Registration and coffee
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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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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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** All speaker quotes are taken from Chambers Directory, Who's Who Legal and Legal 500