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I am a Partner in the Private Wealth Team in London and head the firm's Immigration practice.
I have over 25 years of experience acting for multinational corporations, international families, leading creatives, professionals, intellectuals, and sportspeople.
I focus on complex immigration and citizenship matters, especially for high net worth individuals from all corners of the globe. I find that my previous experience as a corporate lawyer gives me an added insight when advising investors, entrepreneurs and overseas businesses setting up in the UK and expanding into mainland Europe.
I advise on compliance and risk issues under the sponsor licence system, as well as the prevention of illegal working legislation.
I also advise clients on nationality law, human right cases and those involving EU law, criminality and exclusion.
I frequently work with key players in the global banking, private banking and wealth management sectors, helping them develop investment products and policies for high net worth migrants.
I’ve been listed as a leading individual in this area by Chambers & Partners for many years. I’m also recognised by Spear’s as a top-five immigration lawyer.
I qualified as a solicitor in 1982.
Immigration Specialist Practitioner of the year award at the Foreign Direct Investment Awards 2017.
Contributed the chapter 'Non-PBS work/study routes and employer sanctions' in the JCWI Guide to the Points-Based System.
Co-Author 'The Movement of Natural Persons and the GATS: A UK Perspective and European Dilemmas' - European Foreign Affairs Review.
“The announcement from the government is of great concern, particularly for the two million or so EEA nationals who reside in the UK but who have not yet applied for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. How will they be able to prove their entitlement to be in the UK after 31 October?
“This is a very unsatisfactory state of affairs so close to Brexit. Imagine the difficulties of implementing a new system of control in less than 10 weeks when the very nature of the control has not even been determined. How they are going to man the desks at Border Control for this huge surge in passenger examinations? These are two of many immediate and vital concerns.
“European-based businesses must also be tearing their hair out over how to plan for UK–bound post-Brexit secondments of their workers, and applications may create a backlog in the system.
“Let us hope that this is all bluster, part of the political positioning designed to put pressure on the EU to agree to an amended deal.”
“This is a welcome move from the Home Office, but as always the devil will be in the detail – and the date on which these new visa routes are to be implemented will not go unnoticed.”
“London is still going to be a world-class city for the foreseeable future because despite the situation around Brexit, the UK remains an attractive destination, particularly for tax reasons.
“Prime central London real estate in particular is a good investment, and thousands of companies have their headquarters based here. The ultra-rich of the world, particularly those who are non-domiciled, will continue to come here for the advantageous and stable tax regime.”
“The Home Office’s promise that this is the biggest immigration shake-up in four decades is a misnomer, and the white paper itself is a disappointing response to the bells and whistles the government has been promising for over a year. They are simply bringing EU nationals in line with non-EU nationals and there will be no preferential treatment.
Removing the cap on skilled workers coming into the UK suggests the Home Office is essentially saying the system for skilled positions will be demand-led, which may be why the Home Secretary is shying away from setting a net migration target.
It does not appear to address the concerns of business, especially in the care and hospitality sectors, on how they will be able to fill low-skilled jobs in sufficient numbers. As it stands these sectors say they will be absolutely crippled by the proposed changes on minimum salaries, and a lighter touch is needed to facilitate the post-Brexit reality for these fields. The extension on Tier 5 temporary workers remaining in the UK for a 12-month period will help, but may be a short-term fix rather than properly planning for the future.
The points-based immigration system has been in place since 2008 and Tier 3 for non-skilled workers has been closed the entire time; it would make sense for the Home Office to consider using this structure to control and manage access to low-skilled jobs once the UK has left the EU.
On the whole, the white paper proposes rather small modifications to the existing system rather than a complete overhaul and creates more questions than it provides answers. We look forward to seeing further clarification from the Home Office.”
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