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The Modern Slavery Act 2015- Are you prepared?

September 4, 2015 | Employment, Latest Thinking, News

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Act) is expected to come into full operation in October 2015, and large enterprises are given an extra duty under the Act to ensure no slavery or human trafficking happens in its course of business. The enactment of the Act shows the government’s determination to combat against such problems, and

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Changes to Tier 2 General Limit

September 4, 2015 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Home Office is proposing to change the operation of the Tier 2 (General) limit to maximise the number of places which can be allocated each month, within the overall annual limit of 20,700. The Tier 2 (General) limit was first introduced in April 2011 and applies to Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCoS).  RCoS are

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What has the new Consumer Rights Act got in store for you?

September 1, 2015 | Company/Commercial, Latest Thinking, News

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA) received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015 and will come into operation on 1 October 2015. It is a legislation that consolidates and makes changes to the current regime of consumer protection law in the UK, including but not limited to the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982

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EU Trademark Registration only for “EU Business”

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (“Court”), in their recent judgment for the case of The Sofa Workshop Ltd v Sofaworks Ltd, has clarified on certain criteria for a trademark to be eligible for registration under EU Regulation 207/2009 (“Regulation”). What is more important from this case is its implication on whether a trademark should be

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Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) publishes report on Tier 2 salary thresholds

August 18, 2015 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On 13 August 2015, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its report pertaining to in-depth analysis on salary thresholds under the Tier 2 route of the Points Based System (PBS). A little while back in June 2015, the MAC was commissioned by the government to undertake a review of and address the concerns surrounding the

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Do you depend on global talent to fulfill your recruitment needs?

August 17, 2015 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The media has of late been overwhelmed with stories of businesses having to make difficult decisions regarding human capital and finding it hard to acquire and retain appropriate levels of talent. Many industries including Engineering, IT and Oil & Gas – have been hit particularly hard. With so much activity taking place in certain sectors,

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Call for Evidence by MAC vis-à-vis Tier 2 category of the Points Based System

August 11, 2015 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

On 10 June 2015, the Home Secretary commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (“MAC”) to undertake a review of the Tier 2 route of the Points Based System. In 2014, the number of main applicants and dependant family members entering the UK under all of the Tier 2 categories combined, totalled 151,659. In an effort to

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Changes to UK Visas & Immigration Online Application Service

August 10, 2015 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The UKVI Online Application Service is improving how applicants in the UK and abroad can apply to enter or remain in the UK. The Service is accessed via GOV.UK and offers a more intuitive online application form and payment process. The Service is being delivered to both in-country and out-of-country customers. Over 160,000 applications have

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Right to Privacy vs Freedom of Expression

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), through its judgment delivered on 21 July 2015 on the case of Satakunnan Markkinaporssi Oy and Satamedia Oy v. Finland, reiterated the position of the court on cases that concern competing interests between right of an individual’s privacy and journalistic freedom of expression. Background of the Case Satakunnan

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BREXIT and its potential impact on the UK’s Immigration Policy

August 4, 2015 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

‘Brexit’ or more easily understood as the British Exit from the European Union, has been a major international controversy for the past few years and will be one in some foreseeable years ahead. Following the General Election in 2015, David Cameron, the re-elected Prime Minister, has given an unprecedentedly strong promise for a referendum to

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Are you a UK based employer? The Home Office may be coming after you!

July 30, 2015 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

The Home Office regularly publishes on its website details of the number of Sponsor Licences it revokes and carries out arrests pertaining to illegal workers and the resulting potential civil liabilities/hefty fines employers could face as a result of not complying with the law. This ‘naming & shaming’ activity by the Home Office clearly demonstrates

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Liability of partner unaware of fiduciary breach by another partner

Fiduciary breach by another partner

Rahul Batra listed in Leader List 2015 by Citywealth Magazine as top UK Lawyer

Hudson McKenzie are delighted to announce that our Managing Partner, Rahul Batra has been included in the list of top UK lawyers published by Citywealth Magazine. Click here to view full listing. The Citywealth Leaders List is the indispensible best of the best online directory of wealth management professionals worldwide. This online resource provides a

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Limiting numbers of non-EU skilled migrants threatens UK’s economic recovery

July 23, 2015 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Tier 2 visa changes

UK student immigration policy detrimental for businesses and economy

July 22, 2015 | Immigration, Latest Thinking

Education – in particular higher education such as University undergraduate degree level and beyond – is one of the UK’s great success stories. Every single year, thousands of overseas students migrate to the UK to learn and further their academic abilities. Many of these students are then picked up by UK companies as part of

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