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Stuart McWilliams

Senior Associate

Overview

Stuart is recognised by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Immigration law and advises clients on all aspects of UK immigration law.

He provides advice and assistance to businesses in relation to the Tier 2 Sponsorship process and is recognised for his expertise in working with software and technology companies who are experiencing skill shortages. 

He also has extensive experience working with Tier 1 entrepreneurs who are looking to establish their businesses in the UK.

Further, Stuart deals with private client immigration matters and can advise on any application for Leave to Remain. He speaks frequently on immigration issues and has particular expertise in relation to the family migration rules. 

He  is shortlisted for Global Mobility Rising Star of the Year at the Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards 2016 and is ranked as a Star Associate by Chambers & Partners 2016. Stuart is the Deputy Convener of the Law Society of Scotland's Immigration and Asylum Law Sub-Committee.

Areas of expertise:

Business

Stuart advises businesses in relation to the Tier 2 sponsorship process and also works with Tier 1 entrepreneurs and investors.

Stuart has particular expertise working with the relocation industry and software and technology companies experiencing skill shortages.  He advises on all immigration matters, including sponsor licence applications, use of  the Sponsor Management System and Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS), checking employee's right to work, transferring employees between locations and carrying out internal immigration compliance audits.

He has extensive experience working with entrepreneurs who are in the process of setting up their business and want to ensure that they can settle in the UK in the long term.

He was shortlisted for Global Mobility Rising Star at the Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards 2015 and is ranked as a Star Associate by Chambers & Partners 2016. Stuart is the Deputy Convener of the Law Society of Scotland's Immigration and Asylum Law Sub-Committee.

Areas of Expertise: 

Public Sector

Stuart advises public sector bodies in relation to the Immigration Rules.

Stuart advises Universities, Colleges and Independent Schools on the Tier 4 sponsorship system and helps licensed sponsors ensure they comply with their duties to the Home Office. He can also deliver training to staff, assist with licence applications and prepare or review visa applications to minimise the risk of refusals.

Stuart has also provided advice to local authorities in relation to the citizenship and immigration status of children in adoption cases.

He was shortlisted for Global Mobility Rising Star at the Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards 2015 and was ranked as a Star Associate in Chambers & Partners 2016.

Stuart is the Deputy Convener of the Law Society of Scotland's Immigration and Asylum Law Sub-Committee

Areas of Expertise: 

Individuals & Families

Stuart advises on all aspects of UK immigration, nationality, asylum and human rights issues.

Stuart can advise on any application for Leave to Remain including spouse and partner visas, student visas and investor and entrepreneur visas.  He assists with applications for indefinite leave to remain and British citizenship. He has particular expertise in relation to the family migration rules and applications on behalf of parents of British children. Stuart regularly appears in the Immigration Tribunals for clients who have had applications refused by the Home Office. He speaks frequently on immigration issues including providing training on Family Migration Rules for a Law Society of Scotland conference.

He  was shortlisted for Global Mobility Rising Star at the Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards 2015 and was ranked as a Star Associate in Chambers & Partners 2016. Stuart is the Deputy Convener of the Law Society of Scotland's Immigration and Asylum Law Sub-Committee.

Areas of Expertise: 

Awards

Law Sociey Accrediated Specialist

What our clients and peers say

Stuart McWilliams is described by a recent client as "a great solicitor" whose "exceptional qualities and endless enthusiasm has made him an invaluable asset." His broad practice sees him engaged on business immigration matters as well as applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

- Chambers & Partners

They have a keen insight into the inner workings and politics of the Home Office and UKBA as well as the personalities of some of the key players involved in the decision-making." "Their response times were remarkable and the overall level of service is excellent.

- Chambers & Partners

Stuart McWilliams is a kind and committed asset to your team and I was very happy with the advice and attention given. I am very happy with the experience with him as my solicitor

- Private client

Morton Fraser’s practice is ‘prestigious and highly respected’; ‘response times, industry knowledge and strength in-depth are all excellent’. Leading experts in business immigration matters, the team assisted Scottish Enterprise with business visas and immigration support for those wishing to move to Scotland.

- Legal 500

We really appreciated the honest advice and how accommodating Stuart was being able to meet with us in Edinburgh even though he is based in Glasgow.

- Private immigration client

Top-ranking practice group particularly sought out for its expertise on business immigration applications. Their response times were remarkable and the overall level of service is excellent.

- Chambers & Partners 2016

Morton Fraser’s practice is ‘prestigious and highly respected’; ‘response times, industry knowledge and strength in-depth are all excellent’. Leading experts in business immigration matters, the team assisted Scottish Enterprise with business visas and immigration support for those wishing to move to Scotland.

- Legal 500

The team is acclaimed for its detailed knowledge of the points-based system...

- Chambers & Partners

Absolute first class service in all aspects of my residency application process.  My application was successful.  Special thanks to Stuart, Averil and Esther.  I highly recommend Morton Fraser.

- Private Client

Thank you for all your help - without you this PR application would be a nightmare.

- Private Client

Many thanks to Stuart for his kind support and appreciate your team's prompt response, wish you all the best.

- Private Client

Memberships

Publications and Presentations

August 2014
The future of the Union—Scottish independence and immigration
February 2015
UK not an easy option for migrant workers - The Scotsman
October 2015
Legally Engaged - Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Construction Journal