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Going on holiday is the highlight of the year for many. Time to rest and relax, travel to get some guaranteed sunshine, perhaps visit family overseas. It’s not always plain sailing though.
Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Along with other top immigration solicitors in London, OTS Solicitors were delighted to learn that doctors and nurses are to be removed from the Tier 2 skilled worker cap, meaning the NHS will be free to recruit from overseas and fill critical vacancies.

Tuesday, 19 June, 2018
If a non-EEA citizen has a right of residence in the UK through marriage to an EEA citizen, what happens to that right to reside if the couple divorces?
Tuesday, 19 June, 2018
What are the immigration options for a US business wishing to setup in the UK? As some of the best immigration lawyers in London, we look at the different visa routes available for US companies looking to establish a presence in the UK and ensure that key workers can work in the UK.
 
Tuesday, 19 June, 2018
By Oshin Shahiean, of OTS Solicitors
Friday, 15 June, 2018

As we reported a couple of weeks ago, OTS Solicitors were thrilled to have been awarded the business immigration Firm of the Year - UK award by Corporate Insider. The award itself has now arrived, reminding us of what a great honour this is - real recognition of all the hard work the team has put in since 2014 when OTS Solicitors was founded by Oshin Shahiean and Teni Shahiean.

Friday, 15 June, 2018
With the long summer break coming up for sixth form and university students, and for those who have recently graduated, the competitive nature of the job market will mean many are looking for internships that will give them a competitive edge in the job market. Many see internships as a great way for young people to gain vital work experience and a greater of understanding of a sector.
Friday, 15 June, 2018
Relaxation of Tier 2 visa rules will allow more doctors to come to the UK
It’s been reported that the Tier 2 visa rules are to be relaxed imminently to allow more doctors to come to the UK to fill posts in hospitals and GP surgeries. The announcement is expected to be made at the end of the week, following intensive lobbying of the Prime Minister, Theresa May, by both the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and the Hoe Secretary Sajid Javid.
 
Thursday, 14 June, 2018
start-up visa London Tech Week
The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, chose London Tech Week to announce a new ‘start-up’ visa route that is expected to be open from Spring 2019. immigration solicitors have welcomed the new route, which is designed to encourage more entrepreneurs to come to the UK to set up businesses here.
 
Thursday, 14 June, 2018

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Wednesday, 13 June, 2018
The Government Equalities Office has recently released guidance on dress codes in the workplace, intended to address the information gap between existing legislation, which prohibits discriminatory dress codes at work, and the understanding of that legislation.
 
Wednesday, 13 June, 2018
The long-awaited decision of the Supreme Court has been delivered in the Pimlico Plumbers case, following the hearing back in February 2018. Although the decision is very much focussed on the facts of this case, the decision may well be seen by top Employment Solicitors as another significant nail in the coffin of the ‘gig economy’ as it currently operates.
Wednesday, 13 June, 2018
Business Man Working Under Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa

One of the main requirements for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa under the UK immigration rules relates to the investment funds required for which there are two separate categories.

Wednesday, 13 June, 2018
Make sure you have the correct visa stamp to satisfy right to work checks

As the Government issue figures indicating that penalties for employing illegal workers in the UK hit nearly £12 million in the last quarter of 2017, our immigration solicitors and UK Employment Lawyers look at right to work checks and how to get them right to avoid falling foul of the rules and facing similar penalties.

Wednesday, 13 June, 2018
Our financial settlement solicitors London look at maintenance following divorce and the case of Mills v Mills

The Supreme Court is having a busy time in the family law sphere. All the top family lawyers in London will be keen to see the outcome of the latest case, Mills v Mills, which looks at the question of whether maintenance should be for life.

The controversy surrounding maintenance ‘for life’

Monday, 11 June, 2018

Summer really seems to be here – heralding, among other traditional summer pursuits, several major sporting fixtures.  The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia on 16th June; Tennis stars take to the grass courts of Wimbledon on 2nd July; the Tour de France starts pedalling on 7th July and the British Open Golf championships tee off on 19th July.

Friday, 08 June, 2018
By Vishal Makol of OTS Solicitors
 
Thursday, 07 June, 2018
TOEIC litigation

By Vishal Makol of OTS Solicitors

Wednesday, 06 June, 2018

The practice of ‘offshoring’ – of moving work from one country to another, usually with the aim of reducing costs, is something that most of the best Employment Lawyers will have dealt with at some time or other. We are all familiar with the concept – mostly through experiences with call centres, but in many cases it is not just customer facing roles that experience offshoring.

Wednesday, 06 June, 2018

With the publicity generated by the high profile #MeToo campaign, the exposure of sexual harassment within the Houses of Parliament and other prominent workplaces across the world, it seems very appropriate that the Equality and Human Rights Commission should have recently published a report into sexual harassment in the workplace in the UK. 

