With the UK immigration rules changing from the 1 January 2020, it’s never been more important for law firms to consider their offering for commercial clients and to support employers.
Glyn Lloyd, Partner at Cardiff-based immigration specialist firm Newfields, explains below how his firm is supporting large regional law firms across Wales and is able to collaborate with you to enhance your offering and help clients overcome the challenges faced in a post Brexit world.
Newfields, The Law Society Wales & Legal News Wales are also hosting a FREE online event to explain the new immigration rules and the ending of freedom of movement on the 10 December (10-11am).
Relocating individuals to the UK – ranging from senior management to key skilled staff – involves many moving parts. As the new UK immigration rules come into force on 1 January 2021, law firms should be looking to include robust, commercially-focused immigration advice to enhance their existing business and employment law offering.
Newfields, founded by Glyn Lloyd, already works with a number of major regional law firms in Wales to offer specialist, commercially-focused immigration advice with a human touch. It’s proud of its ability to work in synergy with other law firms to meet the diverse immigration needs of their clients, and to support businesses through the Brexit transition and beyond.
Supporting the legal sector
Immigration law is complex, changeable, and getting it wrong has significant repercussions for both employers and visa holders. Newfields’ business-focused approach, twinned with the challenging regulatory landscape makes the firm an attractive collaborative partner to other law firms to provide immigration services for their commercial clients.
Newfields collaborates with employment and corporate teams, advising on hiring overseas staff and assessing worker rights through to due diligence arising from M&As that involve transfers of non-EU (and, from 1 January 2021, non-British) employees.
Newfields reports that most employers are still grappling with the new UK immigration rules that will require a change of approach in only a few weeks’ time.
We invite CDLS members to join us for this bespoke, free event and encourage you to share this invitation with your colleagues.
Free Webinar: Brexit & the new UK immigration rules: insight for lawyers
10 December, 10-11am (FREE & online)
Newfields, in association with The Law Society Wales and Legal News Wales, is hosting a FREE, online seminar for law firms, and, if of interest, their clients, to explain the new rules and what they need to know.
What makes Newfields different?
Aside from its specialist focus, Newfields is a firm that prioritises client outcome without resorting to traditional billing structures, making it nimble and open to new ideas and collaborations. Its incredibly diverse team is grounded to delivering excellent legal services. Business profit is secondary. It understands the demands of the legal profession and takes pride in delivering responsive, holistic and commercially oriented advice, with certainty on costs and strategy from the outset.
Brexit: how we can help
On 1 January 2021, most EU workers entering the UK from January will need a visa which is ‘sponsored’ by an employer that has a Home Office sponsor licence. The work must be skilled and meet minimum salary thresholds. Newfields can assist law firms to prepare their clients for Brexit, offering sponsor licence applications in readiness for the new changes, and advising on how the new immigration landscape will affect their clients’ staffing.
Earlier this year, Newfields was appointed by the Welsh Government to deliver an all-Wales legal advice service for EU citizens and their family members. The firm works with other public advice providers to assist those requiring pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
“Outstanding and efficient service for my family and I”
“With the help of Glyn, our visa applications that at first were a challenging and daunting prospect, were made straightforward and were done in a very efficient manner. I would definitely use Glyn and his team's services again.”
“My experience with Newfields and Glyn was second to none! All of our correspondence was via email in which Glyn would reply within hours if I had any questions or concerns. I was very impressed with Glyn and would have no hesitation in using his services again.”
“Newfields has supported me in the challenge of playing rugby in England. Despite facing difficulties due to the pandemic, Glyn has handled the matter promptly and professionally. With that great support, I am looking forward to a great start in the UK”
“Newfields did an exceptional job in helping us with our immigration requirements - very professional and personal with a minimum of fuss. I recommend their practice very highly”
“Perhaps one of the most stressful things about moving abroad is all the admin around the visa application procedure. I was very fortunate that before and during my time in South Africa I had Glyn on hand to help with my application. He was extremely helpful and very professional, which certainly helped alleviate quite a lot of my stress! I would definitely recommend Glyn to anyone looking for assistance with their Visa application Abroad.”
