Shwan Sharif

Shwan is one of the Directors of the firm. He has been repeatedly featured in a number of Arabic newspapers and on national and international television including the BBC, Channel 4, Al Sharqia TV, Al Ghad TV, Al Iraqiya TV, Al Jazeera, TV Meydan TV, Rojahlat TV and Al Etihad newspaper. He has also given interviews to BBC radio and has taken part in panel discussions with Refugee Council and JWCI.

Education

Shwan received his B.Sc. in Law in Iraq and upon graduating obtained further degree in Law following which he began working as criminal lawyer in Baghdad.

In 2003 he obtained a postgraduate Diploma in Law and undertook the Legal Practice Course in 2005, studying for both qualifications at the College of Law in London.

Practice

His interest in immigration law began whilst undertaking voluntary work at Hammersmith Law Centre in 2004. He is accredited under the LSC scheme as a caseworker. In 2005 he joined Noden & Co Solicitors and in 2006 he joined Lawrence Lupin Solicitors. Shwan was previously a Director of his own specialist immigration firm. Shwan has an extensive knowledge of all aspects of immigration law and procedures. He has been practicing immigration law since 2004. His experience, dedication, and skills are matched only by his commitment to excellence. He has the compassion and understanding to fully help each client. He is aware of the many questions and uncertainties associated with being involved in the legal system. As such, he takes the time to fully explain the process to his clients and answer any questions that they or their families may have.

Corporate work 

Shwan provides legal advice and assistance to companies and high net worth individuals including entrepreneurs and investors. He represents clients from all over the world and in particular the Middle East. As such, he has excellent business networking skills.

Pro bono Work

He has been providing weekly pro-bono advice at the Iraqi Association since 2009. He has also given advice at the Kurdish Association and at Kalayan. Shwan has provided legal assistance for the Al Kindi charity and has been participating in the College of Law mentoring programme for the past 5 years.

Other Activities

Shwan has qualifications in IT and is fluent in Arabic and Kurdish (Sorani). He is a member of Amnesty international and Liberty.

Shwan interests include bodybuilding. He also plays professionally for his local chess club.

Reviews & Testimonials From Google Reviews 

“It’s a wonderful service and excellent solicitor team. I definitely recommend the Descartes solicitors for the immigration legal advice.

Shwan, Ruken and Gunes I’d like to say thank you very much.” T. Chai

Thanks Shwan, Ruken and their team My application for FLR(M) was successful, thanks to their very professional and reliable service. Descartes Solicitors team were always friendly and helpful and approachable when ever I needed to talk to them.
Many thanks for your excellent service.

Haide

“I would like to say thank you very much for all you have done to help me and my family through Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa.

After the initial meeting where they provided in depth explanation of my case, they started to work on it immediately and they submitted my application within two days after I provided all necessary documents.

I will highly recommend you to my friends for legal advice.” J. Kurdi

Thanks Shwan and Gunes saybak, very professional, reliable and friendly. I recommend Descartes
Thank you for the excellent service!

Mr Shwan’s knowledge and its application was excellent. Our spouse visa application was awarded first time. Would recommend them to my immediate family and friends. !

Dear Shwan, Evelyn, Ruken, Gunes and the rest of the team,

I would like to thank you all for the great efforts and hard work during the last few months.
Your professional experience and valuable advise is much appreciated. It was amazing confidence and success that you achieved so far in my hard case.

I recommend anybody who is not certain or needs help to seek this amazing team and they will definitely resolve your issues…

May God bless you all..

Yaser Baghdad

I highly recommend this law firm to any one that have any immigration Case.
The firm is amazing and excellent in their work. Am very glad to say that my immigration issue was a huge success.
Special thanks to Mr Shawn who did an amazing job for me and also to all the members of the staff.

Thanks & God Bless

Magdi 

Thanks Shwan, Ruken and their team My application for FLR(M) was successful, thanks to their very professional and reliable service. Descartes Solicitors team were always friendly and helpful and approachable when ever I needed to talk to them.
Many thanks for your excellent service.

Haider 

Thank you for all your help with my Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa. Shwan and his and team were professional and helpful. Thank you for the first-rate  service, will recommend.

Mr Shwan’s knowledge and its application was excellent. Our spouse visa application was awarded first time. Would recommend them to my immediate family and friends. .

Descartes Solicitors were recommended to us by many friends, in particular the services of Mr. Shwan Sharif. Choosing to working with him on our EEA family permit application was definitely the best decision we have made. His high level of expertise in the field of immigration law has resulted in us receiving the visa with no difficulty at all. Thank you very much Shwan Sharif and the whole Descartes Solicitors team for all your hard work.

I would like to thank Descartes solicitors team for thier assistant in my case. Specially Mr Shwan and Miss Gunes. Thank you so much.

Ali Reza

What a great Firm ! I have never come a cross a such a good law Firm like this before , They are just brilliant. A very good communication and an excellent advice .
I highly recommend this law firm to anyone in any Cases !
The firm is fabulous and great in their work.
Special thanks to Mr Shawn who did an amazing job for me and also to all the friendly members of the staff .
Thanks very much again !!

Diary

Excellent staff I would like to thanks Mr Showan and all staff .

Mohammed