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Lewis Silkin grows global mobility practice with immigration partner hire

16 August 2021

Lewis Silkin today announces the appointment of Supinder Singh Sian as a partner in the firm’s growing Immigration practice.

Supinder has more than 15 years’ experience advising leading corporates and their employees on global mobility programmes and the co-ordination of international visa applications and executive transfers, as well as inbound immigration issues such as entry clearance. Following the firm’s recent growth into Belfast offering clients Northern Irish employment and immigration services, Supinder further bolsters Lewis Silkin’s immigration team of more than 22 lawyers across the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong working with both global enterprises and emerging, innovative businesses across some of the most dynamic sectors in the economy.

An expert in helping UK businesses including coordinating global mobility strategies, Supinder has particular expertise in International Agreement Contractual Service Supplier sponsorship and specialises in applications under the EU Settlement Scheme as well as providing support to corporate clients with EEA national employees.

Supinder is an authority on all aspects of the points-based system. He has supported sponsor licence holders with Home Office audits and assurance calls and is regularly invited to speak and participate at Home Office National Seminar programmes and working groups. He has extensive experience advising both established and start-up tech and IT companies on sponsor licence applications, and subsequent sponsorship under Intra-Company Transfer and Skilled Worker routes. He also has particular focus supporting business in the financial services, engineering, charities, pharmaceutical and sports sectors as well as high net worth individuals.

Supinder joins Lewis Silkin from Squire Patton Boggs where he was a partner in the firm’s Labour and Employment Practice.

Andrew Osborne, Partner and Head of Immigration at Lewis Silkin, said:

Supinder is a hugely positive addition to our immigration team, which continues to go from strength to strength with, most recently, the launch of our Northern Ireland immigration and broader employment and workplace practice further strengthening our multi-jurisdictional client offering. Supinder brings with him extensive knowledge and a wealth of experience, bolstering our depth of expertise in our key sectors, and we are very pleased that he has chosen to take the next step in his career with Lewis Silkin as, together, we continue to grow our practice and reputation as the leading law firm for businesses with complex people and international mobility requirements.”

Supinder Singh Sian, Partner at Lewis Silkin commented:

It is an exciting time to be joining Lewis Silkin, with the firm taking ambitious steps forward in terms of domestic and international growth, with the immigration practice already being well-known in the market as a real centre of excellence. This is a critical time for many businesses and individuals, as they attempt to navigate immigration and compliance issues in the wake of disruption to travel, business and migration resulting from Covid-19 and the knock-on effects on workplace and workforce management. I look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues as we guide our clients in the face of these emerging challenges, and to contribute to the continued success and growth of the firm.”

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