Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has appointed corporate and private client immigration expert Andrew Tingley as a partner and Head of the Immigration Practice in the firm's London office. 

Previously a partner at London firm Kingsley Napley LLP, Andrew has over ten years of experience working as an immigration lawyer, advising a wide range of clients in professional services, the third sector, SME start-ups, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals. He has particular experience and a strong track record in dealing with complex and sensitive immigration cases in London and across the UK. 

Michelle Chance, partner and Head of WBD's employment practice in London, commented:

"We are delighted to welcome Andrew to the partnership and to our London and national employment practice.  Having worked with Andrew previously as a former colleague, I can say with confidence that he will be a great addition to our team and I am looking forward to working with him closely again. He joins us with a wealth of experience in the corporate and high net worth individual immigration sphere and his expertise will be crucial to the growth of the firm and in particular, the London office as we continue to advise clients on a wide range of complex high value employment matters, and particularly Brexit related issues."

As our clients need to be able to move workers seamlessly across borders, Andrew will play a vital role in bolstering our city focused and wider national employment offering and supporting our corporate clients' and high net worth individuals' global mobility issues."

Andrew added:

"WBD has an impressive client portfolio across a number of sectors and a highly regarded employment team, not only in London, but across the UK and the US. The firm is clearly committed to growth and is well positioned in this changing legal marketplace for success in the future. What also attracted me to the firm was its commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, an area that I am deeply passionate about, and I look forward to becoming involved in the firm's many initiatives." 

WBD was recommended in last week's Legal 500, a leading annual guide to law firms in the UK, ranking as a top tier law firm across 33 practice areas, including employment. Similarly, in Chambers UK 2019, released last Thursday (1 November), WBD was ranked for 74 of its practice areas, including in Band 1 for employment. Michelle Chance was also recommended in both directories including in Legal 500's Employers and Senior Executives.

Andrew was also listed in the latest edition of Legal 500 and ranked in Chambers' High Net Worth Guide in Band 2. He regularly features as an expert in his field in CityWealth Leaders List and Who's Who Legal

The firm's employment teams in the UK and US advise clients across the full spectrum of general employment advice as well as in more specialist areas such as corporate immigration, pension and retirement plans and employee benefits. 

Ranking in the UK's top 20 law firms, Womble Bond Dickinson provides legal expertise across a range of sectors including Insurance, Public & Government Services, Energy & Natural Resources, Financial Institutions, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Retail & Consumer, Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Technology and Private Wealth.