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OTS Solicitors is highly ranked in the Legal 500 and one of the most respected, successful niche law firms in London, specialising in immigration, commercial, civil litigation, employment, and family law.  We also provide immigration consultancy and legal advice to nationals in th

Friday, 17 November, 2017
OTS Solicitors Ranked In The Legal 500


OTS Solicitors is proud to announce it has been ranked in the Legal 500.


It is almost unprecedented that a firm established only two and half years ago has made it into this prestigious publication.

Thursday, 12 October, 2017
Employees walking to show access to justice

Earlier this week, in R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor, the Supreme Court ruled the employment Tribunals and the employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013, (the Fees Order), which came into force in 2013, was unlawful and discriminatory.

Monday, 31 July, 2017
Immigration law book to show the grounds for Judicial Review

For many migrants on the receiving end of an immigration refusal by UK Visas and immigration, the only recourse is by way of judicial review.  Thanks to the Home Office ending almost all rights of appeal for points-based system applications, except for those on human rights grounds,

Monday, 26 June, 2017
Paul Gulbenkian's profile

Earlier this year we interviewed Mr Paul Gulbenkian, a retired immigration tribunal judge and consultant at OTS Solicitors.

Monday, 16 January, 2017
Judge Gavel

As 2016 draws to a close, we take a look at some of the most important cases decided in the latter half of 2016 and what they mean for migrants in the UK.

Deportation cases decided by the Supreme Court

Makhlouf v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Northern Ireland) [2016] All ER (D) 93 (Nov) (16 November 2016)

Thursday, 22 December, 2016
Stamp saying Visa Refused

For the citizens of many countries, the only way they can enter the UK is by obtaining a UK Standard Visitor Visa.

To be eligible to enter the UK on the Standard Visitor Visa route you must satisfy the Entry Clearance Officers (ECO) that you:

Friday, 09 December, 2016
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One of the strictest requirements for obtaining a UK Spouse Visa is that the applicant must have knowledge of the English language and prove this by passing an approved English language test or have a qualification recognised by the NARIC that was taught in English.

Monday, 05 December, 2016
Scales of Justice to demonstrate Judicial Review

Unreasonableness.  Irrationality.  The Wednesbury principle.  Proportionality.  These terms are often bandied about by immigration solicitors, often bamboozling even the best law students.

Thursday, 01 December, 2016

Our client, KK, a national of Lebanon arrived to the UK in 2007 with his wife and two young children. He came as a work permit holder. During his stay in the UK, the employer became insolvent and the business was continued under different company. Our client was not correctly advised at the time of his obligations to inform the Home Office of his change of employer and carried on with his activities.

Monday, 22 August, 2016

Our client, RS, planned a flight with a European airline to Armenia by flying from London to Vienna, and then from Vienna to Zvartnots, Armenia, of which her return route would be the opposite. Upon returning home, our client’s flight to Vienna was delayed at Zvartnots airport and because of the time lost our client missed her connecting flight from Vienna International airport to London. Our client’s flight was rebooked onto another flight back to London which was over three hour later.

Monday, 22 August, 2016
Immigration Appeals against Home Office Decisions

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Wednesday, 18 May, 2016

Yesterday the Government published a consultation paper proposing new fees for proceedings in the First-tier Tribunal (immigration and Asylum Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (immigration and Asylum Chamber)

Friday, 22 April, 2016
Employers Liability


Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees whilst they are at work and a claim can be brought against them if you have been injured at work and believe your employers are responsible.

Wednesday, 30 March, 2016

The Senior President of Tribunals’ Annual Report has just been published and it raises a number of substantial points which we will cover in-depth in an article next week.

In the meantime, here are some of the highlights contained in the report.

£700 million Funding to Reform courts and Tribunals

Monday, 29 February, 2016

One of the most important principles of English justice is that everyone, no matter how rich, how poor, irrespective of religion, race or creed, is entitled to a fair hearing in a court of law.

It has long been recognised as essential for the rule of law that people believe they will be fairly heard and judged in court. This principle was first documented in the Magna Carta which, in 1215, set out in the name of the king that, ‘to no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay, right or justice’. 

Sunday, 17 January, 2016
Your boss has the right to monitor your private messages, following a ruling from the European Court of human rights.
 
The Court made the decision following an appeal from a Romanian national, who brought a case against his employer after being fired from his position as an engineer.

Business Email, Personal Correspondence

Wednesday, 13 January, 2016

By Teni Shahiean, of OTS Solicitors

A Guide for Employers

Wednesday, 16 December, 2015

Thirty-six hours after suggesting all Muslims should be banned from entering the United States, Republican Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump, is still suffering the ramifications.


