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By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 
 
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has again called for the end of settlement scheme fees for EU nationals applying for settled status in the UK.
 
Friday, 18 January, 2019
By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 
 
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has again called for the end of settlement scheme fees for EU nationals applying for settled status in the UK.
 
Wednesday, 16 January, 2019
By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 
 
Tuesday, 15 January, 2019

By Jordana Adams, divorce and family law solicitor at OTS Solicitors 

Thursday, 10 January, 2019

Most couples do not think twice about where they should start their divorce proceedings. Instead, they automatically rely on their local solicitor to start divorce proceedings in a convenient court to the solicitor’s office.

Thursday, 10 January, 2019

By Jordana Adams, solicitor at OTS Solicitors  

Nowadays, we read so much about equality that when it comes to children it is not surprising that many parents think that if they split up, their child’s time should automatically be split equally between them.

Wednesday, 09 January, 2019

By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner and solicitor at OTS Solicitors 

Wednesday, 09 January, 2019

It is one thing to expect employers and co-workers to understand the needs of a disabled employee or work colleague in a wheel chair and to make adjustments for them, but it is often much harder for work places to cater for the needs of employees with what are nowadays classed as “invisible disabilities”.  Likewise, some employees do not want to draw attention to t

Wednesday, 09 January, 2019

By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors  

Sometimes, you look at a couple and think how did they get together? If you are part of the Home Office investigation team then that is all part of the daily enquiries into migrants’ relationships and marriages.

Wednesday, 09 January, 2019

The latest report, in a long series of tribunal and court cases, has held that if an applicant decides to appeal against the refusal of an EEA residence card, the appeal application does not suspend the applicant’s removal from the UK.

Tuesday, 08 January, 2019
By Jordana Adams, divorce and children solicitor with OTS Solicitors 
 
Tuesday, 08 January, 2019

By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 

According to the latest available UK census figures, there were about 197,000 USA born citizens resident in the UK at the time of the census. 

Tuesday, 08 January, 2019

By Jordana Adams, solicitor at OTS Solicitors 

As a London family solicitor, I have always thought it strange that the law did not allow a single applicant to apply for a parental order after a successful surrogacy arrangement.

However, some good news. Single parents who have had a child born through surrogacy are now able to apply for a parental order in the UK. 

Monday, 07 January, 2019

By Teni Shahiean, CEO at OTS Solicitors 

From the news last week, London employment law solicitors learnt that last year the gender pay gap at Transport for London grew to 21.5 per cent. That is a reported increase of 1.8 per cent from the previous year. 

That is not great headline news for Sadiq Khan who chairs TFL.  Perhaps we should all look to Iceland for the answer on what to do about the gender pay gap. 

Monday, 07 January, 2019

By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 

On the 31 December, the Home Office issued updated guidance on UK Visas and Immigration inviting migrant applicants to participate in DNA testing to establish biological relationships.

Friday, 04 January, 2019

In the news this week is the 88 year old secretary who was employed by a National Health Service trust until she was sacked. The employee asserts that her dismissal was down to age discrimination whereas her employer maintains that she was sacked on the grounds of culpability for the failure to add the names of patients to a database of those awaiting reconstruction surgery. 

Wednesday, 02 January, 2019

By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 

You suddenly realise that a deadline is looming and your visa will expire. This is usually when we get a call to ask if and how a visa can be extended.

Wednesday, 02 January, 2019

As a London divorce solicitors, OTS family law team speaks to many people who are thinking about separating from a partner, husband or wife. The decision on whether or not to separate is never easy. People think it is if you do not have children, but in my experience, whatever your family circumstances, the decision to leave is not an easy one to make.

Wednesday, 02 January, 2019

Top London immigration solicitors often receive questions about the Resident Labour Market Test.

Wednesday, 02 January, 2019

By Jordana Adams, solicitor at OTS Solicitors 

Christmas is a time of year to think about our children. Not just what presents they may be receiving but about their lives and futures.

Wednesday, 02 January, 2019

By Teni Shahiean, CEO at OTS Solicitors 

Wednesday, 02 January, 2019

By Jordana Adams, divorce and family finance solicitor 

Friday, 28 December, 2018

Many companies think that it is hard work to successfully apply for a licence to sponsor non EEA migrant workers. That is something that many top London immigration solicitors would agree with.

