Legal Assistance in the UK

Keep reading for information about legal services in the UK, and how to find legal representation.

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on a list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

In English and Welsh practice, the legal profession is divided into two separate categories: barristers and solicitors. Traditionally the primary function of barristers has been to argue cases before the higher courts, and all other legal work – including engaging directly with clients — has been handled by solicitors. Only a solicitor could retain a barrister on a client’s behalf and instruct the barrister during higher court proceedings.

However, in recent years the UK legal profession has changed to permit the public to directly instruct barristers in certain areas. Visit the Bar Council website for more information.

Additionally, solicitor-advocates are a newer class of solicitors with the training and advocacy experience needed to allow them to appear in the superior courts so that a barrister is not required in some cases. There are many more qualified solicitors in the UK than there are barristers.

The Solicitors Act (1974) permits all solicitors to act as commissioners for oaths.

In Scotland, the legal profession is divided into two categories: solicitors and advocates. The primary function of an advocate is to argue cases before the higher courts. All other legal work, including the primary engagement with clients, is dealt with by solicitors. There are also solicitors who are also qualified as advocates (called solicitor-advocates) who are capable of arguing cases for clients in both the lower and higher courts.

Most solicitors are capable of performing the functions of a notary public, although not all solicitors will include this function in their registration with the Law Society of Scotland. The Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980 and the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990 sets out the details on the registration and management of those registered as a notary public in Scotland. The Law Society of Scotland is responsible for registration and admission of notaries in Scotland and has a searchable database on their website to locate them.


Law firm listings

The Law Society of England and Wales maintains lists of solicitors on its website. You can search by name, location and field of practice. This can be particularly helpful if you need a solicitor outside the London area, or one who specializes in a particular area of law. The website also provides general guidance on common legal issues such as UK divorce, wills, probate and personal injury claims.

Corporate and commercial law

Abrams
U.S. attorney at law and UK solicitor. Member of New York Bar and of Law Society of England and Wales.
14 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8HN
020 8004 7016
info@abramslaw.co.uk

Moghadassi & Associates
Offices in New York and London.BA, New York University (1986); JD, New York Law School (1991); LLM in International Business and Trade Law, Fordham University (1993). New York attorney and UK solicitor. Officer and Member of the International Bar Association.
45 Pont Street, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 0BD
020 7667 6555
ramyar@rmsolicitor.com

Cardium Law Ltd.
Solicitor of England & Wales, and Attorney and Counsellor of Law in the State of New York.
Tallis House, 2 Tallis Street, London, EC4Y 0AB
020 7101 4888
chrismacqueen@cardiumlaw.com

Ladas & Parry LLP
LLB, English Solicitor, New York Attorney-at-Law.
Temple Chambers, 3-7 Temple Avenue, London EC4Y 0DA
020 7353 2680
London@ladas.com

Penningtons Manches LLP
Firm incorporates a North American desk.
125 Wood Street, London EC2V 7AW
020 7457 3000
info@penningtons.co.uk

Custody, divorce and family law

Dawson Cornwell
Member of Law Society and admitted to the Roll of Solicitors for England and Wales.
11 Staple Inn, London WC1V 7QH
020 7242 2556
amh@dawsoncornwell.com

Duncan Lewis Solicitors
Spencer House, 29 Grove Hill Road, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, HA1 3BN
0333 772 0409
david@duncanlewis.com

International Family Law Group LLP
Hudson House, 8 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7PP
0203 178 5668
enquiries@iflg.com

Maguire Family Law
Qualified solicitor in England and Wales, Californian Bar exam. Cheshire and London offices. 
Blackbox, Beech Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5ER
01625 544 650
james.maguire@family-law.co.uk

S.A. Law LLP
Gladstone Place, 36-38 Upper Marlborough Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3UU
0172 779 8067
julie.cohen@salaw.com

Criminal law

Stoke Newington Chambers
Direct access barristerMember of the Crown Prosecution Service’s advocate panel. 
P.O. Box 74262, London N16 1FT
07811 264 290
hello@stokenewingtonchambers.co.uk

Tuckers LLP 
39 Warren Street, London W1T 6AF
0207 388 8333
youngj@tuckerssolicitors.com

General practice

Clerksroom
160 Fleet Street, London EC4A 2DQ
020 3150 2242
caroline.langley@clerksroom.com

Kingsley Napley LLP
14 St. John’s Lane, Knights Quarter, London EC1M 4AJ
020 7814 1200
enquiries@kinsleynapley.co.uk

