About Cromwell Wilkes

Our Story

Richard Roberts founded Cromwell Wilkes in 2013 after years of working in social welfare, immigration and criminal law. Richard was awarded the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Law’ award for World Refugee Day this year. 

The award inspired the creation of Cromwell Wilkes from his kitchen table while meeting clients at home or in coffee shops.

Cromwell Wilkes takes its name from the historical figures, Oliver Cromwell, and John Wilkes. Both men, though conflicted and flawed individuals, nonetheless made notable contributions to matters concerning justice and liberty – Cromwell in defending the rights of Parliament in defiance of the monarch; and Wilkes in promoting the rights of the individual against the arbitrary power of the state.

Who We Are

We are a London based company specialising in the fields of immigration law, human rights, and business law. Cromwell Wilkes provides award-winning legal advice and representation to individual and corporate clients in both the UK and overseas.

Our team offers comprehensive, professional and confidential services for non-citizens, regardless of their legal status. We are strictly committed to being a leader in both client care and professional standards, seeking to uphold the finest traditions of classical English style, good manners and impeccable service.

What We Do

At Cromwell Wilkes, we create pathways towards security and stability.

Our knowledge of Home Office policy, UK and European law means we can present a range of alternative methods for you, your business, a close family member or friend to gain entry to or remain in the UK. Our team has been advising businesses and individuals on all aspects of UK immigration and nationality law for almost ten years. We have an established reputation for delivering exceptional client service combined with clear strategic immigration advice.

What sets us apart from other firms is that we pride ourselves on maintaining a relationship with our clients. Besides business, we genuinely care about ensuring that the people we work with have the best experience – even after their case has closed. Whether it’s confusion over tax, problems with parking tickets, or assistance getting tickets to a Premier League game, we are always happy to provide a helpful service



Richard started his legal career as a criminal barrister before specialising in immigration and asylum law in 2002. He is registered by the OISC at the highest level and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. In addition to immigration and human rights, he advises clients on matters of private and commercial contracts, employment law, company formation and corporate responsibility. He has previously provided expert evidence to the High Court (Family Division) on domestic violence law within an immigration context. As an advocate he appears regularly in the First Tier and Upper Tribunals. He is a qualified legal trainer whose academic interests lie in European literary and classical studies. He is a member of the Royal Society of Literature and a long-time season-ticket holder at Fulham Football Club.

Jessica Bishop – Director – Immigration

Jessica Bishop is a graduate in law and accredited by the OISC to provide immigration law services to Level 2, while also training to be a solicitor. She started at Cromwell Wilkes as a student volunteer in 2015. Since that time, Jessica has developed her skills whilst working to obtain the professional qualifications that allow her to offer advice in her specialist field. She is particularly interested in family based immigration law and has developed expertise in the complex and demanding area of personal and corporate financial compliance within the immigration rules. Jessica is an avid baker and is training to be a Royal Navy Reserve.

Justin Katko – Trainee Immigration Caseworker

Justin is from Kentucky, in the United States of America. He attended Miami University (Ohio), where he obtained a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing. He later attended Brown University, where he obtained a Master of Fine Arts in Literary Arts. Following this, he attended the University of Cambridge, where he studied towards a PhD in English Literature (which he continues to pursue). He now plans a career as a lawyer and is a registered OISC trainee. Before joining Cromwell Wilkes, he worked as a Debt Advisor at Haringey Law Centre. He has a strong commitment to social welfare law and access to justice for the poorest in society.

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Tomas Weber - Immigration Casework Assistant

Tomas graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA and MPhil in literature and stayed to write a PhD dissertation on philosophy. He subsequently completed the Graduate Diploma in Law, and has volunteered on death row in Louisiana and with legal groups advocating for cuts in carbon emissions. He has a particular interest in defending the rights of migrants and previously worked at a legal charity representing people trafficked to the UK, where he assisted with judicial reviews, asylum and human rights claims, appeals and litigation before the European Court of Human Rights, and a wide range of other matters. He also works as a writer and art critic.