Irving Legal

Immigration Specialists in Brighton
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From Our Clients

“Estelle sorted my wife’s visa with a friendly professional approach which made the whole process stress free. She is the best”
Tony M

“Janet is amazing. Did a very good job as usual – she was helpful and very professional as well as friendly. Thanks, Janet”
Rachid A

“Fantastic experience. A breath of fresh air in the world of Immigration solicitors. Thank you for the outstanding work you do”
Laura S

“My experience with Irving and Co was just amazing. My solicitor Estelle – well, let’s just say I could not have gone through the Immigration process for my husband without her. I cannot recommend Irving and Co enough”
Sharon S

“Janet and her colleagues are extremely professional, experts in their field and human. Highly recommended”
Elaine P

“Rachel dealt with our case. She has been fantastic and very supportive all the way through. Irving and Co have given us a smooth efficient and stress free experience, which is rare when dealing with the Home Office”
Gemma A

At Irving Legal you are guaranteed a first class service. We understand that each case is unique, so whatever your requirements we can offer you a bespoke package to meet your needs.

Our exceptional team is headed by the Directors Janet Irving, Estelle Humphreys and Rachel Meates, who each have over 20 years’ experience working within the UK legal sector.

Rachel has had the opportunity to serve as a Judge within the Immigration and Asylum Chamber. This has given her a unique prospective and understanding of the function of legal procedure from multiple viewpoints. These insights have enabled the Irving team to implement this advantage into their practice.

Irving Legal are proud to have been responsible for the shaping of Immigration Law today. Of particular note, the monumental cases of Akyuz & Ozturk and Beoku-Betts. The case of Beoku- Betts was a landmark case that has established a principle of law to include a person’s family members right to a private and family life within the United Kingdom. It is widely regarded as one of the most important rulings in recent immigration history.

Our team are highly skilled, fully accredited and qualified practitioners, who are experts in all aspects of immigration, points based system, nationality, EEA and asylum law. Our skill set covers preparation of visa applications submitted to UK Visas and Immigration (in the United Kingdom and abroad). We have represented many clients before the Immigration and Asylum Chamber First-Tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal, High Court, Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice.

Our head office is based in Brighton but our client base is nationwide due to our first class reputation and outstanding success rate. We are proud of our reputation as being one of the best immigration law firms in the UK.

Our Practice Areas

Family Immigration


Student Immigration


Refusals and Appeals

EEA Immigrataion

How We Help

We believe in the advice and assistance we provide to our clients in what can often be complex and stressful matters. We are committed to providing a specialist level of service to all our clients.

Our Team

Janet Irving

Managing Director

Janet is the firms founder and has worked in both Legal Aid and Private client work since qualifying as a solicitor in 1991. After becoming a Partner in a Central London firm just 3 years after qualifying she then moved on to establish Irving and Co Solicitors in 1995. In addition to seeing clients, Janet manages all administrative, financial and regulatory matters for the Company. She is the Solicitors Regulation Authority nominated Compliance Officer for Legal Practice, Finance and Administration as well as the Company’s Training Principle, Complaint Handler, Audit Officer and Data Protection Officer.

Rachel Meates


Rachel qualified in 1997 and became a Partner in Irving and Co in 1999. She has worked in both Legal Aid and Private client work and spent 15 years as a Judge in the Immigration Appellate Authority. She is one of the few Immigration practitioners accredited to Level 3 [advanced] as well as being an accredited Supervisor. Rachel deals with private client work . She has particular expertise in dealing with complex work in the Higher Courts and has dealt with a number of high profile cases in the Court of Appeal and the ECHR that have had far reaching effects in the interpretation of Immigration Law in practice [see our notable cases section]. Rachel is held in the highest esteem by client’s and peers alike.

Estelle Humphreys


Estelle is a senior caseworker with over 15 years experience. She deals with a full range of Immigration applications and appeals. Estelle is known for her professional manner and clients appreciate her friendly and approachable ways. She is skilled at being able to explain complex issues to clients in a straightforward way that is always reassuring to them. She is efficient and diligent in her approach to casework and fully committed to her loyal client base which is shown by her popularity and success rate. Estelle is a pragmatist, a great team player and always happy to support others.

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