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The firm: Established in 2014, OTS Solicitors has rapidly become recognised as one of the UK's leading immigration law firms. Few practices have achieved so much national and international recognition in such a short period of time. With a policy of hiring the sharpest legal talent, the solicitors are intelligent, knowledgeable, commercially astute, and creative thinkers. With former immigration judge Paul Gulbenkian and widely published international lawyer, Dr Harry Hagopian acting as consultants, the firm is regularly called on by domestic and foreign media to provide opinions on immigration law, Brexit and many other legal matters.

Focused on delivering legal expertise in the niche areas of immigration, civil litigation, commercial, employment and family law, the firm is highly recommended by clients, other solicitors and barristers because of the emphasis on quality and excellence.

OTS Solicitors has a strong international focus. Multiple languages are spoken within the practice, and the head of departments and partners make regular visits to overseas jurisdictions such as UAE, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Turkey, Lebanon, Iran, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Russia, Armenia, Middle East and North Africa and USA to advise and support businesses.

The firm delivers outstanding client experience and satisfaction, achieved by collaborating with eminent solicitors, barristers, and judges to provide exceptional legal advice and representation. OTS Solicitors continues to be a modern, progressive, results-focused practice that is involved in shaping the law at the highest level.

Areas of practice: Business Immigration: OTS Solicitors have a strong reputation with both UK and international businesses for providing progressive, expert legal advice and solutions on all business immigration matters. The firm acts for entrepreneurs, high-net-worth investors, academic institutions, multi-national organisations, and SMEs. The Principal Solicitor Ms Teni Shahiean and Dr Lusine Navasardyan a senior Commercial and Business Immigration Lawyer have particular experience in UK Sponsor Licence compliance and challenging downgrading, suspending and/or revocation decisions. In several cases, the quality of our Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa business plans has led to the Home Office foregoing the Genuine Entrepreneur Test interview. Managing Partner, Mr Oshin Shahiean and Mr Paul Gulbenkian is a senior consultant with the firm oversee Tier 1 high-net-worth and investor application.

Immigration: the immigration department possesses a wealth of experience in advising on all elements of immigration law including visitor visas, family visas, indefinite leave to remain, immigration bail, appeals and overstay, and detention and removal. The firm has been at the forefront of advising and supporting EU nationals during Brexit, and has appeared on the BBC news, Victoria Derbyshire Show and been quoted by major national and international media outlets on the effect of Brexit on immigration law.

Family Law: advise on divorce, High-Net-Worth divorce, child arrangements, financial settlements, domestic violence. The head of the family law department is a member of Resolution. The team work closely together, offering unrivalled expertise in cases which involve both family and immigration law elements such as international divorce, child abduction and inter-country adoption.

Employment Law: provide expert advice on all areas of employment law to a wide range of SMEs and large corporations. Advise and represent clients on matters regarding disciplinary matters, TUPE, redundancy, Employment Tribunal claims, Equality Act 2010 and settlement agreements.

Human Rights: provide highly-knowledgeable human rights advice and representation. They regularly advise on Article 8 and Article 3 immigration appeals and Judicial Review challenges. The firm has a robust understanding of Middle East, Asia and African asylum and human rights cases and have access to specific country legal expertise and human rights groups.

Civil Litigation: the commercial department has extensive experience in all civil litigation disputes, including claims for breach of contract, professional negligence, director and shareholder disputes.

Commercial and company law: OTS Solicitors advise on all commercial and corporate law matters, including setting up a company, partnership and shareholder agreements, commercial contracts, terms and conditions and disputes. The firm specialises in assisting overseas entrepreneurs to set up their organisation once they gain entry clearance.

  • Number of UK partners: 2
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 20
  • Breakdown of work %
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  • Individual Immigration: 40
  • Family Law: 8
  • Employment: 8
  • Litigation: 2
  • All Other: 2


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    London¬† business immigration ¬†lawyers have noticed an increase in applications for¬† Tier 1 Investor Visas ¬†by ultra-high net worth individuals, fuelled in part by political instability in nations such as Russia and China, and also by changes to US¬† Immigration .¬† British Citizenship lawyers are often approached about this visa route as it is seen as a ‚Äėfast track‚Äô route to settlement in the UK.
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