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Legal Developments in the The Legal 500 UK 2020

MULTI-AGENCY INVESTIGATIONS: HOW AGENCIES APPROACH THEM AND HOW THOSE INVESTIGATED SHOULD RESPOND

November 2019 - Crime. Legal Developments by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors.

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Syedur Rahman of Rahman Ravelli details the issues involved when more than one agency investigates wrongdoing and explains how these should be assessed by thesubject of the investigation.

WHAT THE FINANCIAL CONDUCT AUTHORITY GUIDANCE ON CRYPTOASSETS MEANS FOR THOSE IN THE MARKET

November 2019 - Crime. Legal Developments by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors.

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The FCA’s Guidanceprovides clarity in the evolving cryptoassets market. Syedur Rahman of RahmanRavelli explains its implications.

Good Character Requirement in Citizenship Applications

November 2019 - Immigration. Legal Developments by Richmond Chambers.

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The British Nationality Act (BNA 1981) contains a good character requirement, which applies to certain applications for registration and naturalisation for those over 10 years old at the date of application.  

The good character requirement previously only applied for naturalisation applications, but in 2010 this was extended to other routes to citizenship.

THE UK AND THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA – THE APPLICATION OF STRONG CUSTOMER AUTHENTICATION (SCA) UN

November 2019 - Crime. Legal Developments by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors.

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Neil Williams ofRahman Ravelli explains the reasons behind the UK’s delayed implementation ofSCA and the effect it has on transactions that go beyond its borders.

THE MAIN ASPECTS OF THE SANCTIONS AND ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING ACT

November 2019 - Crime. Legal Developments by Rahman Ravelli Solicitors.

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Syedur Rahman ofRahman Ravelli outlines the powers and obligations created by the Act that areset to come into force when Brexit is completed.

UK Spouse Visa Application Requirements

October 2019 - Immigration. Legal Developments by DavidsonMorris.

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UK Spouse Visa Application Requirements

The UK Spouse Visa permits holders to come to the UK to live with their partner for up to two and a half years. The UK Spouse Visa application process can however be complex and the Home Office has introduced more rigorous requirements in recent years which visa applicants will need to be aware of when making their application.

What is gross misconduct: workplace examples

October 2019 - Employment. Legal Developments by DavidsonMorris.

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Gross misconduct is an act or behaviour sufficiently serious to lead to dismissal without notice or payment in lieu of notice (PILON). Given the severe implications of gross misconduct, it will be important for employers to ensure they acting fairly, lawfully and consistently in taking disciplinary action against an employee for gross misconduct.

English Language Requirement for Spouse Visas

October 2019 - Immigration. Legal Developments by Richmond Chambers.

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The English language requirement for partner and parent visas was introduced on 29 November 2010 by then Home Secretary Theresa May, who stated at the time that ‘the new English requirement for spouses will help promote integration, remove cultural barriers and protect public services’. This requirement is equally relevant for partner and parent visa applications.

Excessive Absences in an Application for Naturalisation

October 2019 - Immigration. Legal Developments by Richmond Chambers.

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The British Nationality Act (BNA 1981) allows individuals to naturalise under either section 6(1) or 6(2) of the Act.  Section 6(2) applies where an individual is married to a British citizen.  An Applicant will need to demonstrate their commitment and future intentions to have their principal home in the UK before they can naturalise as a British citizen.  They will also need to satisfy an absence requirement.

Requirements for indefinite leave as a spouse

October 2019 - Immigration. Legal Developments by Richmond Chambers.

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Spouses or partners of British or settled persons can apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK up to 28 days before they reach 60 months in the UK with leave as a partner so long as they have been granted leave in the 5 year route.  

ILR applications can be processed very quickly – the super priority service is available for a fee and offers 24 hour processing by the Home Office.