Meet the team

WilliamWilliam Garth Coates, BA (Hons)
Garth is the founder and principal of the practice, which was established in 2008. He has over 20 years experience of immigration law, having worked for the Immigration Department (UK Border Agency) of the Home Office for 2 years, before qualifying as a Solicitor in 1993. Since then he has worked for several highly regarded immigration practices. He has extensive experience of all aspects of UK immigration law and has a well-established reputation as one of the UK's leading immigration lawyers, due to his firm's excellent success rate. His experience has allowed him to travel all over the world to assist clients with entry clearance and consular applications. He acts for a wide range of clients, ranging from high net-worth individuals and celebrity private clients, through to business start-ups, UK and international corporate clients. He has particular expertise in dealing with Investors, Entrepreneurs, Immigration Appeals and Judicial Reviews.

MicheleMichele Martin, BSc (Joint Hons)
Michele qualified as a solicitor in a large international practice in 1994 and thereafter gained experience in a number of private client areas. She has been a partner with the practice since 2008. She is a fluent french speaker. She deals primarily with TIER 1 Investors and Entrepreneurs cases, family settlement and human right cases. Her experience in criminal and family law is also beneficial to clients whose immigration applications are complicated by these legal matters.


ChristineChristine Linda Phillips, BA (Hons)
Christine has been working with Garth Coates solicitors since its foundation. She speaks fluent Turkish and handles many of our Turkish and Middle Eastern cases. She specialises in Sponsor Licence and all Points Based System applications, EU applications, British Citizenship and Indefinite Leave to Remain applications. Christine is a Senior Caseworker and is the usual point of contact for many of our high-profile clients.

ChloeChloe Yap, LLM
Chloe graduated from the University of Northumbria with an LLB degree in 2003 and an LLM degree in 2005. She is a Qualified Paralegal and speaks fluent English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay. She joined Garth Coates Solicitors in 2009 as a Senior Immigration Caseworker. Her expertise covers all UK Immigration areas including EEA, Indefinite Leave to Remain applications and applications outside the Immigration Rules. Chloe also deals with appeal cases including Points-Based System and non-Points-Based System appeals as well as Judicial Review applications. 

CelemetCelemet Yener, BSc (Hons)
Since his qualification as an OISC accredited caseworker at a commercial firm in London, Celemet has become a valuable member of our team. He has developed a good working relationship at the Home Office Public Enquiry Bureau in Croydon for our fast track “same day” applications. He has extensive knowledge of all Points-Based System applications including Tier 1 Investors and Entrepreneurs, Tier 2 General (formerly known as Work Permit), Human Rights and Indefinite Leave to Remain applications. Celemet also works on appeal cases and Judicial Review applications.

TamerTamer Ulay, BSc (Hons)
Tamer worked for an OISC approved immigration firm in London as an immigration advisor before he joined us in 2010. He has gained extensive knowledge of UK Immigration and has considerable hands-on experience in dealing with ECAA (Ankara Agreement) applications. As a Senior Immigration Caseworker, Tamer deals with and assists in EEA Family Permits, EU, ECAA with Turkey, Family Members and Indefinite Leave to Remain applications.

AngelicaAngelica Malkinson, BSc (Hons)
Angelica is a native Russian speaker and assists our Russian clients with Tier 1 Investor and Entrepreneur, Tier 2, Residency and Citizenship applications.