Acas publishes new guidance on fire and rehire practices. What do they say and how might employers and employees be affected?

When it comes to running a business there are often ups and downs; one of the more significant negatives can be sizing down on staff. Of course, sometimes there are inescapable reasons for firing an employee that would not be up for debate, such as stealing from the company, behaving in an aggressive way to […]

If your ex-spouse has taken your children and moved permanently to another country, can you bring them back?

Written by Angeline Teoh.     If you and your ex-spouse are separated, it is illegal for any parties to take the child(ren) abroad without the other parent’s consent, unless permission from the Court is obtained. Failing to obtain consent from the other party will make you run a risk of falling foul of the […]

Persistence, preparation and persuasion is key!

Written by Mahfuz Ahmed.     We were recently successful in an appeal of significant importance to our client, which shows that a client’s persistence and a well prepared appeal, can lead to a fantastic result, regardless of previous decisions.   Background   Our client is a Chinese national who came to the UK alone […]

How can COVID-19 restrictions affect EUSS applicants, and what measures are in place to bypass this issue?

One of the major concerns for people applying to the EU Settlement Scheme throughout the ongoing pandemic is the fact that they have been outside the UK for longer than they had planned, meaning their continual residence may be affected. This can easily occur when travel restrictions are put in place, meaning people can be […]

Sky TV presenter hit with HUGE tax bill after losing IR35 case appeal. What can we learn from this?

In a recent case, the First Tier Tribunal found that the working relationship between presenter Dave Clark and Sky Sports to be based around an IR35 contract, specifically between 2013 and 2018. As a result of this, Clark is faced with a tax bill of over £280,000. This case is one of many similar ones […]

Commercial Rent Debt accrued over the Pandemic to be handled under new Code of Practice – What does this mean for landlords and tenants?

It has been announced this week that new laws and a new code of practice will dictate the handling of debts accrued by those renting commercial property during the pandemic, who have been unable to pay rent and other costs because of lockdowns and a lack of business. This will be of interest to both […]

Welcome Peggy!

We are so pleased to announce that Peggy Lim has joined our team as a Paralegal. She has already proven herself to be an intelligent and hard-working team player.   Peggy achieved both her LLB and LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of Sheffield, passing with distinctions. She completed her Bar Practice […]

Child Arrangements Orders: What are they and How To Apply?

Written by Angeline Teoh.   A Child Arrangements Order (CAO) is an order that regulates arrangements for a child. The Court can make orders relating to children arrangement, such as who should have children’s custody and how contact with children should be maintained and in what way. This article will try to cover the common […]

Immigration Issues in the Autumn Budget: What Changes Have Been Announced?

Last week, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the government’s tax and spending plans for the year ahead, which he promised would focus on rectifying the large financial pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This budget, according to the Chancellor, will pave the way for economic growth, higher productivity and room for people in the UK to […]

Important evidence? You need to spell it out in detail to the Immigration Tribunals

There are many aspects that must be taken into account when someone wishes to apply for leave to remain in the UK, including passing an English language test from a recognised provider. One of the accredited test by the Home Office used to be the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) provided by an […]

New Settlement Fast-Track: Private life applicants can now obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain earlier!

Written by Mahfuz Ahmed.   Under paragraph 276ADE of the Immigration Rules, an applicant can make an application for leave to remain on the basis of their Private life established in the United Kingdom.   These applications are considered in accordance with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects your right […]

No Home Office Decision, No Appeal – What Can You Do Then?

Applying for leave to remain, visa extensions or going through any other immigration procedures can be stressful and leave applicants with serious anxiety and confusion. This is made twice as hard when the case becomes mixed up in various court jurisdictions and responsibility ends up being juggled around, leaving the person at the centre of […]

Can the Home Office simply ignore Court Orders that are invalid?

Written by Mahfuz Ahmed.      A Court Order is an official judgement made by a Judge at the end of a hearing, or in the interim, (prior to a final order being made). The contents of the Order depends entirely on the case presented to the Judge.   There may be exceptional circumstances where […]

Discretionary leave to be given to trafficked asylum seekers says the High Court.

Written by Mahfuz Ahmed.     Victims of Modern slavery and trafficking both abroad and in the UK, who have claimed asylum, typically have to wait a substantial amount of time for their claim to be considered. The Competent Authority will make a reasonable and then conclusive grounds decision as to whether an individual is […]

Welcome Lin!

This week we are so pleased to announce a new addition to the Lisa’s Law family! Lin Niu has come in as a Legal Assistant and has already proven herself to be a massively important and extremely hard-working individual within our legal team.   Lin graduated from Brunel University London with an MSc in Marketing, […]

Migration Advisory Committee conduct deep-dive into the Intra Company Transfer visa route – what did they find and what is going to change?

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is an independent, non-statutory, non-time limited, non-departmental public body that advises the government on migration issues. Recently, they conducted a review of the Intra-Company Transfer visa route to explore what is working about it and review what needs to be changed. This inspection was requested by the Home Secretary Priti […]

Can a judgement summons be used purely to commit a debtor to prison?

When marriages end, the effect on those involved can be emotionally intense. Many difficult, but necessary, aspects of a life previously shared must be divided up and responsibilities need to be assessed and assigned. Where money is involved, things can take a nasty turn, particularly when one partner owes the other a significant amount.   […]

Can you sell your matrimonial home in divorce proceedings?

Written by Xinlei Zhang.   As we explained in our previous article, the Court will generally apply the equal-sharing principle in resolving financial dispute in divorce. In most cases, the parties’ matrimonial home will probably be the most valuable asset. The Court has power to make such adjustment order and/or order for sale as it […]

Were Asylum cases considered between 2005 – 2014 under the unfair Detained Fast Track Rules unlawful?

Written by Mahfuz Ahmed.   Asylum seekers flee their home country to travel to the United Kingdom to seek protection. They sometimes go through tremendous suffering, adversity and hardship in their travels.   Once they arrive in the United Kingdom and claim asylum, the UK have a responsibility to consider their claim.   Detained fast […]

International Sportsperson Visa – Something new or a simple rebranding?

You may have recently seen that the UK’s Immigration Rules had a fairly significant update, with many visa routes and procedures being tweaked, added and removed. We summarised some key points within the new rules in our article UK Immigration Rules: Let’s keep up with the changes! One visa route in particular that got a […]

Paragraph 39E of the Immigration rules and whether application for leave to remain is considered to be made ‘in-time’.

Written by Mahfuz Ahmed.     An application for a leave to remain must be made prior to the expiry of your existing leave to ensure that you are not an overstayer. Overstaying in the UK will subject you to the hostile environment, which means there will be restrictions in renting, employment, accessing medical treatment […]

Childlessness and Short-lived Marriages are not Decisive Factors in Family Asset Division

Written by Xinlei Zhang.     When considering financial resolution in divorce, usually couples are able to agree on financial arrangements between themselves or with the help of solicitors. If this is not possible, you may seek help from family mediation or, as a last resort, seek a Court order. Let us delve into the […]

What happens in a Fraudulent Property Transfer?

