Nigel Smith

Associate Solicitor
01159 644132


Nigel Smith is the head of Paragon Law’s Private and Family team and has 20 years’ experience as an immigration lawyer.  Nigel qualified as a solicitor in New Zealand before settling in the UK some years ago. He has gained experience in numerous other jurisdictions and prior to joining Paragon Law in 2013 worked for a large London-based firm heading up the Canadian Desk.


Nigel is an active member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association. He is part of the legal team supporting post-Brexit charity Here for Good and advises various other charities on immigration matters. Nigel is a contributor on the HK2UK channel advising Hong Kong nationals resettling in the UK. As well as providing on-campus immigration advice at universities in the East-Midlands, Nigel is sometimes called upon to provide specific training on areas of personal immigration law in the UK.


Some of Nigel’s notable successes include overturning decisions to refuse visitor visas for Iranian nationals, successfully challenging aspects of the financial criteria policy applying to partner applications and securing discretionary decisions on indefinite leave to remain applications.


Nigel has a breadth of experience that enables him to quickly identify the key issues in any case and understand what needs to be done to secure the desired outcome.



  • Advising individuals on all aspects of UK immigration law and nationality.

  • Helping families to navigate the complex requirements of family-based applications including partner, parent, child, dependant relative, victim of domestic violence and refugee family reunion applications.

  • Assisting individuals to gain temporary and permanent status in the UK through length of residence.

  • Advising and assisting with EUSS, Hong Kong BN(O) and visitor visa applications.

  • Naturalisation, citizenship registration and other complex nationality matters.

  • Representing clients at First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal.

  • Judicial review of Immigration decisions.



'Having been recommended by a friend, I decided to use Paragon in January of this year to represent me in the successful application of a fiancée visa. The diligence and professionalism of the staff, from reception to our caseworker Nigel, was much admired and it was evident that the company is a trustworthy and efficient one'  - Christian


'A few months ago my friend Parisa Eliyon recommended Paragon to help for an immigration query. My girlfriend is an American citizen and looking to move to the UK and Nigel Smith advised us that becoming a student was the best way to be in the country for now. Yesterday my girlfriend was accepted into the University of Edinburgh to study TESOL Msc. and will be moving over in August. We wanted to say a huge thank you to Nigel Smith for helping us. It saved us an enormous amount of time, money and pain. We both really appreciate his expertise and understanding.' - Janette Laurente and Daniel James-Watling


'After hearing great things about Paragon Law and after such disappointment putting my trust in other solicitors, I decided as my last hope to go with Paragon Law for my husbands visa issue. Our consultant Nigel Smith was amazing, reassuring and very skilled at his job. He made sure he did his very best for us and was very understanding of our situation. Luckily my Tunisian husband was granted his stay here in the UK with me and our 1 year old daughter. I can finally say for first time how delighted and pleased we are and we can finally look forward to our future. We couldn't of done it without you Nigel and couldn't of asked for a more simple, quick and successful process! Thank you.'  - Mrs Jelassi 


For articles by Nigel Smith please click link below

Marriages to Foreign Nationals under the Spotlight

The Immigration Health Surcharge – What is it and how does it work



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