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The Hague Convention deals with the return of children removed from their home country without permission – and as good family solicitors will be only too aware, Hague Convention cases are often complex. The best family solicitors will be sensitive to the fact that the subject of child abduction is emotive in itself.

Monday, 24 September, 2018

Top employment solicitors have welcomed the news that the Parental Leave and Pay Bill has now achieved Royal Assent. Anticipated by employment law solicitors in London to come into force in 2020, the new law gives working parents the right to take 2 weeks’ leave should they suffer the devastating loss of a child. Statutory parental bereavement pay is also introduced.

Addressing the trauma of losing a child

Monday, 24 September, 2018

Not all divorce is equal – as any high net worth divorce lawyer will tell you, particularly if you are dealing with an international divorce. With different rules applying in different jurisdictions, some couples will disagree over where they should end their marriage.

Thursday, 20 September, 2018

As our UK immigration lawyers noted back in June, the announcement of a new ‘start up’ visa created some interest, not least because of speculation around which visa route the new start up visa would replace.

Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Top immigration lawyers in London weren’t the only cohort to eagerly anticipate the publication yesterday of the Migration Advisory Committee’s report on EEA Migration in the UK.

Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

London immigration solicitors, along with many others interested in the UK’s current and future climate, are anticipating a report from the Migration Advisory Committee looking at the economic and social impact of Brexit.

Monday, 17 September, 2018

Many UK employment lawyers welcome the report by the Women and Equalities Committee earlier in 2018 which proposed a number of changes to benefit working families.

Friday, 14 September, 2018

Unpicking disability discrimination is a job that even many of the best employment lawyers in London will agree is difficult. Facts can be complex and applying the law to any given situation is rarely straightforward. For many employers too, the obligations under the legislation can feel onerous, with guidance unclear.

Friday, 14 September, 2018

EEA immigration solicitors have long observed the benefits of the EU freedom of movement rules. There has been a steady exchange of EU citizens and UK citizens as individuals take advantage of wider horizons to travel and work elsewhere.

Friday, 14 September, 2018

While British Citizenship lawyers are often approached to discuss applications for naturalisation as a British citizen by adults, the British Citizenship of under 18s is also a key issue.

Friday, 14 September, 2018

If a settlement order relating to property has been made under the Children Act 1989, what are the circumstances in which it can be varied – if at all? This was a question of interest to all good family lawyers, dealt with by the Family Court recently in a complex case involving not only property issues but the question of where the child in question should live – with his mother in England or with his father in Canada.

Friday, 14 September, 2018

Earlier this year, many London employment law solicitors took note of the case of Hincks v Sense Network Ltd. The case is seen by many UK employment lawyers as offering some comfort to employers who write a negative reference – provided they have taken reasonable care to do so.

Friday, 14 September, 2018

The best employment lawyers will often find that identifying an act of direct discrimination is straightforward – but occasionally caution is necessary. Not only is it important to consider what has happened as a matter of fact, but it is also important to scrutinise the motivation of the employer in its treatment of the employee.

Thursday, 13 September, 2018

A common question asked of many immigration lawyers is how to stay in the UK after studying. This is unsurprising given that many overseas students spend several years living in the UK, forming relationships and adapting to life in the UK. As the end of their time in the UK under their student visa approaches, a significant number will explore the options for staying.

Thursday, 13 September, 2018

As reported recently by the BBC, immigration solicitors in London have recently learned that over 1,000 children entitled to British passports have had their applications for renewal refused – because of a Home Office error.

Thursday, 13 September, 2018

In the midst of the Windrush scandal, another important topic, one that’s sadly familiar to London immigration solicitors.

Thursday, 13 September, 2018

The question “How to choose a divorce lawyer?” is one that is sadly asked every day, in London and across the UK.

Thursday, 13 September, 2018

Staying in UK after divorce is something that many non-EU citizens are concerned about. It’s a particular worry if something happens to their employment to threaten their retained rights of residence.

Wednesday, 12 September, 2018

Disciplinary hearings and the processes and procedures that surround them are familiar areas of law to most employment claim solicitors – but even the best employment lawyers will accept that there is always something new to learn in this dynamic area of employment law.

Wednesday, 12 September, 2018

Most UK employment lawyers have been closely following the litigation around employment status and the ‘gig’ economy, concerning the true employment status of individuals such as cycle couriers, taxi drivers and delivery

Tuesday, 11 September, 2018

The impact of Brexit remains a primary concern for many immigration solicitors in London, not just for the impact it is likely to have on individuals, but for many UK industries that rely on EU citizens to plug gaps in the UK labour market.

