Ivon Sampson CEO, Principal Solicitor and Head of Immigration
Ivon is a specialist Business and Private Client Immigration partner. He has almost 20 years experience in advising clients. His clients are primarily high and ultra-high net worth individuals, and their intermediaries, individuals from the business world sports, music, theatre, films and entertainment industry.
In addition, he advises UK Universities to assist their students to obtain student visas, obtain extensions and advise on reviews.
Ivon also advises companies who wish to obtain a sponsorship license, manage the obligations the companies have to the Home Office, and companies that wish to transfer workers to the UK.
As well as advising clients in the UK, Ivon regularly travels to attend clients in Russia, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Ivon’s reputation in immigration law is such that he is regularly referred by other law firms.
Ivon also advises specifically on asylum and human rights law on a pro bono basis.
Jean-Paul da Costa heads up our Corporate & Commercial practice. A qualified solicitor, barrister, notary public and commercial mediator, with more than 33 years’ experience, Jean-Paul acts as legal counsel and business advisor to a wide range of both UK and international clients.
Jean-Paul specialises in: mergers and acquisitions, asset sales and purchases, and corporate restructuring; MBOs/MBIs; corporate finance; all aspects of general company law work, including the formation and administration of UK and offshore corporate structures, shareholders agreements and advising directors and shareholders; commercial law covering domestic and international business agreements, particularly in relation to JVs, international trade and exploitation of intellectual property; partnerships and LLPs; all non-contentious areas of employment law, executive remuneration and incentives; franchising; all nareas of IP law, including IP licenses, registrations and protection; charity law, including formations, mergers and restructuring; notarial work and commercial mediation.
A tough and pragmatic negotiator, he is also a qualified commercial mediator, and is regularly involved in resolving commercial, shareholder and board disputes.
Amgad is a qualified Egyptian lawyer who graduated from the Faculty of Law in Cairo University in 2005. He started his career with Weil, Gotshal and Manages LLP in affiliation with Sarwat Abdel Shaid law firm. He then moved to work for Chase Manhattan, a commercial international bank.
Amgad achieved a Masters in International Business Law from Queen Mary University of London in 2010. He then worked with leading law firms in Turkey and Dubai before he moved to the UK and started his banking experience with major firms and banks specialising in Derivatives, Islamic Finance, Financial Crimes, and Money Laundering..
Aaron Bucktawor Head of Business Development
After holding earlier tenures at William Morris Endeavour and Island Records, Aaron became the co-founder and equity partner of businesses active in the areas of law, property and music including:
“Privatus Law Group”, a bespoke music, entertainment & sports law firm.
“The Coalition”, a creative sports, music & entertainment partnership with ICM Stellar Sports and LinkUp TV.
“XYZ Music Studios”, London, UK hub of 20+ production studios and one state of the art multi-track recording facility.
“SW6 Studios”, London, UK & “Paradisus” Accra, Ghana: Exclusive multi-year fully serviced studio partnership with one of the three major labels.
“Chillicheeze Film Studios”, 7,000 sq ft of film space for commercial, media and broadcast clients.
“BuckTowers” A boutique property development co. specialising in residential and commercial builds since 2010.
Aaron Buck has become recognised as one of the most sought-after pioneers in his sphere, upscaling culture to newer frontiers on a global stage.
In addition to his business accolades, Aaron is an active board member of the global charity, P.U.S.H which is centred around tailored entrepreneurial programmes in emerging markets across the diaspora of EMEA. In his spare time, Aaron also attempts to play the drums and percussion in his local church. Buddy Rich…Watch out.
Andre Taylor-Morris Consultant Solicitor
As a commercial lawyer, Andre is entrepreneurial, innovative, and commercially savvy in his approach to serving his clients; he prides himself on providing innovative and creative solutions specific to the issues at hand.
Areas Of Expertise
IT/Technology related agreements (outsourcing, procurement, licensing, development, and maintenance);
Franchising and Distribution Agreements
IP advice and agreements relating to the use and ownership of all types of content;
Sourcing of goods and services,
Business Immigration, including Home Office Sponsorship licences; and
Tech-related M&A and Joint Ventures.
Andre lives in Notting Hill with his mischievous and high-energy Labradoodle, Hendricks, and is a keen tennis player.
Harry Sherrard heads our employment law department and has been a specialist employment lawyer for over 20 years.
Harry is a renowned true expert in employment law and is recognised as such in Chambers and the Legal 500.
Harry writes and lectures widely on employment law issues and has conducted numerous training programmes for clients throughout the UK. He is the author of two books on employment law and is a non-executive director of the Sussex Chamber of Commerce.
Harry has participated in motorsport for over 30 years, including racing in the Goodwood Revival.
Leen Al Najjab Trainee Solicitor
Leen recently graduated from University College London (UCL) after completing her masters in Law (LLM) with distinction. Her modules focused on Dispute Resolution and Commercial Law. During her time at UCL, Leen was involved in the internal Mooting Competition with the Faculty of Law, making it to the final round.
Leen received her LLB from the University of Reading and graduated with a strong 2:1 after achieving a first in her final year. Leen was awarded the College of Law Pro Bono Prize for achieving the highest grade in the Pro Bono Professional Placement module, writing about the impact of sanctions on the commercial world. During her time at the University of Reading, Leen was involved in the Lacrosse Society and was also the President of the Model United Nations (MUN) Society. During her presidency, she led the society to achieve the “Best Student Society” award.
Leen is a trainee solicitor at Privatus Law.
Cyprian Amgbah Head of Immigration
Cyprian’s unrelenting determination to win every case is backed up by an enviable work ethic, attention to detail and rich legal knowledge.
Cyprian is a well-known speaker at immigration seminars in churches and community organisations. He runs training for people interested in qualifying as immigration advisers, and is regularly invited to speak domestically and abroad on immigration, refugee and human rights law issues.
Cyprian initially qualified as a solicitor in 2001. He re-trained and qualified as a specialist immigration adviser in 2010. Cyprian’s former posts include Solicitor at O’Keefe Solicitors, Managing Partner at Christchurch Solicitors, a post he held for five years, Senior Immigration Adviser at Miller and Co Solicitors. He is also a Consultant Immigration Adviser to UK Law Associates Ltd (OISC) and various other firms that requires his expertise knowledge in Immigration Law.
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