Malini Skandachanmugarasan

Partner | London (City)

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Malini has specialised in immigration law for well over a decade and is one of the UK's leading immigration experts.

Malini is a partner in the Immigration team and leads the firm's growing personal and private client immigration practice. She is recognised as one of the UK's leading immigration lawyers advising both organisations and individuals and specialising in UK immigration law, Nationality law and European law for over a decade.   

The Legal 500 marks her out as a Next Generation Partner, and Who’s Who Legal as a Future Leader “providing the right solutions” to complex immigration issues. She is also individually ranked by Chambers for her Personal Immigration work.

Her clients range from financial institutions and UK start-ups, working with them on their business immigration matters. Malini’s private client caseload is mainly made up of Politically Exposed Persons, high net worth individuals, senior executives and international families as well as those seeking asylum in the UK or relying on human rights. 

In addition to her considerable experience in business immigration with a focus on companies looking to set up in the UK, Malini day to day practice and expertise involves assisting on complex and discretionary personal immigration matters, navigating  private clients with all UK immigration applications to the point of British Citizenship. Her practice has a particular emphasis on applications based on partnership, family and private life, human rights and discretionary leave outside the Immigration Rules. Malini’s clients benefit from her creative strategic thinking and comprehensive understanding of UK immigration law and policy.

Before joining Doyle Clayton in 2020, Malini was a Senior Solicitor at a Band 1 boutique immigration firm heading its "outstanding" Human Rights and Appeals practice and also managing the firm’s pro bono cases. 

Externally, Malini is a highly experienced trainer and is regularly invited to speak internationally on immigration topics. She also regularly contributes to publications including LexisNexis and provides legal commentary in the general media including The Guardian and LBC Radio.

What people say about Malini

"She is responsive, knowledgeable, proactive and efficient. She has an excellent blend of professionalism, approachability and compassion".

Chambers & Partners Guide

"Malini is prompt with answering queries, incredibly knowledgeable and has a particular flair for ensuring the strongest possible application".

Chambers & Partners Guide

"Malini is at the top of her game." and "She is one to watch in the market."

Chambers & Partners Guide

"Malini Skandachanmugarasan is praised for her outstanding ability to 'provide the right solutions' to complex immigration issues".

Who’s Who Legal

"Malini Skandachanmugarasan is very compassionate and provides the best possible solutions".

The Legal 500

"Exceptional attention to detail, follow-up, and above and beyond delivery of services. My case involved them handling things not initially discussed, which Malini Skandachanmugarasan at Doyle Clayton handled without hesitation and solved immediately."

The Legal 500

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Experience and qualifications 

  • Qualified in 2007
  • Specialist in Immigration Law since 2007

Education and professional memberships 

  • Oxford - MA Jurisprudence 

Areas of expertise 

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