About

Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants Limited is a company specialising in the field of UK and South African Immigration.

We are regulated by the Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner (OISC), which can give you the peace of mind that we have to adhere to very strict rules imposed on us, in order to ensure that we are fit, competent, up to date with all the latest immigration rule changes and acting in your best interest.

Our consultants have many years of immigration experience and accredited up to OISC level 3, which is the highest accreditation an immigration firm can obtain in UK Immigration law. This means we can assist you with the most basic immigration cases up to complicated matters such as Immigration Appeals.

Our affiliate South African Immigration advisers, based in South Africa, are registered with FIPSA, the professional body for immigration practitioners in South Africa. This can give you the peace of mind that your matter is in competent hands.

Apart from offering the most professional advice, our mission is to offer you the best client service in the market. We take a personal approach to all our cases and strive to provide you with client service par excellence.

Whether you are looking for basic assistance or have a complicated matter that you need assistance with, our team is ready to assist.

JP Breytenbach
JP Breytenbach
Director
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Senior Immigration Consultant with over 10 years’ experience in Immigration. Committed to achieving results that exceed expectations, and providing clients with a world-class immigration service. To consistently invest in the talents and energies of members of staff, through continuous mentoring and training.

  • OISC Registered Level 1
  • Bachelor’s degree, Theology and Philosophy
  • Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practices
  • Qualified solicitor of England and Wales, but moved to focus on Immigration Law as OISC registered consultant

Laya Strydom
Laya Strydom
Consultant

Senior Immigration Consultant with over 14 years’ experience in UK Immigration Law. Passionate about working with people and assisting them to plan their immigration route. Enjoys the academic rigour of the law and the application thereof. Dedicated to making complex legal problems simple and providing effective solutions for the benefit of our clients.

  • OISC Registered Level 1
  • LLB degree from Durham University
  • College of Law LPC
  • Qualified solicitor of England and Wales, but moved to focus on Immigration Law as OISC registered consultant

Verity Marshall
Verity Marshall
Consultant
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Senior Immigration Consultant with 10 years’ experience in UK Immigration Law. Passionate about the benefits of migration and dedicated to providing detailed yet easily accessible immigration advice to ensure that clients are able to negotiate the complexities of UK immigration laws and make informed decisions to protect their status and rights within the UK.

  • OISC Registered Level 1
  • Passed the Bar Vocational Course with 80% total grade, graded as Very Competent
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, Commendation
  • MA Honours degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies

Chris Ward
Chris Ward
Consultant

Senior Immigration Consultant with 24 years’ experience in immigration, comprising of 7 years in the public sector, and 17 years in the private sector. Extensive knowledge of immigration legislation, and main area of expertise; general immigration, including settlement, citizenship and EEA casework. A commitment to provide clients with the best immigration advice in their unique circumstances.

  • OISC Registered Level 1
Dr Chiara Mancuso
Consultant
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Senior Immigration Consultant with 16 years’ experience in the legal sector. Extensive knowledge of immigration legislation and case-law. Author of several papers published in peer-reviewed international journals. A passion for immigration, human rights, and criminal justice translated into regular and active participation in professional organisations and legal conferences.

  • OISC Registered Level 3
  • Italian qualified lawyer
  • PhD in Comparative and International Criminal Law
Hannes Breytenbach
Consultant
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Senior Immigration Consultant. Founder of Breytenbachs Solicitors (1999). Founder of Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants Ltd (2011). 38 years experience in South African law. 19 years experience in UK and South African Immigration law. Passionate about law and immigration, and the fact that the work that I do, can make a difference in people’s lives.

  • OISC Registered Level 1
  • BIuris & BProc degrees
  • Registered with SA Law Society since 1979
  • Qualified attorney since 1979
Sharon Lowe
Sharon Lowe
Client Liaison
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Client Liaison Manager. Committed to exercise discretion and patience in dealing with all cases, and undertake regular client feedback. Passionate about providing excellent client service, understanding and ensuring that client specific requirements are met, in every case.

  • 14 years’ experience in UK Immigration
  • Highly experienced in client liaison and communication
  • Extensive experience in diary management
Lena Qarri
Lena Qarri
Consultant

Immigration Consultant / Office Manager. 5 years experience working in the field of UK immigration. Proud to work in a firm where I can be passionate about immigration law and be dedicated to providing comprehensive and professional advice to clients.

