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Burges Salmon LLP  advises employers on the full range of business immigration such as obtaining and maintaining sponsors’ licenses, immigration strategy, immigration audits and the prevention of illegal working, and advising on the immigration implications of corporate transactions and outsourcing arrangements. The firm also acts as representatives on the sponsor management system and advises on procedures and policies needed to ensure compliance with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements. It also advises high-net-worth individuals and their dependants on visa requirements often under the Tier 1 category. Suzanna Harvey has assisted EU nationals with immigration following the Brexit vote and also non-EU nationals with their immigration status. Roger Bull  heads the team and advised Wavepower on immigration strategy and in relation to a Tier 2 visa application. Clients include Computershare Investor Services, Insure & Go/Mapfre, Babcock International Group, Bank of Ireland, University of Bristol and Avon Rubber.

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) Bristol advises on all aspects of immigration law across all sectors with a particular focus on services to technology companies and the education sector, acting for independent schools and higher education establishments. Consultant Matthew Burgess is particularly adept at assisting independent schools with Tier 4 compliance. Associate Judith Hockin  advises on all aspects of immigration such as family applications, appeals, judicial reviews and corporate immigration issues. Senior associate Tom Brett Young heads the team and specialises in advising employers on immigration and nationality law. Recent highlights include acting for a university to prevent its Tier 2, Tier 4 and Tier 5 sponsor licenses being revoked. The firm also assisted a high-net worth individual who wanted to invest money in a UK company.

Ashfords LLP & Exeter advises on a full range of immigration issues including recruitment and employment issues for foreign nationals and non-contentious immigration issues for high-net worth individuals such as obtaining Tier 1 visas. It advises regional, national and international clients in applying for Tier 2 sponsorship and obtaining Tier 2 visas for overseas workers to work in the UK and also intra-company transfers. It also advises on employment-related immigration issues in corporate transactions as part of due diligence and post-acquisition. Another area of expertise is advising private individuals on applying for spousal visas. Senior associate Kirsty Cooke heads the team, she led in advising Techstars London on obtaining a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence. She also advised The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust on all immigration issues including sponsor obligations, liaising with UKVI, documentation retention, and carrying out right to work checks. Clients include Penhaligon’s, Rathlin Energy and Teneo.

Clarke Willmott LLP¬†provides immigration advice to businesses and also private clients in relation Tier 1 investor visas, marriage visas, permanent residency and naturalisation. It acts for a domestic and international client base and has a particular focus on Far East clients whom it advises through its China desk. The firm specialises in advising on routes for foreign migrants to enter the UK to establish a business or obtain permission to work for a subsidiary or foreign registered branch. Recent highlights include successfully obtaining a Tier 2 intra-company transfer visa for the commercial director of Bandai to its UK subsidiary. Partner Alex Jakubowski¬† heads the team and is supported by senior associate Tim Copplestone¬† who is ‚Äėvery sharp‚Äô and 'sees solutions from different angles‚Äô. Clients include Jiangsu Guotai International Group Shanghai Import and Export, CityWest Homes, Kong Company and Alliants.

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