Written by Evveline Loh.     The case Victus Estates (2) Ltd and others v Munroe; Benjamin v Victus Estates (1) Ltd and another [2021] EWHC 2411 (Ch) is concerned with two appeals involving two separate property transfers where fraud was involved.   The two- property transferred raised same issues:   Where property is owned […]

Eviction notice periods to return to pre-pandemic timescale – what do landlords and tenants need to know?

The COVID-19 pandemic threw everyone into a world of uncertainty and anxiety, with people unable to work, many confined to their homes and entire industries grinding to a halt. It was a time for compassion, and one element of compassion that the government took, and one that was entirely necessary, was the ban on residential […]

Changes to family permits, relevant documents and more may work in favour of family members applying under the EU Settlement Scheme

Some readers may have seen our recent article titled UK Immigration Rules: Let’s keep up with the changes – which was a comprehensive look at the many updates and tweaks that the Home Office has made, or is going to make, to the immigration rules in the near future. Amongst the vast amounts of information […]

When is Section 3C leave revived when an appeal is lodged out of time?

Written by Mahfuz Ahmed.   Section 3C of the Immigration Act 1971 explained   The Home Office can take a number of months to decide an application, which would usually result in an applicant’s leave expiring after they have made an application.   Section 3C of the Immigration Act 1971 is a very important provision, […]

Absence Of Parent Does Not Itself Make An Adoption Process Procedurally Irregular: Courts Refuse Mothers Application of Adoption Order.

It is never nice to see a family be split apart, however in certain unfortunate circumstances it is necessary, especially when the safety of children is concerned. When there is a serious issue, and parents are deemed unfit to look after their children, those children can be put up for adoption via an adoption order, […]

UK Immigration Rules: Let’s keep up with the changes!

The Home Office has recently published newly updated immigration rules which will dictate how people are able to enter and remain in the UK. Some of the changes you will read about here are directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, or the situation in Afghanistan, while others will be connected to the EU Settlement Scheme […]

Welcome Angeline!

We are so pleased to announce Angeline as the latest member of our team, joining as a paralegal! She has already proven herself to be an extremely hardworking and knowledgeable individual.   Angeline is from Malaysia. She holds a LLB Law degree from Nottingham Trent University. Recently, she finished her LLM Bar Training Course with […]

EU Settlement Scheme: How can I apply for an administrative review if a decision goes against me?

The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), we are certain many of you will know, was set up in response to Brexit to allow EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens and their eligible family members to apply to enter or continue to stay in the UK before the end of the Brexit transition period the opportunity to protect […]

In what circumstances can you challenge the Secretary of State’s Policy Guidance?

Written by Mahfuz Ahmed.     The Secretary of State drafts policy guidance and statements of practices for their caseworkers, and great reliance is placed upon these documents by applicants, when making immigration and other applications.   There may be circumstances where the contents of such policies may be considered by some as unlawful. In […]

Can time spent under a visit visa count towards 10 years long residence?

Written by Mahfuz Ahmed.     Under the UK’s  ‘long residency’ rule, a person can qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain allowing them to stay in the UK without any time restrictions, provided that they have been resident lawfully in the UK legally for 10 or more continuous years.   Long Residency is typically shown […]

Welcome Mahfuz!

We are thrilled to announce that we have recruited an extremely experienced and knowledgeable solicitor, Mahfuz Ahmed, who we can already tell will be a hugely important asset to our growing firm!   Mahfuz is a Solicitor, who provides advice to clients on all aspects of immigration law, and litigation.   Mahfuz has extensive experience […]

Slanderous claims result in privacy injunction in recent private law child proceedings!

Using our voice and expressing our opinion is a right that everyone in the UK, and most of the world, often take for granted. Communication plays a key role in a healthy and successful life, and in most circumstances creates positive and interesting dialogues between people, allowing us to think in different ways, learn new […]

Refugee Resettlement – How does it work and what is the UK government doing to aid Afghan refugees?

As the situation in Afghanistan has forced many civilians out of their homes the UK’s refugee resettlement policies have once again been cast into the limelight. In this article we will take a look at the current policies the Home Office has in place for people who find themselves in this unfortunate situation, and analyse […]

Furlough Frenzy! What is considered unfair in terms of employee dismissal during the pandemic, and what can we learn from two cases with very different outcomes?

Navigating the often uncomfortable realm of employee dismissal has long since been a challenge for employers. Of course, employers do not seek out the chance to dismiss workers, as it often results in administrative as well as social awkwardness for them, but it can unfortunately be a necessity.   People losing their jobs is one […]

The Role of Certificates of Sponsorship: Home Office to Profit from struggling music industry?

It is no secret that the music and entertainment industries were hit extremely hard by coronavirus. With venues closing, shows being cancelled and travel restrictions being put in place, it is fair to say that many aspects of this lucrative market ground to a halt.   Now that restrictions are slowly being lifted, those who […]

Welcome Angel!

We are so thrilled to announce that Angel Yeung has joined us as a Paralegal, and has been excellent from the get go!   Angel obtained her LLB degree from East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai and pursued her Master’s studies at University of Bristol in 2018. Also, she is going […]

Obtaining status in the UK via deceptive means? It could come back to haunt you!

Having the right to remain in the UK indefinitely can be a goal for a lot of people who wish to call the country their home. It can be a fairly long process, taking 3, 5 or even 10 years before applicants can be considered eligible. It may seem like a long while, but the […]

Better late than never! How can those who missed the deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme still apply, and what are the requirements?

The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), many of you will know, was set up in response to Brexit to allow EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens and their eligible family members to apply to enter or continue to stay in the UK before the end of the Brexit transition period the opportunity to protect their residence in […]

Welcome Alex!

We have been growing steadily over the past couple of years, and with an ever expanding client list comes the need for more excellent lawyers to deliver the quality legal service that we are known for!   So, without further ado let us introduce Alex Yang, the latest member of the Lisa’s Law family!   […]

Wrongful vs Unfair Dismissal: What is the difference and what role does ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance play?

Wrongful or unfair dismissal is a reality of employment, one that the majority of people do not have to go through, but for those that do face it will know well enough how stressful it can be. While the two may sound similar, they are in fact very different.   In this article we will […]

Multiple Dwellings Relief denied in recent case! When is it an option for buyers?

Anyone who has been fortunate enough to purchase a second property of their own, or even those who know someone else who has done so, are likely to have heard of Stamp Duty Land Tax. Usually, this tax will have been spoken about in negative terms, as an additional cost that is sometimes left unbudgeted […]

Termination of parental responsibility – when can it occur and what can we learn from a recent case?

