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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 'Dealing with business visitors 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 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.”
“This is no way to run an immigration policy, effectively trying to legislate by press release. Not only are there significant amounts of money involved – the minimum requirement for a Tier 1 Investor visa’s investment in the UK is £2 million – but there are real, hardworking people who are already in the process of applying to come to the UK. They have done nothing wrong and yet are being treated like they have.
“There were eyebrows raised when the change of policy was hastily announced through a press release with no prior consultation with immigration law practitioners and no formal Home Office notice, and to have backtracked so quickly shows that much more care needs to be taken with this kind of policy. Some of our team were working through the night for our clients because of this suspension, working to a deadline that did not in fact exist.
“Hopefully now the government will take the appropriate time and care on the design and implementation of its future investor visa policies, particularly at such a fraught time politically and globally when we should be encouraging investment into the UK.”
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