Helen Smith

Helen joined North Star Law in July 2015, having previously practised in three of London's leading immigration firms over the past ten years. Her experience includes points-based system applications, including Tier 1 Investors and Entrepreneurs, Tier 2 sponsor licence issues, permanent residence and nationality, spousal applications and EEA matters. Helen's clients include investors, business owners and entrepreneurs, private individuals and corporates. Her experience also includes immigration appeals, human rights based and discretionary applications and assisting multinational corporates with their global mobility programmes. Helen trained as a solicitor with City firm, Berwin Leighton Paisner, qualifying in March 2003. She started her immigration law career with Wesley Gryk Solicitors, dealing largely with personal immigration matters, moving on to a position with Kingsley Napley LLP where her client base was a mix of corporate and private clients. Most recently, Helen was a Senior Associate with Fragomen LLP where she specialised in business immigration for global corporates. Helen was recommended in the 2014 edition of the Legal 500 for business immigration and has provided ILPA training on Tier 5. She has also had several articles and blogs published and regularly provides training to clients.
Contributed to


Applying as a parent of a Child Student
Practice notes

This Practice Note outlines the eligibility requirements and procedure (including application form and fee information) for an individual applying to come to the UK as a parent of a child under 12 who is at school in the UK. It also provides a summary of the duration and conditions of leave for the category.

General requirements for indefinite leave to remain in work, business and investment categories
Practice notes

This Practice Note examines the key common requirements for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) applications in work-related categories in the Immigration Rules which lead to settlement. These are absences and continuity of residence, criminality and knowledge of language and life in the UK.

Global Talent: applying for leave
Practice notes

This Practice Note outlines the key procedural requirements for entry clearance and leave to remain applications under the Global Talent route (Stage 2 of the application process). It looks at the eligibility requirements, forms, fees and supporting documents. It also covers the indefinite leave to remain (ILR) requirements, including for individuals applying under the predecessor Tier 1(Exceptional Talent) route, which remains open for these applications only.

Global Talent: endorsement criteria
Practice notes

This Practice Note looks at the endorsement criteria under the Global Talent route, previously known as the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route. It covers Stage 1 of the application process and details the criteria of the various endorsement bodies, the difference between exceptional talent and exceptional promise, the review mechanism for rejected applications and common issues and pitfalls when making an application for endorsement.

Long residence and private life—summary and resources
Practice notes

This Practice Note sets out the long residence and private life routes within the Immigration Rules. It covers applications for leave to remain and indefinite leave to remain under either route. It also looks at settlement applications under the ten-year long residence route.

Other work

Practice areas


  • Contributing Author

If you expected to see yourself on this page, click here.