Maria Patsalos


Maria Patsalos

Maria Patsalos, Associate, Mishcon Private

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Maria is a Managing Associate in the Private department, specialising in immigration. Her practice includes acting for both individual and corporate clients with an emphasis on finding bespoke immigration solutions. Her clients benefit from her technical knowledge and experience in dealing with exceptional cases.

Maria specialises in the following applications: Tier 1 Investor Visas; Tier 1 General extensions; Sponsor Licences for companies under Tier 2; Certificate of Sponsorships (the old work permits); Tier 4 Student; Tier 5 Temporary Workers, appeal applications; domestic workers in private households; fiancée/spouse/civil partnership and unmarried partner; rights under European law; Indefinite Leave to Remain and applications to naturalise as a British Citizen. Maria also has experience with claims for political asylum and economic citizenship applications for Cyprus, Malta, Portugal and St Kitts & Nevis.

She is the immigration representative in the Firm's Sports Group. This group was selected to be on the Pro Bono Advice and Representation Panel for the London 2012 Olympics.

Maria also supervises the immigration element of Pink Law, a free legal service to help those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender.

Recently listed as one of ten best Immigration lawyers in the Spear's 500 Index, she has also been previously listed as a Private Client Practitioner’s Top 35 Under 35, an award to recognise young and upcoming private client advisory professionals. Maria has been quoted in the FT, the Times, The Guardian, the Evening Standard and Channel 4 online in relation to topical immigration matters. She also advises a prime time BBC drama series in relation to their immigration story lines and provides commentary on high profile immigration cases on BBC television and radio.

Maria was involved, as part of the Mishcon de Reya team, in the successful lobbying of the UK Government in respect of key changes to the Tier 1 (Investor) scheme for High Net Worth individuals.

key experience

  • Advising on immigration solutions for High Net Worth individuals, their families and staff;
  • Acting for a variety of corporate clients in the Animation/ Advertising, IT, Fashion, Fine dining and Finance sectors;
  • Regularly advising on exceptional applications which fall outside of the Immigration Rules.

Career History

Associate, Mishcon de Reya
Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya
Trainee, Mishcon de Reya
University of Birmingham, BA Classical Literature and Civilisation