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Do not underestimate the importance of a Shareholders’ Agreement!

December 10, 2015 | Corporate, M&A and Securities, News

When a shareholder decides to invest in a limited company and subscribe for shares, it is common to desire to protect the investment. The simple solution is to enter into a shareholders’ agreement: a contract between members of the company, laying foundations governing their relationship by listing their duties and responsibilities.

Landlord checks on immigrants at risk of racism

December 9, 2015 | Immigration, News

According to Andy Burnham, the home shadow secretary, the Labour government’s plans to make it mandatory for a landlord to undertake checks on their tenant’s immigration status are at risk of causing widespread racism and discrimination. The plans  to provisionally be included in the Immigration Bill 2015 – would see the renting out of accommodation

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New consultation on health care costs for certain foreign nationals

December 8, 2015 | Immigration, News

As part of a new consultation by the Department of Health, it has proposed to exclude certain European Economic Area (EEA) residents and certain non-EEA visitors from receiving free healthcare under the National Health Service (NHS). At present, all UK residents are eligible for free healthcare including EEA nationals holding permanent residence status.  If the

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Are you prepared for a Home Office audit?

December 7, 2015 | Immigration, News

As part of the UK government’s unbending determination to reduce the numbers relating to net migration, it is now becoming increasingly evident that there is a clear drive by the Home Office to reduce the number of Tier 2 sponsor licence holders and ultimately bring down the number of Tier 2 workers in the UK.

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Historic day for Colombia and the EU

December 4, 2015 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Good news finally came on Wednesday December 3, 2015 when the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos with help from the Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy accomplished a major breakthrough for Colombia and the EU. The result is that Colombian citizens will now be able to travel to the European Union without a Schengen visa.

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Turkish delight not so ‘delightful’ in Russia

December 2, 2015 | Immigration, News

Both Russia and Turkey have been close business allies and trade partners for past several years, however relations have dramatically gone sour after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet on 24th November. As a direct consequence, the Russian authorities have decided to suspend visa-free travel agreement with Turkey that currently provides for stays of

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Overseas nurses can breathe a sigh of relief, well only temporarily!

November 20, 2015 | Employment, News

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has been commissioned to conduct a review of shortages in the nursing sector and provide their recommendations to the Home Secretary by February 15 2016. However, by way of an interim measure which has been put in place with immediate effect, the Home Office have agreed to include nursing occupations

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Revel in a night of music, drinks, and canapés

November 11, 2015 | Latest Thinking, News

Hudson McKenzie is looking forward to celebrating the Holiday Season at our annual Christmas party this year hosted at Mortons on December 16, 2015. With fine wine, smooth jazz, and great company; we want to enjoy the holiday season with everyone who has made a difference throughout our journey.

Christmas gift from the Home Office!

November 10, 2015 | Immigration, News

Additions to the Tier 2 Shortage Occupation list The UK government has added four digital technology occupations to the Points Based System ‘Shortage Occupation List’, therefore allowing non-EU migrant applicants to fill positions without UK employers having to carry out the ‘Resident Labour Market Test’ by advertising the positions. What are the implications of the

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UK Landlords must team up with the Home Office!

November 6, 2015 | Immigration, News

Starting from 1 February 2016, all UK landlords will have to check if their tenants have a right to rent in the UK as part of the larger scheme of tightening immigration policies. If anyone without a right to rent is found renting a place for residential purpose, the landlord will be penalised for an

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New Visa Scheme for Digital Technology Talents coming to the UK!

The Tech City UK, a designated endorsing body for the Digital Technology category under the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa scheme, has recently announced the new Tech Nation Visa Scheme, which provides more flexibility to the current route of the Tier 1 (ET) Visa. What is the Tech Nation Visa Scheme? The procedures to apply

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Think before pilfering online photos for commercial use!

In Absolute Lofts South West London v Artisan Home Improvements, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (Court) has clarified how the quantum of damages in cases of knowing infringement of copyright should be determined. Apart from the “user principle” laid down in Henderson, the Court examined the potential difference of quantum that word arise from the

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Don’t Discriminate against Companies!

October 19, 2015 | Employment, News

The Employment Appeal Tribunal, in case of EAD Solicitors LLP & Ors v Abrams, recently affirmed that a limited company can bring a claim of discrimination pursuant to the Equality Act 2010 (Equality Act) before an Employment Tribunal. The Court considered the coverage of “person” in the Equality Act, and concluded that a limited company

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The 2015 Immigration Bill

October 12, 2015 | Immigration, News

The first reading of the Immigration Bill 2015 has now been published. Below you will find an overview of some of the amendments that have been made: Summary of the 2015 Bill To make a provision for language requirements for public sector workers. To make a provision for fees pertaining to passports and civil registration.

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Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out!

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently ruled in an employment dispute that an employee’s derogatory comments on social media was not protected disclosure, and could be used as a basis for dismissal as long as the reason was one that fell within s.98 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (Act). Background of the case In

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