And his latest Tweet suggests he has no intention of backing down.

Thursday, 10 December, 2015

Acting for Kenyan national in a Court of Appeal case in relation to a human rights Application on both Article 3 and Article 8 of the European Convention on human rights.

Friday, 06 November, 2015

Last week Sweden dropped a bombshell on the European community by formally asking fellow EU members to relocate some of the thousands of migrants entering the country.  This move starkly illustrates how much pressure Europe is under to cope with the biggest migration of fellow human beings since the end of the Second World War.  Sweden has always been exceptionally generous with its migration policies, but it is now clear that even it cannot cope with the mass influx of humanity, desperately seeking safety and shelter from war and starvation.

Friday, 06 November, 2015
OTS Immigration Solicitors Immigration Advice

For migrants wishing to rent property in the United Kingdom, 2016 will be a pivotal year for change and it is imperative that current and prospective migrants be fully aware of the storm that is coming in the form of Right to Rent checks.

Friday, 30 October, 2015

New regulations The British nationality (General) (Amendment No.3) Regulations 2015 which come into force on the 12th November 2015 make amendments to applying for naturalisation after perma

Monday, 26 October, 2015

In a press release dated 22nd October 2015, the Government announced that from 1st February 2016, all UK landlords will be required to check that prospective tenants have a legal right to be in the UK or face a fine of up to £3,000 per tenant.

Thursday, 22 October, 2015
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At the Conservative Party Conference on the 6th October, Home Secretary, Teresa May, used her speech to launch a blistering attack on the impact of immigrants on British society.  In her address, she said immigration makes society less cohesive and it is driving down wages and taking away jobs from British people.

Wednesday, 07 October, 2015

On the 13th October, the immigration Bill 2015 will have its second reading in the House of Commons.

Tuesday, 06 October, 2015

What is the number one city in the world for high net worth inhabitants?

If you are worth $US30 million or more, the top city to buy property, educate your children and invest your wealth in 2015 is London, according to the Knight Frank Wealth Report 2015.

Ranked the second most economically powerful city in the world, London offers high net worth individual’s exceptional opportunities in investment opportunities, housing, private education, and cultural and leisure activities.

The Importance of Professional Advice

Saturday, 22 August, 2015

The client in this case was a Nigerian national who approached our firm after his previous applications for leave to remain on Article 8 grounds had been refused. The basis of his application, while resting on grounds of family and private life, was that the client feared persecution due to his sexual identity (Homosexual male) and feared that returning to Nigeria would mean persecution for him and his family members.  

Tuesday, 11 August, 2015

As a legal professional I consider it my duty to speak in opposition of everything that disrespects the rule of law. Few days ago the Xue v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 825 (Admin) (31 March 2015) case came to my attention. I do not plan to examine or comment on this particular case, neither do I intend to make an observation on the immigration policies currently in place in the United Kingdom. What I seek to do, is speak about a direction in the public policy that can have treacherous results.

Thursday, 23 April, 2015

As anticipated Advocate General Szpunar leaves no doubt in his EEA immigration legal advice and opinion published on 21 May 2014 which deals with the scope of the UK’s power to control it’s borders and the powers granted to it by Article 1 of Protocol 20 (on Application of Article 26 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union to the UK and to Ireland) and Article 35 of the Citizenship

Monday, 09 February, 2015

‘In some parts of the world national security has on occasions been used as an excuse for all sorts of infringements of individual liberty. But not in England.’ 

– Lord Denning in  R v. SSHD ex p Hosenball [1977] 1 WLR 766

Saturday, 07 February, 2015

The politics of EU migration 

Original news 

Concerns raised over Cameron's migrant plans, LNB News 17/10/2014 42 

Daily Telegraph, 17 October 2014: Senior EU diplomats have cast doubts over the Prime Minister's plans to limit the number of migrants entering the UK. David Cameron is said to be looking for an 'emergency brake' to be built into EU migration rules on that would allow Downing Street to block new arrivals if numbers had reached a set level.

Saturday, 07 February, 2015

‘In some parts of the world national security has on occasions been used as an excuse for all sorts of infringements of individual liberty. But not in England.’

– Lord Denning in R v. SSHD ex p Hosenball [1977] 1 WLR 766

Wednesday, 28 May, 2014

In this section of our website we would like to introduce you to who we are, what this section of our website aims to provide, and how it will benefit you, your organisation, and the legal community as a whole.

Monday, 26 May, 2014