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Lewis Silkin LLP

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Andrew Osborne

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Lewis Silkin LLP

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Employment, reward and immigration.


Partner, Employment, Immigration and Reward. A key member of the Sports Group and Head of Immigration. Specialises in business and personal immigration including applications under the Points Based System and the strategic issues arising from the restrictions on skilled migration. The sports practice focuses on player transfer work and sporting disputes. Contributor to Butterworths Sports & Law Practice.


Trained Magrath LLP; qualified 1997; solicitor Magrath LLP 1997 – 2000; solicitor SJ Berwin 2000-2001; solicitor PWC 2001-02; solicitor Hammonds 2003-06; partner Hammonds 2006-10; partner and head of immigration Lewis Silkin 2010 – present.


Ius Laboris; British Association for Sport and Law; Immigration Law Practitioners Association; IBA.


Keele University (1988 BA American Studies/Politics); College of Law, London (1995 LPC).

London: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

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Within: Immigration

Lewis Silkin LLP is noted for its sports-sector advice, in addition to advising clients across the professional services, fashion, media, entertainment, technology, retail, leisure and hospitality sectors. It is particularly noted for its expertise in advising on Tier 5 visas, working closely with the firm’s employment department.  Deliveroo, Benevolent AI, Marks & Spencer, Ford, Fulham Football Club and ASOS are clients. Team head Andrew Osborne acts for a range of large multinationals, small companies and individuals on PBS applications, intra-company transfers and new hires. Senior associate Ben Maitland ‘exudes a calming reassurance’ and ‘explains complex immigration rules in layman’s terms’; he specialises in advising employers and employees on the PBS. Senior associate Naomi Hanrahan-Soar is noted for her ‘extremely detailed knowledge and ability to synthesise and package this into client friendly solutions’; she is experienced in advising high-net-worth individuals, as well as corporate clients, particularly in the science, technology and engineering sectors. Senior associate Stephen O’Flaherty  is regularly instructed by clients in the sports and fashion sectors. Managing associate Joanna Hunt is also recommended. Diana Okoeva joined Clintons.

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    There are many situations where decisions are made by organisations such as local authorities (during the tendering process, the grant of contracts or planning decisions, for example) or professional or disciplinary bodies where a party may wish to challenge the outcome. A party with an interest in a decision may feel aggrieved by the outcome due to what appears to be a conflict of interest by those making the decision, or the appearance of bias. This may have serious consequences for in-house lawyers acting for organisations subject to such decisions, and therefore this briefing is intended to provide a general overview of the areas to consider. Challenging judicial or quasi-judicial decisions where there is a conflict of interest was considered by James Levy in a previous briefing (IHL146, p37-40).
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