(FULLY BOOKED) DT 1800 Sponsor Licence Law Conference

Last year’s successful inaugural Sponsor Licence Law Conference provided a space for immigration lawyers across the UK to share experiences and tips on dealing with this complex area of law. The White Paper on the UK’s future immigration system, published in December 2018, indicates that sponsorship will continue to play a central role in the post-Brexit immigration system. This year’s conference will therefore include a detailed examination of the current system of sponsorship for businesses, primarily relating to Tier 2 (General and ICT) and Tier 5, and a look at what the future may hold. The speakers will provide highly practical insight and tips from their extensive experience and the day will provide a unique opportunity for those who practice in this area to share their experience and expertise.

Event details

Date(s):11 April 2019
Start Time:10.00
End Time:17.00
Audience:The session will be of interest to immigration lawyers advising businsses and other organisations on sponsorship and related issues. Experience in advising sponsors would be useful.
Main area:Immigration;Business Immigration - companies;Judicial Review;Other
Main area other:Sponsorship
Aim of course:By the end of the session attendees will be informed about up to date issues in sponsor licensing law and policy and future policy. They will also take away practical ideas about how to deal effectively with complex sponsorship cases in day to day practice. The day will cover issues relating primarily to sponsorship under Tiers 2 & 5 (with some reference to Tier 4)
  • dealing with complex sponsor licence applications;
  • best practice for maintaining a sponsor licence;
  • complex issues relating to applications for migrants and family members;
  • dealing with problems including investigations, suspensions and revocations;
  • case-law review
  • the future system of sponsorship
Tutor details:Chairs: Nichola Carter, Carter Thomas. Joe Middleton, Doughty Street Chambers. Emma Brooksbank, Freeths LLP, James Perrott, Macfarlanes LLP, Tom Brett-Young, Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP, Nicolette Bostock, Laura Devine Solicitors
Tutor biographies:Nichola Carter and Joe Middleton are the conference chairs. 

Nichola Carter is the founder of Carter Thomas Solicitors and has practised immigration law for two decades. Ranked consistently in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 since 2006, she is described as being ‘highlighted for her expertise in dealing with visa compliance issues involving the Home Office’.  

Joe Middleton is a leader in the field of immigration law at Doughty Street Chambers. In addition to undertaking cases raising extradition and international human rights law, he has developed a niche in sponsor licensing law. The Legal 500 refers to Joe as ‘Approachable, clever and inspires confidence’. 

Nichola and Joe worked on the London Metropolitan University case and have worked together on numerous  cases since then. 

James Perrott  is head of the immigration team at Macfarlanes, with over 18 years’ experience providing specialist immigration advice to a range of clients including FTSE100 companies, Small and Medium Enterprises, Higher Education Institutions and high-net-worth individuals. James provides strategic immigration advice to companies in various sectors and supports UK start-ups in relation to the Tier 2 Sponsor Licence regime. As well as assisting with the full process from the initial Sponsor Licence application itself through to obtaining visas for non-EEA employees, he also advises on compliance with the Points Based System and the illegal working legislation.  In addition, he assists organisations in their discussions with the Home Office following the threat of, or actual, downgrading / suspension of their sponsor licences, ensuring they retain the ability to sponsor non-EEA workers.

Emma Brooksbank specialises in advising HR teams on business immigration for recruitment. She advises and assists corporate, higher education, local authority and individual clients in areas of immigration law, policy making and business strategy. She advises on all aspects of the Points Based System typically in matters involving establishing a Tier 2 licence and supporting licence and audit compliance. 

Tom Brett-Young is head of the immigration team at VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards). He has specialised in immigration law since 2004, with the majority of that time spent advising on economic migration matters. Since the introduction of the Points-Based System a significant part of Tom's practice has involved advising employers and education providers on discharging their duties as sponsors under Tiers 2, 4 and 5.
Tom has been a co-convenor of ILPA's Economic Migration Working Group since 2013. He is a member of the Thomson Reuters Practical Law Immigration Consultation Board, a contributor to the LexisPSL Immigration module and has written articles for Westlaw UK. His expertise is recognised in listings with Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners and the Who's Who Legal guide includes Tom as a "Thought Leader" in the field of Corporate Immigration.

Nicolette Bostock is a senior solicitor at Laura Devine Solicitors in London specialising in UK immigration and nationality law since joining the firm in 2007. Nicolette advises clients in relation to a wide range of applications including under all tiers of the points-based system (PBS), non-PBS categories, Tier 2 and Tier 4 sponsor licence applications and employer compliance support. She also has a particular expertise in EU free movement and permanent residence in the UK for EEA nationals and their non-EEA family members, involving complicated applications in EU free movement jurisprudence, applications for indefinite leave to remain in the UK and naturalisation and registration as British citizens. She has had notable success in advising on a number of complex initial and extension applications for Tier 1 Investor and Tier 1 Entrepreneur clients, and Tier 1 Exceptional Talent in the arts, science and technology routes and applications for accelerated settlement under these routes.

PriceConcessionary Training Prices: £240
Member Training Prices: £360
Non Member Training Prices: £720

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