With a diverse team based across the globe, Five Star’s dedicated professionals possess expertise from a multitude of international sectors. Our OISC advisers are deeply knowledgeable in all types of immigration applications. Notably, our Level 3 adviser boasts over 20 years of experience in immigration, ensuring individuals, families and businesses receive top-tier guidance for all their immigration needs.

Five Star stemmed from a need to secure skilled staff in the hospitality trade and, almost 20 years on, Teresa, Dan and our dedicated team have elevated it to stand among the premier immigration firms in the country.

Teresa Saksida Director

Teresa, one of the founders of our business, brings a wealth of practical business expertise spanning various domains such as marketing, sales, finance, recruitment, staffing and new business ventures. Included in this is over 20 years of hands-on experience in the Immigration and Overseas Recruitment Field, her insights are invaluable.

Having previously served as a financial director in a major company, Teresa assumed the challenge of addressing a persistent staff shortage issue. She successfully resolved this problem by recruiting skilled chefs from abroad through work permits. During her recruitment trips abroad, she recognised an opportunity to bridge a skills gap within the UK. This realisation led her to establish Five Star alongside her brother, Dan Doherty.

Teresa specialises in sponsorship management, encompassing activities like Sponsor Licence applications, challenging refusals, conducting audits to ensure compliance with duties and responsibilities and the implementation of tailored HR systems for this purpose. Her profound knowledge extends not only to the hospitality industry but also to the staffing hurdles faced by various sectors across the UK. Additionally, she possesses a comprehensive understanding of crucial immigration processes and procedures.

Teresa’s contributions have been instrumental in positively impacting the lives of numerous individuals and families who have established themselves in the UK, while also aiding businesses in their growth and pursuit of success.

Dan Doherty Director - Immigration Lawyer (OISC Level 1 Adviser)

Dan, co-director of Five Star, embarked on this journey alongside his sister Teresa nearly two decades ago, contributing significantly to the firm’s current success. His career path has taken him through various industries and sectors, equipping him with a versatile and extensive skill set.

Throughout his tenure at Five Star, Dan has amassed a wealth of knowledge and practical expertise in all facets of immigration. He now leads a team of talented professionals alongside Teresa, collectively steering the company towards excellence.

Dan possesses an intricate understanding of immigration applications, visa processes and the stringent requirements set forth by the UK Home Office. He completed an intensive training program to earn his OISC registration, making him a regulated immigration advisor. This accreditation enables him to guide clients and liaise with the Home Office throughout the entire application process, offering reliable and steadfast guidance from inception to conclusion.

Notably, Dan’s dedication to his clients knows no bounds. He has been at the forefront of some of Five Star’s most remarkable success stories, including securing Visit visas after applicants faced multiple refusals and working alongside their in-house solicitor to assist solicitors and counsel in successfully addressing various Sponsor Licence issues, up to and including revocation. His commitment to delivering exceptional results is a testament to his unwavering dedication.

Shereen Shafaatulla Immigration Consultant (OISC Level 3 Adviser)

Shereen, a cherished member of the Five Star team for over 8 years, holds a special place in the hearts of both our staff and clients. Her professional journey is marked by remarkable accomplishments. Notably, Shereen is not only a solicitor regulated by the Law Society of Scotland but also holds the prestigious OISC Level 3 accreditation, the highest recognition attainable for an Immigration Advisor.

Shereen’s mastery of immigration matters is unparalleled. Her expertise extends across various dimensions of immigration law, making her a trusted and invaluable resource within our organisation. She has played a pivotal role in securing numerous victories at the first-tier tribunal, showcasing her proficiency in representing clients during immigration appeals.

Shereen is multi-lingual and has excellent knowledge of Urdu, Punjabi and Hindu as well as being highly competent in BSL.

What sets Shereen apart is her exceptional skill in navigating complex human rights and family applications. Her success in these areas is a testament to her unwavering dedication and unyielding commitment to ensuring that clients receive the best possible representation.

Shereen’s contributions to Five Star have not only enriched our team but have also transformed the lives of countless individuals and families by ensuring their immigration needs are met with diligence and expertise. Her unwavering dedication to excellence makes her an invaluable asset to our organisation and a true advocate for our clients.

