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International Parents

In the case of London Borough of Tower Hamlets v D, E and F [2014] EWHC 3901 (Fam), the court observed that:

Wednesday, 04 April, 2018
EU Flag

Statistics released show net migration of EU nationals has fallen by 75,000 in the past year.

The latest quarterly figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that total annual net migration to Britain in the 12 months to September fell by 29,000 to 244,000. Net migration from outside Europe rose to 205,000 during the year, masking the fall from inside the EU.

Tuesday, 03 April, 2018
Brexit

EU nationals residing in Britain have been warned they need to ensure their children have their status documented to avoid them experiencing serious problems in later life proving they have a right to live in the UK.

The warning comes from two Eurochildren Research Briefs on the impact of the UK-EU agreement on residence and citizenship rights for EU families written by immigration law experts and published by the University of Birmingham.

Thursday, 29 March, 2018
Tax

If you hold a Tier 1 General Visa, you have until 5th April to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), as the route closes on the 6th April 2018.  Your immigration solicitor in London can provide you with the best advice for making an application for

Wednesday, 28 March, 2018
Currency

The Home Office has announced immigration and nationality applications fees are to rise again in April 2018.  However, having received a strident backlash from London’s best immigration lawyers in 2016 when there was an attempt to raise some immigration application fees by 500% (the Home Office later reversed the decision), fees this year will rise a more reasona

Thursday, 22 March, 2018
Entrepreneur

Onwuje v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 331

In a recent case, the Court of Appeal held that running a business may amount to private life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Business migrants in the UK can now work with their immigration solicitor to make the best use of this new ruling.

Tuesday, 20 March, 2018
Boot.Academy services for start-ups and Tier 1 Entrepreneurs

There has never been a better time in history to launch or invest in a tech start-up.  The culture of work has undergone a dramatic shift in the last ten years.  Sparked off by the 2008 financial crisis, many people are rejecting the traditional ‘safe’ path of spending eight hours a day trapped in a cubicle, and instead choosing to launch their own venture, giving them not only control over their lives but also their earning potential.  In addition, these dynamic innovators are creating sustainable jobs, and providing a service which benefits the wider community.

Friday, 16 March, 2018
Judge Gavel

A Prohibited Steps Order is issued by the court in family cases to prevents either parent from carrying out certain acts or making decisions in relation to their children without the express permission of the court.

Made under section 8 of the Children Act 1989, a Prohibited Steps Order is often used in cases where one parent fears the other is planning to take their child out of the country without their permission and not return them.

Thursday, 15 March, 2018
Russia

The past few days have seen relations between the UK and Russia reach one of the lowest points since the cruise missile crisis in the 1980s.  London’s best immigration lawyers, and their Russian clients who are in the UK on a Tier 2 work visa or Tier 1 entrepreneur visa,

Thursday, 15 March, 2018
OTS Solicitors

OTS Solicitors is proud to announce they will be exhibiting at the Great British Business Show at the Excel Centre between 16 & 17 May 2018. Order your FREE tickets here.

Wednesday, 14 March, 2018
Civil Partnership

In August 2017, heterosexual couple, Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan entered the Supreme Court to fight for the right to enter a civil partnership.

At present, only same-sex couples can enter into the union.

Supported by the best family lawyers and barristers in London, the couple argued that by refusing to allow same-sex couples to enter into a Civil partnership, the British government was breaching equality law.

Monday, 12 March, 2018
Chancery Lane

OTS Solicitors is delighted to announce that due to rapid growth and expansion, the firm has now expanded into additional offices.  The firm is adding 160 sq meters of office space at a new Chancery Lane branch in addition to its current 80 sq meters in the existing Fleet Street office, providing a total of 240sq meters with room for further expansion.  From 12th March 2018, the team at OTS Solicitors will see all clients at their new offices located at 25 Southampton Buildings WC2A 1AL.

Friday, 09 March, 2018

It is with great anticipation and pleasure that we can let you know that due to our rapid growth and expansion we have now taken further offices in Chancery Lane.  Please note that from the 12th of March 2018 we will see all of our clients at our new offices located at 25 Southampton Buildings WC2A 1AL.

