Philip Turpin

Partner, Head of Skilled and Business Immigration Team

Philip is a Partner and is the Head of our Business and Skilled Immigration team.

Philip graduated with an LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Nottingham. He made his move into immigration law in the early 1980s, supporting war resisters from South Africa who were seeking asylum in the UK. After being called to the Bar he started his career in London with the not for profit UK Immigration & Advisory Service (UKIAS) before moving to Paddington Law Centre.

He then worked in Birmingham for renowned legal aid firm McGrath and Co where he headed up their immigration team and transferred from the Bar to qualify as a solicitor. In 1995 he migrated south to Oxford, setting up an Immigration team at Linnells (subsequently subsumed into Blake Morgan).

Philip founded Turpin Miller in 2002 together with Clare Miller with the aim of creating a firm rooted in human rights and legal excellence. Turpin Miller quickly established a reputation as one of the leading immigration firms in the UK and that national reputation has continued to grow ever since.

Philip has sat on the Executive of the Immigration Lawyers Practitioners Association (ILPA) and was a legal consultant to the 2014 ‘Chasing Status’ report by the Legal Action Group highlighting the appalling situation facing the ‘Windrush generation’. As a former ILPA trainer he has introduced many new immigration lawyers to the complexities of the immigration rules and procedures and he continues to support and inspire a growing and dynamic team of lawyers at Turpin Miller.

In his current role, he provides expert immigration advice to the University of Oxford, Oxfam, other NGOs, private businesses, entrepreneurs and skilled workers, helping those organisations and individuals navigate the intricacies of immigration control. He has also assisted numerous ‘Persons of Exceptional Talent’ to obtain their Tier 1 endorsements and visas.

Philip has well over 30 years of experience in immigration law and is known for his ability to couple his profound knowledge of the law with his many years of experience, to find practical solutions to real-life immigration dilemmas and problems.