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Andrew Osborne & Samar Shams comment for Lexis Nexis: Businesses ‘hampered by inflexible immigration system’19 February 2018
Andrew Osborne & Samar Shams have commented in an article for Lexis Nexis which discusses the Director general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Adam Marshall's call for the government to provide a clear statement of intent on immigration policy so that businesses can make decisions for the future.
Press14 February 2018
In a report published today on the Home Office’s delivery of Brexit in regards to immigration, the Home Affairs Committee cites Lewis Silkin’s praise for the commitment and hard work of UK Visas and Immigration’s European casework team.
Joanna Hunt comments for LexisNexis: Brexit: EU’s draft transitional arrangements put UK in ‘precarious position’
Press13 February 2018
Joanna Hunt comments in an article for LexisNexis, discussing the EU's ability to suspend the UK's benefits during the Brexit transition phase following the UK's departure from the EU.
12 February 2018
Getting immigration compliance right is a common worry for employers in the UK.
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar comments for Techworld: Will the tech sector stand up for immigrants after Brexit?
Press12 February 2018
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar comments in an article for Techworld, discussing the possible loss of foreign talent in the UK Tech sector, due to Brexit.
Joanna Hunt writes for Lawyer 2B: Are trainee overseas secondments set to become a thing of the past?
Press31 January 2018
Joanna Hunt writes an article for Lawyer 2B, discussing the implications of the changes to qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK for non-EU lawyers training or working in UK firms.
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar writes for FinTech Futures: Immigration in the banking technology industry: a positive story
Press22 January 2018
Naomi Hanrahan-Soar writes an article for FinTech Futures, discussing the tech sectors heavy reliance on foreign nationals to provide the technical skills required in the workforce. Accordingly, Brexit, and the potential to restrict access to that talent pool, brings additional concerns for employers.
08 January 2018
From 11 January 2018 new provisions are coming into force that will affect how the Home Office assesses continuous residence for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) applications.
Press18 December 2017
Samar Shams writes for HRZone discussing the surprises businesses should be aware of in relation to the prevention of illegal working.
12 December 2017
In UK immigration law circles, we have grown used to a statement of changes, announcing significant alteration of the existing laws, at least three times a year. Usually, the end of year change occurs in November but this year the announcement is unsurprisingly later than usual and less eventful. Presumably because the Government have found themselves a little busy the last few months...
11 December 2017
On Friday the UK Government and the European Commission issued a joint report on the rights of EU citizens and their family members in the UK following the conclusion of the first stage of Brexit negotiations.
Joanna Hunt comments for Lexis Nexis: 'Breakthrough' Brexit deal provides as many questions as answers
Press11 December 2017
Joanna Hunt comments on the deal struck by the UK and EU, as well as the implications of the agreement, in an article for Lexis Nexis.
29 November 2017
Representatives from some of the leading companies across the industry joined forces to host a Migration Advisory Committee (“MAC”) roundtable on 13 September, coordinated by Lewis Silkin and techUK.
Press29 November 2017
Joanna Hunt has written an article for the Free Movement blog discussing the recent case R (A) v Secretary of State for Health  EWHC 281 which revisits section 175 of the National Health Service Act 2006 and the system of charging foreigners for health services.
16 November 2017
The UK Government published a Brexit update with the notion that it would relieve worried EEA nationals in the UK and let everyone see how lovely the UK Government intend to be over the end of free movement. This somewhat backfired when the European Parliament then said the proposal was “inadequate”.
Press Release10 November 2017
The Home Affairs Committee has published Lewis Silkin’s submission to its inquiry on the capacity of the Home Office to deliver Brexit.
Press Release03 November 2017
The Shifting World Dynamics and the Evolving Workplace: Global labour law conference was held in Hong Kong last month in conjunction with Ius Laboris, the leading international law alliance combining the world’s leading employment, labour and pensions firms.
Press27 October 2017
Joanna Hunt has commented in an article for The Independent which discusses how legitimate people could have their bank accounts frozen as a result of new policy that will require banks to carry out identity checks as part of the Government's latest crackdown on illegal immigrants.
27 September 2017
On 5 September 2017, the Home Office Post-Brexit Immigration Document was leaked to the public. The document – the exact publication date of which we do not know – provides a screenshot of government policy towards EU nationals and their non-EU family members. The document talks about how those individuals will be affected at three separate stages: (1) those in the UK ‘before exit’, (2) those who come to the UK during the ‘implementation phase’, and (3) those who arrive ‘after the implementation period’.
Court of Appeal orders Hong Kong’s Immigration Department to accommodate same-sex partners as dependants26 September 2017
In a unanimous decision made on 25 September, the Court of Appeal ruled that the Immigration Department’s refusal to issue a dependant visa to the lesbian civil partner of a British expat was not rational.