Your loyal business and support is one of the main reasons why we have grown so rapidly over the years. We look forward to seeing you at our new address.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have concerning the new location or our services.

Thursday, 08 March, 2018
Business people shaking hands

During the application process for a Tier 1 entrepreneur visa, immigration officials will seek assurance from your business plan and interview that you have an understanding of UK employment law.  Part of the requirement for being granted an extension on your Tier 1

Thursday, 08 March, 2018
Divorce

In today’s fast-moving, digital environment, all of us are accustomed to getting our needs granted quickly and cheaply.  We shop online at Amazon for knockdown prices, have dinner delivered in 30 minutes using Deliveroo and, if we want to meet someone special, we can rapidly swipe through online profiles to find the perfect match.

Monday, 05 March, 2018
Gavel

The best immigration lawyers in London espouse the importance of having an immigration solicitor assist PBS migrants in preparing their visa applications.  The latest case of Mudiyanselage v Secretary of State for the Home Dept and other cases [2018] EWCA Civ 65, [2018] All ER (D) 04 (Feb) illustrates the value an immigration lawyer can bring to ensuring entry-clear

Monday, 05 March, 2018
Cohabitees organising paper work

A cohabitation agreement may not sound like a recipe for romance.  However, it is a widely held belief that a couple who live together, have children and own their home together, have the same legal protections as a married couple; this is not the case.  Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a ‘common law spouse’ under English law. 

Monday, 05 March, 2018
Theresa May

Theresa May has backed down over her initial plans to refuse to allow EU migrants who come into the UK during the transition period, the right to settle permanently.

Friday, 02 March, 2018
Man looking out of window

If you are in immediate danger, please call 999.  You can also contact the ManKind Initiative on 01823 334244. 

Last week it was reported that former Dynasty and Melrose Place star, Heather Locklear, had been arrested in California for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend and three police officers.

According to reports, Ms Locklear’s boyfriend sustained a “visible traumatic injury”.

Thursday, 01 March, 2018
Commonwealth Flag

Last week, senior Caribbean diplomats urged the British Home Office to have a “more compassionate” approach towards elderly Commonwealth citizens who are facing removal, despite having living in the UK their entire lives.

Wednesday, 28 February, 2018
Stethoscope

Last month, a High Court judge ruled that doctors could cease life-support treatment for a severely brain-damaged 11-month-old baby, despite his parent’s wishes that treatment should be continued.

Tuesday, 27 February, 2018
Detention strike

According to reports in the weekend, 120 detainees in immigration detention centre Yarl's Wood have reportedly been on a hunger strike since 21st February against continued incarceration of migrants in the UK.

Sky News states the women are protesting the detention of rape, torture, and human trafficking victims, those in poor health care conditions, and the detention of people indefinitely and without the decision of a judge.

Monday, 26 February, 2018
British passport

In a recent judgment, Advocate General for Scotland v Romein [2018] UKSC 6, [2018] All ER (D) 44 (Feb) the Supreme Court has resolved the paradox created by the abolition of the rule that British Citizenship by descent could not be transmitted through the female line.

The paradox which has existed up until now is an example of how complex the drafting of legislation can be, and how it can often result in absurdities. 

Monday, 26 February, 2018
Stethoscope

By Teni Shahiean, of OTS Solicitors

The NHS is facing a staffing crisis.  Following the EU referendum in 2016, fewer EEA nationals are coming to the UK to fill critical positions in Britain’s hospitals and GP surgeries.

Tuesday, 20 February, 2018


From all the Solicitors and teams at OTS Solicitors, we welcome everyone into the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog!

Friday, 16 February, 2018
Scales of Justice

Child abduction cases are among the most distressing types of family law matters the best solicitors in London have to deal with.  In Re C (children: anticipatory retention) the Supreme Court recently ruled on proceedings concerning a father's application, under The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, for the return of his children to Australia.   In arriving at its decision, the Supreme Court held that repudiatory retention in the context of c

Friday, 16 February, 2018
Judge Gavel

A 40-year-old victim of modern slavery has been granted Leave to Remain in the UK by the Court of Appeal.  This could lead to more victims being granted the right to remain in the UK.

