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DAC Beachcroft LLP  has a ‘very knowledgeable team that is able to convey complex issues and associated solutions in clear and understandable terms. The team tailors its advice to suit its clients’ needs and provides pragmatic and commercial advice’. Senior associate Emma Morgan  is a key contact along with the ‘extremely brilliant and technically able’ Philip Harman  who is very experienced on employment matters and ‘thinks outside the box’. Harman ‘talks with you (rather than at) you to understand the issues and agree approaches. He then provides succinct and clear advice ’. The department advises private and public sector clients on all issues surrounding recruitment and the transfer of overseas workers into the UK primarily under the Points Based System. In the aftermath of Brexit it is also increasingly advising on the status of European workers in the UK and on the steps that employers need to take to ensure permanency of residence. It routinely advises and trains clients in the retail, leisure, health, education, transport and logistics sectors. Key clients include McDonald’s Restaurants, UK Mail, Care UK, DHL GBS (UK) and the University of Sheffield. It regularly advises Aegis Outsourcing (UK) on immigration matters and undertakes quarterly audits of its employee files to ensure compliance with its sponsorship obligations and other matters.

John Dorney leads the team at DWF  that acts for multinationals, FTSE 100 and AIM listed businesses as well as financial sector leaders and household brand names. The team provides the full range of services and routinely advises on Home Office sponsorship licences and on subsequent assistance in respect of migrant sponsorship applications and Home Office reporting obligations. Key areas of expertise include acting for high-net-worth/highly skilled migrants in respect of Tier 1 investor, entrepreneur and exceptional talent visa applications. The team has recently advised senior executives of major multinational companies on their personal settlement applications. It also continues to advise on right to work issues and on appeals against civil fines and penalties for unlawful working.

Latitude Law fields a team of 'experts in their field' who provide the full range of immigration advice to individuals and commercial clients. Gary McIndoe has a ‘very analytical mind’ and ensures that his team ‘delivers a proactive service and will always go that extra mile’. Both McIndoe and solicitor Shara Pledger have a ‘font of knowledge to deal with any immigration query’. Other key clients include charities, education providers and religious organisations across the North West, the UK and globally. The team also advises various sportspersons and their clubs or sponsors, and is adept at advising on intra-company transfers of companies’ employees once sponsorship is established. It has particular expertise in migrations from the USA and Israel.

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, principal associate Simon Kenny  regularly advises universities and companies seeking to sponsor people from overseas to work or study in the UK. A major focus of his work is handling the immigration risk issues in the aftermath of Brexit in addition to advising on illegal working allegations and sponsor licence suspension. He also manages global immigration programmes for multinational companies seeking to transfer employees to multiple jurisdictions. The team has been advising the University of Manchester on various matters such as obtaining permission to live and work in the UK for key members of staff as well as advising on the right to work process. It is also providing ongoing support to the university in respect of immigration queries related to Brexit. Other key clients include The Epilepsy Society, YuMe Europe, South Tyneside College and Community Integrated Care

MLP Law LLP  is a ‘trusted firm with great business knowledge and a solid reputation for immigration advice’. The team is led by the ‘very approachable’ Charlotte Ashton  who concentrates on business immigration advice both for individuals and for employers. Ashton acts with a ‘high degree of professionalism and answered all my queries promptly and well. She always does what she says she will do’. She has particular expertise in advising individuals on Tier 1 (exceptional talent) visas in the digital technology sector as well as experience in advising clients involved in software and computer services, retail, commercial and professional services as well as construction and industrial engineering.

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