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Immigration consideration to look at if you are selling your business!

February 12, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Any UK based companies are mandatorily required to hold a sponsor licence in order to employ non-European nationals on Tier 2 visas – both Tier 2 (G) and Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer categories. A sponsor licence is a process whereby an employer needs to complete an online application form, pay an application fee and demonstrate

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Don’t break your promise!

February 11, 2016 | Company/Commercial, Latest Thinking, News

The Court of Appeal (Court) has recently, in the case of Hughes v Pendragon Sabre Ltd., reinstated several principles in relation to the sale of future goods, collateral contract, and the assessment of damages in case of failure to delivery with unavailable market of the goods. In the case, the defendant, Pendragon Sabre Ltd. (Pendragon),

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2016- The Fire monkey

February 8, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking

The year of the monkey promises to bring much prosperity to Chinese tourists traveling to the UK and to the UK economy. From January, new visitor visas for tourists from the People’s Republic of China will be valid in the UK for 2 years – 4 times the usual 6-month limit for a standard visitor

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Immigration Health Surcharge exemption will cease to apply for Australian & New Zealand Nationals

February 5, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On or after 6 April 2016, the Home Office would extend the immigration health surcharge (IHS) to Australian and New Zealand nationals seeking to stay in the United Kingdom for more than six months or renewing their visa in the UK. By way of a background, in April 2015, the Home Office had announced that

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Personal communication at work may not qualify for protection as privacy

February 5, 2016 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

In the case of Barbulescu v Romania, the majority of the European Court of Human Rights (Court) has made a decision that allows employers to inspect and monitor employees’ use of Internet at work. Despite the Applicant (Barbulescu)’s assertion that such inspection had violated Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights (Convention), the

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Are you prepared for the increased costs for hiring non-EU staff?

February 4, 2016 | Immigration, News

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), an independent advisory body has proposed several changes to the Tier 2 of the points based system in a covert effort to reduce skilled migrants from coming to the UK. By doing so, the Govt, is asking employers to upskill and recruit British people. As a consequence of these proposed

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Possible Abolition of Tier 1 (Investor) Visa Route

January 29, 2016 | Immigration

Baroness Hamwee and Lord Paddick have proposed to abolish the Tier 1 (Investor) visa route form 1 January 2017. One of the possible reasons for the proposal is that only 200 applications were made in 2015 under this immigration category. According to them, there is a doubt that this route benefits the UK economy. There

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EEA Nationals Must Apply for Permanent Residence Card Before Applying to Naturalise as British Citizens.

January 29, 2016 | Immigration

EEA nationals must apply for permanent residence card before applying to naturalise as British Citizens. With effect from 12 November 2015, the Home Office has imposed an additional administrative burden on EEA nationals looking to naturalise as British Citizens. As per the new rules, all EEA nationals applying to naturalise must now first apply for

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The Migration Advisory Committee Announces Far-Reaching Changes to Tier 2 of the Points Based System

January 26, 2016 | Immigration

On 19 January 2016, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its recommendations to tighten the Tier 2 route which is the primary route for economic migration to the UK. We have set out below a summary of the recommendations made by the MAC. It is important to note that, while the UK government is not obliged

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Looking to move your company to the UK?

December 16, 2015 | Company/Commercial, News

In this article, Rahul Batra, Managing Partner, outlines the four main visa options to consider if you wish to move your company to the UK. There is also a Q&A with Clare Flynn, CEO and founder of Essentia Analytics, who explains her decision to set up her Fintech business in London: Hudson McKenzie – Work without

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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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