John Doherty Immigration Lawyer (OISC Level 1 Adviser)

John, a highly experienced senior advisor at Five Star, has been an integral part of our team for an impressive thirteen years. His expertise lies in providing expert legal guidance on immigration matters to our clients, helping them navigate the intricacies of the application process, and ensuring that all necessary information and supporting documents are diligently gathered.

John’s role encompasses a wide range of visa applications, and he excels in guiding clients through the entire application journey. From the initial stages of consultation to the timely submission of applications and the ultimate acquisition of the desired visa, John’s dedication and competence shine through.

What truly distinguishes John is his exceptional mastery of complex spouse applications, with a remarkable depth of knowledge in handling the intricacies of Appendix FM within this context. His ability to navigate the complexities of this process is nothing short of remarkable, making him an invaluable resource for clients seeking to reunite with their loved ones.

Beyond his casework, John plays a pivotal role in fostering the growth and development of the Five Star team. He actively supports staff training initiatives and contributes to the internal enhancement of our business operations. His commitment to both our clients and the professional development of our team members exemplifies his dedication to our organisation’s success.

John’s thirteen-year tenure at Five Star is a testament to his unwavering commitment to excellence, making him a true asset to our team and a trusted adviser for our clients.

Zara Malik Immigration Lawyer (OISC Level 1 Adviser)

Zara, our valued OISC Level 1 Advisor, brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to the Five Star team. Her educational journey, including a law and business degree followed by a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, laid the foundation for her career in immigration law.

Zara’s professional experience began at a law firm where she served as an immigration case worker, focusing on human rights and asylum cases. During this time, she honed a diverse set of invaluable skills that she now brings to her role at Five Star.

What truly sets Zara apart is her deep commitment to helping individuals and families build new lives in the UK. Her proficiency in languages such as Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi allows her to connect with clients on a personal level, ensuring effective communication and understanding.

Zara’s competence and dedication are evident in her work ethic. She places her clients’ needs at the forefront of her efforts, prioritising their well-being and striving to provide the best possible support.

Zara’s journey from her educational pursuits to her meaningful work in immigration law is a testament to her passion for making a positive impact in the lives of those seeking a new beginning in the UK. Her presence on the Five Star team is a reflection of our commitment to delivering compassionate and competent services to our clients.

Perdeep Kaur Immigration Lawyer (OISC Level 1 Adviser)

Having recently achieved her OISC Level 1 accreditation, Perdeep has a passion for and has demonstrated dedication and commitment to the field of immigration law.

Perdeep has gained knowledge encompassing a broad spectrum of immigration applications, including Leave to Remain, Entry Clearance and Skilled Worker visas. Her role entails a meticulous approach to preparation and submission, coupled with expert consultation with clients throughout the application process. Notably, she is proficient in Punjabi and Hindi, with a strong ability to communicate effectively in Urdu.

Perdeep complemented her practical experience by pursuing formal paralegal studies at Strathclyde University, providing a solid foundation for her current role as an Immigration Lawyer.

For Perdeep, the work she does brings immense satisfaction. Her true passion lies in assisting clients and witnessing the successful outcomes of their applications, which enable individuals and families to embark on new lives in the UK. Her dedication to making a positive impact in the lives of her clients is a driving force behind her role as an Immigration Lawyer.

Natalie Baillie Office Manager

Natalie, our dedicated Office Manager, brings six years of invaluable experience to the Five Star team. Her unique blend of friendliness and professionalism has endeared her to both her colleagues and our esteemed business clients.

At the heart of our bustling office, Natalie takes charge of the day-to-day operations with exceptional efficiency. Her welcoming and courteous approach sets the tone for a positive work environment, making her an indispensable part of our team.

Beyond her role as Office Manager, Natalie is eagerly expanding her skill set. She’s currently working closely with our Directors, gaining expertise in the intricacies of Sponsor License applications, HR audits and compliance training. Her commitment to learning and growth reflects her dedication to not only maintaining but also enhancing our services.

Natalie’s multifaceted contributions, from the seamless management of our office to her evolving role in immigration and compliance matters, make her a versatile asset to Five Star. We are proud to have her on our team, and her efforts continue to be instrumental in our success.

Margaret Doherty Accounts and Book-keeping

Meet Margaret Doherty, a valued member of our team. Margaret brings a wealth of experience and dedication to her role as Accounts Executive at Five Star International Ltd and is also a Director of our sister company, Recruitment Solvers.

