DARREN STEVENSON PRINCIPAL
Darren Stevenson has worked at McGill & Co since 2008. Prior to joining the firm, Darren spent 6 years working at the Home Office with what was then the UK Border Agency. This experience, which included representing the Secretary of State at tribunal hearings, allows him to provide a unique and useful perspective to clients.
Darren offers creative, practical advice and representation to individuals. He has extensive experience in all areas of UK immigration law with particular expertise in navigating difficult and technically complex areas, including the Points Based System, EC law and British nationality law. He has a thriving corporate client base, providing assistance to UK companies seeking to recruit overseas talent and work with the Home Office’s Sponsor Management System.
Darren has had a number of notable successes which have had a UK-wide impact on immigration law and policy, including successfully challenging the Home Office’s administration of payments for applications. Recently, he acted as instructing solicitor in a case at the Inner House of the Court of Session which successfully argued against the Home Office’s interpretation of British nationality law.
In 2015 Darren became involved in work with the UK fishing industry, developing a maritime immigration law practice for the firm. He represents a wide ranging client base from individual fishing vessel owners to national companies. Darren’s work has focused on the legislation governing foreign crew, both lobbying for policy change, and assisting in the lawful engagement of foreign crew in the UK fleet. This has involved engagement at the highest levels of government, including personally briefing the Immigration Minister on policy proposals in December 2015.
Darren was a contributor to the recently published 2nd Reissue of the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia Immigration Law Chapter. He is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association.
The ‘highly personable, intelligent and accurate’ Darren Stevenson is praised as having ‘an unrivalled encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration and sponsorship rules along with sound practical and commercial judgment’ while also demonstrating ‘a good understanding of the client’s professional and personal circumstances’. He frequently deals with sponsorship licences and has particular expertise in the fishing industry.
– Legal 500