Nicola Anne Wilkins

Nicola Anne Wilkins

Senior Consultant Solicitor – UK Immigration Law

T: 020 8103 2006
Nicola Anne Wilkins

Nicola is a specialist UK Immigration Lawyer who has dedicated herself exclusively to the practice of UK immigration law with over 10 years of experience advising on both corporate and private client UK immigration law matters.

Nicola has gained experience with top-ranked legal teams and has represented many of the world’s largest companies in UK immigration law matters including many of the FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies across a broad range of industries including the engineering, financial services, healthcare, insurance, media, oil and gas, real estate, sports and technology sectors.

Nicola manages immigration law matters for a wide range of corporate clients from multinational corporations and small to medium-sized enterprises (SME’s) to start-ups, founders and entrepreneurs. Nicola additionally manages immigration law matters for private clients including investors and high net worth individuals.

Nicola’s experience includes the full range of business and personal UK immigration law matters and she has excellent technical knowledge of applications filed both within and outside of the UK’s immigration points-based system including Tiers 1 to 5, settlement, British nationality, European law and Brexit-related matters.

She has significant experience advising businesses on UK sponsor licence related issues, including obtaining a sponsor licence to sponsor foreign nationals, audits and compliance and on immigration issues related to corporate restructurings.

Assisting both businesses and private clients with their immigration needs, Nicola provides expert and client-tailored advice on all areas of immigration to the UK and has an excellent track record for successful applications.

Client feedback and testimonials for Nicola can be found on LinkedIn.


Business Immigration:

  • Tier 1 (Investor) visa applications
  • Global Talent visa applications
  • Skilled Worker visa applications
  • Intra-Company visa applications
  • Start-Up and Innovator visa applications
  • Representative of an Overseas Business visa applications
  • Sponsor licence applications for start-up and established UK companies
  • Business visitor visa applications
  • Permitted paid engagement visa applications
  • Immigration audits
  • Compliance advice to fulfil sponsorship duties
  • Right to work document checks and prevention of illegal working advice
  • Brexit planning and applications under the EU Settlement Scheme for employees
  • Advice on the immigration consequences of corporate restructurings including mergers and acquisitions
  • Advice on the immigration consequences of employment terminations and TUPE transfers

Individual Immigration:

  • Tier 1 (Investor) visa applications
  • Global Talent visa applications
  • Start-Up and Innovator visa applications
  • Skilled Worker visa applications
  • Intra-Company visa applications
  • Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa applications
  • Student and Child Student visa applications
  • Graduate visa applications
  • Tier 5 (Creative and Sporting) visa applications
  • Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) visa applications
  • Tier 5 (Youth Mobility) visa applications
  • Ancestry visas
  • Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)
  • Long residence
  • British citizenship Naturalisation and Registration
  • EU Settlement Scheme applications
  • EEA Family Permit, EEA Residence Card and EEA Permanent Residence Card applications
  • Spouse, unmarried partner and fiancé(e) visa applications
  • Dependant applications (spouse, unmarried partner and children)


  • Managed all UK immigration law matters for a portfolio of predominantly US-headquartered clients in the financial services, media, oil and gas, real estate and technology sectors.
  • Managed an international global mobility project from Saudi Arabia to the UK for one of the world’s largest and the Middle East’s largest petrochemicals manufacturer. Achieved 100% approval rate on 98 UK business immigration law cases for the global project.
  • Managed numerous successful sponsor licence applications for start-ups, multinational corporations and small to medium-sized enterprises (SME’s) within the financial services, healthcare, media, oil and gas, technology and telecommunications sectors.
  • Advised on the immigration consequences of corporate restructurings including mergers and takeovers. Most recently in relation to a leading US investment management company which acquired a majority shareholding interest in a UK investment management firm. The deal was widely publicised in the media.
  • Co-led the London Olympics 2012 Recruitment Programmes for two of the world’s leading global sports marketing and media communications companies and advised approximately 100 non-EEA nationals on Tier 2 visas.
  • Co-led a UK Graduate Recruitment Programme for an American global investment management corporation and advised on immigration requirements for approximately 60 non-EEA graduates inside and outside of the UK for the firm’s Edinburgh & London offices.
  • Supervised entry clearance, leave to remain and indefinite leave to remain applications for private clients and high net worth individuals across all areas of the points-based system.
  • Managed many successful applications filed under the Immigration (European Economic Area) (EEA) Regulations for family members and extended family members of EEA nationals including complex applications for durable relationships involving unmarried partners.
  • Managed many complex applications filed under the British Nationality Act 1981 for British citizenship by entitlement and discretion for adults and children. Obtained approval for numerous discretionary applications in which the residence and good character requirements were not fully met.


Nicola previously worked for the world’s largest corporate immigration law firm handling UK corporate immigration matters on an extensive scale for multinational corporations and advising clients on complex immigration matters across the private client spectrum.  Nicola trained and qualified with the same Legal 500 listed firm.

Nicola has worked in the London offices of two of the most prestigious US-headquartered law firms dedicated exclusively to immigration services managing several key corporate immigration accounts for leading investment banks, media, oil and gas and real estate companies.

More recently, Nicola has worked with a leading boutique immigration firm in Mayfair acting for families and high net worth individuals on immigration matters and as Lead Immigration Legal Counsel to one of the world’s largest Chinese investment migration companies.


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Master of Arts (MBA) in International Business Management with First Class Honours
  • Legal Practice Certificate (LPC) with Distinction
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) with Commendation


  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office Registered Solicitor
  • Member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)


Nicola offers flexible consultation options via telephone, video call including Zoom and email, or can meet in one of the offices of Setfords, whichever option is the most convenient for the client.

Nicola is not constrained by normal office working hours and can cater to times outside of traditional working hours to suit clients.

Nicola offers clients a transparent fee structure and wherever possible, a fixed fee arrangement giving budget certainty over any work.


Practice areas:

Immigration Law