Margaret has been an integral part of our journey. In addition to her professional accomplishments, she’s also the supportive force behind our director and founder, Dan Doherty. As a married couple, they form a formidable team, both at work and in life.

Margaret’s primary focus lies in managing our financial aspects with precision and care. Her commitment to excellence and her friendly demeanour make her a cherished member of our organisation.

We’re proud to have her on board!

Adam Shafaatulla IT and Marketing Manager

Adam, an integral member of our team, embarked on his journey with Five Star in 2020 as a student, initially tasked with the vital project of redeveloping our website. His dedication and exceptional performance during this period led to his subsequent appointment to a work experience position and, ultimately, to his current role.

Currently pursuing a degree in computer science at Glasgow University, Adam is a dynamic individual who seamlessly blends his academic pursuits with the realms of IT, digital marketing and technology. His primary objective is to enhance the online presence of both Five Star and our sister company, Recruitment Solvers UK, through various digital channels.
Adam’s contributions extend beyond the digital sphere. He collaborates closely with our entire team to ensure the seamless functioning of our organisation’s digital systems. His role encompasses not only technological innovation but also the crucial task of maintaining and optimising our digital infrastructure.

With Adam’s expertise and enthusiasm, we are confident in our ability to stay at the forefront of digital innovation. His commitment to improving our online presence and ensuring the efficient operation of our digital systems is invaluable. We look forward to the continued impact of his work on our organisation’s success.

Janice Greig Client Care Manager

Janice brings over three decades of invaluable experience acquired across a diverse range of businesses.

In her current role, Janice wears many hats, overseeing our client care protocols and managing various administrative tasks. She plays a pivotal role in proactively reaching out to our Five Star clients well in advance of their visa renewal deadlines, meticulously scheduling appointments with our immigration lawyers and ensuring a smooth follow-up process.

Janice’s commitment extends beyond initial consultations. She takes meticulous care of clients who have received quotations, ensuring they receive the necessary support and information. She goes the extra mile, verifying that they have all their questions answered and, when necessary, liaising with our immigration specialists to ensure they provide additional information or follow-ups to meet the client’s needs.

Janice’s extensive experience, coupled with her attention to detail and client-centric approach, is instrumental in enhancing the overall client experience at Five Star. Her role is integral to our commitment to providing comprehensive and attentive services to our valued clients.

Rosie Hampson Administrator

Rosie joined the Five Star team a little over a year ago, bringing a wealth of experience from her previous career as a nurse. Currently, she contributes to our team on a part-time basis.

In her role, Rosie plays a crucial part in the seamless operation of our day-to-day administrative functions. Her responsibilities include meticulously maintaining up-to-date documentation, logging essential paperwork and readily assisting with various administrative tasks as needed. Rosie’s unwavering commitment to detail and efficiency ensures that our administrative processes run smoothly.

Moreover, Rosie collaborates closely with our Office Manager, Natalie, to collectively uphold the smooth functioning of our business operations. Her contributions extend beyond her administrative duties, as she actively supports the team in various capacities.

Rupesh Shukla Senior Administrator – Sponsorship Team

Rupesh brings an impressive 20 years of diverse experience in hospitality and international logistics management. His rich professional journey includes contributions to renowned five-star hotels, top-tier restaurants and vibrant nightclubs, offering a comprehensive understanding of the hospitality industry.

Rupesh’s passion for knowledge-sharing led him to teach at a hotel management institute, imparting his wisdom to aspiring talents in the field. He initially joined our sister company, Recruitment Solvers UK, before becoming an invaluable part of the Five Star team.

Since joining Five Star in August 2023, Rupesh has been an integral asset to our organisation. He actively assists our directors in working with our clients in collating and compiling essential documents and information required from clients in the process of applying for a Sponsor Licence. Rupesh’s meticulous and organised approach ensures clients are kept well informed whilst they are in the stage of collating the documents and information required.

One of Rupesh’s standout qualities is his proficiency in Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu languages, facilitating effective communication with a diverse clientele.

With Rupesh as our Senior Administrator in the Sponsorship Team, we benefit from his wealth of experience, dedication to detail and multi-lingual capabilities. His contributions are instrumental in helping our clients navigate the complexities of sponsorship applications, ultimately advancing their business goals in the UK.

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