Lord Justice Hickinbottom, Lord Justice Singh, and Lord Justice Patten concluded the Home Office’s decision to remove the victim (who cannot be named) was a breach of the government's obligations under the Council of Europe's Convention on Human Trafficking.

Thursday, 15 February, 2018
Bitcoin

A law firm in London has recently revealed it has dealt with three divorce cases where parties are demanding, for the first time, the disclosure of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ripple, and Ethereum.  A fourth case is said to be imminent and, as cryptocurrencies become more mainstream, they are likely to play a major part in financial settlements in the near future, according to London’s best Family Solicito

Thursday, 15 February, 2018
Brexit Puzzle

Having EU Citizenship is highly valuable.  That is why Tier 1 Investor Visa applicants and Tier 1 entrepreneur visa holders are so focused on obtaining settlement in the UK by instructing the best immigration solicitors in London.  At present, not only

Wednesday, 14 February, 2018
Director

OTS Solicitors is highly recommended in the Legal 500 for immigration and Human Rights law.  We have also been selected by the 2017 Global Excellence Awards as the Most Trusted in immigration law: UK.  We provide the best legal advice to businesses and individuals throughout the UK, South East Asia, Russia and the Middle East.

Tuesday, 13 February, 2018
Divorce

Years of experience as a family lawyer in London has taught me many things; mainly, divorce is difficult and painful enough without any unexpected or additional problems being thrown into the pot.  If you are in the process of filing for divorce or are seriously thinking of doing so, I have come up with a list of the four most common, ‘unexpected’ problems individuals ask me to advise them on.  I am sharing them with

Friday, 09 February, 2018
Piggy Bank

For many married couples, their pensions may be their biggest capital asset, second only to the family home.  If your marriage breaks down, it is crucial to understand how a pension will be valued, treated, and divided when it comes to working out a financial settlement.  A London family law solicitor can provide the best advice and representation when it comes to working out how your pension will be shared in a divorce

Friday, 09 February, 2018
EU GDPR

By Oshin Shahiean, of OTS Solicitors

An op-ed piece in the Guardian newspaper this morning by Claude Moraes, a Labour MEP representing London, and a Chair of the European parliament’s civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee has raised concerns that the Government may use the General Data Protection Act (GDPR) to create an even more ‘hostile environment’ for migrants.

Wednesday, 07 February, 2018
British Flag

An immigration white paper outlining Britain’s proposed post-Brexit immigration system will not be released until after the transition deal is completed.

Tuesday, 06 February, 2018
Brexit

Any doubts Theresa May had softened her attitude towards EEA migrants was well and truly debunked earlier this week when she stated EU citizens who arrive during the post-Brexit transition period must not have the same rights as those who came before Britain left the bloc.

Friday, 02 February, 2018
#MeToo

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, please contact https://www.refuge.org.uk/ or, if you are in immediate danger, please call 999.

Thursday, 01 February, 2018
Man and woman holding hands

For couples who have decided to move in together, the excitement is palpable.  It is a huge step forward in any relationship and no one ever expects to break up after making such a big commitment.  Therefore, why would you need a Cohabitation Agreement?

Wednesday, 31 January, 2018
Selection of pills

OTS Solicitors is highly recommended in the Legal 500 for immigration and Human Rights law.  We have also been selected by the 2017 Global Excellence Awards as the Most Trusted in immigration law: UK.  We provide the best legal advice to businesses and individuals throughout the UK, South East Asia, Russia and the Middle East.

Tuesday, 30 January, 2018
Timer running out

If you entered the UK on the Tier 1 General Visa, you have until 6th April 2018 to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).  If you do not make submit your application for settlement before this date your right to settlement will be taken away, regardless of your circumstances.

Tuesday, 30 January, 2018
20 Fenchurch Street

Wealthy individuals from outside Europe looking to obtain British Citizenship will find a very attractive route in the Tier 1 Investor Visa.  The more money invested, the quicker the route to settlement*.  London has always attracted high-net-worth people who seek the best immigrat

Friday, 26 January, 2018

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