As a law firm we understand that families can go through hard times as well as good times. Often, when issues arise they can be sorted out. Alternatively, the issues cannot be completely fixed but a reasonable compromise can be made, and people can come to an arrangement that works for everyone. However, when things […]

Landmark Ruling Could Unlock EU Settlement Scheme for Zambrano Carers!

We have said it before, and we will say it again: the deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme is right around the corner on 30 June 2021. This must be a priority for all EU citizens and their family members, as if they do not register or submit their applications in time, they may not […]

EU Settlement Scheme – Coronavirus related absences to be overlooked by Home Office?

The deadline to the EU Settlement Scheme is at the end of this month (30 June 2021), meaning that EU nationals and their family members will have a limited amount of time to apply for visas to either continue to stay in the UK or come into this country, depending on their personal circumstances.  For […]

Denial of homeworking or furlough request from employees due to fears of COVID-19 may not itself amount to unfair dismissal

Coronavirus has been a huge part of our lives for almost one and a half years now and the effects of it have reached far and wide. It has taken many lives, ravaged the economy, put thousands out of work and made people homeless. The nature of the virus makes it unpredictable, as new variants […]

Splitting up the family? The importance of Retained Rights of Residency for family members of EU citizens.

With the deadline to get onto the EU Settlement Scheme rapidly approaching, people all over the UK who have come to know this country as their home will be feeling tense and confused about where they will stand come the 30th of June. While the Home Office often sugar-coats the immigration system as straight forward […]

Coronavirus and UK Immigration: What story do the statistics tell?

On the 27th of May the Home Office released their most up to date quarterly immigration statistics for the year ending 21st of March 2021. These stats include data in which we can see how many people came to the UK during this time period, how many extended their stay, the number of people who […]

E-visas, E-permission to Travel, E-sponsorship System – What are the key points in the Home Office’s New Immigration Plan?

On the 24th of March 2021, the Home Office released their official plan moving forwards on how to deal with immigration and border control in the UK. Part of the statement issued on the government website addresses the well-known fact that free movement between the EU and the UK ended on 31 December 2020 as […]

How to move homes under the current Unlocking 3.0?

Moving home has been possible during lockdown, but the moves have happened within rules that have been changing as we gradually take steps towards normality. As we move forward into Step 3 of the roadmap out of lockdown, where more social contact is permitted in certain situations, the government have once again updated the guidance […]

Fantastic positions open here at Lisa’s Law – come and join our team!

We have some fantastic roles available in our busy, London based law firm. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic we are pleased to say that business has continued to grow here at Lisa’s Law. We are thrilled to say that we are looking to welcome some new faces to fill some excellent positions across […]

Protection for renters remains, but notice period is cut to 4 months

Over the course of the pandemic, the government has brought in many polices and guidelines in order to protect UK residents. One such measure was a ban on evictions, whereby renters could rest assured that they would not be made homeless during the COVID-19 outbreak. This was a very positive policy which benefitted many people. […]

EU Settlement Scheme Backlog Could Leave Many Applicants Status In Legal Grey Area!

The all-important EU Settlement Scheme has been open since March 2019 in response to Brexit. Its purpose is to allow EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens and their eligible family members living in the UK the opportunity to protect their residence in the UK. The deadline to get on to the EU Settlement Scheme is […]

May 16th: Cut-Off Date for Right to Rent Check Concession!

On March 30th 2020, landlords were given the green light to conduct right to rent checks on their tenants using digital means to make life easier during the COVID-19 pandemic. This meant that the checks could be conducted over video calls, tenants could scan over documents or take photos of relevant paper work rather than […]

An App for Your Applications – Let’s Hope it Lasts Longer This Time!

A large wave of applications for replacement Biometric Residence Permits (“BRP”) and Biometric Residence Cards (“BRC”) over the past few months has led to some congestion within the Visas and Citizenship Appointment Service (UKVCAS), which has the risk of paralysing the Home Office’s visa application system again. More and more applicants are struggling to book appointment […]

Domestic Abuse and COVID-19: a new protocol to ease confidentiality concerns for victims

Domestic abuse is an incredibly serious crime which often goes unreported and unnoticed, leaving police data on such crimes only accounting for a small part of a larger issue. While recent data does show that domestic abuse is on the rise, it is difficult to say for certain that the rise is directly related to […]

When does the Bank of Mum and Dad finally close? A look into ‘adult child’ maintenance.

Young adults living with their parents is not as unusual as it was a couple of decades ago. The prices of houses has gone up, especially for those living in major cities, and more and more people decide to carry on studying before taking up real jobs to earn enough money to afford rent and […]

The return of Sabrina and a warm welcome to Yvonne and Samantha!

We have been really busy over the last few months, dealing with many enquiries for our happy clients. This week we have welcomed some new faces into our ranks, which is very exciting! Today we are so pleased to announce Yvonne and Samantha as the newest members of our team!   Yvonne     Yvonne […]

Spring Event Results and an Introduction to our Social Committee!

You may have seen our recent blog which included all of our staff members brilliant Easter Egg decorations, which we did as part of our Spring Event. It was so nice that everyone got involved and had a chance to show off their creative side. Plus, painting the Easter Eggs was a great way to […]

£1,000,000 Voucher Scheme Launched to Promote Family Mediation

On 26th March 2021, the Ministry of Justice announced a voucher scheme to encourage families to resolve disputes on children, finance and properties by mediation, rather than through Court proceedings. Under the scheme, eligible families will receive a one-off £500 vouchers towards their mediation costs.   In this blog we will discuss how the Family […]

We are growing! Say hello to our new staff members!

Despite the challenges the past year has brought with it, we have continued to grow and develop here at Lisa’s Law. We have a dedicated team of professionals who have truly adapted and thrived, providing their clients with the same excellent service that they have come to expect from us.   We are thrilled to […]

New Skilled Worker Visa route expands recruitment pool! What does this mean for employers?

The rules for the Skilled Worker visa route will allow for more potential applicants to come and work in the UK, meaning more choice for employers looking to bring new talent to their companies. One of the main differences between the previous Tier 2 General visa and the Skilled Worker visa is in the level […]

More reasonable Skilled Worker visa requirements brought in! What does this mean for the catering industry and its potential employers?

People wanting to come and work in the UK, and those employers who want to recruit from overseas, are more likely to be able to do so under the Skilled Worker visa route rules. Whereas before applicants would only be considered if they were offered a role in the UK listed under the Level 6 […]

Looking for the next stage in your legal career? From Paralegals, to Solicitors and Supervisors, we are now hiring!

We have some fantastic roles available in our busy, London based law firm. Despite the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought, business has continued to grow here at Lisa’s Law and we are pleased to say that now is a good time to recruit some new team members!   Working at Lisa’s Law   […]

Child abuse laws finally expanded: Sports coaches and faith leaders to face the same consequences as teachers and doctors.

Some important developments are being made to the the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which was introduced to Parliament on 9th March 2021. It is likely to become law very shortly.   One key part of the bill is about child abuse. It has widened the definition of positions of trust to include sports […]

Graduate Visa – Eligibility, application process and more.

