An experienced practitioner in immigration, nationality and refugee law who has specialised in this area since 1995, Grace McGill established McGill & Co in April 2008. She has extensive experience in all aspects of UK immigration law, focusing on family migration and commercial immigration, with a particular specialism in Tier 1 Investor applications. She is also uniquely skilled in inter-country adoption work.
Grace manages large corporate clients within the UK and worldwide and is adept at the successful progression of complex immigration matters for individuals, providing skilled representation at all levels of the process.
Amongst many career highlights, she successfully challenged UK government policy on permitted activities for visitors to the UK, leading to a change in the law in respect of visit visa conditions. In the field of foreign adoptions, she acted as instructing solicitor in a case which established legal precedent after the Court of Session recognised a foreign adoption at Scottish common law for the first time.
In recent years Grace has become increasingly involved in high level foreign investment and corporate work, leading to engagement with foreign governments and multinational companies. She has been instrumental in a number of multi-million pound foreign investments into UK companies. Her role continues to develop in respect of overseas strategic investment work which has seen recent emphasis for corporate clients on strategic development relationships in Cyprus, UAE and the USA. She maintains a strong association with corporate entities in the development of this role.
Grace sits on the Board of Trustees of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association in London and also the Scottish Child Law Centre in Edinburgh. She is also an appointed Board member & Company Secretary of an International Sports Co founded in Scotland.
She holds a Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Strathclyde and is a member of the International Bar Association, Commonwealth Lawyers Association, and British Association for Sport & Law. She is an appointed member of the Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet (WS) and has been appointed to the WS Society Council. She is the present author of the 2nd Reissue of the Immigration Law Chapter of the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia, published in 2016. She is a contributor of published articles for Lexis Nexis and for the International Bar Association
She has been commended for her work by the Legal 500 for the last five years, the last 2 of which she has been elevated as Leading Individual in Scotland.
"Grace McGill, practice head at McGill & Co, is ‘approachable and dynamic', and “her grasp of and passion for immigration law is second to none.” … “Her guidance is always spot on and she is very good at clarifying the essential steps needed to address a clients situation." – Legal 500