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Rita Kotecha

Head of Immigration


Rita is an Associate Solicitor and is Head of our national immigration team. She specialises in all aspects of the Points Based System and Sponsorship Licence applications.  She deals with applications relating to Family, Private Life and Human Rights applications. Rita is also a criminal defence solicitor. In the Legal 500, Rita was named in the area of Immigration Law and was named as a Recommended Lawyer in 2017 and 2022. She speaks fluent Gujerati and has a strong understanding of Hindi and Punjabi.

More about Rita

I qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and have been practicing for over 15 years. I’m a duel Solicitor, which means I’m qualified in both Immigration and Criminal Law. I’ve worked in private practice for both niche law firms and larger firms. I’m now the Head of the Immigration Department at Cartwright King Solicitors. I’m also a qualified Duty Solicitor.

I specialise in all aspects of the Points Based System and Sponsorship Licence applications.  I also deal with applications relating to Family, Private Life and Human Rights applications.

In 2014 I joined MALA (Midland Asian Lawyers Association) https://www.midlandsasianlawyers.org/committee as a Committee Member.  MALA is headquartered in Leicester and operates throughout the Midlands, this is a non-profit organisation promoting diversity and equality in the legal profession and raising money for charity.  We are honoured to have Judge Afzal OBE as our President.

I pride myself on the high level of service I provide to my clients; I am determined and passionate about the work that I undertake.  I ensure that the client’s needs are met and on many occasions I’ve had to ensure that a direct yet sympathetic approach is taken as the cases that I deal with can be emotionally stressful for the client.  I aim to ease their concerns and demonstrate optimism and positivity to achieve the best possible outcome. My ability to speak fluent Gujerati, and my strong understanding of Hindi and Punjabi sets many of my clients minds at ease by speaking their first language.

I have dealt with clients worldwide and from all different backgrounds – from high profile musicians and sports stars to asylum seekers.  I have taken cases to the judicial review stage and secured successful outcomes – with grit and determination.  I have reunited children with families, partners and loved ones and also secured status for victims of Domestic violence (both male and female).  I have dealt with revocation of Sponsorship Licences and charitable organisations where communities have been affected – successfully securing the reinstatement of the licence. I am known to take each case on its own merits and advise, represent and navigate the case through the complex immigration procedures.

I am self motivated enjoy new experiences.   As an avid skier and regular runner, I am grateful that I have had opportunities to travel and visit many countries.  Running has become part of my routine and life, I know that running is great for both my physical and mental heath.  Every step I can take makes me feel privileged, and if I can take any of these steps with my family, loved ones and friends then I am truly blessed.

Recent Experience

SR – application in country to regularise leave for a USA national who travelled to the UK on a visit visa, she married her British partner ‘online’ legally in a different country– a renowned and recognised musician and was granted leave to remain on the 5 year route as a spouse.

BJ – application for EC for a son of a British Citizen who was left in the care of others in Gambia for the majority of his life.  The mother secured status in the UK, but was a victim of DV and struggled to meet the needs of her 5 children in the UK and also fought to meet the financial requirements – the application was refused. A subsequent appeal followed and this decision was overturned.  The son was nearly 19 when he arrived in the UK and reunited with his mother and siblings after many years.

TA – the applicant was a Turkish National and the sponsor a British Citizen.  The applicant had an extensive detrimental Immigration history and remained as an over-stayer for many years in the UK. He had previously lodged a number of applications to regulate his leave in the UK.  The applications were refused and the couple left the UK to start a new life in Turkey.  They then decided due to family commitments in the UK that they wished to return and a detailed entry clearance application was prepared and lodged; however mid way through the application it was brought to our attention nu the Home Office that judicial review costs were outstanding.  The clients had no knowledge of these and after many long months, the application was granted and the applicant and sponsor were reunited just before the New Year 2020/2021.

RB & MB – application to regularise leave in the UK for a mother and daughter Kenya citizens who were brought to the UK, on a visit visa by the father-in-law (of the mother applicant) over 15 years ago, after the main applicant (mother applicant was widowed).  The applicants have had no choice but to build and secure their lives with a elderly “grandmother” who is devoted to God and the mother applicant has devoted her life to the serve the deity in the UK.  The daughter came to the UK as a child on her mothers passport, had never secured her own passport.  She has been educated in the UK, and accepted at University.  The applicant had sought legal advice from a number of Immigration Lawyers before approaching Cartwright King. The passport had expired – they were promised visas that never transpired. They were anxious, vulnerable and helpless and after preparing the case to the highest level, detailing the cultural history, stigma attached to Asian female widows, the mental torture and abuse they had suffered the applicants leave has been regularised in the UK as the applications were successful.


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