The recent changes to the immigration rules included some more details regarding a visa type that has plenty of interest around it: the Graduate Visa. This visa promises to allow the brightest and best from around the world to look for work in the UK after completing their studies, but who exactly is eligible for […]

Shortage Occupation List, Graduate visa, and Global Talent visa routes updated in latest changes to the Immigration Rules.

The Home Office announced its first Statements of Changes to the Immigration Rules in 2021 on 4th March 2021.   As many will know, the Immigration Rules are used to regulate peoples entry into, and permission to stay in, the United Kingdom. Like any ruleset, it must be updated to factor in any changes of […]

How can employers promote straightforward vaccinations for their workers?

Vaccinations are essential to the end of the Coronavirus pandemic and the UK is making decent strides in getting its population vaccinated, with over 20 million people having already received their first dose.   It is within everyone’s best interest that the pandemic ends sooner rather than later so that our economy, healthcare services and […]

Visa Applications – Waiting Times and What to Expect.

Applying for visas can vary from being straight forward to actually turning into a stressful ordeal. It really depends on individual circumstances, and it is unlikely that any two visa applications will play out in exactly the same way. One major factor to take into account is the amount of time it takes for visa […]

Uber drivers no longer considered self-employed, Supreme Court rules! What employment rights are they now entitled to?

Uber has over 60,000 drivers in London alone, and operates in many other parts of the UK. Until last week these employees had been seen as self-employed sole traders, meaning that they only received payment when they were carrying a fare, were not entitled to holiday pay and were not guaranteed to earn above minimum […]

Stamp Duty Land Tax – What are the higher rates and who has to pay them?

This blog will outline the latest guidance related to the higher bracket of Stamp Duty Land Tax, who it applies to, and in what scenarios it does or does not have to be paid. SDLT is a topic containing many avenues, which we will explore in upcoming articles, but for this one we will mainly […]

Illegal migrants in the UK can be vaccinated with no fear of removal!

The Coronavirus pandemic has turned the world upside down. It is widely agreed around the globe that the main collective priority is to get everyone vaccinated as quickly as possible, putting an end to this bleak chapter of humanity as efficiently as possible.   This is why the vaccination of everyone in UK, no matter […]

Lisa’s Law – Here For You As Always!

We know that life in lockdown can be hard, but instructing a solicitor has never been more straightforward. We have ensured that our existing clients, as well as those who enquire with us for the first time, get a fantastic legal service without having to leave the comfort of their homes.   Mobile App   […]

Buying a Property at Auction – Risks and Rewards from a Legal Perspective

Buying a property can be a daunting process and is likely to be the most expensive purchase a person will make in their lifetime. The most common way to buy a property is through an estate agent, but some people choose to go through auctions instead. In this article we will examine the differences between […]

Coronavirus Complications – Where will the Home Office be lenient to those re-entering or remaining in the UK?

The COVID-19 pandemic has made life increasingly complicated and unpredictable. When it comes to people who are reliant on visas and approved leave to remain to legally stay in or enter the UK, the travel restrictions as a result of coronavirus can be extremely stressful.   With this in mind, in what situations will the […]

BNO Visa Finally Opens on 31/01/2021 – Deadlines, Delays, Requirements and Refunds!

By now it is likely that you have heard of the exciting British National Overseas (BNO) Visa, which offers a fresh route to British citizenship to millions of Hong Kong residents who hold British Nationality Overseas passports.   The visa will open to apply to from 31 January 2021, and we are here to help […]

Deadline approaching – It’s time to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme!

The deadline to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme is 30 June 2021, meaning there is now officially less than 6 months until time is up. It is of paramount importance that those who need to apply do so in good time.   Who needs to apply?   The EU settlement scheme is designed to […]

Legal practitioners: Mind the Label! – the parallel effect of “Subject to Contract” and “Without Prejudice”

Written by Yitong Guo.   Case concerned:   Joanne Properties Ltd v Moneything Capital Ltd [2020] EWCA Civ 1541[1]   The Case Background   This case concerns a claim brought by Joanne Properties Ltd (‘JPL’) in the Queen’s Bench Division due to a dispute of a financial arrangement between the parties. JPL was the owner of […]

Things to know in an application for a rent repayment order – a view from the prism of Martin Joseph Rakusen v Mikkel Kepsen and others

Written by Felix Otouke.   The case is about an appeal to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) by Mr Rakusen against the decision of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (FTT). It was issued on 18th December 2019.   Case breakdown   In 2006 the freeholder of the building granted a lease of Flat 9, Mandeville […]

Non-competition restriction in employment contract unreasonable and void – Quilter Private Client Advisers v Falconer.

Written by Rosa Huang.       When an employment is terminated, the employer runs the risk of losing of its business (or staff) before it had opportunity to strengthen relationships with customers who have been used to dealing with the departing employee. The risk may be significant especially when the departing employee was in […]

Possession Action in Lockdown 3.0 – What you need to know.

With a new lockdown comes a wave of repercussions in terms of law, society and lifestyle. Procedures are updated, rules are created or waived and people must once again readjust to keep up with the times.   One important issue that we have spoken about in weeks previously is evictions and possession actions which are […]

Supreme Court overturns settled case law on limitation – Test Claimants in FII Group Litigation v HMRC

Written by Rosa Huang.     In the decision on Test Claimants in FII Group Litigation v HMRC handed down on 20 November 2020, the Supreme Court overturns decision of House of Lords in relation to the application of Section 32(1)(c) of the Limitation Act 1980, and unanimously allowed the appeal arising in the course […]

The Importance of Frontier Worker Permits – What are they and who can apply for one?

The Brexit transition period is over, and with the start of the New Year we find ourselves stepping into some new terrain in terms of immigration, employment and family law. While these changes in policy and rules may seem daunting, we will keep you right up to date with all the important events and news […]

More Guidance on the EU Settlement Scheme – Evidence, Information, and Qualifying Periods.

The EU Settlement Scheme is of great importance for a huge amount of people now that the effects of Brexit are right around the corner. For a full rundown of the scheme you can read our article: A Clearance of the Past? – How Can You Benefit From the EU Settlement Scheme?   In this […]

Rental guidance updated! What do you need to know?

New guidance has been released for people renting property from a landlord, which attempts to give clarity to such tenants. This guidance must be provided to tenants who are in a shorthold tenancy which started any time after 1 October 2015.   The information is helpful to both the renter and the landlord, so it […]

When it comes to whistleblowing, what is the part of protected disclosure agreements?

First off, what is a whistleblower?   A whistleblower is a term used to describe a person who leaks sensitive information, reports wrongdoings, crimes, or morally questionable practices or events that occur within their own workplace. Usually, the reports are regarding people in high positions such as management or particular duties that the person has […]

Working from home renders many commercial buildings empty, but how can they be used otherwise? Consultations on development rights have begun!

