About Free Movement

About Free Movement

Free Movement offers updates, commentary and advice on immigration and asylum law. Our mission is to make good quality and clear information available to all affected by immigration control: migrants themselves, their families, their lawyers and their judges. Immigration law has become very complex in the UK and changes very rapidly; we try to make it simple, or at least understandable.

The website was founded by Colin Yeo in 2007 and Colin continues to edit the blog. The website receives over 300,000 page views a month and we have over 14,000 email subscribers.

About Colin

I began writing Free Movement in 2007 to keep myself up to date, give myself some space to think and to jot down my ideas about immigration law. Since then it has become a popular resource in the UK immigration law sector, widely read by lawyers, judges and members of the public.

I have been practising in immigration law for 17 years. My career began at two charities, the Immigration Advisory Service and Refugee Legal Centre, and I came to private practice at the Bar in 2006. My work today covers the full range of immigration law, from asylum cases through to EU free movement law, thorny nationality law issues and representing high net worth clients and businesses.

Christopher Desira, Seraphus Solicitors

I am a senior solicitor in immigration law. I am qualified under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accredited Scheme as a Senior Caseworker and Supervisor, and I have a Masters in Human Rights from Birkbeck University. I have worked at charities called Bail for Immigration Detainees and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, and I continue to help another called Freedom from Torture.

With that experience I founded Seraphus, a law firm specialising in immigration and human rights law. Seraphus is a law firm that cares, listens and is always available to its clients. Our aim to simplify a very complex area of law and provide all the support you need to make a successful immigration application or appeal. Whatever immigration issues you have, however complex, we can help.

Christopher Benn, Seraphus Solicitors

I have spent twelve years specialising in immigration law. I am accredited as a Senior Caseworker and Supervisor under the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme. I have a Masters in Human Rights from Essex University and I am also an experienced welfare advisor having worked at Mind, a charity that provides advice and support to anyone experiencing mental health problems.

I have worked with Christopher Desira to help build Seraphus into a unique firm, one that is innovative, modern and focused on you. We genuinely want to help you and your family build a successful future in the UK by helping you with your immigration application or appeal. We continue to grow Seraphus into a firm that gives back by helping charities and our community.


Subscribing to Free Movement has been the best decision I've made this year. It is written in user friendly language, always topical and easily read. A must buy for both speed readers and those who want more detail from the authors and forums.

Derek Edwards

I consulted Chris Desira of Seraphus Ltd via the free movement site twice and found the advice both helpful and reassuring. Chris had clearly put time and care into preparation for my sessions and addressed my concerns in a very competent and serious manner. I would recommend his services to anyone looking for advice on their situation, particularly with Brexit coming up.

Amanda Twohig

Hi Colin, big thank you for your tutorial on electronic form for permanent residence for EU citizens. I followed it, applied in January and got my card back a month later. Definitely fast track!

Ewa Papuzynska

An esteemed and popular immigration barrister, he is particularly highly regarded by peers and widely recognised for his editorship of the Free Movement blog. His client base is varied, and includes high net worth private individuals, law centres and businesses of all sizes. Strengths: "Extraordinary energy and commitment." "Very responsive. He offers highly detailed advice and comprehensive knowledge of case law."

Chambers UK 2017

Very good strategically and a highly persuasive advocate

Legal 500 2017

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