Nicolas Rollason

Partner and Head of Department


Nicolas Rollason is "one the best immigration advisers in London. He is outstanding and is a go-to person in the industry." "He takes an interesting approach to problems and is creative in finding solutions."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2021

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 25 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  and ranked as a leading individual in Legal 500 UK 2020. He is listed in International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Law,  The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom and the Citywealth Leaders List. He is currently listed as Corporate Immigration Lawyer of the Year 2020 in Who's Who Legal. The year previous, he was listed as a Thought Leader in Corporate Immigration 2019 in Who's Who Legal

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 and he currently acts as an officer for the International Bar Association’s Immigration and Nationality Committee.  Nick leads Kingsley Napley’s responses on the UK’s post-Brexit immigration policy design.

Nick studied history at Hertford College, Oxford and holds a Masters in Public Policy from the London School of Economics.  He started his career at Baileys Shaw & Gillett in 1994 before joining Kingsley Napley in 1997 and becoming a partner in 2003.

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 to 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

He has encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration law and is very impressive on anything complex."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

An excellent lawyer who thinks about the bigger and wider policy issues."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

He is brilliant - definitely one of the top people in the market."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

Nick's knowledge base is what I value the most - he is very calm, there is no situation which is too complex and he is fast with his responses."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2021

Head of department Nicolas Rollason centres his highly acclaimed business immigration practice on Tier 2 sponsorship licence matters. He acts for a wide range of international clients and continues to advise them on immigration strategy."

Chambers UK, 2021

He is a very well-respected immigration lawyer. He has lots of experience and is very knowledgeable."

Chambers UK, 2021

Described as the 'European guru', Nicolas Rollason centres his highly acclaimed business immigration practice on nationality law and global immigration strategy for corporate clients."

Chambers UK, 2020

Nick has ‘extensive experience, particularly in business-related immigration’ and provides strategic advice to businesses on their UK and global immigration needs, as well as advising investors, entrepreneurs, well-known individuals and other ultra-high-net-worth clients."

Legal 500 2019

Nicolas Rollason is "utterly charming, brilliantly knowledgeable and totally unflappable.” “I find him a very interesting, kind, genuine individual” who is “at the top of his game.”

Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2019

Nick "will give you clarity of advice and he has the contacts to deal with the issues as they arise."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2019

The "phenomenal" Nicolas Rollason has experience advising on corporate immigration matters. His recent work includes assisting clients with the restoration of revoked sponsorship licences."

Chambers UK, 2018

The leading light of high net worth immigration law."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2018

He is regarded as the guru of the points-based immigration system."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2018

He is one of the most knowledgeable for Tier One investor visas."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2018

Not only super clever, but a really lovely chap."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2017

Nicolas Rollason heads the immigration team at Kingsley Napley and is lauded by lawyers and clients alike"... he is "an extremely good lawyer, incredible value for money."

Chambers HNW Guide 2017

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

Legal 500 UK

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

'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

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





Nick has appeared in the media and been quoted extensively in the national press over many years.

Some of the more recent media interviews and articles where Nick has been quoted include: 


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 with a long term passion for cycling and an enthusiastic cook, he has yet to book his gastronomic Tour de France with his wife and three children.


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KN Global Immigration Update – June and July 2021

Home Office is ‘wrong’ over visas - Nicolas Rollason quoted in The Times

KN Global Immigration Update – April and May 2021

Immigration alert: Have your say - consultation on the ICT category

KN Global Immigration Update – February and March 2021

Hong Kong: professional classes polarised by new British visa pathway system - Nick Rollason quoted in IBA

British business travellers face a bewildering return to the EU - Nicolas Rollason quoted in the Financial Times

News alert: Lockdown and other immigration updates

News alert: Issues for EU citizens to consider before the end of the year

Immigration alert: Transitional arrangements before the Skilled Worker category opens on 1 December 2020

KN Global Immigration Update – September & October 2020

Immigration alert: UK immigration applications can continue during lockdown

Immigration update: New rules released on the Skilled Worker category

Migration Advisory Committee to review the Intra-Company Transfer category

KN Global Immigration Update - July and August 2020

KN Global Immigration Update - May and June 2020

The International Comparative Legal Guide - Corporate Immigration 2020

Immigration Update: Home Secretary announces 14 day quarantine for international passengers arriving in the UK

KN Global Immigration Update - March and April 2020

Immigration update: Update on expired 30-day entry visas

COVID-19: Abrupt border closures raise legal issues for expatriates and travellers - Nicolas Rollason quoted in IBA Article

Immigration update: Update on salary restrictions for sponsored workers

Immigration update: Coronavirus

KN Global Immigration Update - January and February 2020

Immigration update - Coronavirus immigration implications, increased IHS fees in the Budget and ILR salary levels

Government confirms changes to the UK immigration system from 1 January next year

Further clarification on the requirement to record the date of entry to the UK

Nick Rollason interviewed on BBC Radio Foyle's Breakfast Show

UK nationals going to the EU for business travel in the event of no deal

Immigration update: New document retention requirement for Tier 2 and 5 workers – date of entry to the UK

Immigration team contributes to new International Comparative Legal Guide to Corporate Immigration 2019

Immigration update: Tier 2 - shortage occupation list to be expanded

Immigration update: Tier 2 - changes to certain minimum salary levels

Kingsley Napley listed in new Department for International Trade UK Investment Support Directory

EU settlement scheme doesn't work, say couple held at airport - Nick Rollason comments in the Guardian

Kingsley Napley's immigration team sponsors Financial and Professional Services Post-Brexit Immigration Briefing

Brexit extension: will employers be kept in the dark? - Nicolas Rollason quoted in Personnel Today

Immigration News Round Up 2018

Immigration alert: Tier 1 (Investor) visa scheme has not been suspended

Nick Rollason is quoted in the FT about the Home Office crackdown on investor visas

UK Government announces temporary suspension and reform of the Tier 1 Investor visa scheme

Immigration update: Summary of recommendations for work migration post-Brexit

Kingsley Napley hosts launch party for new JUSTICE report on immigration and asylum appeals

Immigration update: Brexit – further details of the EU Settlement Scheme announced

Immigration update: New service for applicants applying for work or study visas in the UK

Winners of Immigration Law Firm of the Year at Citywealth Awards

Immigration update: Changes to advertising site for Tier 2 visa applications

Brexit - UK government concedes on EU migrants' residency rights during Brexit transition (part 2)

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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

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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

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Home Office calls time on “cheap labour” – can the hospitality industry survive?

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Common ‘good character’ issues when applying to naturalise as a British citizen

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No-deal Brexit: Should employers sponsor their new EU staff?

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