Working from home has become a normal part of life due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Some will have taken to it better than others, appreciating the lack of commute or the morning rush. However, for many it is a significant challenge, having much less social interactions, being unable to meet with clients and feeling cooped […]

Gender Pay Gap Statistics for 2020 Revealed! What can we learn?

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published the latest report on gender pay gap statistics for 2020. There are some positives to take from the report, as it was found that for full-time employees, the pay gap fell 2.4% between April 2019–April 2020, and for all employees, the gap fell by 1.9% within the same […]

Get your property back! What does the new guidance for private landlords say about the possession action process?

Property is a massive part of life. It is where families make homes, people raise children, or it can be simply a sanctuary to come back to after a difficult day. However, another huge aspect of the property world revolves around business, whereby landlords look to make money by allowing tenants to rent out their […]

Working with children during COVID-19 – A look at the new Legal Guidance

New legal guidance regarding working with children during the Coronavirus pandemic has been released by The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass).   What do Cafcass do, exactly?   Cafcass represents children in family court cases in England. They advise courts about the best interests of children and help the voices of young people […]

Foreign healthcare workers and families: what support are available to you from the Home Office?

This year has been a difficult one for many people due to the strains of COVID-19. Everyone has had to alter their way of life, people have been very ill and there has been extra pressure on healthcare professionals. Without the doctors, nurses, carers, and paramedics who dedicate their lives to helping others we would […]

Be Careful of Oral Agreements!

Written by Evveline Loh.     The court had recently handed down their judgment in Coleman v Mundell [2020] EWHC 2852  in the Queen’s Bench Court around the end of last month. The case was a dispute about an oral agreement made between Mr Philip Coleman (the “Claimant”) and Mr Mundell (the “Defendant”). The Claimant […]

Child protection mediation services to be considered in England and Wales after Nuffield come forward with recommendations

The Nuffield report   The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory aims to improve the lives of children and families by putting data and evidence at the heart of the family justice system. Recently, they put together a report which grouped together evidence gathered from 17 studies on child protection mediation in Australia, Canada, and the US, and […]

Home Office’s Math Puzzle: 18 Months or 540 Days? – How long is a person allowed to be away from the UK under applications for settlement based on 10 years’ lawful residence?

Written by Chuanli Ding.     I had always believed that in an application for settlement based on 10 years’ lawful residence pursuant to Paragraph 276B of the Immigration Rules, as soon as the applicant has not been away from the UK for more than 180 days on any single occasion or 540 days in […]

Right to Rent Checks – What Landlords and Tenants Need to Know

This article is written in line with the new guidance published by the Home Office for landlords to guide them through the right to rent checking process. The full publication is available here.   First things first, what does right to rent mean?   It is not a difficult phrase to read; however, it can […]

Settlement Based on 10 Years Continuous Lawful Residence: Is Your Gap Book-Ended or Open-Ended?

Written by Caryn Toh.     The Court of Appeal raised the issues of the gaps in 10 years continuous lawful residence applications in the case of Hoque & Ors v SSHD [2020] EWCA Civ 1357 on 23rd October 2020. It considered whether unlawful residence which was followed by grant of lawful residence (“book-ended gap” as it […]

New Safety Measures Brought in for Victims of Domestic Abuse during Remote Hearings

Domestic abuse has unfortunately been on the rise since national lockdowns became part of life. People are forced to remain indoors most of the day when in some cases their home is the most dangerous place for them. This terrible crime destroys families and ruins lives. Measures must be taken to put an end to […]

House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) – Another Minefield of Rent Repayment Claims for Landlords after the Rent Deposit Scheme!

First things first, what does HMO mean?   The concept of HMO was introduced by the Housing Act 2004. To put it simply, under section 254 of the Act, it refers to a building or part of a building or such building consisting of self-contained flats where:   its living accommodation is occupied by persons […]

BIICL new ‘Breathing Space’ guidelines for commercial contract disputes

Written by Rosa Huang.     England has been plunged into its second lockdown for a four-week period beginning from last week, but work of the courts and tribunals will continue to be exempted from lockdown measures. The exemption will help to avoid any substantial delays from the lockdown, given that the backlog of cases […]

Family Litigation: Relocation of children must only occur in exceptional circumstances

In relation to family litigation regarding children’s custody, the general position is that the child’s usual residence should not be changed unless in exceptional circumstances. When considering the issue of usual residence, the Court will consider how long the residence has lasted and how well the child has settled down into the surroundings including schooling, […]

Important Update: Amendments made to Immigration Skill Charge Regulations

The Immigration Skills Charge (Amendment) Regulations 2020 passed both houses of the Parliament on 3rd November 2020. It is to amend the Immigration Skills Charge Regulations 2017.   What is the immigration skills charge?   First thing first, immigration skills charge is levy paid by employers who hire foreign workers to the government.   Employers […]

Employment Focus – Are You Eligible for Furlough during Lockdown 2.0?

The second UK-wide lockdown begins tomorrow, bringing with it a fresh wave of anxiety. A large part of peoples worry will be based on their employment and how the new rules will affect their income. The furlough scheme kept many heads above water during the first lockdown back in March 2020 and with the scheme […]

Lockdown 2.0 – We remain open and ready to take your instructions!

As we are sure you all know, the UK’s second lockdown will start on Thursday the 5th of November and will last for 4 weeks.   We are writing this to let everyone know that we will remain open throughout the entirety of this lockdown and will be able to provide the same high quality […]

Mortgage Application Guide – Avoiding Money Laundering Allegations

Getting the approval for a mortgage on a property is a very tough thing to do for most people, especially in the current climate we find ourselves in. Often, a long time has been spent filling out forms and going over options with lenders and other professionals, not to  mention saving up the money needed […]

Latest Statement of Changes to the UK Immigration Rules – Key Takeaways

The most recent changes to the Immigration Rules, according to the Home Office, aim to continue the government’s commitment to ‘simplifying the rules’ while also bringing in the Future Points-Based Immigration System.   This blog post aims to highlight the key parts of these new changes. For the full guidance you can follow this link. […]

Immigration Changes for EEA Nationals from Jan 2021 – What you need to know!

From 1 January 2021 the UK is bringing in new immigration rules in line with the country’s decision to leave the EU as a result of Brexit. A major part of these new rules is that EEA nationals will have to go through to the same immigration controls as non-EEA nationals. This has not been […]

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): Faster, Cheaper and Equally Capable Of the Job?

