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Kerry Garcia

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Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Employment and immigration.


Partner and heads up the employment, pensions and immigration team. Undertakes both immigration and employment work, mainly for employers. Experienced in all aspects of business immigration law. Advises employers and individuals (including investors) in relation to the points based immigration system. This includes assisting employers with the sponsorship registration process, carrying out audits to check compliance with sponsors’ obligations, assigning certificates of sponsorship and entry clearance and extension applications. Also advises in relation to indefinite leave to remain and naturalisation. Also advises in relation to all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including drafting contracts and staff handbooks, advising on dismissals and termination packages, redundancies and reorganisations, discrimination, family friendly rights and advising in relation to and preparing for tribunal claims. Kerry has a particular expertise in relation to TUPE in connection with acquisitions and outsourcing.


Trained: Dentons (then Denton Wilde Sapte); qualified: 2002; joined Stevens & Bolton: 2006; made partner in present firm: 2013.


Employment Lawyers Association, Immigration Lawyers Association.


 Exeter College, Oxford University; College of Law, Store Street, London; Law with German Law, 1st class, MA (Oxon) (1999), LPC – Distinction (2000).


 Swimming, travel, family and reading.

South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Within: Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises on all aspects of employment and immigration law and counts senior executives as well as corporations among its clients. It has deep expertise in TUPE issues and works closely with in-house HR departments. It also handles the range of dismissal, discrimination and pay disputes, frequently before employment tribunals. Employment and immigration expert Kerry Garcia leads the team which includes Lloyd Davey,  whose expertise encompasses data privacy as well as employment matters, especially within the technology and media sectors, and recently made-up partner Hannah Ford. Stephanie Dale left the legal profession in November 2017.

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Kerry Garcia - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Within: Immigration

Stevens & Bolton LLP's immigration team is 'very strong, very thorough and provides effective guidance and solutions throughout the process'. The practice's business immigration expertise covers Tier 2 applications (including advising on the Resident Labour Market Test, obtaining certificates of sponsorship, entry clearance and sponsor compliance), and acts as Level 1 Users for a number of clients. It also handles Tier 5 and sole representative applications, among other immigration matters. Practice head Kerry Garcia ('sharp, responsive and to the point') is continuing to advise Asahi UK (previously called Miller Brands UK) on sponsor licence issues arising from the sale of Miller Brands  to Asahi's parent company, as well as advising on Tier 2 applications to transfer staff and bring across new hires. Other clients include Godiva UK, for which it is advising on immigration matters arising from a complex re-organisation; Air Navigation Solutions, for which it obtained a sponsor licence application for a New Zealand national under Tier 2; and Diebold Nixdorf (UK), for which it provided strategic advice in connection with transferring Tier 2 migrants into another area of the business.

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