Business Immigration: Shaping New Law into Solution-Focused Answers for Clients

Thu 8 February 2018

The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street London SW1X 7DR

Answers to 10 Thorny Questions: Directly from 8 of the UK’s Most Experienced Lawyers

5 hrs CPD

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  1. Registration and coffee

  2. Chairman's introduction

    Business Immigration: shaping new law into solution-focused answers for clients

    Chaired by: Ben Sheldrick of Magrath Sheldrick

    Ben is "lauded for his technical expertise" and "commercial understanding of global mobility". He is co-editor of the "Corporate Immigration Review".

  3. Permitted business activity

    With only limited guidance, how are you to support client objectives within the definitions of Appendix V?

    Is there leeway for you to argue for a permitted business activity?

    Answered by: Sophie Barrett-Brown of Laura Devine Solicitors

    Sophie is "brilliant" for business immigration. She works closely with the Home Office, contributing to policy consultations and working parties.

  4. Genuineness

    Subjective? Objective? How to steer your clients through genuineness tests and other policy-based procedures?

    Answered by: Judith Farbey QC

    Judith is "an absolutely brilliant immigration barrister". Her particular expertise is Tier 2 and Tier 4 of the PBS. She sits as a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal.

  5. Morning coffee

  6. Tier 2 compliance

    Using real-life examples, how do you minimise the damage for clients who are in breach of Tier 2 compliance obligations (sponsorship of skilled workers)?

    How do you object to civil penalties?

    Answered by: Andrea Als of PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal

    Andrea continues to impress with her business immigration practice. She is a regular and highly sought after commentator and an ILPA Trustee.

  7. EEA provisions

    What are the options and best practice advice for clients already in the UK under the EEA provisions (both EEA nationals and non-EEA family members)?

    Answered by: David Blundell of Landmark Chambers

    David is "ingenious in his arguments, charming and very clever". He defended the government's flagship policy of restricting access to social security benefits to EU nationals.

  8. Over-run

  9. Lunch

  10. Tier 1 refusals

    How do you reduce the scope for refusals when applying for or extending Tier 1 visas (Investor and Entrepreneur): Turkey, Russia, China, US etc?

    How are investments being assessed?

    Answered by: Rose Carey of Charles Russell Speechlys

    Rose is known for her work with clients from China and Russia, She is “practical, impressive with a delightful manner and a can-do attitude.”

  11. Home Office policy

    How is Home Office policy and discretion changing as the provisions of the Immigration Acts come into effect?

    What practically and technically can you do when faced by a UKVI audit?

    Answered by: Marcia Longdon of Kingsley Napely

    Marcia is “a star of business immigration”. She is often invited to participate in Home office consultations and round table discussions.

  12. Novel scenarios

    How do you approach novel scenarios which do not fit neatly with the sponsor guidance?

    Answered by: Lisa Giovannetti QC

    Lisa is "incredible - the Godmother of immigration and the go-to person for government-related work". She regularly appears before the Supreme Court and the ECHR.

  13. Over-run

  14. Close of Conference

** All speaker quotes are taken from Chambers Directory, Who's Who Legal and Legal 500