Written by Lavinder Kaur.   What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?   When you have a contractual or commercial dispute, it is not granted that you must go to court to have your grievance addressed. Parties usually have a choice to opt for one of the methods of an Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) to resolve their […]

EEA Nationals – What to expect from Jan 2021 when entering the UK

From the very beginning of 2021 the more tangible effects of Brexit will be felt, especially for people entering the UK from abroad. This blog will focus on what EEA nationals will need to bear in mind when entering the UK for short trips in the New Year.   If you are an EU, EEA […]

The Home Office Has Made Covid-19 Concessions on Financial Requirements in Family Visa Applications

In the current times we find ourselves in it is important to try and focus on even the smallest of positives. While the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a massive toll on everyone in the nation, migrants living in the UK have some extra concerns on their minds in terms of how their and their family […]

Litigators Beware! Double hurdles ahead! The latest implication on setting aside default judgement

Written by Yitong Guo.   Case concerned:   Penta Ultimate Holdings Ltd and another v Storrier [2020] EWHC 2400 (Ch)   The Case   This is a claim brought in the Chancery Division in the High Court, concerning a dispute on alleged professional negligence by the former chief financial officer of the claimant.   A […]

Long-term renters! You may have to pay SDLT on your tenancy!

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is usually something people associate with purchasing a property or land rather than with renting tenants, but it may surprise you to know that certain long term renters have had to pay 1% SDLT since 2003.   Who is effected?   People who have been renting for a substantial amount […]

Shareholder claims and principle of ‘reflective loss’ – What can be learnt from Broadcasting Investments Group Ltd v Smith?

Written by Rosa Huang.     In the most recent case, the Broadcasting Investments Group Ltd v Smith, application of principle of ‘reflective loss’ in the Supreme Court decision in Marex Financial Ltd v Sevilleja was considered by court, shareholder of a shareholder of a shareholder of the claimant company seeking an order of specific […]

Restraint of trade – out with the old, in with the new

Written by Salina Lim.     In the recent case, Peninsula Securities Ltd v Dunnes Stores (Bangor) Ltd [2020] UKSC 36, the Supreme Court has shed light on the law and questions posed in respect of contractual restraints which restrain the use of the land.   On 19 August 2020, in the case of Peninsula […]

Can you discharge or modify the Restrictive covenant, easement / right that is affecting your land?

Written by Jessie Cheow.     Creebray Ltd v Deninson and another [2020] UKUT 262 (LC) – Unsuccessful application to modify or discharge covenant.   Background   The applicant company, the registered proprietor of a vacant plot of land (Oldways) applied to discharge or modify a restrictive covenant pursuant to section 84 of the Law […]

Compliance is Key! Naturalisation, EEA Nationals and the ‘Good Character’ Requirements

When applying for naturalisation or attempting to register as a British citizen, adults and children aged ten or over must meet what is known as ‘the good character’ requirement. This is said to vet undesirables from integrating into the UK permanently by checking that the applicant has not taken part in illegal activity or ignored […]

Court Finds No Evidence of Discrimination as Women’s State Pension Age Rises!

Women across the nation are likely to be united in their disappointment in the Court of Appeal’s decision to disregard campaigner’s accusations of discrimination after their state pension age was risen to be the same as a man’s.   The case in question which we will be focussing on in this article is *R (on […]

EU Settlement Scheme – Do not fall through the cracks!

The EU settlement scheme is designed to offer EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens and their eligible family members living in the UK before the end of the transition period (during which free movement continues) the opportunity to protect their residence in the UK after the transition period has ended. The deadline to apply is […]

High Court: GAGAs can be enforced!

To enter into a commercial lease, one of the requirements of a landlord giving their consent to assign the lease will normally be that the original tenant agrees to enter into an “authorised guarantee agreement”, or (AGA) with the landlord to guarantee the incoming tenant’s liabilities for the lease.   When the incoming tenant fails […]

Rishi Sunak – What is the economic plan for the UK going forwards?

Currently, you could be forgiven for not being completely up to date with government policies, laws and legislations, as the Coronavirus has meant constant alterations and updates from the government.   Today’s announcement from Chancellor Rishi Sunak is certainly one to pay attention to, however, as it dictates the UK’s plan for dealing with the […]

Court of Appeal: ‘undue harshness’ is indeed capable of occurring quite commonly!

Written by Caryn Toh.     Court of Appeal: ‘undue harshness’ is indeed capable of occurring quite commonly!   On 04th September 2020, the Court of Appeal tackled the application of the definition of “unduly harsh” in the case HA (Iraq) and RA (Iraq) v SSHD [2020] EWCA Civ 1176.   Deportation   The UK […]

Wait…have I been offered a Part 36 Offer?

Written by Evveline Loh.     Before we delve into the recent case of Essex County Council v UBB Waste (Essex) Ltd (No. 3) [2020] EWHC 2387 (TCC)….   What is a Part 36 offer?   Parties to a court proceeding will usually try their best to mitigate adverse costs consequences by making a well-thought […]

Eviction Ban Now Over, Igniting Fresh Worry For Renters – But What Options Are Available?

The ban on evictions, which gave renting tenants some much needed breathing room during the lockdown period, has now been lifted meaning proceedings will be going to court for the first time since March.   In England, Wales and Scotland, landlords must give six months’ notice of eviction, which has increased from two months before […]

Why the need to consider making an application for pre-action disclosure?

Receipt of documents before legal action can be vital to understand the strength of a prospective claimant’s position, how to ultimately plead its case and to explore the likelihood of whether a settlement can be reached to ultimately reduce the litigation costs. It is also intended to assist prospective claimants who need the disclosure to […]

Sky-high divorce rates part of the Coronavirus impact

The coronavirus pandemic has been difficult for everyone, but for marriages that were already in rough water the lockdown and restrictions brought in by the disease have been the final straw for many couples. Being on top of each other for a long period of time may have magnified issues that had been there all […]

COVID Secure Search Order Issued For Disgruntled Gas Company

Covid 19 has disrupted people’s life to a great extent. The government has issued strict social distancing guidance and threatens that any one in breach of it will face serious penalties. Court rooms and legal proceedings are no exception to this.   In such context, many hearings have become virtual. The Ministry of Justice issued […]

Do Not Ignore Restrictive Covenants!

Written by Felix Otouke.     The word covenant derives its root from Latin word ‘convenire’. Meaning “come together”, agree, unite or be suitable.   A restrictive covenant is a promise that prohibits us from doing something. Therefore, in the context of an owner or occupier of a piece of land, it is a promise […]

Employment Law Focus: In the eyes of the law, dismissal based on hearsay is unacceptable – even in serious circumstances!

It is reasonable for employers to want their employees to have clean criminal records for a variety of reasons, one major reason being the reputation of the business or institution they are responsible for. However, in the eyes of the law any dismissal made in response to an employee being at risk of having committed […]

Huge changes to immigration rules set to pave way for EEA students coming to the UK!

There have been some major changes to the UK’s immigration rules today, including an introduction of the Student and Child Student rules for the Points Based Immigration System which will replace the Tier 4 (General) and Tier 4 (Child) routes. There is also altered rules for English Language provision and some new guidance on the […]

Digital Identity in the UK – What does the future hold?

