Immigration services for the media, entertainment and sports sector

Our firm regularly advises clients in the media, entertainment and sports sectors on a variety of immigration matters which often require specialist and time-sensitive advice. 

Our top-ranked immigration team has a wide array of experience acting for corporations and individuals, from production companies to high-profile celebrities, touring groups and international sportspeople.  We offer a personalised service and work to high-standards to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Our team has a thorough knowledge of the kind of immigration assistance which is required within the creative and sports sectors. Examples of recent work in these sectors include:

  • coordination of immigration advice for seamlessly moving teams around the world for performances and tours
  • applications for work permits for entertainers and their entourage
  • advising on the visitor rules and the types of activities that can be performed under this category
  • dealing with sensitive issues concerning immigration applications of high profile performers, including issues of past convictions or immigration issues
  • assigning certificates of sponsorship  to those who do not require a visa to enter the UK for short term work
  • advice on the Creative route under the new immigration system


  • advising a football regulatory body on how Brexit will affect the transfer of players
  • advising a well-known international e-Sports company on the permissibility of creative entertainers entering the UK to attend events as visitors
  • advising a renowned rapper subject to being removed from the UK and successfully obtaining entry
  • advising a renowned theatre group on a Europe-wide tour involving multijurisdictional immigration advice
  • advising a major international ticket booking organisation on the transfer of staff into the UK for events
  • advising high-profile celebrities on Tier 1 (Investor) extension and settlement (indefinite leave to remain) applications and other short term visas for filming in the UK
  • supporting a leading heavyweight boxer obtain a permitted paid engagement visa for an event in London
  • acting for an internationally renowned ballet schools on their immigration matters
  • advising on Global Talent applications for artists and performers
  • advising on entry to the UK from Ireland on a Creative visa-free concession basis



We are a full service law firm and are able to work collaboratively with our colleagues in other departments to provide you with the type of comprehensive service that the creative industries require. Our firm also has a specialist team of sport-focused lawyers.


Immigration services for the media, entertainment and sports sector – our related services

Sponsoring and Hiring Foreign Nationals

Support when sponsoring or hiring foreign nationals, from obtaining a sponsor licence to setting up immigration policies.

Applying for a sponsor licence

From 1 December 2020, UK employers need to use a sponsor licence to recruit both EU and non-EU citizens.

Compliance and audit

We assist our clients in applying for a sponsor licence, and provide a mock audit service and regular ‘health checks’ to ensure they remain compliant.

Temporary work

Before 1 December 2020 these categories fell within Tier 5. We can assist with all types of Temporary Worker applications.

Visiting the UK for business

Visitors in the UK are not allowed to work and it can be confusing when trying to decipher what is and is not classified as work.

Expanding Your Business into the UK

Advising companies on opening offices in the UK and transferring and hiring new staff with a focus on the best strategic solutions.

Global Talent

Advising applicants with recognised exceptional talent or promise in digital tech, science, medicine, arts, humanities, engineering and research.

Tier 1 Investor Programme

We advise on the Tier 1 Investor programme which offers the possibility of permanent residence and British citizenship through a significant investment.

Immigration advice for Entrepreneurs and UK Startups

Immigration advice for entrepreneurs looking to invest in, set up a subsidiary, relocate a business, or start a business in the UK.

European Citizens and Their Families

As experts in EU free movement law we help European citizens secure their right to stay in the UK, including under the EU Settlement Scheme.

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