"‘very experienced and ... adept at dealing with a range of clients’. She specialises in complex and challenging personal immigration instructions, such as applications for Tier 1 applications, nationality and human rights matters, as well as international surrogacy and adoption issues."

Legal 500 2019

Katie is a Partner in the immigration team and has over 10 years' experience across a wide spectrum of UK immigration matters, with particular expertise in applications made under Tier 1 of the Points Based System and complex personal immigration matters.  

She regularly provides commentary on the workings of the UK Immigration Rules and is often involved in lobbying the Home Office, including in relation to the design of a future post-Brexit UK immigration system.

Katie works in the private client immigration team where she advises a broad range of clients.

Particular areas of Katie’s expertise include:

  • preparing applications for investors, established entrepreneurs and those looking to start a business in the UK as well as family members of those in the UK or relocating here;
  • partnering with Tech Nation to assist leading tech entrepreneurs with Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) applications;
  • advising clients on the immigration implications of international surrogacy and adoption, working with colleagues in the family team;
  • challenging the UK Home Office by way of appeal and through a number of successful judicial reviews; and
  • assisting with asylum claims and human rights applications and appeals. 

Katie is listed as a rising star in Legal 500 UK 2020 and as an associate to watch in Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019.

Recent work

  • overturning the initial refusal of an application for entry clearance as an adult dependent relative due to misinterpretation of the rules, lack of regard to the best interests of the child and failure to consider Article 8.  As a result of our representations, a successful outcome was obtained without the formal appeal proceeding;
  • advising on a successful entry clearance application for indefinite leave to enter for an adopted child on the basis of a de facto adoption; 
  • assisting with an urgent Tier 1 (Investor) entry clearance application featuring an irrevocable gift of the investment funds and joint ownership of the funds with the applicant’s spouse; and
  • advising a leading tech entrepreneur in relation to his successful application for leave to remain under the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category via Tech Nation.

Professional societies and Memberships


Talks, interviews and articles published

Katie regularly gives talks, writes on immigration law matters, and is quoted in the media, including:


Further information

Katie read law at Pembroke College, Cambridge and completed her Legal Practice Course with distinction at the College of Law in Bloomsbury. She trained at a niche immigration firm in London before joining Kingsley Napley in January 2012.


Katie Newbury is incredibly passionate and extremely bright."

Legal 500 UK 2020

Katie Newbury is very knowledgeable across the spectrum."

Legal 500 UK 2020

Katie is establishing a strong reputation in the field for being “very, very good on the immigration side of international surrogacy and international adoption."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019

She’s very impressive, knowledgeable and hard-working."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019

Her input into the academic sphere does not go unnoticed, as peers recognise that the “articles and blogs she puts up illustrate her capabilities,” demonstrating that she “always has interesting and impressive points to say."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019

Insight from Katie

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The Windrush Compensation Scheme – is it enough?

KN Green Week: Confessions of a (mostly) reformed ‘Shopaholic’

Brexit – take back control over your immigration status

Shutdowns and Brexit Omnishambles – how fear of immigration has brought us to a standstill

The hostile environment, detaining children and the dangers of dehumanisation

Will Windrush help reset attitudes to immigration?

UK Immigration Authorities complete a ‘180’ on absences from the UK

IWD: Unlearning the language of silence

Nationality, bias and the UK immigration system

Lessons we still haven’t learnt – a year on

Why though?! My thoughts on retaining the net migration target

Brexit – Trust is hard earned and easily lost for EU citizens in the UK

IWD: Why we must #BeBoldForChange in politics and the legal profession

Brexit: home & away

Theresa May signals an end to free movement and leaves EU citizens here and British citizens abroad in limbo

Would the UK consider Donald Trump to be of ‘good character’?

Has ‘immigration’ become the political trump card?

Reflections on the impact of the UK’s recent and future hostile migration environment

Tech Nation Global Talent applications – How to sell yourself in 1000 words

The Home Office welcomes same sex couples, but only those lucky enough to live in a liberal state

The challenges for intended parents and surrogacy arrangements during the coronavirus crisis

Global Talent: In the darkness of COVID-19 chaos, the UK needs tech talent to light the way

IHS fee increase - you can't budget for it

“Spot the difference" – Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) and Global Talent

Pointless points based posturing in Government’s new immigration policy proposals

One of those weeks...

Handle with care: why it’s time to treat EU nationals responsibly

The cost of finding love in far-flung places

London Climate Action Week: Climate refugees – an international legal conundrum

IWD: The best we all can be

Brexit: Immigration issues for EU nationals in the UK to consider

International surrogacy - the legal challenges for US nationals bringing a surrogate child to the UK

Brexit and relocating with children overseas – mind the immigration and family law gaps

What should EEA citizens living in the UK do next?

The opportunities and pitfalls of surrogacy for same sex couples

The UK’s referendum on EU membership – implications for British citizens living in Member States

Europeans living in the UK - no need to pack up just yet

Recent international surrogacy case addresses immigration issues and challenges in bringing children home

Impact on UK immigration status when relationships break down

Immigration Bill 2015 – the real impact of creating a ‘hostile environment’

A call for reform and redesign of the UK’s Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa

Consultation on the UK’s Tier 1 Entrepreneur route – does it deliver economic benefits or is it ripe for reform?

The further use of discretion in considering time limits for parental orders

Tier 1 Investors need a UK investment account before applying for their initial visa

Immigration Act 2014: Marriage and Civil Partnership

Surrogacy and modern families – calls for increased regulation and extended parental order deadlines

Developments in international surrogacy laws – a world full of choices and challenges

International surrogacy laws are not keeping up with changing social patterns

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