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Our Story



The practice was first established in 1990 and for the past 30 years has specialised in all aspects of United Kingdom Immigration and Nationality Law.  Throughout the constantly changing landscape of immigration and nationality law in the last three decades, we have always taken the same approach to the resolution of the issues faced by our clients.  We will determine if there is an effective solution, and if so, explain the nature of that advice clearly and objectively to you.  Understanding your problem, and clarifying our approach to its resolution, is central to the establishment of mutual trust and confidence and the maintenance of a long and successful relationship.


Whatever the issue you face, whether it is to establish a business here, or to work, or study or take up residence with a loved one, the enquiry will always be dealt with tactfully and with understanding.  We understand the importance of cementing ties with the UK in the acquisition of British nationality, and a substantial part of our practice has also been focused on those ambitions. Our clients are at the heart of what we do. We will carefully analyse your requirement, and invest our time explaining and simplifying the application process to you. We provide tailor-made immigration advice to many businesses and individuals, which can be found in more detail on our Services page. We appreciate every client will have their own unique requirements and individual perspective, and it is our aim to proactively work with you for an effective outcome.

Our practitioners have several years of experience in immigration law whilst working both with private immigration firms and the Home Office, UK Visa and Immigration Department. We provide strategic planning and visa support, and throughout the process our advisors will be by your side.

We have been based in the heart of the West End of London, close to Baker Street, for the entirety of our time since the practice was established, making us easy to find.  We can be contacted easily and quickly by whatever means are convenient to you, and we do our utmost to ensure, that wherever it is you may be, we remain in contact with you at all times.

Our Team

Born in London, Paul read law at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and after taking his professional examinations followed by 2 years of professional training, he was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England & Wales in October 1982.  He established the practice at the beginning of 1990, and has had experience across every aspect of the UK’s immigration and nationality law jurisdiction. From business & commercial, family relationships, refugees and asylum, claims made under provisions dealing with human rights, litigation at tribunal stage through to the High Court and beyond, European casework (while the UK was a member of the European Union), British nationality and citizenship, there has not been an area of law he has not covered and had experience in through 30 years of practice.


Paul Simon

Born in London, Anika has had extensive experience in all aspects of business and personal immigration applications. Graduating in Law in 2008 with an honours degree, she then completed her Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in London. Before joining the practice in May 2013, she had previously worked in both the public and private sectors, and it was over this period that she first became determined to specialise in immigration law. Her particular focus is on business and commercial migration, and she advises prospective and current entrepreneurs, licensed and prospective sponsors, and overseas business representatives, on all aspects of the immigration system in the UK. She has also dealt with all tiers under the Points Based System, taking clients through extension applications and indefinite leave to remain. Her practice also encompasses a broader range of immigration matters including family settlement applications, applications made under European law and applications for overseas domestic workers. More than any particular type of application however, it is the personal interactions with clients from which she draws the most pleasure and to which she brings a genuine enthusiasm and sense of personal achievement. Within the practice, she has responsibility for business management, including marketing and quality assurance.


Anika Pandya

Brought up in the West Midlands, Juhana read Law & Sociology at Warwick, graduating in 2010.  She spent several years working in Immigration Law before joining the practice in October 2014. She was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England & Wales in July 2019.

Her particular interest is on family reunion, often involving complex issues within Appendix FM, but she also deals with applications under all the various tiers of the Points Based System, including sponsor management.  Juhana has been involved with a broad spectrum of Entry Clearance applications and submissions under the Immigration Rules, and also has considerable experience in litigating Immigration & Asylum appeals at the Tribunal stage through to the higher courts. Within the practice she has primary responsibility for the recruitment and professional management of our trainees and professional staff.


Juhana Begum

Joseph Sinclair

Joseph graduated from Cardiff University in 2015 with an LLB in Law and Sociology. He joined Paul L Simon Solicitors in November 2017 from the Home Office’s Litigation Operations Team, where he worked on claims for judicial review on behalf of the Secretary of State. His focus, in particular, was on claims relating to entry clearance, the points-based system and detailed analysis in matters containing tax elements. He currently works on all matters relating to the firm’s immigration and nationality work. 

Shahriar Fardous


Shahriar graduated with Honours degree in Law from University of London in 2009. He also has successfully completed Master of Laws in International Business Law from University of Gloucestershire in 2012 and Master of Laws in Human Rights from London Metropolitan University in 2013. He has worked in different Immigration law firms before joining Paul L Simon Solicitors in 2017. He works as a paralegal here who provides day to day essential immigration casework support to Paul, Anika and Juhana with his extensive knowledge and experience.  

Natalie Cohen


Natalie studied for her GCSE’s and A-Levels at King Solomon High School, Barkingside and achieved 10 GCSE’s. She joined as the new Receptionist in January 2016. Natalie’s role includes day-to-day administration duties, answering and directing telephone calls, scheduling appointments for clients, handling incoming and outgoing post, monitoring office supplies, and most of all, assisting and supporting her co-workers when necessary.

James Conway


James graduated with an honours degree in Accountancy and Finance from Middlesex University in 1990. He trained as an Accountant and specialised in Solicitors Accounts Rules Audits. He started his own specialist accountancy business in 1998 specialising in professions with client money: solicitors, accountants, estate agents and insurance brokers. He still has many clients in these areas. James joined Paul L Simon in July 2017 where he does the Legal Cashiering and Compliance Work with his assistant Lucy.

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