UK Legal Awards 2024

SME UK Legal Awards 2024/ 16 Best In-Bound Business Immigration Law Firm 2024 - London Changes Immigration’s area of speciality is strategic business immigration advice, with this team of consummate professionals advising on areas relating to matters of complex corporate immigration. Changes Immigration offers a specific, tailored approach to the impersonal, one-size-fits-all immigration system.. Boasting a sizeable network of both national and international clients, this firm has close ties with the Home Office and maintains a high profile through its heavy featuring at a number of industry events. Associate Madiya Karassayeva tells us more. Minority- and female-owned law firm Changes Immigration impresses with a level of knowledge unrivalled in this area, allowing its team to leverage their expertise to exceed the goals of their clients, all while providing a swift, responsive service built on a foundation of robust communication. As Madiya explains, “Changes Immigration works closely with partners in complementary practice areas to develop a holistic framework to support clients and the immigration strategies we develop for them”, this is not to mention its personal immigration service that runs alongside this to better support client business. At the helm of this operation is Managing Partner Samar Shams, a pioneer who has spent more than 17 years in various senior level roles in the field of immigration advisory and today holds membership in associations across the sector. Heading up thought leadership initiatives that run throughout the company, Samar also helps companies to set up in the UK and sponsor skilled workers. It is Samar’s belief that businesses should be able to access the best talent and that individuals should be free to live where they choose, and it is the blending of these that serves as her motivation to get results. Changes Immigration makes use of some of the best technology available to help it in achieving its goals, as seen when the London Business School called on the firm to shed light on how AI could be applied in the legal sphere in a project funded by the government. AI certainly brings with it a lot of challenges that have been felt across the sector. Political and economic uncertainty is also having a profound impact on immigration. For Madiya, “our agility allows us to quickly adapt to ensure continued support for our clients while navigating evolving immigration policies and regulations.” “We are grateful to undertake meaningful work aligned with our values and philosophical beliefs. Ultimately our work helps to mitigate the effects of borders on businesses and people.” In essence, it is the decades of combined experience, an unwavering client focus, and a keenness to stay abreast of developments in this space that sets Changes Immigration apart in this fast-changing landscape. Further distinguishing the business is its automated workflow capability configured by Samar, with this having been steadily honed over the course of her career. Beyond just Samar, the entirety of this team are exposed to all of the tools they need to succeed, right through to the junior staff, who are equipped with regularly updated precedents and offered close supervision to foster an environment of equals. While the business has only been in operation since June of last year, the firm has quickly laid a ground work of respect, innovation, and excellence from which it will build its empire. Madiya tells us, “as a new, boutique law firm, we rely on agility and independence to move and grow quickly on our own terms.” A high retention rate is already one of the defining elements of this service, with another being the extensive pro bono work that it undertakes for the likes of individuals, charities, and communities. Just one recent example of this saw the firm secure a Skilled Worker visa for an arts organisation employee. Commenting on the industry, Madiya states, “the dynamic nature of immigration law keeps us engaged. We remain at the forefront of the rules and policy changes, continuously updating our strategies to ensure our clients remain compliant and ahead of the curve.” This segues nicely into the business’ plans for the coming years, which include increasing focus on the needs of Global Talent visa applicants, , further leveraging of a successful sponsorship track record, and reaching out to those needing help with new immigration rules, solidifying the firm’s person-centred approach. A trusted UK immigration partner that can bring its clients the world, Changes Immigration is more than worthy of being celebrated with this award. Contact: Madiya Karassayeva Company: Changes Immigration Web Address: