Sarah Gogan is a private client lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in a broad spectrum of UK immigration work. She is regarded in the industry as one of the leading lawyers in all aspects of personal immigration law, nationality, asylum and human rights law.
Sarah is ranked top in her field in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners (HNW). She is listed in Spears 500 as a Distinguished Individual.
She acts for a wide range of clients from every part of the globe – household names and other prominent individuals, international families, ultra-high net worth and high net worth individuals, professionals and business people, and stars recognised in the global entertainment industry.
Sarah has vast experience in helping clients find innovative legal solutions to the most complex immigration situations. She has a deep understanding of domestic immigration law, international law, human rights law as well as political and policy considerations.
Sarah’s work covers immigration applications under the Investor and Business categories of the UK immigration rules. This includes applications for partners and children including adoption and surrogacy. She also advises on Indefinite Leave to Remain/Settlement and British Nationality applications.
Sarah also acts for clients on a broad range of appeals to the immigration tribunal and higher courts, including judicial review.
Her work focuses on personal immigration matters which are often problematic and require bespoke solutions. Sarah’s practice is notable for its success rate in respect of complex applications and/or problematic evidential issues. She is strategic and innovative in her approach and is non-litigious, proactive and solution driven. Her varied and extensive experience and technical knowledge of dealing with exceptional cases, and success in obtaining discretion for non-compliant applications, have put Sarah in the forefront of the market.
In addition, Sarah has a wide breadth of experience in contentious litigation cases for high profile individuals who are facing challenging circumstances and often require international protection. She has significant experience in advising high net worth individuals with regards to complex, politically sensitive protection cases involving political persecution as well as human rights-based applications. In particular, Sarah has acted for high profile figures (including political exposed persons, well known businesspeople and their families) in respect of applications for political asylum. She has been at the forefront of globally significant cases in this area.
Sarah is adept at handling complex and challenging disputes and is highly sought-after for especially sensitive matters. She has a breadth of experience in complex proceedings that range across a number of jurisdictions. She has a specific interest in the interplay between extradition and asylum proceedings.
Sarah has an inter-disciplinary approach which ensures that she is well placed to develop strategic solutions to assist and protect clients. Sarah’s practice focuses on tailoring applications to her clients’ specific needs. Her clients often regard her as their trusted adviser and call upon her for advice on all of their personal, family and business interests. She provides integrated advice, working with other specialists. This extends her reach across complex politics within and between nations and she is at ease with the widely varied professional backgrounds of her clients.
Sarah is always particularly concerned with the wellbeing of the wider family and business interests of the client while undertaking complex legal work on their behalf and manages any of their requirements at the client’s request.
The Legal 500 describes Sarah as “outstandingly good. A brilliant solicitor who is a joy to work with.” “Sarah is one of the leaders in this field. She has drive, vision and a depth of experience which few others could match.” “She provides a professional highly competent, unruffled, Rolls-Royce service to the most demanding clients in the most challenging cases.” “Sarah has a deep understanding of her subject matter and provides an exceptional hand-holding 24/7 service to her clients.”
Chambers HNW describes Sarah as “extremely hard-working; she is very, very committed to her client and absolutely doing the best job possible.” “Sources recognise Sarah’s powerful focus, compassionate understanding and scrupulous attention to the smallest details.”
Sarah regularly contributes articles on immigration to the press – The Times, The Financial Times, The Hollywood Reporter and Spears, to name a few.
She was admitted as a solicitor in 2002 and is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association.
- A broad spectrum of UK Immigration law;
- Strategic advice to high net worth individuals, professionals, those in the global entertainment industry, family offices and businesses;
- Pre-entry and post-entry planning and advice;
- UK Nationality law including often complex and problematic cases;
- Adoption and surrogacy including cross border applications;
- International Protection Claims including political persecution (asylum) and corporate raiding;
- Co-ordinating legal advice worldwide on International Protection Cases including the interplay between extradition, Interpol and asylum proceedings;
- Complex proceedings that range across a number of jurisdictions;
- Public Law and Human Rights based applications;
- Appeals to the Immigration Tribunal and higher courts as well as judicial review applications;
- An inter-disciplinary service providing fully integrated, holistic advice which often involves working with other specialists and experts;
- Trusted Advisor role advising client’s on all aspects of their personal, family and business interests.