Six new principles have been developed to boost secure use of digital identity and strengthen digital identity policy in the UK.   Mark Warman, Digital Infrastructure Minister has said:   “We want to make it easier for people to prove their identity securely online, so transactions can become even quicker – it has the potential […]

Competition and Markets Authority has 4 major property developers in its crosshairs!

Four of the UK’s largest housing developers could face legal action after the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) revealed it has initiated action over the way leasehold homes were sold.   The developers in question are:   Barratt Developments   Countryside Properties   Persimmon Homes   Taylor Wimpey   The CMA claims that it has […]

Wedding bells are ringing! New reforms to offer new options for couples tying the knot

After the difficulties that 2020 has served up to us it is always nice to remember the good times in life, the events that bring families and friends together to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company.   Weddings are up there with the biggest events in life and it appears that they are going to […]

Want to know what information the Home Office holds about you and how to obtain it?

We all know the feeling of having given something we own to a friend or family member and they take forever to give it back to us. It can be frustrating, and it can often leave us hesitant to loan anything to them again. Well, this same feeling is present when the Home Office are […]

September Brings Wave of HUGE Property Law Changes

Some really interesting and important changes to property law are being introduced from September 2020, with a focus on both environmentalism and industrialism being demonstrated. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is bringing in extra funding to promote greener UK homes, while applications for property extensions and rebuilds are also becoming more streamlined in a bid to revitalise […]

A Rightful Owner Or A Trustee For All?

Written by Stephanie Chiu.   A trust is not a novel concept to many. It is a way of managing a person’s assets. A person (a settlor) places his/her assets into a trust, appointing someone (trustee which can be the person him/herself) to manage the assets for the interest of someone else or even the […]

A Clearance Of The Past? – How Can You Benefit From the EU Settlement Scheme?

A quick refresher   As many will know, the EU Settlement Scheme has been set up in response to Brexit to allow EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens and their eligible family members living in the UK before the end of the Brexit transition period the opportunity to protect their residence in the UK after […]

Protecting Your Trade Secrets – What We Suggest: A Perception of Celgard LLC v Shenzhen Senior Technology Material

Written by Rosa Huang.     Recently an interim relief is granted by High Court of Justice of UK in a case enforcing the Trade Secrets (Enforcement, etc) Regulations 2018 (“the Trade Secrets Regulations”), Celgard LLC v Shenzhen Senior Technology Material.   What we know about the case   The dispute is between Celgard LLC […]

The Law of the Land: Use Classes See Significant Changes!

Planning use classes are the legal framework which determines what a particular property may be used for by its occupants. In England, these are contained within the provision of Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987.   On the 21st July 2020, the government published The Town and Country Planning Regulations 2020 which will […]

When Is Consent Unreasonably Withheld?

Written by Evveline Loh.   In many contracts, in particular, those dealing with landlord and tenant relationship, if some sort of consent is required from one party to enable the other party to do (or not to do) something, there is normally provision that such consent should not be unreasonably withheld. However, the issue whether […]

Moving further into the modern age? Probate applications to go online!

In a world that revolves so much around technology, it is only right that the legal sector keeps up. This is why all probate applications made by solicitors would have to be conducted online under recent proposals from the Ministry of Justice, encouraging practitioners to go step forward into digitisation.   What exactly is probate? […]

Non-molestation orders – A way to free yourself from abuse

People spending a lot of time indoors due to lockdown naturally meant that couples who were having issues previously experienced an amplification of the problems in their relationship. This led to a spike in separations and divorce, which is usually a tough time for the individuals involved and their family members.   What makes this […]

Possessions Proceedings, Evictions and More – Landlords vs Tenants in the Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has had a massive effect on the livelihoods of most of the world’s population. One of the most important things in life is the place you choose to live, and what to do with property that you own. It must be appreciated that renting property during this strange year can bring new […]

Family Law Focus: Navigating Child Custody

When it comes to a couple separating, a top priority is always the welfare of any children involved. In many cases, this can leave parents at odds with each other and unable to agree on who should take custody.   The main concerns often revolve around who the child will live with, if the custody […]

The Principle of Reflective Loss Does Not Apply To Creditors

Written by Lavinder Kaur, solicitor at Lisa’s Law.   What is reflective loss?   Firstly, the rule of reflective loss is derived from the principle of Foss v Harbottle, the company, being a separate legal entity, is the proper claimant to recover any loss resulting from an actionable wrong.   A shareholder’s loss in respect […]

Eat Out to Help Out – Get your business found!

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme means diners are able to get discounts of up to 50% on food and drinks between Monday and Wednesday between the 3rd and 31st of August, with the government reimbursing the businesses for these discounts, in a bid to get the hospitality industry back on track.   People […]

Stepping into the future? Will witnessing over video to be legalised in the wake of COVID-19

Wills witnessed using video technology such as Zoom and Skype are to be legalised, as the government aims to make it easier for people to have their final wishes met during the pandemic, and start to look ahead to a post-Coronavirus United Kingdom.   The basics of this new policy is as followed:   Government […]

Changes in place to help those who need urgent passports get them faster

Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) has had to bring in some changes to account for the fact that an increasing number of people who do not meet the urgent and compassionate criteria will want a passport more quickly as international travel restrictions continue to ease, particularly those with pre-existing bookings.   Essentially, many people have […]

De Facto Adoptions Given Wider Allowances by Home Office

The Home Office has just published its internal guidance to caseworkers on visa applications for children who are adopted or to be adopted in the UK. Noticeably, the guidance has provided much needed clarification on the eligibility of de facto adoptive children coming to the UK and joining the family they have been integrated into, […]

Leave it or Sign it? Simple miscommunications can lead to serious consequences!

Wtitten by Yitong Guo.   BEC Construction Limited v Melt Hythe Limited [2020] EWHC 970 (TCC)   The Fact:   This is a High Court case in TECHNOLOGY & CONSTRUCTION division.   The Defendant Melt Hythe Limited is a company registered in England and Wales. Its registered office is at an address known as Sunnyside, […]

BNO visa is open to Hong Kong Citizens from January 2021  – who is eligible and how will it work?

Following the announcement by PM Boris Johnson on 4th June 2020 that the UK would offer a new route to British citizenship to millions of Hong Kong residents who hold British Nationality Overseas passports (for more information on BNO passports, please click here), the Home Office has officially confirmed that these BNO citizens will be […]

Home Office update: Replacement visas available until the end of the year, with VAC’s now accepting passports

If your 30 day visa to travel to the UK for work, study or to join family has expired, or is about to expire, you can request a replacement visa with revised validity dates free of charge until the end of this year. This does not apply to other types of visas.   This process […]

Jarvis v Evans – Unlicensed Landlords and Possession Notice in Wales

Written by Evveline Loh.   The Court of Appeal gave an important judgement on the 7 July 2020. It was held that a notice served under s8 of the Housing Act 1988 by a landlord is a ‘notice to terminate a tenancy’ falls within the scope of s7 (2) (f) of the Housing (Wales) Act […]

Looking after the UK – Health and Care Visa to launch on 4 August

The Home Office have announced a new Health and Care Visa for foreign medical workers which will open for applications on 4 August 2020.   Instead of thinking of this visa as brand new, it is better to think of it as a new pathway within the Tier 2 (General) visa route. Plus, it is […]

Congratulations to Rosa Huang for being admitted on the Solicitors Roll!

