition, I regularly meet with senior Home Office officials, which affords me high level contacts and insight, to better service my clients’ immigration needs. I have consulted and advised the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), Home Office policy and Westminster Forums on key UK immigration developments.

Awards and Recognition

  • Legal 500 2018 - Senior associate Naomi Hanrahan-Soar is noted for her ‘extremely detailed knowledge and ability to synthesise and package this into client friendly solutions’; she is experienced in advising high-net-worth individuals, as well as corporate clients, particularly in the science, technology and engineering sectors.
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