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Ben Maitland

Ben MaitlandManaging Associate

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I practice exclusively in immigration law and advise a wide variety of commercial enterprises and private individuals.

I joined Lewis Silkin in July 2012 and I am a Managing Associate. I trained and qualified at Bates, Wells & Braithwaite before moving to Lewis Silkin.

I qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2006 after completing the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and Legal Practice Course at the University of Westminster. I am a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association.

I was brought up in the UK and South Africa and then lived in France, Japan and Australia. I spent 10 years as a market research specialist before going in to law.

Immigration and global mobility

I advise on both private and commercial immigration matters. My work includes domestic and European law, with a special emphasis on operating under the Points Based System, either as an employee or an employer. I have conducted administrative review, appeals and judicial reviews for private individuals and have a wealth of experience conducting human rights, settlement and family applications.

Professional services

I represent a number of law firms and clients in the professional services sector and have conducted numerous training sessions focused on this arena. As a result I have a wealth of experience advising professional clients and am very familiar with the specific immigration issues affecting our clients in professional service sector.

Immigration & Global Mobility

I advise on a full range of private and commercial immigration categories. My work includes domestic and European law, with a special emphasis on operating under the Points Based System, either as an employee or an employer. I have conducted administrative review, appeals and judicial reviews for private individuals and have a wealth of experience conducting human rights, settlement and family applications.

I frequently advise organisations on joining the register of sponsors and have helped a number of clients with compliance issues and, where necessary, submitting objections and appeals against the imposition of civil penalties.

My work advising public bodies with their recruitment practices, helped in changing the way the Points Based System is operated in order to accommodate the recruitment practices of certain public bodies. I also provide expert opinions for both claimants and respondents with regard to insurance claims which have an immigration element to them, affecting the scope of damages.

Professional Services

I represent a number of law firms and have conducted numerous training sessions focused on this sector. We have a wealth of experience advising law firms and are very familiar with the specific immigration issues affecting our clients in this arena.

Awards and recognition

  • Legal 500 2018: ‘extremely knowledgeable and personable, and clients really warm to his style of advice’
  • Legal 500 2018 - Senior associate Ben Maitland ‘exudes a calming reassurance’ and ‘explains complex immigration rules in layman’s terms’.
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