Gillian Brownlee

Legal Counsel (FCILEx)


"handles personal and business immigration matters and is experienced in advising high-net-worth individuals."

Legal 500 2019

Gillian joined Kingsley Napley in 2008 and is now Legal Counsel (FCILEx).  She has many years of experience in advising international corporations regarding UK immigration, as well as co-ordinating and managing global immigration projects. 

Gillian is considered an authority on corporate Compliance and has represented clients at UK Visas and Immigration meetings on the Points Based System.  She has arranged and participated in seminars and workshops for clients and presented on immigration law at UK Universities.  Prior to joining the firm, Gillian worked for Clifford Chance and two of the Big Four Accountancy firms.

Gillian is seen as dependable and tenacious and provides practical, but sensible solutions for clients. She is considered a “go to person” for unusual and difficult technical queries and considered a “safe pair of hands”.  She has represented a wide range of clients including the oil and gas industry, the financial services sector and the nursing profession, as well as private individuals.  She is described by one client as “ ….. very knowledgeable, very thorough and very responsive.”

Recent examples of work

  • Advising on complex and lengthy restructuring of a multi-national organisation and the impact on the organisation’s Tier 2 sponsored employees including close liaison with the UK Visas and Immigration.
  • Representation has included advising Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) migrant who failed to declare a dependant child in a prior visa application and the consequences of this omission including the fact he faced a ten-year mandatory ban from the UK.

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What clients have said

"Gillian was very responsive, attentive, excellent attention to detail and made the whole process very calm and smooth. Had total confidence in her and the process."

"My visa application process was made a lot easier thanks to Gillian"

"very organized... I felt prepared upon entering the UK"

"Gillian Brownlee was great at clearly answering my questions and staying on top of every aspect of my visa application."


... recommended."

Legal 500 UK, 2017

Proactive and very professional."

Legal 500 UK, 2016

Effective and consistent communicator."

Legal 500 UK, 2015

Gillian was very knowledgeable, very thorough and very responsive.” 

Client, Tier 2 sponsored migrant

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