Business immigration lawyers | Burges Salmon

We understand that corporate immigration to the UK can be a complex issue for global employers. We work collaboratively with our clients to simplify the process with straightforward advice. With a wealth of specialist experience, our business immigration lawyers will support you step by step through the process.  

Our lawyers can help you identify the most effective route of entry and guide you through the application process. We can advise on executive appointments (including relocation, tax and remuneration packages) and we are also experienced in advising on changes to executive contracts, including dual contracts.

Employing foreign nationals can also generate specific HR issues. We draw on our experience across all aspects of employment law to ensure these needs are met.

Through associations with our preferred law firms, we also offer business immigration advice in other countries. 

Areas of focus:

Our business immigration lawyers handle a wide variety of work including the following:

  • Sponsor licence applications, ensuring HR compliance with sponsor licence obligations.
  • Advice on current and prospective employee visa applications made by your employees.
  • Assessment of the risks involved with recruiting and terminating employment of foreign nationals.
  • Assessment of risks through disposals, mergers and acquisitions or restructuring involved with corporate immigration.
  • Strategic advice on preventing the employment of illegal workers and handling appeals against the imposition of civil penalties following UK Visas and Immigration raids.

Due to the sensitive nature of our work in this area, the examples below have been anonymised.

Providing immigration helpline advice to a global financial administration company.

Advising a government body on sponsorship duties, Tier 2 process and in particular, the requirements of the resident labour market test.

Advising a renewable energy company on obtaining a sponsor's licence.

Advising a not-for-profit organisation on the options open to the business for retaining a key overseas national who is working in the UK under a Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa.

Advising a Spanish insurance company and its UK subsidiaries in relation to the appointment of senior overseas individuals to key roles within the UK.

Meet the team
Adrian Martin

Adrian Martin Partner

  • Head of Employment
  • TUPE: Business Transfers and Outsourcing
  • Restructuring and Redundancy
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Katie Russell Partner

  • Employment
  • Financial Services
  • Sport

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