Nicolas Rollason

Partner and Head of Department


"He is one of those guys you can pick up the phone to, ask a question and he's got the answer there and then. He's just absolutely brilliant"

Chambers High Net Worth Guide

Nick Rollason is a partner and head of Business Immigration.  He advises on all areas of UK immigration and nationality law and has particular expertise in providing strategic advice to businesses on their global immigration needs.

Recognised as "very experienced, knowledgeable and highly diligent' (Legal 500), Nick has over 20 years’ experience in advising corporations and individuals, providing strategic advice on UK and global immigration and citizenship solutions and often advising in the most complex of cases. Nick is a recognised expert in EU immigration law and has litigated key test cases before the European Court of Justice.

Nick is listed as a leading figure in Chambers UK and The Legal 500, International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Law, The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom, Spears 500 and the Citywealth Leaders List. He is listed  Who's Who Legal as a 'Thought Leader' 2017.

He is regularly consulted by the UK immigration authorities on proposed changes to UK immigration rules and policy and is a regular press commentator, conference speaker and contributor to immigration publications. He has given evidence to the UK Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee on skilled migration and is a former Rapporteur for the European Commission’s Annual Free movement report. He has been a consultant to the OECD and the ILO on migration matters.  He currently acts as an officer for the International Bar Association’s Immigration and Nationality Committee.

Recent work

  • Advising a global financial services firm on the immigration aspects of a  major billion pound disposal of part of its business
  • Providing strategic advice to  a  US technology company to enter the UK market including obtaining initial visas for senior staff, incorporating the UK company, setting up fully  immigration compliant HR systems and policies, obtaining a Tier 2 sponsor licence on an expedited basis and  providing ongoing advice on sponsoring employees to work in the UK.
  • Undertaking high level strategic consulting between a number of UK law firm clients  and the UK Home Office on changes to the UK visitor rules for international lawyers providing cross- border advice to UK client
  • Working with a leading major alternative investment manager to set up a London hedge fund under the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) rules.
  • Advising a major European bank on the design of  its discretionary managed portfolio offering for Tier 1 Investors
  • Providing strategic advice t a number of financial  and professional services firms on the impact of Brexit on workforce planning and global mobility.


What clients and directories have said

"a good trainer" and a "font of all knowledge" who "has a seat at the table for a lot of policy discussions"

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

"He is one of those guys you can pick up the phone to, ask a question and he's got the answer there and then. He's just absolutely brilliant," 

Chambers High Net Worth Guide

""Across the piece he's fantastic. He's excellent - a super-brain and a delightful man," enthuses a source, "he has a lovely manner as well as being very clever.""

Chambers High Net Worth Guide

"Nicolas Rollason has developed a "fantastic reputation" in the HNW immigration arena" 

Chambers High Net Worth Guide

“amazing across the board; he has an incredible knowledge of the law and awareness of future trends."

Chambers UK

"always generously giving his time and opinion"

Chambers UK

"very experienced, knowledgeable and highly diligent."

Chambers UK

"His expertise is often sought out for "complex and difficult immigration cases"

Chambers UK

"The 'amazingly capable' Nicolas Rollason mixes corporate immigration work with complex private work, and is 'well known and widely respected' for his knowledge of European and association agreement matters. According to clients, 'he is very user friendly', and 'never fails to provide the right advice, particularly on anything European.'

Chambers UK




Further information

Nick studied history at Hertford College, Oxford and started his career at Baileys Shaw & Gillett in 1994. He joined Kingsley Napley in 1997 and became a partner in 2003. Nick was born and brought up in Geneva, Switzerland and has first hand experience of being part of an expatriate family. A native French speaker, a passionate cyclist and an enthusiastic cook, he has yet to book his gastronomic Tour de France with his wife and three children.


Fantastic reputation as one of the most knowledgeable and creative immigration solicitors in the UK.

Legal 500 UK, 2015

Nick is warm and engaging. He manages to take both a strategic and detailed view of his clients requirements. He is an excellent litigator and practitioner who can be relied upon to provide sound advice and get the job done. A pleasure to work with.

Citywealth Leaders List,  2015

...'great at what he does in terms of complex immigration stuff.' He is particularly noted for his client care, and his peers recommend him to individuals with difficult cases.

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2014

The 'superb' Nicolas Rollason 'picks out the very difficult cases. They are always very well prepared, with all the key issues spotted and evidenced'...

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2013

Comment from Nicolas

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Lords propose closure of the Tier 1 (Investor) visa

Targeting the wrong people and shooting itself in the foot - the MAC proposes significant changes to the Tier 2 sponsored immigration route

Changes introduced to the British nationality regime

UK increases Tier 1 (Investor) visa investment threshold to £2 million

A new UK investor residence visa programme is launched - but it's not run by the UK

Immigration News Round-Up for 2016

Immigration update - Further expansion of UK Registered Traveller Service

First Brexit, now “Trexit” - US citizens moving to the UK post the Trump victory

Immigration update - statement of changes to the immigration rules published today

Roll out of online application process for EEA nationals

New digital visa application service for visitor visas

Biometric Residence Permits and National Insurance numbers

Webinar: Brexit - what this means for EU employees and their families

Why Brexit could usher in a new world of immigration red tape

Immigration Act 2016 - introducing changes to criminal sanctions for employers

Webinar: The impact of Brexit on EU citizens already living and working in the UK

The UK referendum and implications for British and EU citizens living or working in Member States

The Home Office announces changes to Tier 2

Further details regarding the Immigration Skills Charge announced

Government publishes its latest Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules

Government announces immigration fees increases will be effective from 18 March 2016

Changes to the Registered Travellers Scheme

The government announces immigration fee changes effective 6 April 2016

Key changes to the Tiers 2 and 5 Sponsor Guidance

Home Office publishes its latest changes to the immigration rules – how will these impact Tier 2 Sponsors?

A welcome visa scheme for the tech community that might actually be fit for purpose

Cutting Tier 2 migrant visas is not the solution to our immigration crisis or good for UK businesses

New Immigration Bill makes provision for further measures to counteract illegal migration

Home Office introduces positive changes to the Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship application process

Migration Advisory Committee publishes its report on Tier 2 Minimum Salary Thresholds

UK Visas and Immigration Online Application Service

Roll out of new Criminal Record Certificate requirements for migrants

Ongoing concerns for Sponsors refused a Certificate of Sponsorship under the Tier 2 restricted cap this month

Response to the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) Call for Evidence on its review of the Tier 2 minimum salary thresholds

MAC consultation on Tier 2 salary thresholds – anticipated impact and opportunity to have your say

Migration Advisory Committee publishes consultation on Tier 2 minimum salary thresholds

Migration Advisory Committee to consult on new proposals to reduce demand for migrant labour

Tier 2 Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship allocations close to the limit

New Immigration measures announced

Biometric Residence Permits for migrants applying for visas overseas

Home Office reporting delays in issuing Biometric Residence Permits

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

Updated Registered Travellers Scheme

Changes to visit visas

NHS Health surcharge to be introduced on 6 April 2015

Passport checks on leaving UK to be introduced at Eurotunnel and ferry ports

Biometric Residence Permit – International Rollout Schedule

Closure of Tier 1 (General) extension is imminent

Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules

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

Imminent Roll Out of Biometric Residence Permits for all Migrants

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