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.
Let us know what you need, and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.