Helen Smith

Helen Smith


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Helen leads North Star Law’s immigration team, which she set up in July 2015 with the aim of creating a distinct market offering for immigration clients, focused on a flexible and responsive service.

Helen’s clients include private individuals, founders and entrepreneurs, investors and corporates. Her experience includes the full range of family and business immigration, Brexit-related matters, Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) applications in tech, science and the arts, plus immigration appeals and global mobility for multinationals.

Helen has expertise in the tech sector and regularly helps UK start-ups and scale-ups to navigate the UK’s immigration system to access the world-leading talent they need. Helen helps businesses at all stages of development with Tier 2 licence applications so they can sponsor workers, including in the digitech shortage occupations. Helen advises founders on immigration options, which could be a Tech Nation application for recognition as a world leader in digital technology or a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) application for those bringing with them investment capital.

After City training with Berwin Leighton Paisner, Helen moved into immigration via work with Amnesty International in Australia, where she reported on the indefinite detention of asylum seekers. Helen also spent time working for PLC, researching, writing and editing legal know-how and market reviews. She brings her editing and writing experience to her immigration practice for the benefit of her clients. Before joining North Star Law, Helen worked on a wide range of immigration matters at Wesley Gryk Solicitors, Kingsley Napley and Fragomen.

Helen speaks regularly on immigration issues and contributes to the LexisPSL Immigration service. She also does pro bono immigration work for Surrey Law Centre and is a member of ILPA and AILA. Helen has lived in five countries outside the UK, including in North and South America, and speaks Spanish.


  • Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales, April 2003
  • College of Law, London (LPC) 2000
  • University of Wales, Cardiff (LLB Law and Spanish) 1998