Following Brexit, immigration is a critical issue for UK businesses. If you are an employer looking for advice in this area, our specialist team of business immigration lawyers, who are also employment law experts, can provide the support you need.

Our long-standing practice advises many of the UK’s best known employers, as well as overseas businesses, on the immigration and employment aspects of recruiting and employing overseas nationals in the UK.

We also offer business immigration advice outside the UK through our Preferred Firm Network.

Recognising our expertise in this area, we maintain immigration ‘How to’ Guides for the UK’s leading online HR resource, Xpert HR, and a number of practice notes on leading online legal know-how service, Practical Law.

Our business immigration team works closely with our personal immigration team who advise high net worth individuals and their families on the UK tax and immigration implications of moving to the UK (including Tier 1 visas).

Areas of focus:

Our clients come to us for advice in a variety of areas, including:

  • planning an immigration strategy for EU, EEA and other overseas nationals and advising on immigration routes into the UK
  • obtaining and maintaining sponsor licences (including for first time sponsors)
  • compliance with ongoing sponsor duties
  • supporting applications for immigration permission (including Tier 2 visas, sole representative visas and visitor visas) for applicants and their family members
  • procedures and policies to ensure compliance with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements
  • immigration and employment issues involving overseas nationals throughout the employment lifecycle
  • immigration audits and the prevention of illegal working, including right to work checks
  • dealing with sanctions imposed by UKVI for immigration breaches
  • training for HR and recruitment teams on immigration issues (including the new immigration system post Brexit)
  • advising on the immigration implications of corporate transactions and outsourcing arrangements.

Due to the sensitive nature of our work in this area, the examples below have been anonymised.

Supporting an engineered materials supplier on its application for a Tier 2 (General) sponsor licence and advising on the new immigration system from 1 January 2021, including the recruitment of EU nationals and the eligibility requirements for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route.

Advising a global insurance company on short-term business travel to and from the EU from 1 January 2021 and on Visitor Visas.

Advising a green energy company on the recruitment and sponsorship of migrants under Tier 2 (General) and the Skilled Worker route, including eligibility requirements, practical steps to be taken, right to work checks and sponsorship duties.

Supporting a private investment business in its recruitment and sponsorship strategy, including advice on a sponsor licence application, adding branches to an existing sponsor licence and the recruitment and sponsorship of migrants under Tier 2 (General) and the Skilled Worker route.

Advising a government body on reporting duties relating to the TUPE transfer of migrants into the organisation.

Advising a software provider on day to day immigration matters, including applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

Advising an asset management company on a sponsor licence application and sponsorship of under Tier 2 (General).

Advising a leading jeweller on sponsorship under Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer), Visitor Visas and right to work checks.

Advising a major retailer on right to work checks and the prevention of illegal working and managing the interplay between employment law and immigration law where an employee loses their immigration permission.

Advising a global defence company on recruiting employees under Tier 2 (General) and the new Skilled Worker route.

Advising a US business on obtaining a sole representative of an overseas business visa.

Meet the team
Huw Cooke

Huw Cooke Senior Associate

  • Employment
  • Business Immigration Services
  • Data Protection
Headshot of Adrian Martin

Adrian Martin Partner

  • Head of Employment
  • TUPE: Business Transfers and Outsourcing
  • Restructuring and Redundancy
Headshot of Katie Russell

Katie Russell Partner

  • Employment
  • Financial Services
  • Sport

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