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At Howard Kennedy we aim to live by our values Talk Straight | Think Smart | Be Yourself. These values are at the core of all we do and encourage an open and honest working environment.

Respect and inclusion in the workplace are about valuing everyone in the organisation as an individual. It’s vital to have an inclusive environment where everyone feels able to participate and achieve their potential. We strive to nurture an inclusive culture where people can be who they are when they come to work.

There are various initiatives that take place to ensure we're as diverse and inclusive as possible which means we're getting diversity of thought through everything we do. The firm has a dedicated committee whose aim is to raise awareness of certain campaigns and underrepresented groups. There are also a number of new initiatives planned. This includes a reverse mentoring programme, access to development centres, and a learning curriculum for everyone across the firm. We are working to equip people with the tools they need to succeed. We are investing in practices that will also make life easier for everybody, including supporting agile working, providing a parental leave portal, and coaching for those taking maternity leave.


We are committed to promoting and contributing to access to justice through our pro bono programme. Our lawyers use their passion to make a real impact on the community surrounding our office and beyond.

Started by two Howard Kennedy trainees, our pro bono programme is designed and driven by our lawyers. Our lawyers ‚Äď from paralegal to partner ‚Äď can develop their legal skills and diversify their experience across a range of matters, while also giving back to the community. We support two organisations with access to the expertise of our lawyers to get them the help they need.

We support Toynbee Hall with their free legal advice clinic advising individuals on their rights. We provide them with general legal advice including civil liberties, public law, civil litigation, and debt advice.

We also work with LawWorks who connects us with charities and not-for-profit organisations without the funds for legal advice. We help them to expand and continue their services to the community and understand a range of issues facing them from property law matters to dispute resolution.

The overarching principle for all of our pro bono cases is that we must only take on a case if we can do the work to the same high standard that we give our fee paying clients.


Our charity initiatives centre around our people working hard to support a cause we care about through fundraising and volunteering. We believe we can make the greatest impact by focusing on one key charity at a time. We are currently working with Centrepoint which was chosen by our people to help beat youth homelessness in the UK.

From taking part in Centrepoint's annual Sleepout, to monthly raffles to quiz nights and running marathons, there is no end to the different ways that we fundraise. We also recognise the importance of helping on a practical level where we can. Every person at Howard Kennedy is given a day each year to use to volunteer their time towards a charitable cause.

In 2018 we are proud to say we raised over £50,000 which will all go towards supporting Centrepoint's fantastic work.

Legal Developments in the UK

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  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.