McAllister Olivaruis
CT, DC, ID, MN, NH, NY, and VA Bars.
Pearce Building, West Street, Maidenhead SL6 1RL and 63 Putnam Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
01628 567 567
jmcallister@mcolaw.com

Urban Their & Federer, P.A.
Greenwood House, 4-7 Salisbury Court, London, United Kingdom EC4Y 8AA
020 3744 0564
info@urbanthier.com

Immigration and visa law

American Immigration Law Office Ltd.
88 Wood Street, 10th Floor, London EC2V 7RS
0208 611 2826
info@ailawoffice.com

Chavin Immigration Law Office
NY and CT active bar licenses.
12 David Mews, London W16 6EB
07546 456 068
Melissa@chavinimmigration.com

Clarus Law Group
BA, NY Bar, and Law Society of England and Wales.
5 Chancery Lane, London EC 4A 1BL
020 7406 1490
mona@claruslawgroup.com

Davidson Morris Solicitors
37-39 Lime Street London, EC3M 7AY
020 7494 0118
info@davidsonmorris.com

Guy Clapham & Co
51 Weymouth Street, London W1G 8NH
020 7935 1095
Guy@guyclapham.com

Haskew Law LTD
The Granary, 1 Waverley Lane, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 8BB
0203 884 0809
jack.h@haskewlaw.com

Heller Immigration Law LTD
NY Bar.
St. Anne’s House, 111 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1XY
01273 464609
sheller@us-visa.co.uk

Hodkinson Law Group
CA, IL, and NY Bars.
6 Hays Lane, London SE1 2HB
0207 299 2490
khodkinson@usvisalg.com

Immigration Solutions London
623 Linen Hall, 162-168 Regent Street, London W1B 5TG
020 7038 3980
info@rlegal.com

Laura Devine Solicitors
Law Society of England and Wales and NY Bar.
100 Cannon Street, London EC4N 6EU
020 7469 6460
enquiries@lauradevine.com

Law Office of Richard S. Goldstein
JD, Brooklyn Law School. NY Bar
22A St. James Square, London SW1Y 4JH
020 3823 3500
richardgoldstein@goldsteinvisa.com

Olivia McLaren LTD
NY Bar.
Forth House, 28 Rutland Square, Edinburgh EH1 2BW
0131 221 6513
olivia@mclarenltd.com

Ortega-Medina & Associates
Members of the State Bar of California, American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, and the Jewish Association for Business Ethics, and associate member of The Actors Studio (London).
38 Queen’s Gate 3rd Floor, London SW7 5HR
020 7225 4410
enquiries@ortega-medina.com

NNU Immigration LTD
84 Eccleston Square, London, SW1V 1PX
0208 004 3492
info@nnuimmigration.com

Richard Chambers Immigration Barristers
Seven Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8PS
0203 617 9173
info@richmondchambers.com 

Probate, tax and wills

Benjamin H. Dorman
Probate services. US, UK, and international practice. CA Bar Member, Law Society of England and Wales.
Northwood House, Sunning Avenue, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 9PW
01344 622276
bendormanlaw@gmail.com

Moerans Solicitors
123 Station Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7JR
020 8952 0242
info@moerans.com

TM Solicitors LTD
Member of International Bar Association, Probate Section of the Law Society, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), and Connect2Law. Associate Member of Solicitors for the Elderly.
Brough Business Centre, Skillings Lane, Brough HU15 1EN
01482 42 99 85
tim.murden@tmsolicitors.co.uk

The Law Society of Scotland has a searchable register of all practicing solicitors in Scotland. You can search by location, practice area or by name (if there is a particular legal practitioner that you are looking to contact).

General practice/full service (divorce, family law, probate, real estate and more)

Aberdein, Considine & Co.
5-9 Bon Accord Crescent, Aberdeen, AB11 6DN
01224 589 700
ask@acandco.com

Addlesshaw Goddard LLP
Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow
01224 965 400
Online contact form

Blackadders LLP
30/34 Reform Street, Dundee, DD1 4BJ
01382 229 222
enquiries@blackadders.co.uk

Brodies
Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow
mailbox@brodies.com

Burness Paull
Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow
info@burnesspaull.com

Cambell Smith
21 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EN
0131 556 3737
info@camsmith.co.uk

Dentons
Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow (plus elsewhere in the UK)
Online contact form.