We are hugely proud of Rosa Huang who has worked extremely hard to pass her Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme and has now been officially admitted on the Solicitors Roll.   Since joining us in near the start of 2020, she has been so professional, dedicated and successful in all of her work and displayed such […]

Family Law Focus – The Importance of Consent Orders

When a family finds itself going through tough times, one of the best remedies can be a plan for the future which can help bring clarity to an otherwise murky situation. Even when a family is breaking apart, being certain about how assets are being divided can bring some much needed stability, and provide a […]

The Future of UK Immigration is here…But what does it look like?

Home Secretary Priti Patel has revealed the UK’s new points based immigration system and post Brexit visa rules in a document spanning over 130 pages, so we have broken down the key factors for coming to work, study or visit. More detailed articles on the specifics will follow, but this blog will largely cover the […]

A new 5-year settlement visa for BNOs, who is eligible?

According to an announcement made this month by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, the UK will target people holding BNO (British National Overseas) Status a new visa route with the possibility of permanent residency further down the line.   This route allows people from Hong Kong with BNO status to apply for a one-off visa for […]

With COVID-19 still in Sight, Redundancy Wave has Arrived!

One of the major fallouts of the coronavirus pandemic is the effect it has had on people’s livelihoods and careers. At the start of the year many people in work would have assumed their place was relatively untouchable if they continued to work hard and fulfil the role they were brought on to do.  However, […]

Migrants who face imminent destitution can also apply for public funds now

The Home Office has just updated their policy on public funds. The amended policy will allow migrants who face imminent destitution, not only those who are already destitute, to apply for public funds, which is clearly another positive step forward.   Online applications for access to public funds have already been available to certain migrants […]

PhD students to get 3 years PSW visas and all other graduates 2 years – the UK has opened its arms to global talents

The UK’s desire to becoming a leading scientific superpower has taken its first steps today, with the new Research and Development Roadmap being revealed by the Business Secretary Alok Sharma.   What are the key points of this plan?   Attracting and retaining global talents Government to ensure UK is the best place in the […]

Splitting assets in a divorce – How does it work?

Divorce is always going to be a difficult thing to deal with, and there is no definitive guidebook that everyone can turn to when figuring it out. Each divorce, like each marriage, is unique. A couple will spend so much time building a life together, it is only natural that they will also accumulate wealth, […]

Visas for the sole representatives of overseas businesses – What are they?

It is not always easy for a business to expand into a new market. Among others, culture, market conditions, law and tax systems can be completely different. It is natural that the business may want to send someone as its representative to the new market to establish a certain presence before it eventually decides whether […]

Finally some light at the end of the tunnel? – Property transactions in May see a slight rise

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) presents monthly estimates of residential and non -residential property transactions in the UK and its constituent countries, and as you’d expect that last couple of reports have shown a downward trend due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   You can check out our report on the April report here: Lowest rate […]

Pubs and restaurants may have to register all customers as hospitality industry re-opens

Decisions on relaxing the 2-metre distancing rule and reopening hospitality on 4 July are expected to be finalised at a meeting of the government’s Covid-19 committee today.   The committee will also be discussing the option of customers having to give their name and contact information on entry, as a means of keeping track of […]

Time to upgrade! Short term student visa holders can now apply for regular Tier 4 visas from within the UK

New guidance has been released for Tier 4 sponsors, Tier 4 students and short-term study students in response to the outbreak of coronavirus. As always, the concessions will all be kept under regular review by the government and will likely be withdrawn once the situation returns to normal.   As always, we are here to […]

Free visa extensions for family members of NHS workers – but only if you are NOT British?

Here at Lisa’s Law, we feel very passionately about the NHS and all the people who work within it. The UK is so fortunate to have a healthcare system as strong and open as the NHS, especially during such times as we find ourselves in now. Without all of the hard-work, selfless dedication and sacrifices […]

Lockdown divorce rates are sky high…and their affect on the property market is HUGE

Being in lockdown has been hard on all of us, but it has been even worse for couples who were already questioning the lifespan of their marriage. With the current rules keeping everyone cooped up at home, it can intensify an already volatile relationship.   Divorce rates since lockdown have seen a significant rise, and […]

Lowest rate of property transactions for over a decade! But how can you benefit?

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) presents monthly estimates of residential and non -residential property transactions in the UK and its constituent countries.   With the world so affected by the COVID-19 outbreak at the moment, we can tell by the recent reports that purchases are on a massive downward trend.   The Figures presented in […]

Welcoming Solicitor Evveline Loh into Our Ranks!

We are very happy to welcome Evveline Loh who started working at Lisa’s Law this week.   Evveline has over 5 year’s valuable experience to bring to the team, and she qualified as a solicitor in 2019.   Evveline studied law at the University of Sheffield and subsequently completed her Legal Practice Course at the […]

Renters Let off Unfeasible Fees!

A ban on letting agents and landlords charging their tenants extortionate fees was extended to all renters from 1st June 2020.   On 1st June 2019, many fees were banned for people taking on new tenancy agreements. This is known as the Tenant Fees Act 2019, and has now been extended to all renters in […]

A New Route to British Citizenship, Boris Promises to Hong Kong residents

As many may have read in the news, China has announced it has intention to impose a national security law on the city. Many residents in the city territory worry the law could affect Hong Kong’s unique freedoms.   In response to this, Boris Johnson has said the UK will change its immigration rules to […]

Reasonable or Criminal? Failing to produce Immigration Documents is a serious issue

It goes without saying that the only way one should enter into any country, including the UK, is by legal and correctly organised means, which involves having all the necessary paperwork and documentation on your person at the time of your arrival.   However, we are aware that life is not always so simple, and […]

Immigration Detainees Have Dropped by More Than 75%

In a recent statistical report on Covid-19 and the immigration system, it was noted that between the start of the UK lockdown on 23 March and the end of April, 295 people entered immigration detention.   231 of these people were classed as “clandestine entrants”, which means they entered the UK via secretive means, or […]

Furlough scheme set to wind down as national debt goes through the roof

At present, almost 8 and a half million people are on furlough, equating to a quarter of the total jobs in Britain.   A quarter of company directors surveyed by the Institute of Directors say they would not be able to afford to pay even 20 per cent of the furlough scheme if required – […]

Immigration News: All visas in the UK are automatically extended to July 31!

Although it was long overdue, the USCIS finally made the above announcement. This means that the identities of the following people have been automatically extended to July 31:   All those who hold a visitor visa in the UK expiring on or before July 31; and   All those who hold a student visa, spouse […]