"She is an absolute expert in the field and I have full faith in her and her team's capabilities."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Ilda is a partner in the immigration team at Kingsley Napley. She is a South African qualified attorney and a British qualified solicitor who joined the firm in January 2010.

Ilda has more than ten years of UK corporate immigration law experience, managing large company clients as well as handling complex matters for individuals, British nationality applications, appeals, judicial reviews and applications under European Law.

Ilda also has extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of the Points Based System, including assisting employers with their Tiers 2 or 5 sponsor registrations and advising on immigration compliance issues. Equally, she has extensive experience in advising investors, entrepreneurs and high-net worth individuals.

Prior to joining Kingsley Napley LLP, Ilda was the UK Country Manager for Emigra Europe Limited, a specialist global immigration consultancy firm, with service centres on three continents, providing global immigration services for over 100 different countries. Ilda was responsible for the overall management of the UK office, including advising large multinational clients in respect of their UK Immigration related matters.

She also worked as an Associate at ASG Immigration where she advised on all aspects of business and personal immigration, with an emphasis on multinational employees, skilled migrants and applications under European law.

Ilda has spoken on matters of immigration law for several distinguished organisations throughout her career. She has also written several articles on a variety of subjects relating to UK Immigration law. 

She is recommended in the International Who's Who of Business Immigration Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, and Legal 500 UK, where clients have commented that she “‘knows the law inside out”. She has also been recognised in the Citywealth Leaders List and she is listed  in Who's Who Legal as a Thought Leader in Corporate Immigration, 2019.

Recent work

Includes advising:

  • A large corporate on the steps they need to take after they discovered one of their subsidiary office’s failed to report a TUPE transfer to the Home Office within the required time frame and then let their sponsor licence lapse resulting in the curtailment of a Tier 2 sponsored migrant’s leave.
  • A very senior executive who had encountered many difficulties entering the UK because Immigration Officers at port refused to recognise him as a returning resident to the UK after having acquired indefinite leave to remain more than 30 years ago.
  • A prominent organisation whose sponsor licence had been suspended as a result of a recent audit from the Home Office.
  • A non- EEA national spouse following the refusal of her application for permanent residence which resulted in her passport being held by the Home Office Enforcement Unit.
  • A large multinational corporation who received a notification from the Border Force wanting to impose a civil penalty due to suspected illegal employment.

 

Professional societies and memberships

 

press articles and quotes

Ilda frequently writes for and is quoted in the press. These include:

Further information

Ilda has a Bachelor’s degree in Jurisprudence along with an LLB degree from the University of the North West in South Africa. She was initially admitted to practice as a South African attorney in 1999 and later qualified as a solicitor before being made partner in 2013. Ilda speaks Portuguese and Afrikaans.

 

Ilda de Sousa ... is ‘calm, professional and very easy to work with’ and regularly acts for investors, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals."

Legal 500 2019

Sources say Ilda de Sousa is an “excellent technical and commercial lawyer who goes above and beyond to provide an effective and helpful service.” 

Chambers UK, A client's guide to the legal profession, 2018

Advises large corporate clients and handles complex matters for individuals. European immigration law expert."

Legal 500 UK, 2017

An outstanding immigration lawyer" with "impressive breadth and depth of knowledge in the area."

Who's Who Legal, 2017

She goes above and beyond in order to give thorough and practical advice."

Chambers UK, 2015

I have worked alongside Ilda and she has excellent extensive knowledge of immigration law, Tier 1 and the points based system specifically. Her professional approach, combined with a personalised service is a pleasure to receive - by clients and third parties alike."

Citywealth Leaders List, 2016

Excellent."

Legal 500 UK, 2015

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