Monday, 10 September, 2018

Choosing an immigration lawyer is one of the most important decisions you may have to make, and simply googling ‘immigration lawyer near me’ is not enough to ensure you instruct the best immigration lawyers for your situation.

Thursday, 06 September, 2018

divorce is one of the most stressful times in anyone’s life – but combine divorce with concerns over immigration status, and whether you talk to divorce lawyers in London or a UK

Thursday, 06 September, 2018

Employment law is always throwing up interesting points for UK employment lawyers to consider – and learn from, and a recent case relating to notice of termination of employment is no exception.

Tuesday, 04 September, 2018

Good family lawyers have been increasingly vocal about the need to formalise rights for cohabitees. This is the fastest growing family type in the UK and yet those who choose to remain unmarried or civil partnered, preferring to cohabit are not formally recognised in UK law. The tide appears to be turning however.

Tuesday, 04 September, 2018

immigration lawyers have never been busier, and equally, immigration has never been such a hot topic.

Monday, 03 September, 2018

A few months back, top immigration lawyers welcomed the UK Government’s commitment to address the plight of the Windrush generation. However, many immigration solicitors remained sceptical that the Windrush Scheme, and associated Windrush taskforce would deal effectively with the injustice that many Commonwealth citizens have faced for many years.

Thursday, 30 August, 2018

The visit visa, contained in Appendix V of the UK’s immigration rules may seem like one of the more straightforward visa routes to the UK, but few immigration lawyers will be surprised to know that in 2017, there were over 260,000 visit visa refusals.

Wednesday, 29 August, 2018

Following divorce, it is not uncommon for a parent to wish to move to a new geographic location with the child or children of the relationship. As good family solicitors will understand, the already complex provisions relating to relocation become even more so where there is an international element to the original relationship and the parent seeking to move intends to relocate abroad.

Friday, 24 August, 2018

An employer may consider that the only immigration issues that apply in the workplace are those connected with recruitment and ensuring that all staff have the right to work in the UK. This is, of course, a big issue for all employers, with fines running to thousands of pounds for those who have not followed the right to work checks correctly.

Friday, 24 August, 2018

Constructive dismissal is a concept that can be confusing to some, and it’s always worth consulting top employment solicitors about any given situation where it is possible that an employee has resigned as a consequence of the behaviour of the employer.

Friday, 24 August, 2018

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of employment) Regulations – otherwise known as TUPE – and the TUPE transfer - have been known to strike fear into the heart of many a UK employment lawyer, not to mention those business owners, directors and HR professionals who ha

Thursday, 23 August, 2018

Readers – including other immigration solicitors in London - may have read the recent news story concerning a chess prodigy, Shreyas Royal, who was facing the possibility of being deported from the UK when his father’s visa expired because he was unable, as a child, to take advantage of a Tier 1 exceptional talent visa.

Friday, 17 August, 2018
Any immigration lawyer considering immigration bail in 2018 may well be horrified at the chaos that now seems to reign following the introduction of the new immigration Act bail system.
Friday, 17 August, 2018

The best family solicitors understand that for many, the road to parenthood can be difficult and traumatic. While inter-country surrogacy is a route followed by a relatively small group of people, the complexities can be huge.

Friday, 17 August, 2018
A sad truth that many UK employment lawyers will recognise is that in discrimination claims, the claimant employee may have experienced many, many acts of discrimination, harassment and victimisation before he or she finally brings an Employment Tribunal claim.
Friday, 17 August, 2018

The UK Government’s much criticised immigration targets are once again under fire as the Confederation of British Industry calls for a new approach to migrant workers and immigration, a step welcomed by top UK immigration lawyers OTS Solicitors. 

Friday, 17 August, 2018

Travelling abroad with children after divorce poses a whole range of legal issues for a parent – and as the best family lawyers are only too aware, getting it wrong can lead to serious legal consequences, including allegations of child abduction or even child trafficking.

Thursday, 16 August, 2018
With Brexit looming, many immigration solicitors have been looking to the future of immigration in the UK, but it’s important to remember that for the moment, nothing has changed – as the publication of the latest amendments to the
Thursday, 16 August, 2018
In what most of the best immigration solicitors consider will probably be the final amendments to the EEA Regulations, which came into force on 24th July 2018, it’s worth taking note of changes to exclusion orders and deportation orders, and also deportation and
Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

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