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BERNARD WOOD

Immigration Barrister

BA (Cantab), GDL, BPTC, Barrister

Called to the Bar: 2020

  • Education:
    • BA (Hons) in History, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge;
    • Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School, Leeds;
    • BPTC, City Law School, London;
    • Inner Temple, Major Scholarship.
  • Practice:

    Bernie has a broad experience in advising and preparing both applications and appeals with respect to personal and business immigration matters, including family migration, asylum and human rights claims, applications under the EU Settlement Scheme, and the Points-Based System.

    Bernie assists clients with personal immigration matters and has extensive experience in preparing high-quality applications under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, including spouse, fiancé(e), and adult dependant relative visas as well as applications for leave to remain in the UK on the basis of clients’ rights to private and family life. He has experience in drafting grounds of appeal and skeleton arguments as part of preparing appeals against refusals on the basis of human rights claims. Through this work he has experience in dealing with complex immigration histories, previous refusals, allegations of deception, and cases involving vulnerable individuals with complex health needs. In addition he has advised and worked on numerous successful naturalisation and settlement applications. 

    Bernie also has experience in business immigration work advising employers and employees in relation to Skilled Worker, then Tier 2 applications, and other work-related visa routes, including Sole Representative of an Overseas Business, Start Up and Innovator applications, exceptionally talented and promising persons under the Global Talent route, Overseas Domestic Worker, and UK Ancestry Visas. He is keen to continue to develop a broad practice and is also well equipped to advise on matters relating to acquisition and registration of British citizenship, short stay visa applications (including visitor, marriage visitor and private medical visas) and advising on the appropriate steps in challenging refusals through the appeal process, administrative review, and/or judicial review. 

  • Experience:

    Before joining Richmond Chambers, Bernie worked in the Law Centre movement in the Immigration and Employment departments at Barnet Law Service. He has experience in the third sector working as a researcher at Fair Trials International and within the Employment team and as a trade union representative of a leading trade union.Prior to embarking on a legal career he worked as a primary school teacher, tutor, and translator. 

  • Languages:

    Bernard speaks Russian at CEFR Level B2 and Spanish at CEFR Level B1.

  • Testimonials:

    “Bernard Wood was absolutely excellent in advising us on my UK visa extension. He went above and beyond to make sure we were clear on what to do and minimised any stress and confusion. Couldn’t recommend him and Richmond Chambers more.”

    Seth Travins – application for further leave to remain as a partner of a British citizen approved

    “Bernie was brilliant from the get-go. I knew upon our first initial consultation that he was extremely knowledgeable about Tier 1 Entrepreneur rules. On top of that, he was able to simplify and explain this to me in an understandable way and was honest about his expectations of the outcome which is everything we could have hoped for. He has thoroughly prepared me for the extension in which I have passed and granted my visa. More importantly, the work he prepared was incredibly detailed and was paramount in our case being successful. Best of all, he was taking the extra mile in terms of reviewing non-legal documents (i.e. business plan), working on my case after working hours and rehearsing for the Interview. Thank you very much, Bernie.”

    Mohamed Elhawary – granted further leave as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur

    “I searched for a reputable service to facilitate my successful “No Time Limit application for a BRP card”. Bernard Wood provided exceptional service. His professionalism, attention to detail, and patience in compiling my submission was extraordinary and timely. I highly recommend Bernie, as he was always available and delightful to work with!”

    Janet Murdoch – No Time Limit application approved

    “I consulted with Bernie Wood for advice about a UK visa application. Bernie was very thorough and helpful. He laid out the relevant parts of UK law and suggested exactly what evidence could be used to support the application. Thanks to Bernie’s help, the application was successful.”

    Ian Williams  – granted a Marriage Visitor Visa

    “I have requested an application checking service from Richmond Chambers for my citizenship and was extremely satisfied. They are quick to respond and provide a very good client experience. Thanks to Bernie’s knowledge, professionalism and attention to detail my case has been approved very quickly by the Home Office. I can only recommend this firm.”

    Katie Bond – Naturalisation application approved

    “I had a great experience with my Lawyer Mr. Bernie Wood, he was very professional and helpful in getting my job done. His knowledge level was very high. I wish him best of luck and thanks for all the support provided.”

    Rajeev Desai – application for an NTL BRP card granted 

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