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Family Law

Our FAMILY LAW solicitors specialise in Divorce, Financial Relief Applications, Pre-nuptial and Post-nuptial Agreements, Co-habitation arrangements and Separation Agreements. We fully understand that divorce and resolving matters relating to marital finances can be a very difficult and demanding time in a person’s life. We aim to take away the stresses and strains of these problems by both assisting our clients with a competent legal advice and supporting them emotionally. All of the members of our team are strong, efficient and hardworking and

Corporate Law

Corporate law and Loan & Finance Corporate law encompasses many different disciplines. Clients often refer to Corporate law as Company law or Contract law. Whether you are just starting out or have been in business for a while, if you are an entrepreneur, director or shareholder, you have to deal with corporate law issues on a regular basis. Start- ups If you just set up a new business, as a limited liability company, you will need to think about the following: Memorandum & Articles

Immigration appeal success rates

Recent statistics from the Ministry of Justice on immigration appeals are interesting but in some ways quite worrying. The overall number of immigration appeals is far lower than it used to be. There were nearly 150,000 appeals lodged in the year ending in March 2011 but for the year ending in March 2019 that number is now down to fewer than 50,000. Over the past few years various categories have lost the right of appeal to the First-Tier Immigration Tribunal if

Student numbers and student visas

There have recently been various confusing articles in the media about foreign students – or “international students”, as the current expression goes – dealing with such issues as how many of them are there in the UK? And do they go home when they have completed their studies? And should they go home when they have completed their studies? This was the typical type of newspaper headline (from The Times): Thousands of ex-students allowed to stay each year, which has some

Revocation of indefinite leave to remain – res judicata?

A case heard recently in the Court of Appeal called “Ullah” raised some interesting issues. Mr Ullah is a Pakstani national. He had entered the UK illegally in 1996 and eventually acquired indefinite leave to remain under the old (no longer existing) 14-year rule, which enabled irregular migrants to achieve permanent status after that period had passed. Importantly, his initial application to the Home Office had been refused, but he had been successful on appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. This was

UK Immigration Update Spring-Summer 2019

We thought that the UK was going to leave the EU at the end of March but, because of some “political difficulties”, Brexit has been postponed. The question that some people ask is – is Brexit going to happen at all? But not the Home Office, which has confidently ploughed ahead with the new “Pre-Settled” and “Settled” EU immigration statuses. These applications are remarkably straightforward by Home Office standards and large numbers have successfully applied. What, we wonder, will happen

Students who want to stay and work in the UK

It is presumably the case that many international students come to study in the UK because British education has a high reputation. Currently around 450,000 international students per year are coming here, and most come under the points-based system Tier 4 Student route. China, the world’s second-largest economy, has in the last year sent over 100,000 students to the UK. Even the United States – whose education system is also highly rated – has sent around 15,000, and a large

New laws for short-hold tenancy fees in England

The Tenant Fees Act 2019, which came into force on 1 June 2019, has made some very significant changes in the law regarding assured shorthold tenancy fees. The Act will apply to all tenancies and tenancy renewals in England from that date, but it will not apply to periodic tenancies where the fixed-term tenancy began before 1 June 2019. As its name suggests, the new Act governs fees and payments that tenants pay to landlords (or their letting agents). The

Tier 1 Entrepreneur – were the funds invested correctly?

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur route is now closed to new applicants but those already in the system will still be able to apply for extension or settlement, so it will be with us for a few years to come. And, not for the first time, a genuine and well-meaning entrepreneur has fallen foul of the rules and requirements, as recently recorded by the Court of Appeal in a surprising case called “Sajjad”. Mr Sajjad, a Pakistani national, ran a restaurant business as

Primary carers of British citizens – big change in the rules?

Some years the European Court of Justice (the “ECJ” – the supreme court for EU law) passed a judgement called “Zambrano”. This case is often described as a “landmark” decision, and indeed it was. What happened was that a husband and wife, who were Columbian nationals, were living in Belgium but they did not hold regular immigration/employment status. But they had children who had been born in Belgium and, under Belgian law, the children held Belgian nationality. By the court’s decision the