“Katie Newbury is a fantastic solicitor, with a deep understanding of immigration law and practice.”

Legal 500 UK 2022

“Katie Newbury’s knowledge in adoption and surrogacy related law is outstanding – she is always looking and finding resolutions that work for her clients.”

Legal 500 UK 2022

“Katie Newbury is a bright star of the immigration world with particular expertise in family immigration. Her encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, intellectual might, and calm approach mean that she is undoubtedly the solicitor you want on your side for complicated family immigration cases.”

Legal 500 UK 2022

"She has exceptional experience, she's pragmatic, to the point and very easy to work with."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2021

"She is very knowledgeable and experienced and has a very thorough and deep understanding of immigration"

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2021

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 is up and coming in Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2021.

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.

What clients and directories have said

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 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 UK, 2019

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


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.


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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

UK says it’s not all about the money. After the closure of the Tier 1 (Investor) category – what options are there for potential investors?

Will the Scale-up visa stand-up to the hype?

Nationality and Borders Bill shows questionable priorities

Missed the EU Settlement Scheme deadline? FAQs on what to do next

UK budgets for yet more immigration changes

#ChooseToChallenge this International Women’s Day

Switching from Tier 2 to Global Talent

Frequently Asked Questions on the Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa

Hong Kong British National (Overseas) BN(O) Visa Immigration Rules finally released

Highlights on the generous visa route for BN(O) citizens come January 2021

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

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