“Glyn provided a fantastic service to my family and I, they were professional, extremely helpful and very efficient, and were always on hand for friendly advice.”
“We have had nothing short of exceptional service from Glyn and his team at Newfields. Their attention to detail for our visas was beyond anything that we had anticipated with every step of the process being made as simple as possible for us - even to the point where Glyn went out of his way after hours to meet me to receive my BRP. We couldn't have asked for a better service and have recommended Glyn to numerous other South Africans engaging in the visa process”
“They are really an excellent team of professionals, all the staff always willing and with good energy to help you and try to solve any problem. Highly recommended.”
“The service provided by Newfields Law is very professional, they are responsive and friendly. I particularly appreciated how speedily Glyn and Chloe dealt with everything. Thank you again!”
“I have used Newfields for numerous visa applications, and I am so grateful to Glyn and his team for their commitment and hard work to make sure each application was seamless. Glyn personally went above and beyond; efficiently communicating what was required, and taking the time to walk me through the process, making sure I understood each step. He made a very overwhelming application process a lot easier and a lot less stress!”
“Very professional and makes life a lot easier, amazing to work with”
“Glyn and Newfields make the visa process seamless each season; from the moment we inform them of the signing of our import players to the day they arrive in the UK. Glyn has always given sound advice and I would recommend Newfields Law wholeheartedly”
“Glyn was always available when needed and made our applications, which were time sensitive and very daunting at first, less stressful and more straightforward. Highly recommended.”
“Glyn and his team at Newfields have helped immensely through my visa application process. The ability Glyn has to explain procedures in terminology that makes the entire process less overwhelming and daunting was a huge help. I'll always be grateful for the assistance Glyn provided and the efficient communication he and his team provided.”
“Glyn has been instrumental in advising the England Rugby Football Union as well as many clubs on a wide range of immigration matters, and is always on hand to steer us in the right direction. He and his colleagues always respond promptly, efficiently and often with very little notice, which is essential in the fast moving environment within which we work.”
“Glyn and his team at Newfields have been Instrumental in advising on a range of immigration matters. As part of my talent ID role at the Ospreys I recruit on a global basis. Glyn is always on hand to advise and guide me through each step of the process with a great deal of calmness and professionalism. Glyn and his team are experts in their field and their knowledge on all immigration matters is incredibly impressive. Glyn and his team are hugely supportive, friendly, responsive and professional. I would have no hesitation in recommending Newfields. ”
“Glyn and his team worked tirelessly with Billy Nelson, the Boxing Board of Control and Home Office Policy teams to secure a sponsorship arrangement and set of visas for myself and my family, whilst accommodating my overseas boxing commitments. 10/10 for service and getting the result we needed!”
“We cannot describe how impressed we are with the work Glyn did for us. Countless emails back and forth to ensure that we had all the right documents in place. His detail was very thorough and knowledge of the goings on was very impressive. He was on call for any questions we may have had and this went a long way in stressful times when we needed just that extra bit of information. We are very pleased with the service we received and would highly recommend Glyn to anyone who needs his services”
“The RFL have worked with Newfields on a wide range of immigration issues and have found that they have an excellent understanding of many immigration matters. Glyn is always available for both the governing body and the clubs to answer the most straightforward or complex query; his attitude and work ethic are outstanding.”
“The efficiency, professionalism and swiftness with which Glyn handled the situation I presented him with (at very short notice) was absolutely outstanding. I will definitely be using his services in future.”
“With Admiral Insurance being a global brand with offices all over the world we have a lot of visa and immigration queries. We have used Newfields for a number of years now and I have found every interaction with them to be a very positive and helpful experience. The customer service they provide is second to none and I know I can always count on their fantastic service and advice.”
“Newfields provided a seamless service – from preparing all the paperwork and personally attending the Home Office with me, through to returning all of my documents in person. Very approachable, reassuring and quick to answer queries – a great service for international athletes.”
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