Bates Wells & Braithwaite has paved the way for US rapper Snoop Dogg to enter the UK after a long-running battle with UK immigration.
Bates Wells & Braithwaite partner and head of immigration and “hip hop lawyer” Philip Trott challenged the legal principles of Dogg’s refusal, with judges ruling that Dogg had a “relatively minor” role in the Heathrow scuffle, which was “precipitated” by decisions made by BA staff and the police.
Trott described the case as a “catastrophic” waste of public money.
“This could have been avoided if the entry clearance officer had been willing to negotiate. Unfortunately the system isn’t set up for debate, just confrontation.”
Aside from Dogg, Trott has also worked with rappers P Diddy, 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes in various cases involving the US hip hop artists entry to the UK.
He added that the Home Office treats such superstars differently, but added that there were no adverse facts that post-date the 2007 refusal, which should allow the artist to receive his visa and be allowed to perform in the UK.
“When we reapply for the visa we will make it very clear what the consequences of public misconduct are,” said Trott.