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Does the Common Law Marriage really exist?

Many people in England and Wales believe in a ‘common law marriage‘. This suggests that they believe that just because you are essentially living ‘as man and wife’ you assume the rights afforded to married couples. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a ‘common law marriage’, meaning that cohabiting couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. For example, if a cohabitee was to die without a will, their partner would not automatically be entitled

Tier 1 Entrepreneur appeal – admitting new evidence

Another Tier 1 Entrepreneur case (“Kabir”) hits the Court of Appeal and, like many such cases, it presents a long – very long in this instance – and tangled tale. Mr Kabir is a Bangladeshi national and he wanted to switch from Tier 4 Student to Tier 1 Entrepreneur. He intended to rely on investment funds provided by a third party which were held in a Bangladeshi bank called “Brac Bank Ltd”. The application was submitted in December 2012 but, remarkably, it

Tier 2 sponsorship – was it a genuine vacancy?

Many readers may be aware of or familiar with the Tier 2 sponsorship scheme. This scheme enables non-EEA migrants to work in skilled jobs for UK employers. Such migrants hold Tier 2 Skilled Worker visas – sometimes known under the older terminology as Work Permits. Employers who wish to employ Tier 2 migrants have to hold a Tier 2 sponsor licence. Sponsor licences are jealously guarded by the Home Office, and indeed the whole Tier 2 structure is very strictly governed.

Ten-Year continuous lawful residence settlement route – overstaying

Many readers will be aware that there is a ten-year continuous lawful residence route to indefinite leave to remain. A migrant who has accumulated ten years’ continuous lawful immigration leave, on any combination of visas, may qualify. What does “lawful residence” mean in this context? Well, in the first place, and fairly obviously, it means that you must have a valid visa. But there is a more complex issue attached to this. Does it also mean that there should not be any

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 in 2012

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 if