  • OISC Registered Level 3
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons)
  • Master of Laws (LLM International Law)
Jacinda Olivier
Jacinda Olivier
HR & Marketing
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Marketing Manager. 8 years’ experience working as an economics researcher. 14 years’ experience in the field of marketing.  A passion for providing a world-class service to our clients, via web communications, social media, newsletters and search engine marketing. Strongly believes in an exceptional work ethic.

  • BCom Law
  • BCom Honours Economics
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Economics (Cum Laude)
  • Social media and SEO short courses (UCT)
Melanie Bakker
Melanie Bakker
Accounts
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Accounts Manager. Extensive experience in budgeting, strategic planning and client liaison. Passionate about figures, and always try to find the best way forward for both the client and the company.

  • 22 years overall experience in bookkeeping
  • 8 years UK solicitors bookkeeping experience
  • 8 years SA attorney bookkeeping experience
  • 6 years limited company bookkeeping experience
Barbara Breytenbach
Barbara Breytenbach
Client Relations
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Client Relationship Officer / Quality Control Officer. Passionate about ensuring that all clients receive a world class service, by managing client relationships and quality control in the firm. Dedicated to helping ensure the successful development of the company in line with its business plan.

  • 22 years experience in managing client relationships and quality control in law firms
Bronwen Thomas
Bronwen Thomas
Receptionist

Receptionist. As the first point of contact for our clients, I am committed to helping clients feel welcome, and to ensure that every client receives prompt service from the best suitable consultant. I am also committed to effective and efficient communications systems to ensure the continuity and quality of our client care.

  • 9 years experience as retail manager
  • Extensive experience as small business manager and owner
  • Extensive experience working in the customer services industry
Phillip Venter
Phillip Venter
Director, Pretoria
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Director and Consultant at the Breytenbachs Pretoria affiliate office. Passionate about the field of Immigration and assisting clients to realise their dreams of working, living, studying or joining their families in the UK. Committed to investing in the careers of members of staff, and ensuring an healthy and happy office atmosphere!

  • 10 years experience in UK Immigration
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Bernelee Venter
Bernelee Venter
Consultant
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Consultant at the Breytenbachs Pretoria affiliate office. Substantial working knowledge of British nationality laws. Passionate about UK immigration law, and committed to broadening this knowledge with a specific focus on nationality laws. Committed to assisting clients to the best of my ability and providing the best solution to every case.

  • 4th year LLB student at University of Pretoria
  • 2 years experience in UK Immigration law
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Louise Pelcher
Louise Pelcher
Personal Assistant

Personal Assistant at the Breytenbachs Pretoria affiliate office. Enjoy liaising with clients. Committed to ensuring that clients are informed about their cases, every step of the way! Passionate about effective and efficient working methods.

  • Diploma in Interior Decorating
  • 10 years experience in Office Administration
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
Debbie Smuts
Debbie Smuts
Consultant
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Consultant at the Breytenbachs Cape Town affiliate office. I strongly believe in walking the extra mile with every client, and am committed and dedicated to providing clients with a personalised and world-class service.

  • 7 years experience as Legal Assistant and Conveyancing Secretary
  • 6 years experience working in UK immigration
  • Extensive experience in strategic planning, office management and client liaison
Megan Brown
Megan Brown
Assistant

Personal Assistant at the London office. Committed to proactively finding ways to improve processes and improving our client service.

  • N5 Certificate in Marketing and Sports Management
  • 7 years experience in the Client Service Industry
Claire Mallett
Claire Mallett
Consultant

Durban office branch manager and immigration consultant. A highly resourceful, energetic and competent professional. Experienced in working under pressure in a fast moving, client centric environment with the ability to receive, service and nurture client relationships.

  • 10 years experience in UK Immigration
  • Bachelor of Laws
Anneke de Klerk
Anneke de Klerk
Admin Assistant

Committed to quality client care and dedicated to provide effective administrative support to the immigration advisers in the London Office.

  • BSW Social Work
  • 6 years work experience in health and social sector
Melanie Schlemmer
Melanie Schlemmer
Admin Assistant

Melanie is an Administrative Assistant at the Pretoria office. She has a strong financial background. Melanie’s life philosophy is to do everything to the best of her ability.

