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Apr
14
2016

Employer’s reasonable and genuine belief can be sufficient for SOSR dismissal
#Employment #UK Immigration #Inward Investment

In Nayak v Royal Mail Group, the EAT upheld the tribunal’s decision that an employer’s genuine and reasonable belief that an employee was no longer permitted to work in the UK was sufficient to show that he had been dismissed for some other substantial reason (SOSR)....

Feb
18
2016

Immigration changes: NHS surcharge will be payable by Australians and New Zealanders
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

The Government has announced that from 6 April this year Australians and New Zealanders who spend more than 6 months in the UK will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)....

Jan
29
2016

Visa applications – the devil is in the detail
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

In the immigration team we help people who are applying for many different kinds of visa – from students to skilled workers, visitors to spouses. But what do all visa applications have in common?...

Sep
25
2015

Immigration skills charge for UK employers
#Immigration #Inward Investment

The recently published Immigration Bill, coming less than a year after the Immigration Act 2014 took effect, builds on the Conservative Government’s objective to make Britain a more hostile environment for undocumented migrants....

Aug
14
2015

Immigration crack down in construction, care and cleaning sectors as first modern slavery claims made
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Outsourcing & Supply Chain #Supply Chain Governance

Six Lithuanians are suing Kent-based gangmaster operation DJ Houghton Catching Services in the High Court, for whom it is alleged that they were trafficked from Lithuania to work, in the first ever case of a UK firm being taken to court for modern slavery-related claims. ...

Apr
25
2014

New Visa Fees Come into Force
#Immigration #Inward Investment

A number of changes were introduced to the immigration rules on 6 April 2014 (see our previous Buddy blog). Alongside these changes came the yearly increase in fees for visa, immigration and nationality applications and premium services, which also apply from 6 April. As before, the fees vary depending on the type of visa application and whether the application is being made outside or inside the...

Feb
25
2014

Illegal worker succeeds in sexual harassment claim against employer
#Immigration #Inward Investment

In the case of Wijesundera v Heathrow 3PL Logistics Ltd the EAT held that a Sri Lankan national who was working without a work permit was able to bring a claim of sexual harassment. On applying for work with the Respondent, the employee informed them that she required a visa to lawfully work in the UK. In the months before she started work she visited the Respondent`s offices to discuss work and...

Sep
24
2013

A quick guide to doing business in the UK
#Inward Investment

There are great opportunities for foreign entrepreneurs and companies to make use of the dynamic and open business climate existing in the UK, as well as a highly skilled workforce. In addition a transparent tax regime, the familiarity of the English language and trusted legal and accounting systems makes the UK an appealing destination for many foreign companies....

Jul
25
2013

The UK must act as a bridge for trade between Europe and the growing economies of the Commonwealth
#Inward Investment

According to a panel of leading experts, the UK and EU are missing a wealth of opportunities from the fastest growing economies in the world because of barriers to trade with the Commonwealth....

Jan
03
2013

Where Are The Brits? Advice to UK Exporters from Baroni Limited
#Inward Investment

This is a question I hear often when meeting foreign business leaders and ambassadors. To what are they referring? World recession and the general decline in business globally, normally means that businesses are clamouring for opportunities the world over....

Jan
12
2011

Neighbourhood Development Orders
#Inward Investment

In the recently published Localism Bill, the same rules regarding the body that can be a qualifying body entitled to initiate the process for making a neighbourhood development order and as regards the neighbourhood area, are applicable to neighbourhood development orders as they are to neighbourhood development plans....

Jan
10
2011

Neighbourhood Development Plans
#Inward Investment

The Government`s intention to involve local communities in planning matters was well publicised over a number of months but ministerial statements left it unclear how the proposed neighbourhood plans would relate to strategies and policies contained in local planning authority development plan documents, such as Core Strategies, that have been gradually emerging through the local development framework system introduced by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. The Localism Bill published last month has clarified some of the main areas of uncertainty....

Dec
02
2010

New Homes Bonus
#Inward Investment

The Government`s proposals for a New Homes Bonus payable to local authorities have been trailed for several months by Ministerial statements and Press reports. An announcement in early August confirming that a New Homes Bonus scheme would be introduced did not in fact confirm the previously stated intention to match the Council Tax on every new home with payment of an equivalent amount as grant, to the local authority, annually for 6 years. This broad approach has however recently been confirmed by the detailed proposals set out in the Department for Communities and Local Government`s consultation paper (November 2010), which is primarily addressed to local authorities for views on the detailed workings of the arrangements. It applies to England only....

May
10
2010

Update on new use class for homes in multiple occupation
#Inward Investment

Factsheet on new definition of houses in multiple occupation...

Apr
12
2010

Improved Permitted Development Rights for Non-Domestic Development
#Inward Investment

An amendment to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order, applicable to England only, has come into force on 6 April....

Apr
06
2010

Community Infrastructure Levy - An Outline
#Inward Investment

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was introduced in the Planning Act 2008 as a levy on development to provide funding for infrastructure to serve development across the area of the charging authority rather than the infrastructure directly required for that individual development. It replaces the proposal, at the Bill stage of the Act, to charge a tax on the increase in development value resulting from the grant of planning permission, to be called Planning Gain Supplement. Liability to CIL will derive from the grant of planning permission....

Mar
25
2010

Exemptions from Design & Access Statements for Planning Applications and other Amendments to the Town & Country Planning General Development Procedure Order
#Inward Investment

The latest GDPO Amendment Order which comes into force on 6 April 2010, in relation to England only, contains a variety of changes to the procedural arrangements...

Feb
08
2010

Flat Sharing - New Planning requirements for homes in multiple occupation
#Inward Investment

New planning requirements for houses in multiple occupation...

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