Obtaining your UK visa to come and live, study or work in the UK, with or without the input of a Legal 500 Immigration solicitor, is a real achievement – but what happens if your situation changes?
OTS Solicitors are delighted to announce that Teni Shahiean, co-founder and recommended Legal 500 lawyer, will be taking part in a panel discussion on equality in the legal industry at the Royal courts of Justice. The event will feature a number of inspirational women lawyers and OTS are proud to be involved.
Protection against victimisation is a key component of the Equality Act 2010. As UK employment lawyers will explain, it offers protection to an employee who ‘does a protected act’. The term protected act will be familiar to top employment solicitors and covers bringing a claim or making a complaint about discrimination or supporting a colleague in doing so.
You’ve experienced poor treatment at work – and understandably want advice and support from the best employment lawyer you can find, but for many people, this comes at a cost.
Alongside the codification of provisions against discrimination on grounds of race, sex and disability, the Equality Act 2010 clarified that discrimination on grounds of age was also unlawful, but top employment lawyers in London and employment claim solicitors generally will often point to age discrimination being prioritised less than discrimination based on other protected characteristics.
There’s very little ‘good news’ for gig economy businesses such as the taxi operators including Uber who have already been hit hard by Employment Tribunal decisions and are now facing calls for more stringent checks ad licensing conditions in a report published by a Department of Transport Working Group.
A visit visa is available to someone who wants to come to the UK for less than 6 months and for many with relatives and friends in the UK, it’s a vital mechanism to allow family relationships to be maintained when people live in different places, either because they choose to do so or because, as London Immigration appeal lawyers are only too aware, they cannot satisfy the UK’s stringent rules on family settlement.
A recent disability discrimination case has reiterated to all employment claim solicitors and anyone considering a claim under the Equality Act 2010 based on disability discrimination, that it is for the employee to prove that the disability in question has a long term and substantial adverse impact on his or her ability to carry out day to day activities.
Understanding whether an employee has resigned or has been dismissed is something that any UK employment lawyer will want to know whether acting for an employer or employee in a case where employment has come to an end. An employee who has been dismissed has the option of bringing a claim for unfair dismissal.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the midst of the Windrush scandal, another important topic, one that’s sadly familiar to London immigration solicitors.
The question “How to choose a divorce lawyer?” is one that is sadly asked every day, in London and across the UK.