Sharmila is an expert in UK immigration and nationality law, having practised in the area for over 20 years. She is recognised for her practical, no-nonsense approach to complex legal issues.
In addition to her work for private clients, Sharmila assists entrepreneurs, investors and global businesses with executive moves to the UK, as well as providing strategic advice to national museums, galleries, universities, charities and independent schools. Her clients come from all four corners of the globe, in particular the US, Middle East and Asia.
Over a number of years, Sharmila has represented various business sectors at Home Office forums and committees, helping to shape government policy and Home Office procedures.
Sharmila approaches difficult immigration situations with confidence and agility, leaving clients feeling reassured and supported.
Acting as a trusted adviser, Sharmila has recently assisted a large family office with immigration applications, enabling family members to exceptionally switch status within the UK, bypassing the need for them to return home to apply. This was at a time of geopolitical tension in the region.
She also successfully unravelled a lapsed entrepreneur status in circumstances which had left the applicant unable to travel and her business unable to operate.
Sharmila qualified as a solicitor in 1992.
Sharmila is National Chair of the Law Society’s Immigration Law Committee, having previously sat as a member of the Committee for over six years.
Sharmila sits as a judge on the shortlist panel for the Women of the Future Awards in the UK and in South East Asia, recognising the talent of young women across the professions.
She has been a charity trustee, college governor and advisory board member.