Tuesday, 05 June, 2018

Following divorce, it is not unusual for one member of the divorced couple to move away. When children are involved, and the relocation will take children away from their other parent, emotions can run high. It’s a situation most good Family Solicitors will experience relatively frequently – but not always when there is an international dimension.

Monday, 04 June, 2018

In 2017, over 2 million visitor visas were granted for people to visit the UK for up to 6 months. Visiting family or friends, to conduct business or a period of study, or for a holiday, a visitor visa is a great way to come to the UK – but the application is not always straightforward, and it’s worth checking through these 8 tips, put together by our team of top immigration solicitors in London.

Monday, 04 June, 2018

Today marks the highly anticipated release of Corporate Insiders 2018 Business Excellence Awards winners guide.   

The Corporate insider Business Excellence Awards recognise businesses that are leading the pack in terms of innovation and growth, those that are setting the standard by which other companies should look to follow in order to make respective strides and transform their industries.

Arianna Smith, Head of Corporate Awards is simply elated with the stature of this year’s winners. Commenting on the vigorous level of competition this year, Arianna said: 

 

Friday, 01 June, 2018

At the beginning of April 2018, HMRC announced changes to the taxation of termination payments which may, in some circumstances, have a significant impact on the value of those payments. Rather than allowing an employer to make a tax free payment, the new rules effectively introduce a Pay In Lieu of Notice (PILON) clause into all contracts of Employment.

Thursday, 31 May, 2018

There are many options open to people who want to become parents, but for one reason or other find it difficult. Surrogacy is one such option, although as good Family Solicitors will explain, the arrangements for confirming the legal parents of a child born through a surrogacy agreement in the UK have been problematic for single parents.

Thursday, 31 May, 2018

By Vishal Makol of OTS Solicitors

A small change to the immigration and Asylum Chamber Tribunal Procedure Rules which came into effect on 14th May 2018 may have quite a big impact on the time limits that apply to appeals to the Upper Tribunal.

Wednesday, 30 May, 2018

Applying for a visit visa, granting permission to stay in the UK for up to 6 months, may seem the most straightforward way of coming to the UK for a short time and for a variety of reasons – to visit family or friends, to conduct business, or for short term study. Unfortunately, many people find their applications refused. Our specialist immigration solicitors regularly advise and support applicants who have had a visit visa refused because of a re-entry ban.

Tuesday, 29 May, 2018

Organisations looking to recruit skilled workers from outside the EEA using the Tier 2 visa route will usually need to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. This is designed to demonstrate that there is no one with the relevant skills within the UK’s settled labour market.

Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Although the Tier 1 (General) visa route has closed, and applications for settlement had to be submitted by 6th April 2018, many immigration solicitors are still acting for clients whose applications for settlement are currently progressing through the system.

Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Many of the best immigration lawyers in the UK will be interested to see the latest figures relating to Tier 1 (investor) visas, which show that 96 such visas have been granted between January and April 2018.

Thursday, 24 May, 2018

A settlement agreement is an agreed document that is often used by employers to terminate an employee’s Employment in a controlled manner. If you find yourself being offered a settlement agreement, you may experience many different emotions. After your initial response has worn off, you need to act swiftly but thoughtfully to make sure you achieve the best result.

Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Applying for a UK visa can be complicated – and this is certainly the case if you are considering a spouse visa application. It’s made all the more difficult because both practically and emotionally, so much depends on getting a spouse visa. If you are living apart from your partner everything is more difficult. It’s even more so if you have children who are living with one or other of you.

Thursday, 24 May, 2018

OTS Solicitors are delighted to announce that they have been awarded business immigration Law Firm 2018 in Corporate Insider’s annual Business Excellence Awards.

Thursday, 24 May, 2018

divorce is an incredibly stressful process for everyone involved, particularly if you have children. All good Family Solicitors recognise this. If your wider family live abroad, it may be important for you to visit them so that your children can meet relatives and experience first-hand the culture and traditions that are important to you.

Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

One of the key issues for the UK economy in recent years has been the rise of the gig economy – and now, its apparent erosion.

Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

The Russian billionaire owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich, is facing a delay in respect of his visa renewal, amid claims that he may have to reveal the source (or sources) of his wealth before he can enter the UK on a new Tier 1 visa. 

Review of the funds of Russian Tier 1 visa holders

Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Half term is nearly here – and then the long, summer school holidays. If you are separated from your children’s other parent, negotiating contact can be stressful and upsetting. Without the routine of school and regular weekly activities, trying to satisfy both parents’ competing wishes for time with their children can be fraught with difficulty. Equally, it can be difficult if one parent is less willing to step up to their parenting responsibilities, but the other has work or other commitments to take into account.

Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

The tech sector is the latest area of Britain's economy to be hit by the Tier 2 Cap imposed by the Home Office. The cap limits the number of skilled workers who can come to take up roles they have already been offered the UK using the Tier 2 business immigration route.

Friday, 18 May, 2018

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