Our People

Nilmini Roelens LLM, DEJF
Founder and Principal Solicitor
Head of Business Immigration

Roelens Solicitors  is managed by Nilmini Roelens. Nilmini was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales in 1991. She graduated from Leicester University in 1987 with her first degree in LLB Law with French. Being a fluent French speaker she obtained a Diplome d'Etudes Juridiques Francaises from Strasbourg University (France). She first developed her passion for the practice of Immigration Law as a Trainee Solicitor in London in 1990 and thus has three decades of experience in the field.

She became an individual member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association in 1991. She focused on Immigration Law during her Masters Degree in European Law at Kings College, London. Since 1997 she managed her own successful specialist Immigration Law firm Roelens Solicitors employing a sizeable team of immigration lawyers during which time she secured  Law Society Accreditation as a Supervisor in Immigration Law. She was also a member of the highly regarded Law Society's Immigration Law Panel and secured UK Border Agency approval for the firm's services in Sponsorship Licensing whilst the schemes were in operation and has conducted a number of seminars on the Points Based System notably on Skilled Workers, Student Sponsors, the new Global Business Mobility categories and business immigration options.

She has written many articles on the Points Based System, including the Innovator category, Tier 2 and other Immigration Law issues in specialist fora. She has a particular interest in Business Immigration including Global Talent, Start-ups and Innovators, Investor, Skilled Worker and Student Sponsors. She also contributes to international editorials at Chambers of Commerce and provides regular Insights on the firm's own website and on Linkedin. She has successfully challenged UKVI suspension and revocation action of sponsor licences of Businesses as well as Educational Institutions through representations and complex Judicial Review.  

In addition to her deep interest in Business Immigration she is strongly committed to Human Rights and has been involved in a number of significant legal challenges in protection cases. 

Nilmini's commitment to refugee and human rights issues, particularly as they affect religious minorities and issues relating to gender based persecution has led to her becoming  the key author of two reports on country conditions, following fact-finding missions to Pakistan in 2014/5 and to Thailand and Malaysia in 2019.

She was a contributor to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief. She has also contributed to Home Office policy on the position of religious minorities in Pakistan and ethnic minorities in Somalia. She represented the appellants in the country guidance cases of  MN and others (Ahmadis – country conditions – risk) Pakistan CG [2012] UKUT 00389 (IAC) and of MST and Others (national service – risk categories) Eritrea CG [2016] UKUT 00443 (IAC) 

Nilmini has also acted as a Consultant Solicitor to other specialist Immigration law firms.

Nilmini speaks fluent French and Sinhala. She also claims to have a beginners'  intermediate knowledge of Mandarin Chinese as well as a smattering of Spanish and German.       


Senior Immigration Advisor

Personal Migration/European/Protection


Dr. Emre Korkmaz
Immigration Consultant

Dr Emre Korkmaz has a special interest in Refugee issues.  


He is also a Departmental Lecturer in Migration and Development and part of the core academic staff of MSc in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development. He is a research fellow at St Edmund Hall and a Research Associate at the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs of the Department of Politics and International Relations.

Between October 2016 and September 2018, he was a British Academy, Newton International Fellow/ post-doctoral researcher at ODID. He is recognized by the British Academy as an emerging leader (exceptional promise), Research and Innovation. 

He is a political scientist and international relations expert by training. He was awarded his PhD from Istanbul University’s Department of International Relations in June 2016. His academic work focuses on different aspects of migration and refugee studies and he has authored numerous articles on the position of Syrian refugees as well as the emigration of Turkish nationals to the West. Please see our Blog pages. 

Emre is a native speaker of Turkish.

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Shehan Ratnavale
Business Immigration
Asia - Africa Lead

Shehan is a senior  member of our Business Immigration team.


He was a former Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the Republic of Singapore (2005-8) concurrently accredited to the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam, and subsequently to the Republic of South Africa (2011-14) concurrently accredited to Seychelles, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

In addition to his diplomatic appointments, he has been involved in banking, business promotion and project development with companies with an international focus. He has also been involved in national development work under the purview of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Sri Lanka and as a Consultant and Focal point for UNESCO in Sri Lanka (2010-11).

He gained his LLB (Hons) degree from Leicester University UK in 1985 and holds Post Graduate Diplomas in Business and Financial Administration from the Business School of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (1995) and in Bank Management from the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka (2001).

Shehan adds great value to the firm’s Business Immigration casework team with his experience and understanding of business. Shehan also supports the firm’s management as well as its international outlook and reach in Asia and Africa in particular.

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Emily Bain

Immigration Paralegal

Following a BA degree in International Studies at Stellenbosch University, majoring in Political Science and History, and minoring in French, Emily completed her GDL and a combined LPC/LLM at the University of Law in Bristol.

Emily is a valued member of our Business Immigration team and undertakes a broad spectrum of Immigration casework with us.

She speaks fluent Afrikaans and has an intermediate level in French.
Claudia Esposito
Paralegal Personal Migration/Protection: Oxford

Claudia has a Doctorate in law from the Universita' di Bologna in Italy as well as a post graduate competitive degree for the judiciary from Bologna. She also studied law for a year in Geneva.
Prior to joining us Claudia had gained paralegal experience in law firms in Italy. She has a special interest in International Human Rights law particularly in the context of armed conflicts.

Claudia is a native speaker of Italian and speaks fluent French. 
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Lorenzo Blundo

Lorenzo Blundo recently graduated with a Masters degree from the University of Kent having also spent his Erasmus year there. His first degree in law was from the Université de Aix-Marseilles, France. He has an interest in international human rights issues, and is currently providing support to our Business Immigration team as well as in general Immigration law matters. 


Lorenzo is bilingual in Italian and French. 

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Zoe Luo
Paralegal China desk - Business Immigration 

Zoe has completed her Master of Laws degree in International Trade and Commercial Law at Durham University. Zoe gained her first degree in Law from Capital University in Business and Economics in Beijing in 2019. She was commended for her skills in mooting (advocacy) and is mastering the art of persuasion whilst applying her legal skills to real life issues. Zoe provides paralegal support for our Tier 4 Educational Establishments and Students work and is responsible for our China desk as well as general international promotional events.

Zoe is a native speaker of Mandarin.


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Immigration Team Co-ordinator


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Marion Thomas
Office Administrator / PA to Nilmini Roelens
Marion undertakes our administration and performs our HR functions. She also provides personal assistance to our principal solicitor. She has a wide-range of experience in retail, the care sector and acting as a teaching assistant. She has thus gained many transferable skills which she brings to enrich our team.

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Camille Roelens

Marketing Executive

Responsible for our social media platforms Camille brings her artistic flair and innovation to our promotions and outreach work.

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We are always looking out for talented lawyers with a proven track record and who are deeply committed to the provision of high quality immigration law services.

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