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By Vishal Makol of OTS Solicitors
 
Thursday, 07 June, 2018
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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

If you are living apart from your husband or wife, in different countries, it can be very stressful. Alongside a raft of conditions that you must satisfy to be able to apply for a spouse visa to come to the UK, you will also have to satisfy the income requirements to obtain this form of visa.

Friday, 18 May, 2018

Last year, our employment law solicitors in London reported on the scrapping of the Employment Tribunal fees.

Friday, 18 May, 2018

During the initial disclosures made by the then Home Secretary Amber Rudd as the Windrush scandal broke, it was asserted that there was nothing to suggest that any members of the Windrush generation had been wrongly removed from the UK. Evidently, things have moved on, and the new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has reported provisional figures to the Home Affairs Select Committee suggesting that at least 63 people with the right to be in the UK as part of the Windrush generation may have been wrongly removed from the UK.

Friday, 18 May, 2018

With the press full of the wedding of Prince Harry to American Meghan Markle, and news that she will apply for British citizenship, other couples in transnational relationships must be wondering if there are lessons they can take from the relationship. In particular, whether there is some secret to coming to the UK as a fiancé, with a wedding planned (albeit not a royal wedding!).

Tuesday, 15 May, 2018

In April 2018, Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the courts in England and Wales, issued interim guidance relating to defective divorce petitions and decrees.

Tuesday, 15 May, 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on 25th May 2018. Every business with employees, however small, will be affected – and the penalties for non-compliance with the GDPR are significant.  Our team of UK employment lawyers has put together a list of 10 things employers need to know about GDPR, along with some action points to help you comply. 

Monday, 14 May, 2018
A new online divorce application process has been launched by the Ministry of Justice in the last few days.
Friday, 11 May, 2018
Designed to encourage ‘the brightest and best’ to come and work in the UK and share their talent and skills, while limiting the number of people who can come to the UK overall from outside the EU/EEA, many of the best immigration solicitors in London are starting to see the negative impact of the
Thursday, 10 May, 2018
London has topped the rankings as the best university city in the world in 2018, beating Tokyo to hit the top spot. Previous winners Montreal and Paris slipped down to 4th and 5th places respectively.
 
The study, rating university cities, rather than the institutions themselves, is carried out by the QS higher education group which publishes the World University Rankings annually.
 
Thursday, 10 May, 2018
With the imminent launch of a replacement for the Universal Jobmatch service, as some of the best immigration solicitors and recommended employment lawyers in London, we thought it was a good time to look at satisfying the Resident Labour Market Test when recruiting skilled workers from outside the
Wednesday, 09 May, 2018
During the Commonwealth Summit in April, Theresa May made an “absolute commitment” to Caribbean leaders that “…the UK will do whatever it takes including, where appropriate, payment of compensation, to resolve the anxieties and problems that some of the Windrush generation have suffered”. So far, we have had no clear details of what the scheme will involve; we have only been assured that it will be independent of the Home Office.
Friday, 04 May, 2018


The recent wake of media and public attention on the difficulties of Caribbean migrants caused by the hostile or “compliant” environment, purposely created by Theresa May and continued by her successor Amber Rudd has come to boiling point.

 
Thursday, 03 May, 2018
Brook House, the Immigration detention centre near Gatwick Airport experienced a dramatic increase in the use of force during 2017. The BBC has reported that individuals being held in detention in relation to Immigration matters at Brook House, and who had not been granted Immigration bail, were twice as likely to have been controlled or restrained by force compared with 2016.
 
Thursday, 03 May, 2018
Obtaining a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa is a complex process involving forward planning and careful preparation. With the help of an experienced Immigration lawyer to advise and support you through the process, you have every chance of succeeding in your application.
Wednesday, 02 May, 2018
Since the introduction of new Immigration appeal rules in 2014, there has been very little said to elaborate on the concept of a ‘Human Rights claim’.
Wednesday, 02 May, 2018
In a recent blog we updated readers on the latest developments towards offering EU citizens settled status when the UK leaves the EU. There’s another side to the story though – and it’s one that links back to the Windrush effect: the settled status application leaves EU citizens at risk of the ‘hostile environment’ designed to make people in the UK illegally leave voluntarily.
 
Settled Status application rather than confirmation of rights
Tuesday, 01 May, 2018
Sajid Javid, the new Home Secretary, appointed yesterday following Amber Rudd’s resignation, is the first minority ethnic person to hold the post.
 
New Home Secretary expresses solidarity with the Windrush generation
 
Tuesday, 01 May, 2018

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