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Adam Cotterill, Associate at Penningtons Manches
Areas of expertise: Immigration


Adam is an associate in the immigration team and has practised immigration law for over eight years. Advising on the full range of UK immigration and nationality law matters, he has particular expertise in assisting EEA and third country nationals on their private and family immigration matters, including partner and parent categories, long residence, visitor and nationality applications. He also has a strong track record of successfully challenging Home Office decisions on appeal in the First-tier Tribunal.

His recent work has involved supporting high net worth individuals on points-based system applications, including Tier 1 investor and entrepreneur routes. In addition, he advises businesses on obtaining sponsor licences and corporate clients on Tier 2 sponsorship compliance matters.

Adam is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) and is a volunteer for the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) where he gives pro bono advice. He is also a member of the diversity and inclusion committee at Penningtons Manches Cooper and is team leader for the socioeconomic subcommittee. He read law at the London School of Economics before training as a solicitor at a specialist immigration law firm, where he qualified in 2012.

Recent work highlights

  • Obtaining permanent residence for a German national and a residence card for her US national spouse while simultaneously applying for British citizenship for their children, making submissions under both European law and UK nationality law.
  • Assisting with an application for a Tier 1 (investor) visa made through New York using the Gold Service.
  • Advising charities on their Tier 2 sponsorship advertising and compliance matters.
  • Successfully applying for entry clearance for the foreign partner of a British seafarer who did not otherwise satisfy the partner rules, by arguing that the British partner should be treated as resident in the UK, leading the UKVI to revise its published guidance.
  • Successfully challenging the UKVI in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, following a finding in the Upper Tribunal that the First-tier Tribunal had erred in law in assessing a client’s right to a private life under Article 8 of the ECHR.
  • Securing indefinite leave to enter for two minors, so that they could join their British citizen relative on the basis of serious and compelling family and other reasons in their country of origin.

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