Julia Jackson


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Julia is an expert in UK Immigration and Nationality Law having practised in this field for more than two decades.

She has a particular expertise in the Points Based Immigration System including Investors, Entrepreneurs and Sponsored Workers and has assisted multinational corporations, executives and private individuals to successfully secure and manage UK immigration status.

Recent Experience

  • Assisting a HNW individual and his family transition from employed status to Tier 1 and ultimately secure British citizenship.
  • Advising on the start-up of new UK ventures for overseas operations including transfer of key staff.
  • Relocation of the head office of a multinational corporation to the UK including obtaining appropriate immigration status for key personnel and following family.

Career History

Julia completed her Training Contract with a small firm in the City and qualified as a solicitor in 1994. She graduated with LLB Honours at the University of Central Lancashire. She then moved to Taylor Wessing and then DLA to assist in the start-up of an immigration function. In 2001 Julia moved to a niche West End firm specialising in Immigration before setting up her own specialist immigration practice in 2006 which she ran until joining Wedlake Bell in 2016.

Julia is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association and regularly provides training on Immigration and Nationality law for employers and for solicitors.


New UK fintech visa will struggle to attract specialists, experts warn

Julia Jackson has commented in The Financial Times over the weekend on the news of the new visa to attract fintech specialists into the UK in comparison to the government’sRead more


Immigration to the UK from Hong Kong: Preparatory Legal and Tax Steps

Julia Jackson and Matthew Braithwaite discuss issues related to immigration  with Hong Kong lawyer, Alfred Ip a founding partner of Hong Kong law firm Hugill & Ip . The preparatoryRead more


Brexit Immigration Service

The Wedlake Bell Brexit Immigration Service is designed as a comprehensive advice and support service for employers concerned about the immigration aspects of Brexit for their current employees and itsRead more

Legal Podcast

Episode 6: Employing EU Nationals

As Brexit date looms ever closer, employers are voicing concerns about the implications for retaining and hiring EU nationals to work in the UK. Join Julia Jackson and Matt PerryRead more


EU Nationals in the UK – Deal or no deal

As United Kingdom residents watch the political machinations surrounding Brexit with a mixture of fascination and horror, EU nationals living in the UK and their employers may well feel thatRead more


​Julia Jackson’s article is published in International Client – January 2019

The article was originally published by International Client, January 2019. Immigration post-Brexit As we move into 2019, the question of freedom of movement (FoM) rights for EU nationals in theRead more


Julia Jackson’s comments were published in Personnnel Today – 07/01/2019

The article was originally published by Personnel Today – January 7, 2019 Deliveroo and Uber Eats face questions over worker black market An investigation by The Sunday Times has foundRead more


Julia Jackson’s comments are published in New Law Journal – 20/12/2018

The article was originally published on New Law Journal, on December 20, 2018. Visa shake-up after Brexit The white paper, laid in Parliament this week, would let low-skilled migrants workRead more


Immigration Update: Employers Feel the Sponsorship Squeeze

Almost exactly one month ago, the UK Visas and Immigration Department held a meeting to determine the distribution of restricted certificates of sponsorship to employers.  Such gatherings are a regularRead more


Immigration Roundup

Starting from April of this year, employers who sponsor overseas workers in the UK with a Tier 2 status will be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (the ISC).Read more


Immigration Fees Hit Record Levels

The annual round of changes to immigration fees today (6th April) has resulted in above inflation increases of around 4 per cent on average, increasing yet again the cost toRead more


Tier 1 Investors and Entrepreneurs Urged to Monitor Overseas Travel Tightly

Tier 1 Investors and Entrepreneurs are urged to closely monitor all of their overseas travel in the light of strict new Home Office guidance on permitted absences. From 11 JanuaryRead more


Are EU Nationals the next Windrush generation?

A wave of outrage has swept the media and Westminster in the past week, over the treatment of the Windrush generation and their family members. Squarely in the frame has beenRead more


“I’m an American citizen marrying a British gentleman… Will I be able to get a British passport?” – Immigration Partner, Julia Jackson, responds

Q: Dear Julia, I’m an American citizen marrying an English gentleman. As he has a British passport and has lived in the UK for all of his life we’ve decidedRead more


Frequently Asked Questions on Brexit for employers of EU citizens

In this article Julia Jackson explores some of the key issues employers of EU citizens face now, during the transition phase following the EU departure date, and thereafter. Q: WhatRead more


Recruitment blocked by immigration bottleneck

Recruitment costs wasted, employers left with unfilled vacancies, and highly skilled prospective employees left in limbo overseas – these are the regrettable consequences of the current Home Office policy toRead more


New Residency requirements for the indefinite leave to remain for Tier 1

Tier 1 investors and entrepreneurs should make urgent moves to keep a record of their overseas travel, under strict new government guidance on permitted absences. The Home Office has changedRead more


Making the UK a Home – Julia Jackson has an article published in Global Banking & Finance Review

This article was already published by the Global Banking & Finance Review.  For the high-net worth individual, the UK has long been near the top of the list as a placeRead more


Brexit, EU nationals and no deal

The first applications from EU nationals wanting to stay in the UK after Brexit were submitted to the Home Office on 28th August.  The date marks the start of theRead more


Relief for employers seeking to obtain restricted certificates of sponsorship

In the last In Counsel, we reported on the problems being encountered by employers trying to obtain restricted certificates of sponsorship for new recruits from overseas. Click here to readRead more


Tier 1 Investors Face Home Office Chaos

Tier 1 Investors have been hit by the latest fiasco on Home Office policy.  It was reported on 6th and 7th of December that the Home Office would be suspending theRead more