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Emma Brooksbank

Partner | Leeds

"Excellent support from the Freeths team, in particular Emma Brooksbank. They have been able to answer all of our queries and provide the best advice in the given situation."
The Legal 500, 2024

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About Emma

Emma specialises in business immigration work and has over fifteen years’ experience working with Russell Group universities and national and multi-national businesses. For many businesses navigating the immigration system is one of the only ways to secure the highly skilled, specialist employees they need to grow their business. The immigration system is however complex and ever changing and mistakes can cause delay and additional expense in securing vital recruitment. Emma’s expertise will ensure that your business can implement its recruitment strategy on an international basis without immigration ever being an issue that you need to worry about.

Emma works for clients of all sizes in both public and private sectors. She secures visas for clients looking to set up their business in the UK and secures sponsor licences for UK businesses intending to recruit from overseas.  Emma will work collaboratively with you to support your business objectives and minimise risk. She has supported clients through Home Office audits and has dealt with multiple immigration compliance matters and can assist your businesses to ensure you have strategies in place to achieve right to work compliance and to protect against the reputational and financial damage.

Emma Brooksbank is listed as a Recommended Lawyer in The Legal 500 (2024 edition). Emma is also recognised as a Leading Individual in Chambers & Partners (2024 edition).


  • Trustee of PAFRAS
  • Specialist advisor to the Manuel Bravo Project
  • Immigration lecturer at BPP University

Notable work & expertise


  • JB

    “Emma represented me to successfully obtain both my limited leave and Indefinite leave to remain. She went out of her way to ensure that I was alwa...

    Jonathan Banda

  • NC

    “What sets Emma above the bar is that she is approachable, available to speak too, reassuring, gives a measured thorough timely assessment of each...

    Nicky Colley

    Care Home Owner

  • JZ

    “The service you provided was perfect. I would definitely use your company again. Thank you”

    Junping Zhang

  • "The Business Immigration team’s support has been invaluable to the University over a number of years, and in particular lately on Brexit, enabling...

    Client testimonial

    University of Leeds

  • LC

    "Our staff appreciate Emma’s regular updates and one to one advice – she is really good at explaining the complexities of Brexit in a clear way, an...

    Lisa Courtney

    University of Leeds

  • “Emma has provided timely, efficient and accurate advice.”

    Chambers & Partners, 2024

  • “Emma Brooksbank provided excellent service. Her approach is very thorough, detailed and knowledgeable.”

    Chambers & Partners, 2024

  • “Emma is very responsive to our needs as a client and gives helpful, pragmatic advice. She is also a very reassuring presence when dealing with cha...

    Chambers & Partners, 2024

  • "We have worked very closely with Emma Brooksbank in particular during the period of time we have utilised the sponsor license. Emma’s knowledge an...

    The Legal 500, 2023

  • “I have always been happy with the advice and support received.”

    Chambers & Partners, 2023

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