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Senior associate Emma Morgan is a key member of the team at DAC Beachcroft LLP. The practice has strong international capabilities and regularly advises global organisations on bringing overseas nationals into the UK to work, and on eligibility to work requirements and compliance. It has also been advising on the transfer of overseas workers into the UK, on the Points Based System (including intra-company transfers) and following the Brexit vote has been increasingly advising on the status of European workers in the UK and helping employers to plan on what to do next to ensure permanency of residence for their workers. The team is particularly known for its expertise in the retail, leisure, health, education, transport and logistics sectors advising excellent clients such as McDonald’s, Arcadia Group, UK Mail, Care UK, DHL and the University of Sheffield. It regularly advises Aegis Outsourcing (UK) on immigration matters and also conducts quarterly audits for the client on employee files to ensure compliance with sponsorship obligations. It also provides it with ongoing advice on visa queries. Philip Harman joined the team from DWF.

DWF is praised for its ‘very speedy response times and excellent industry knowledge’. John Dorneymanages to simplify the law and the actions that need to be taken; he is always happy to help with urgent questions and has a vast understanding of immigration laws’. The team continues to work for leading multinationals, FTSE 100 businesses, and high-profile financial services organisations in securing Tier 1 visas for wealthy investors and entrepreneurs. Philip Harman has joined DAC Beachcroft LLP.

At Gateley Plc senior associate Rizwana Ishaq and associate Heather Aust attract praise for their ‘great ability to explain matters well; they work quickly and are very professional’. Aust regularly advises on compliance issues in the context of the recruitment of migrants, and the team acts for a mixture of regional, national and international clients in various sectors such as manufacturing, construction and telecoms. Highlights included supporting City Football Group with a Tier 2 General Visa for a Tier 4 graduate and assisting New York Baker Company with the appointment of a migrant role, which involved finding a suitable candidate from overseas and providing support to ensure the individual could take up the role in the UK.

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, principal associate and immigration law specialist Simon Kenny routinely advises universities such as the University of Manchester and companies including Community Integrated Care seeking to sponsor people from overseas to work or study in the UK. A major focus of the practice is handling immigration risk issues in the aftermath of Brexit. It advised YuMe (a US-headquartered digital advertising company) on the immigration implications of transferring staff to the UK and of extending permission to stay of those already here. In addition it advised the company on the duties of acting as sponsor to workers in the UK.

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