Edinburgh - 0131 228 2083
Glasgow - 0141 248 6552

McGill & Co is a Scottish immigration law firm specialising in UK immigration, nationality and refugee law.

We pride ourselves on our technical knowledge, striving to provide creative and innovation solutions, and to exhaustively consider all aspects of Business Immigration and Personal Immigration law when assisting our clients. 

Our solicitors work with a number of complex areas often outside the norm, including maritime immigration law, posted workers and ‘van der elst’ visas, the illegal working penalty regime, foreign Doctor registration with the NHS under the Medical Act 1983, the right of abode and UK ancestry, and intra-country adoptions,  to name a few.  

We have been responsible for a number of important judgements that have brought tangible change to UK immigration law. We believe that these judgements provide perhaps the best evidence of our expertise and professionalism. 

Kato v the Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] CSOH 146

This judicial review challenged the Home Office’s restrictions placed upon certain visitors who wanted to undertake short recreational course. McGill and Co successfully challenged these restrictions which would have effectively destroyed many providers UK wide. The decision brought about a change in Home Office policy, with the new visitor rules under Appendix V permitting such courses in response to this challenge. 

Basnet(validity of application - respondent) [2012] UKUT 00113(IAC)

This appeal to the Upper Tribunal challenged the Home Office’s administration of payments for immigration applications, which was held to be unfair. It was an extremely important victory and resulted in specific amendment to the Home Office’s policy in this regard

Romein v the Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] CSIH 24 and The Advocate General for Scotland v Romein [2018] UKSC 6

This judicial review challenged British nationality law and the Home Office’s interpretation of provisions related to historical gender discrimination. The case established an important precedent which has potential application in a number of other cases. In 2018, the Advocate General for Scotland sought to appeal the decision of the Inner House, however the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal and upheld the right of British women to pass their nationality on to their children born abroad. 

Ian & Aida Ashford Brown [2015] CSOH 68

In recognising that there was no reported decision in Scotland where a foreign adoption order had been recognised and registered at Common Law, Lord Brailsford granted decree at Common Law on 4th June .

Considering the leading English authorityG (Children) [2014] EWHC 2605 to the effect that the common law test is now threefold requiring the following questions to be answered, affirmatively in the case of the first two questions, negatively in the case of the third question, in order to permit recognition of a foreign adoption at common law: 

“(i) Was the adoption obtained wholly lawfully in the foreign country? (ii) If so, did the concept of adoption in that jurisdiction substantially conform with the English concept? (iii) If so, was there any public policy consideration that should mitigate against recognition?”

The court subsequently approved the tripartite test recognising that it was sensible and in accordance with justice and brought the laws of Scotland and England together in conformity.

Contact our Immigration Solicitors in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland

To discuss your specific needs with us, get in touch with our specialist immigration solicitors today. With offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh, we cover all areas of Scotland and throughout the UK.

Call us on 0131 228 2083 for our Edinburgh office or 0141 248 6552 for our Glasgow office or fill out our online form and we will call you back shortly.


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McGill & Co are rated by the Legal 500 as a Tier 1 immigration law firm in Scotland...

"A market leader for specialist immigration and human rights law in Scotland’, McGill & Co’s ‘excellent and prompt’ team assists private clients with all aspects of immigration and nationality law, including business, investor and entrepreneur migration, sponsorship licensing, family migration, and asylum and refugee work."

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