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Kathryn Bradbury

Partner, Management Board

Kathryn is Head of the Citizenship & Immigration department and a member of the firm’s Management Board. She has been working in the immigration field exclusively since 2001 and practices in the broad spectrum of UK immigration and nationality law. Kathryn is regarded in the industry as a leading immigration lawyer in her specialist field of law.


Kathryn advises high net worth individuals in applications under all categories of the UK immigration rules. Her experience includes applications under the rules relating to partners, and children, including adoption and surrogacy. Kathryn also acts in complex human rights applications. Kathryn also represents clients in a broad range of appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and to the Upper Tribunal.

Qualified 2007, joined Payne Hicks Beach 2015, partner 2015.

She is listed as “Top Recommended” in the Spear’s Immigration Lawyers Index 2023.

Kathryn is ranked in all the legal directories. In Chambers HNW she is in Band 1 due to “exceptional feedback from interviewees”. One says “I find the interaction with her incredibly positive, she oozes confidence and can advise clients in the right way. She has a deep understanding of her subject matter.” Another source states “She has got a brilliant overview of the whole immigration system. She can unpick complex, tricky situations. She is concise and succinct in her advice.” Kathryn is further described as an “encyclopaedia of immigration rules” by one impressed interviewee, who considers her to be “primus inter pares.”

She is ranked by Chambers UK 2024 in Band 2 under the category of Immigration: Personal.

In the Legal 500 UK 2024 she is ranked as a Leading Individual. It is said that: “Kathryn Bradbury is exceptionally thorough in her approach; she has unequalled knowledge of the workings of the home office, considers all possible options for her clients, has excellent judgment, and, unusually for practitioners in firms who mainly represent high net worth individuals, she is expert in human rights and protection work and in immigration litigation.”

Chambers HNW 2023 describes Kathryn as: “very knowledgeable and a great immigration lawyer.” “extremely well informed about the law and applicable policies.” “the best immigration lawyer I had the pleasure of working with.” and “an excellent tactician.”

Kathryn is listed in the Spear’s 500 as a “Top Recommended Immigration Lawyer” and is regarded “within the profession as one of London’s top immigration lawyers” She has featured consistently up to the present publication.

Kathryn also features in the Citywealth Leaders List 2019 as a leading immigration lawyer.

Member of Immigration Law Practitioners Association