Catherine Maclay

Senior Immigration Consultant

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I have over eight years’ experience practising immigration law in the United Kingdom. I was a practising Attorney in South Africa prior to relocating to the United Kingdom. I read my Bachelor of Business Science (BBusSci) degree and my Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree at the University of Cape Town. I have also read my Master of Laws degree (LLM) in International Commercial Law at the University of Johannesburg, during which time I also served as a Judge’s clerk in the Johannesburg High Court.

My immigration practice covers business immigration, family migration, foreign student visas, challenges to refusals of visa applications, the intricacies of British nationality law and European immigration law.

My special field of interest is women’s business development immigration options.  I am passionate about the economic empowerment and inclusion of women in business, in the professions and in broader society.

 

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Compassion. For oneself and for others. It is always necessary to strive for excellence and improvement through education, skills acquisition and through life experience, but it is also necessary to realize that life is often not fair. Have gratitude for your good fortune in life and help others where you are able. Don’t be too hard on yourself either.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

Helping people to be the best they can be and to make the most of their opportunities. A visa can open doors. I also enjoy having the chance to argue for better and more egalitarian immigration and nationality policies in the UK to ensure access to economic empowerment opportunities for people from all nationalities and backgrounds.

Platt & Associates:

July 2009 until October 2016: Senior Immigration Consultant and Manager (OISC Level 3)

Beder-Harrison & Co:

June 2008 until June 2009: Legal Associate (OISC Level 2)

Awarded the United Kingdom Immigration Advisor of the Year Award 2013, following nominations from clients.

An active member of ILPA

Member of the South African Chamber of Commerce in the UK

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7759 1390

Email: catherinemaclay@gordondadds.com

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