  • Basic accounting courses.
  • 13 years of experience in Finance and Administration.
Jeanne Prinsloo
Jeanne Prinsloo
Assistant

Jeanne Prinsloo is a Personal Assistant at the Breytenbachs Cape Town affiliate office. She has more than ten years experience in Customer Relations and Client management. She is highly organised and detail oriented with excellent communicating skills, and highly proficient in the use of modern technology. She enjoys liaising with clients and passionate in assisting clients to reach their immigration goals.

  • SAQA National Certificate – Field 03 Business (Commerce and management studies)
  • ICDL (International Computers Driver License) Certificate.
Caryn Springate
Caryn Springate
Assistant

Caryn is an Administrative Assistant at our Durban Office. Caryn has many years of experience in Sales, Marketing and Administration. She was also a professional hockey player coach in Northern Ireland and Spain, and played for  South Africa in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.  Caryn is a valuable member of our team in the Durban office!

  • Sports Marketing and Administration degree
  • Sales and Marketing CCHBC
Ornela Kola
Ornela Kola
Assistant

Ornela Kola is a Professional Assistant in the London Office, and training as OISC consultant. She is passionate about global human rights and immigration law. Very keen to make a difference in people’s lives through the vast application of law.

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons)
  • 1 year legal experience
  • 4 years client services experience
Samantha Caalsen
Angela Kierans
Assistant

Angela Kierans is a Professional Assistant at our London office. Angela was one of the youngest individuals to sit and pass the OISC exams. She is passionate about Immigration and committed to helping clients achieve their wishes in the smoothest manner possible.

  • OISC Registered Level 1
  • LLB Student.
  • 3 years of immigration experience.
Samantha Caalsen
Assistant

Samantha Caalsen is a Professional Assistant at our London office. She has 17 years experience in the client service industry and has always maintained strong working relationships. Sam spent over 10 years working in the property sector before returning to work in UK Immigration.

  • Training as OISC consultant
Dita Qarri
Assistant

Dita Qarri is a Professional Assistant at our London office. She is a recent law graduate with over 3 years immigration experience working at the London office as an immigration assistant. After having studied EU law at university and being very passionate about the area, Dita decided to go into the immigration field where she enjoys working directly with clients and on different immigration cases.  

  • Training as OISC consultant
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons)
Anneshia Grundlingh
Assistant

Anneshia Grundlingh is a Professional Assistant at our Durban office. She enjoys working with clients and getting to know each of them. She is committed to providing quality service and to building a trust relationship with clients, assuring them that we are there to support and guide every step of the way.

  • Diploma in Restoration Ministry
  • 13 years experience in Office Administration
Karlien Matthysen
Assistant

Karlien Matthysen is a Professional Assistant at the Pretoria office. She has knowledge of criminal and labour law as well as a substantial working knowledge of South African Immigration Law. She is passionate about immigration law in general and enjoy challenges, problem solving and delivering an exceptional service to clients.

  • LLB North West University
  • Admitted Advocate to the North-Gauteng High Court
  • 6 years experience in South African Immigration Law
Christi Swart
Christi Swart
Accounts Assistant

Christi is training as an Accounts Assistant at the Pretoria office. She prides herself on her ability to deal with pressure and multi-task with a positive attitude.

  • Training as Accounts Assistant.
Hayley Barnard
Hayley Barnard
Consultant

Hayley is training to be an OISC consultant. She has 15 years’ of experience in the legal industry in South Africa. She enjoys the field of law and is focused on continuous learning and providing excellent client service.

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Qualified non-practising Attorney and Conveyancer of South Africa.
Ange Gray
Ange Gray
Receptionist

Ange is based at our London office and is an outgoing, flexible, confident and responsible individual. She is committed to service excellence and going the extra mile.

  • Extensive working experience in Sales Management.
  • Diploma in Hospitality Management.
  • Diploma in Marketing and Sales Management.
  • Certificate in Public Relations.
Rieksie Berrange
Rieksie Berrange
Assistant

Rieksie works at our Pretoria office. She always strives to do her best as fast and efficient as possible, and is always there to help. Problem-solving is her second nature.

  • Extensive experience in Administrative Management.
  • 9 years of HR experience.
  • 4 years experience in Sectional Title Property Law background.
Taylor-Jo Edwards
Taylor-Jo Edwards
Professional Assistant

Masters of Legal Practice with a Commendation and focus on Appendix FM applications. Taylor strives to build trusting working relationships with clients whilst simultaneously providing an exceptional service. 

  • 1st class Bachelor of Law (LLB Hons)
  • Distinction in the Legal Practice Course.
  • Master of Legal Practice (LLM)