Our Team

Highly qualified and vastly experienced, the Permits2Work team has a proven record of getting the right result. That’s why 10,000 clients, both corporate and private individuals, choose us to represent them in their immigration applications.

If you choose to work with us too, here are some of the people you might meet…

  • Sharman Paterson

    Sharman founded Permits2Work in 2001, recognising the need for a reliable immigration company who put clients first.

    As Chairman, she remains passionate about the work she does, taking great satisfaction in helping both businesses and individuals through the most complicated cases.

    Sharman often manages cases outside the Rules – handling complex immigration matters, human-rights cases and appeals at both First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal.

    Sharman Paterson
  • Matthew Passmore

    Matthew joined the company in 2004 and is Head of Corporate UK Immigration.

    His clients range across all industries and sectors, from start-ups to FTSE-100 organisations, international artists, sports players and high-net-worth individuals.

    Matthew’s strengths are providing clear strategic guidance and practical advice to his varied and international client base.

    Matthew Passmore
  • Alex Paterson


    Alex has been working with Permits2Work since 2001 and is Head of Private UK Immigration.

    He specialises in complex immigration matters, challenging cases at both First-Tier and Upper Tribunals.

    Alex regularly advocates for both personal and corporate clients across a wide and varied range of UK immigration matters.

    Alex Paterson
  • Henry Paterson

    Henry has been working with Permits2Work since 2009, specialising in large projects and strategic level consultancy.

    His work involves dealing with all aspects of corporate immigration law, working with small start-ups to FTSE-100 organisations.

    Henry  also assists abroad range of clients on personal immigration matters including Nationality and European Economic Area (EEA) applications.

    Henry Paterson
  • Mateusz Sztemberg

    Mateusz joined Permits2Work in 2014 providing expert advice on all aspects of UK immigration law, for both corporate and personal clients.

    He has in-depth knowledge of Home Office policies, and is familiar with all the complexities of UK Immigration rules, EU law and regulations, together with British nationality law.

    Mateusz also manages large corporate international clients, advising and representing them on matters related to the Points Based System.

    Mateusz Sztemberg
  • Joanne Peaston

    Jo joined Permits2Work in 2003, and has extensive knowledge and experience in UK immigration matters and a particularly in-depth knowledge of business immigration.

    Jo works closely with HR departments of large companies to manage their business visa needs and advise on strategy and best practice including Sponsor Licences, Compliance and Audit work.

    Jo also works on complex personal cases for Settlement and Nationality.


    Joanne Peaston
  • Steven Williams

    Steven first joined the team in 2007, and, after a short break, he returned to Permits2Work in early 2015.

    Steven has extensive experience dealing with family based applications, citizenship and settlement, but also specialises in corporate immigration.

    His work includes assisting clients with sponsorship licences, the points based system, right to work procedures, auditing, and HR systems and procedures for immigration best practice.


    Steven Williams
  • Helga Butler

    Helga is a senior caseworker with more than 8 years’ experience at Permits2Work, specialising in complex personal immigration cases.

    Her varied workload includes making initial applications on behalf of personal clients with complex history, and filing appeals to the First Tier Tribunal.

    Helga also regularly works on behalf of larger corporate clients on their Sponsor Licence management and Compliance issues.


    Helga Butler