Friday, 28 December, 2018

You may question what on earth employment law has got to do with religious and philosophical beliefs, but an Employment Tribunal is considering whether veganism should be classed as a philosophical or religious belief. “Why?” you may ask.

Friday, 28 December, 2018

Going through a separation or divorce can be a traumatic experience. However, the stress can be made worse if you are also worried about whether you can stay in the UK after your divorce.

Friday, 28 December, 2018

Most employers and employees struggle with what is meant by bullying in the workplace. After all it can be a fine dividing line between robust staff and performance management and perceptions of bullying or a team member’s jokes turning from good work camaraderie into one staff member feeling singled out and bullied.

Friday, 28 December, 2018

By Teni Shahiean, CEO at OTS Solicitors 

In a period of turbulent politics and confusion over Home Office conflicting announcements over Investor Visas, I am delighted to announce some good news emanating from the Home Office.  

Online right to work checks

Friday, 28 December, 2018

By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors 

The Beatles classic track says “You can't buy me love” but families caught up in navigating the UK’s family immigration Rules may disagree.  

Friday, 28 December, 2018

It has been a busy period for top London immigration solicitors with the recent announcements from the Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes, on a range of new Immigration measures including:

• The introduction of the Start –up visa. This visa was first announced in June; and 

Thursday, 27 December, 2018

After a couple split up one parent can be left feeling that they have no rights or responsibilities for their child. The other parent can be left feeling that they are shouldering all the responsibility for the child whilst the other parent enjoys contact time with the child.

The law sets out who has parental responsibility for a child. Even if a parent does not have parental responsibility for their child, they will:

Thursday, 27 December, 2018

By Teni Shahiean, CEO at OTS Solicitors 

With the #metoo movement it seems that every day there is someone making allegations of sexual harassment against a celebrity. 

These high profile cases generate publicity. However, what about the average employee? To whom do they turn to if they experiences sexual harassment in the workplace? 

Thursday, 27 December, 2018

By Jordana Adams, divorce and financial settlement solicitor 

Thursday, 27 December, 2018

You would think that the winner of ITV’s X Factor television programme would be feeling on the top of the world. After all he has come from singing on cruise ships to battling thousands of other singers to be crowned X Factor champion 2018. 

However, according to reports in the Sun newspaper, Dalton Harris’s attention is not just on his record deal and the X Factor tour but on his Immigration status in the UK. 

Monday, 24 December, 2018

By Jordana Adams, solicitor  

The immigration rules sets out the criteria that an applicant must satisfy in order to obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain as a victim of domestic abuse. 

Monday, 24 December, 2018

To a migrant employee it must feel as if an employer company holding a Sponsor Licence has enormous power over them and their future in the UK.

Friday, 21 December, 2018

We keep hearing from politicians that Britain is “open for business” and, in light of Brexit, will encourage global trade.

Friday, 21 December, 2018

When you know that a mistake has been made you just want to wind back the clock and cancel the error so it as if the mistake never happened. It can be like that with some marriages. However, most people assume that their only option is divorce proceedings.

Friday, 21 December, 2018

By Teni Shahiean, CEO at OTS Solicitors

At first glance, the EU settlement scheme fees do not sound that much. The fee is £65 per adult and £32.50 per child. However, for a family of two adults and two children that is £260 to find. Not a small amount if you are a low paid EU migrant worker.

Friday, 21 December, 2018

By Jordana Adams, divorce and family finance solicitor 

Have you had a letter or a call from a mediation service asking you to go to a Mediation Information and Assessment meeting? Alternatively, are you going to mediation sessions hoping to reach an agreement with your ex-spouse over who gets the family home? 

Friday, 21 December, 2018

By Teni Shahiean, solicitor and CEO at OTS Solicitors 

It is Christmas time! It is also the season for people to catch bugs and colds. Many employers think that if you book time off work and you are ill then it is just bad luck. Maybe some employers, who do not have the Christmas spirit, think it is better that an employee is sick in their own time, rather than at work.

Friday, 21 December, 2018

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