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Our Team

Highly qualified and vastly experienced, the Permits2Work team has a proven record of getting the right result. That’s why 10,000 clients, both corporate and private individuals, choose us to represent them in their immigration applications.

If you choose to work with us too, here are some of the people you might meet…

Sharman Paterson

Sharman founded Permits2Work in 2001, recognising the need for a reliable immigration company who put clients first.

As Chairman, she remains passionate about the work she does, taking great satisfaction in helping both businesses and individuals through the most complicated cases.

Sharman often manages cases outside the Rules – handling complex immigration matters, human-rights cases and appeals at both First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal.

Matthew Passmore

Matthew joined the company in 2004 and is Head of Corporate UK Immigration.

His clients range across all industries and sectors, from start-ups to FTSE-100 organisations, international artists, sports players and high-net-worth individuals.

Matthew’s strengths are providing clear strategic guidance and practical advice to his varied and international client base.

Alex Paterson

Alex has been working with Permits2Work since 2001 and is Head of Private UK Immigration.

He specialises in complex immigration matters, challenging cases at both First-Tier and Upper Tribunals.

Alex regularly advocates for both personal and corporate clients across a wide and varied range of UK immigration matters.

Henry Paterson

Henry has been working with Permits2Work since 2009, specialising in large projects and strategic level consultancy.

His work involves dealing with all aspects of corporate immigration law, working with small start-ups to FTSE-100 organisations.

Henry also assists abroad range of clients on personal immigration matters including Nationality and European Economic Area (EEA) applications.

Joanne Peaston

Jo joined Permits2Work in 2003, and has extensive knowledge and experience in UK immigration matters and a particularly in-depth knowledge of business immigration.

Jo works closely with HR departments of large companies to manage their business visa needs and advise on strategy and best practice including Sponsor Licences, Compliance and Audit work.

Jo also works on complex personal cases for Settlement and Nationality.

Steven Williams

Steven first joined the team in 2007, and, after a short break, he returned to Permits2Work in early 2015.

Steven has extensive experience dealing with family based applications, citizenship and settlement, but also specialises in corporate immigration.

His work includes assisting clients with sponsorship licences, the points based system, right to work procedures, auditing, and HR systems and procedures for immigration best practice.

Eleanor Smith

Elly joined the Permits2Work team as a Legal Clerk in 2016 after graduating from Exeter University with a degree in Psychology.

During her time here Elly has developed a keen interest in Immigration. She is currently training under supervision and hopes to become a fully qualified Level 1 Caseworker by 2018, who can assist with both corporate and private Immigration matters.

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