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Hudson McKenzie wins Best in Immigration Law- UK Award 2015

February 23, 2016 | Immigration, News

Boutique law firm Hudson McKenzie has won the Best in Immigration Law- UK Award 2015 by the Acquisition International Wealth & Finance Business Awards in recognition of a ‘string of standout cases’. The Wealth & Finance Business Awards (organised by Acquisition International) recognise excellence in the delivery and management of services in the legal sector, and

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People with significant influence or control

February 19, 2016 | Company/Commercial, Latest Thinking, News

New reporting requirement on People with Significant Influence or Control (PSC) is going to be effective from 6 April 2016 onwards for all UK companies, Societas Europaea (SE), and limited liability partnerships (LLP). The new requirement, imposed through the Companies Act, mandates the registration of PSC over the companies, SE, or LLP with the Companies

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New rules for Indefinite leave to remain applicants

February 15, 2016 | News

Overseas migrants looking to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK must ensure that they do not exceed the permitted absences from the UK i.e. no more than 180 days absence from the UK during each 12 months of the five year period they wish to rely on. In accordance with the current

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Premium Application Centre in Manhattan for UK visa applicants

February 15, 2016 | News

UK visa applicants now have a choice to submit their applications at a Premium Application Centre in Manhattan, New York operated by VFS. For an additional fee, applicants can choose a Silver, Gold or Super Priority service. Benefits include: Early morning slots, flexible appointments or a walk-in appointments; Document certification; and Personalised document checking service

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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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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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Hudson McKenzie Christmas Party at Mortons!

December 22, 2015 | News

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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