Gillian McCall

Gillian graduated at the top of her class in 2009 with a First Class Honours degree in Law, before going on to complete her Masters degree in International Law at the University of Cambridge in 2010. She has since worked with a variety of human rights charities and international organisations, based both in the UK and abroad.



Gillian went on to complete her Bar Professional Training Course in 2013, where she was graded 'Outstanding', before beginning pupillage at Richmond Chambers LLP.



Gillian practises in all areas of immigration law including family and private life cases both inside and outside of the immigration rules, EU law, asylum and all aspects of the Points-Based System. She has a particular interest in Tier 1 cases.
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Applying under the Innovator category
Practice notes

The Innovator category permits individuals endorsed by a Home Office-approved endorsing body to set up a business in the UK. This Practice Note outlines the eligibility requirements for making an application under the category, including the financial and English language requirements. It also looks at the suitability and validity requirements, period and conditions of permission, dependants, and applications for settlement.

Applying under the Start-up category
Practice notes

The Start-up category permits individuals with an endorsement from a Home Office-approved endorsing body to establish and set up a business in the UK for the first time. This Practice Note outlines the eligibility requirements for making an application under category, including the financial and English language requirements. It also looks at the suitability and validity requirements, period and conditions of permission, dependants, and switching to the Innovator category.

Crew members, diplomats and other exempt persons
Practice notes

This Practice Note sets out the categories of person who are exempt from UK immigration control and the circumstances in which full exemption or partial exemption applies. The note covers the following categories of exempt person: diplomats; members of foreign armed forces; crew members of aircraft, ships and Channel Tunnel trains. It also discusses the arrangements for seafarers and aircrew in specific special cases.

Human rights claims in visitor applications
Practice notes

This Practice Note discusses the Home Office’s policy for considering human rights claims in visitor applications, including whether the case must be referred for further consideration and the circumstances in which a refused applicant is entitled to a right of appeal. It also provides information on the approach of the tribunal on these questions, with a specific focus on claims based on the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), art 8.

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, HC 1025—analysis
Practice notes

Immigration analysis: The Lexis®PSL Immigration team and Gillian McCall, pupil barrister at Richmond Chambers, outline the main changes set out in the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, HC 1025. HC 1025 (the Statement) was issued on 26 February 2015.

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)—summary and resources
Practice notes

This Practice Note includes a summary of relevant eligibility requirements for the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category, extension and indefinite leave to remain stages), plus links to the relevant Immigration Rules, Home Office guidance, forms, fees and other application information. It also includes a summary table covering key recent cases. The Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category closed to new entrants on 29 March 2019. The only individuals who can now enter this category are those who have or have had leave in the last 12 months in the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) category, or in the Start-up category having previously held leave in the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) category. Individuals in this position can make applications for entry clearance or leave to remain until 5 July 2021.

Tier 1 (Investor): eligibility requirements for extension applications
Practice notes

This Practice Note considers the eligibility criteria for a person who has, or was last granted leave under the Tier 1 (Investor) category when applying for an extension of leave, including under the various dated regimes that are relevant. The same criteria will also apply where a person is applying for entry clearance and has had leave in the category granted within the last 12 months.

Tier 1 (Investor): investment requirements for pre-6 November 2014 Rules applicants at indefinite leave to remain
Practice notes

This Practice Note looks at the eligibility requirements in relation to money and investments that will be relevant for a Tier 1 (Investor) migrant applying for indefinite leave to remain, where their last leave was granted under the pre-6 November 2014 Rules and they are applying before 6 April 2022. This includes what investments will qualify (including relevant restrictions), how the qualifying investments should be maintained, and the evidence needed to show that the qualifying investments and, if relevant, any balancing funds have been maintained over the relevant specified continuous period.

Visitor (standard): avoiding common pitfalls
Practice notes

This Practice Note highlights some common pitfalls associated with applications under the standard visitor immigration category that may lead to additional scrutiny of an application and/or its refusal. These often involve issues that may cast doubt on an applicant's credibility as a genuine visitor.

Visitor: eligibility
Practice notes

This Practice Note outlines the eligibility requirements for individuals applying to come to the UK under the Visitor immigration categories, including those undertaking permitted paid engagements (PPE). It looks at the eligibility criteria, suitability and validity requirements, period and conditions of permission and any provisions for dependants.

Visitors: prohibited and permitted activities
Practice notes

This Practice Note outlines the prohibited and permitted activities for those applying to enter the UK under the visitor immigration categories. It includes information on prohibited activities, which focus on certain types of work and self employment and also outlines the permitted activities of tourism and leisure, volunteering, training, study, medical treatment and permitted paid engagements.

Who can give immigration advice in the UK?
Practice notes

This Practice Note outlines the regulatory regime governing the provision of immigration advice or services in the UK. It covers authorisation avenues, criminal sanctions and the disciplinary and other powers of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner.

Practice areas

Qualifications

  • LL.B (Hons) - 2009
  • LL.M (Cantab - 2010
  • BPTC - 2013

Panel

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  • Q&A Panel

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