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Law firm launches immigration practice

There has been an 82 per cent drop in the amount of revenue generated by the Tier 1 (Investor) visa since changes in 2014

7 January 2016

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Howard Kennedy has launched a 'dedicated immigration services practice', which will target a range of stakeholders trying to enter the UK.

The service will cater both for businesses and individuals and will be led by Antonia Torr, who joined the firm in December 2015 from immigration boutique, DJ Webb & Co.

Wholesale changes were made to the Tier 1 (Investor) visa scheme in October 2014, making it more difficult and (in the government's view) more beneficial to the UK for prospective immigrants to move to Britain.

The Home Office has reported a significant drop in the number of people using the Tier 1 scheme since the change, with £88m generated through the scheme in the second half of 2015, down from £251m in the same period in 2014.

Torr believes that by providing a dedicated service, Howard Kennedy can help to give people trying to enter the UK a better chance of success.

'The UK immigration regime is complex and a rapidly changing area of law.

'There are many different visa types and a high rate of refusal. Up to date and quality advice is essential if individuals and businesses are to be successful in making the UK their home.'

The service will target investors, 'high value' private clients, business, artists and entertainers, as well as senior executives and sports people.


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