Drummond Miller LLP
Bathgate, Dalkeith, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Musselburgh
0131 226 5151
reception@drummondmiller.co.uk

DWF Group
Edinburgh, Glasgow and elsewhere in UK

Gavin Bain & Co.
432 Union Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1TR
01224 623 040
info@gavin-bain.co.uk

Gilson Gray LLP
Dundee, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Glasgow
Online contact form

The Glasgow Law Practice
Curated House, Gordon Chambers, 90 Mitchell St, Glasgow G1 3NQ
0141 465 596
Online contact form

Hill & Robb
3 Pitt Terrace, Stirling FK8 2EY
01786 450 985
info@hillandrobb.co.uk

Innes Mackay
19 Union Street, Inverness
01463 232273
chris@innesmackay.com

James & George Collie
1 East Craibstone Street, Aberdeen
01224 581 581
info@jgcollie.co.uk

Ledingham Chalmers Solicitors
Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Stirling and Inverness
Johnstone House, 52-54 Rose Street, Aberdeen AH10 1HA
01224 408 510
mail@ledinghamchalmers.com

Lindsays
Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow
mail@lindsays.co.uk

Livingstone Brown
84 Carlton Place, Glasgow, G5 9TD
0141 429 8166
cp@livbrown.co.uk

McIntosh Family Law
52-54 Albert Street, Aberdeen AB25 1XS
01224 593 100
enquiries@mcintoshfamilylaw.com

Mackinnons Solicitors LLP
379 North Deeside Road, Cults, Aberdeen AB15 9SX
01224 632 464
aberdeen@mackinnons.com

Morton Fraser
Edinburgh and Glasgow
infodesk@morton-fraser.com

Shepherd & Wedderburn
Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.
info@shepwedd.com

Thorntons Law LLP
Throughout Scotland.
03330 430150
enquiries@thorntons-law.co.uk

Turcan Connell
New Uberior House, 1 Earl Grey Street, Edinburgh EH3 9EE
0131 228 8111
enquiries@turcanconnell.com

Wright Johnston & Mackenzie
Dunblane, Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness
inquiries@wjm.co.uk

Criminal law

Capital Defence Lawyers
9-10 St. Andrews Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2BH
0131 553 4333
mail@capdef.co.uk

CN Defence Lawyers
55 St. Leonards Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9QN
0131 557 1000
mail@cndefence.com

Criminal Lawyers Glasgow
Glasgow and Inverness
0141 413 5800
help@criminallawyersglasgow.co.uk

Sinclairs Criminal Defence Lawyers
207 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9RU
0131 662 4205
Online contact form

WSA Bannerman Burke Defence
Edinburgh, Galashiels, Hawick
0131 557 8020
admin@wsalawyers.com

Immigration and visa law

Caird Vaughan Solicitors
1 Bank Street, Dundee, DD1 1RL
01382 229 399
cairdvaughan@btconnect.com

D. Duheric & Co Solicitors
23 Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DN
0131 225 5444
damir.duheric@dduhericsolicitors.co.uk

Immigration Advice Service
Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow
0333 414 9244
Online contact form

McGill & Co.
Edinburgh and Glasgow
0141 248 6552
info@mcgillandco.co.uk

Pryde Immigration Lawyers
St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4AG
0141 332 9888
contact@myimmigrationlawyer.co.uk


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The United Kingdom is a sovereign nation with the right and the responsibility to protect its borders by ensuring that those applying for entry meet all applicable rules and regulations.  The U.S. government has no involvement with or influence on UK visa and immigration matters. We are unable to intervene in your case or provide guidance about UK immigration law or decisions. Furthermore, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates do not have public legal departments, and consular officers are prohibited by federal regulation from providing legal advice.

Please visit the UK government website for more information and contact details.

If you still have questions, you may wish to consider consulting an attorney.

Another source of information and guidance may be Citizens Advice, a service that provides free confidential advice online, by telephone or in person in the UK.

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates do not have public legal departments, and consular officers are prohibited by federal regulation from providing legal advice.

Please see the listings above for information about some law firms in the UK.

Another source of information and guidance may be Citizens Advice, a service that provides free confidential advice online, by telephone or in person in the UK.

Please submit a request through our contact form.

Please note, inclusion on the list is exclusively within the discretion of the Department of State. The Department may remove a person or firm from the list at any time, and may decline to provide a reason.

If your details are added to our website, please notify us using our contact form if your details change.