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Amy Bennett

Associate Immigration

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7611 2340

Biography

Amy qualified as a solicitor in May 2015 and joined Teacher Stern LLP in January 2018 as a member of the Immigration team.

Amy gained her experience in immigration law at Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP, a specialist immigration firm ranked Band 1 in Chambers and Partners. She advises on all aspects of immigration law with particular expertise in applications for partners and parents of British citizens and settled persons, discretionary applications and applications made under the EEA Regulations for European nationals and their family members. She is also experienced at dealing with complex nationality matters and applications made under the Points Based System of the Immigration Rules.

Prior to practicing in immigration law, Amy qualified at Miles & Partners LLP, where she gained experience in family law and mental health and capacity law.

Amy currently volunteers as a Legal Advisor at the Citizens Advice Bureau, Richmond. She is also an active member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association.

Representative Experience

Amy has:
• Advised on the impact of Brexit for European nationals and their family members and secured numerous permanent residence documents for individuals and families;
• Obtained permanent residence documents for non-European family members following divorce or separation from a European partner and those whose European partners have passed away;
• Submitted numerous applications for the family members of British nationals, such as spouses, civil partners, unmarried partners, parents, children and wider family members, including applications based on complex finances and those relying on the ‘exceptions’ paragraph of Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules;
• Assisted on visit visa applications including successfully obtaining a discretionary visit visa, granted outside of the Immigration Rules, for a father to attend  family court proceedings in the UK;
• Advised on several complex nationality matters and obtained British citizenship for numerous clients including on a discretionary basis for those whose absences from the UK exceed the relevant thresholds and those with previous criminal convictions or civil judgements;
• Registered numerous children as British, including on a discretionary basis and those adopted overseas by a British parent.

Career History

Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP – Solicitor, 2015-2017
Miles & Partners LLP – Paralegal and Trainee Solicitor, 2011-2015

Education

BPP University London: Graduate Diploma in Law & Legal Practice Course, 2009-2011
The University of Leeds: BA Social Policy, 2005-2008