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I am a Partner, Solicitor and head of the immigration department at David Gray Solicitors. I have recognised expertise and many years’ experience in all aspects of immigration law. I am accredited by the Law Society as an Advanced Caseworker (Level 3) and Supervisor.

I advise business and individual clients on all aspects of personal and business immigration law, providing advice to help them identify the best options available, assisting with applications and advising on challenging immigration decisions including representing them in Appeals before the Immigration Tribunals and higher courts and in Administrative Review and Judicial Review applications.

Personal Immigration

My Personal Immigration practice includes Family applications, EU applications, complex Citizenship cases, Private life applications, student visas, Deportation and Bail and Visit visas.

Business Immigration

My Business Immigration practice covers all areas including Sponsor Licences, Skilled Worker applications for businesses and for individuals to support you to apply for a work visa, Global Mobility visas and Civil Penalties.


I believe passionately in representing my clients’ interests and ensuring that their voices are heard. I offer a friendly and warm listening ear, and provide clear, pragmatic and timely advice throughout a case to assist my clients achieve the best possible outcome.

I am ranked in Band 2 in the North for Immigration law in the Chambers and Partners Directory who quote this feedback:

“Bryony used her knowledge and resourcefulness to effectively and successfully manage my case. She went above and beyond, and I will be forever grateful to her for her help in my matter.”

“The scope of her experience means that she is able to foresee what any decision maker will make of a case at every stage, including the judges, and move to address it – a rare skill these days.”

“Bryony Rest is utterly dedicated to her clients.”

I was shortlisted, one of three nominees, for the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG’s) Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in Immigration Award in recognition of my dedicated work and compassion for my clients.

I have delivered training on immigration law including to ILPA, the Legal Ombudsman on behalf of the University of Northumbria and to Newcastle University.

I am a co-convenor of ILPA’s Yorkshire and the North East working group.


I qualified as a Solicitor in 1996, having graduated with an LLB(Hons) from the University of Wolverhampton, obtaining an LLM in International Law from the University of Nottingham and passing the LPC at the College of Law. I am accredited by the Law Society as an Advanced Caseworker (Level 3) and Supervisor. I supervise all of the work of our immigration solicitors team.


Best Immigration solicitors in Newcastle upon Tyne

Find out more about Bryony in our ‘A cuppa with..’ series.


I appeared on two BBC Inside Out documentaries and BBC Look North and am asked to speak regularly on BBC Radio including BBC Radio Newcastle’s Breakfast Show, a selection of which you can hear below:

Listen to Bryony on BBC Radio (06.04.2022)

Listen to Bryony on Times Radio (02.12.2020)

Listen to Bryony on BBC Radio 5 (02.02.2020)

Listen to Bryony on BBC Radio Kent (22.10.19)

Listen to Bryony on BBC Radio Sussex (11.09.19)

Listen to Bryony on BBC Radio Sussex (13.06.19)


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