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Answers to 11 Thorny Questions: Directly from 7 QCs and Solicitors of Outstanding Ability
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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".
Tier 2 compliance
What is realistic and achievable when minimising the damage for clients who are in breach of Tier 2 compliance obligations?
Answered by: Joe Middleton of Doughty Street
Joe co-authors the PBS chapters of Immigration Law and Practice. "He is renowned for his expertise in corporate immigration issues and EU and nationality issues."
Drawing on live cases which expose the problems, what are the options and best practice advice for clients already in the UK under the EEA?
Answered by: Robert Palmer QC of Monckton Chambers
Robert has particular experience of EU freedom of movement law. “He is a problem solver – practical, positive and with ground-breaking knowledge.”
Start-ups and innovators
What are the work-arounds for business people facing difficulties with Appendix W and specialist endorsing bodies?
How are you to approach the new rules?
Answered by: Sophie Barrett-Brown of Laura Devine Immigration
Sophie is "brilliant" for business immigration. She works closely with the Home Office, contributing to policy consultations and working parties.
Tier 1 extensions and ILR
How potent are the new due diligence and KYC provisions and how are you to evidence investment and job creation (especially where there is investment into an existing entity)?
Answered by: Yash Dubal of A Y & J Solicitors
Yash is one of the UK's most skilled and tactically astute immigration practitioners. "His understanding of the sponsor licence system is outstanding."
Permitted business activity
Supported by case law and practical examples, how much leeway do you have if your client's business activity does not fall neatly under Appendix V or not at all ( e.g. modern remote working practices)?
Answered by: Kimia Sepahzad of Stephenson Harwood
Kimia is actively advising on sponsor licence applications and visa applications for sponsored workers. She is "razor sharp and achieves sensational results."
Which way is the wind blowing for Home Office visits, successful suspension submissions, judicial reviewing hearings and sponsor licence revocations?
What counts and what is making a difference?
Answered by: Lisa Giovannetti QC of 39 Essex Chambers
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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