"A very strong and technically capable lawyer."

Chambers & Partners, 2022

"A pleasure to work with. She is very personable and puts high value on client relationships."

Chambers & Partners, 2022

"A trusted adviser who is passionate and cares about her clients."

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“Ilda De Sousa’s competence and professional conduct are exceptional. There have been many challenging occasions Ilda guided our company in the right path to achieve a positive outcome we desired.”

Legal 500 UK 2022

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 including Brexit related advice.

Ilda also has extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of the Points Based System, including assisting employers with their Skilled Worker or Temporary Work 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 as a Thought Leader in the 2022 International Who's Who of Business Immigration Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, and is ranked as a Leading Individual in Legal 500 UK 2021. She has also been recognised in the Citywealth Leaders List 2020.


Ilda de Sousa is able to draw on extensive experience to advise clients on complex Tier 2 sponsor registrations and compliance issues. She continues to represent an impressive range of domestic and international businesses."

Chambers UK, 2021

She is professional and highly skilled, a joy to deal with."

Chambers UK, 2020

Ilda de Sousa is well versed in handling a range of complex immigration matters, such as resubmissions of Tier 2 applications following refusals."

Chambers UK, 2020

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, 2018

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

Who's Who Legal, 2017

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

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

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 Skilled Worker 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.
  • Advising multinational corporations in respect of their EEA nationals’ right to reside in the UK post-Brexit and, alongside our external partners, British nationals working elsewhere in Europe.


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.


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