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Lewis Silkin LLP

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Andrew Osborne

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Lewis Silkin LLP

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Employment, reward and immigration.


Partner, Employment, Immigration and Reward. A key member of the Sports Group and Head of Immigration. Specialises in business and personal immigration including applications under the Points Based System and the strategic issues arising from the restrictions on skilled migration. The sports practice focuses on player transfer work and sporting disputes. Contributor to Butterworths Sports & Law Practice.


Trained Magrath LLP; qualified 1997; solicitor Magrath LLP 1997 – 2000; solicitor SJ Berwin 2000-2001; solicitor PWC 2001-02; solicitor Hammonds 2003-06; partner Hammonds 2006-10; partner and head of immigration Lewis Silkin 2010 – present.


Ius Laboris; British Association for Sport and Law; Immigration Law Practitioners Association; IBA.


Keele University (1988 BA American Studies/Politics); College of Law, London (1995 LPC).

London: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

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Within: Immigration

The 'first-rate' team at Lewis Silkin LLP handles both personal and business immigration mandates, advising clients including multinational corporates, start-ups and high-net-worth individuals across sectors including financial services, fashion, media, entertainment, retail and sports. The team is increasingly advising clients with an established or growing presence in the Asia Pacific region, working with its Hong Kong office to provide an integrated service. Its China desk advises clients doing business in the UK and advised a multinational business group which links Chinese companies with UK businesses on a successful appeal against the Home Office's decision to revoke its sponsor licence. The firm's Japanese desk is able to support its client base of several Japanese multinational companies. The team also operates closely with the firm's employment team to provide a full service to its clients. Andrew Osborne handles personal and business immigration work and is noted for his sports sector expertise.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Leading individuals

Andrew Osborne - Lewis Silkin LLP

Within: Sport

Lewis Silkin LLP's sports practice acts for Premier League clubs, governing bodies such as the RFU, and private companies, providing services encompassing marketing, IP, brand protection, corporate transactions, commercial agreements, immigration, employment and litigation. Sports marketing partner Alex Kelham represents Saudi Arabia's first female racing driver and recently advised Goodwood Racecourse on their World Horseracing digital media platform. Recent hire John Shea specialises in contentious work, representing clients before FIFA or the CAS in regulatory compliance matters. Partner Andrew Osborne has an encyclopaedic knowledge of player transfers, appointments and immigration, particularly in relation to the impact that Brexit will have on the UK market. On the commercial side, Jeremy Summers provided Alex Thomson Racing with advice on the negotiation and finalisation of a sponsorship deal with Nokia, involving a complex shared intellectual property agreement.

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  • Negotiating the minefield of administrative decisions

    There are many situations where decisions are made by organisations such as local authorities (during the tendering process, the grant of contracts or planning decisions, for example) or professional or disciplinary bodies where a party may wish to challenge the outcome. A party with an interest in a decision may feel aggrieved by the outcome due to what appears to be a conflict of interest by those making the decision, or the appearance of bias. This may have serious consequences for in-house lawyers acting for organisations subject to such decisions, and therefore this briefing is intended to provide a general overview of the areas to consider. Challenging judicial or quasi-judicial decisions where there is a conflict of interest was considered by James Levy in a previous briefing (IHL146, p37-40).
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