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The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered an immense economic and social fallout, the full effects of which won't be known for some time. However UK employers with Home Office sponsor licences don’t have the luxury of time as they need urgent clear immigration and employment law advice on how Covid-19 will impinge on their business and HR practices.

Tuesday, 26 May, 2020

When it comes to immigration and the impact of Covid-19 there are daily developments. That isn’t surprising as in a global pandemic, with a UK government imposed lockdown and an economic recession, the pace and scale of changes affecting immigration are fast and furious. In this article we look at some of the recent Covid-19 immigration developments for individuals.

UK immigration solicitors

Friday, 22 May, 2020

The House of Commons released a report on the 12 May providing more information and analysis on the new points based immigration system due to come into effect on the 1 January 2021. In this blog we look at the new visa categories and answer your questions on why employers need to apply for a sponsorship licence.

UK immigration solicitors   

Monday, 18 May, 2020
Legal Information Video on Employment Law

AVAILABLE TO WATCH NOW FOR FREE - COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions Employment Law Webinar on:

  • Furlough and redundancy

  • Preparing for post Covid-19

  • Overview of the government initiative

  • Handling staff issues following Covid-19


Wednesday, 13 May, 2020

In collaboration with leading set of London barrister’s chambers, The 36 Group, Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors is delighted to announce a free employment law webinar for employers.

The drop-in client webinar on employment law will take place on Monday the 11th May at 14:00.

In order to register for this free online event please click the link below:

Wednesday, 06 May, 2020
Employment law informational video for employees and employers

Many employees, employers and HR directors are overwhelmed by all the recent changes in employment law whilst also feeling isolated as they are unable to attend seminars and training events during the Covid-19 lock down.

Thursday, 30 April, 2020

In collaboration with leading set of London barrister’s chambers, The 36 Group, Teni Shahiean of OTS Solicitors is delighted to announce a free employment law webinar.

The first drop-in client webinar on employment law will take place on Thursday the 30th April at 13:30 In order to register for this free online event please click the link below:

Friday, 24 April, 2020

Immigration solicitors know that many employers are exhausted with dealing with the impact of Covid-19 on their business, are weary of Brexit and wonder just how much more change their business can cope with. The reality is that more change is on the horizon. On the 9 April 2020, just before the Easter break and during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in London, the government released its promotional material entitled ‘’The UK’s points based immigration system: an introduction for employers’’.

Friday, 24 April, 2020

All of us at OTS Solicitors in London want to show our appreciation to those of you employed in the National Health Service battling to help Londoners during the Covid-19 outbreak. As lawyers we thought of a ‘Covid-19 NHS Free Legal Services Helpline’ as our way to say thank you.

If you are a NHS employee/parent, child or spouse of an NHS employee and you need legal advice on:

Wednesday, 22 April, 2020

Applying for a Home Office sponsor licence may be on your "to do" list but with Brexit, the end of free movement and the introduction of the new points based immigration system on the 1 January 2021, you may be thinking what is the rush? After all, why not see how things go and apply in January 2021? Sponsor licence solicitors say the best advice is to carry out a detailed strategic Brexit review now.

Tuesday, 21 April, 2020

As London employment law solicitors we are in the fortunate position of being able to switch to remote working and client consultations, almost at the press of a button because we already had the infrastructure, processes and safeguards in place to enable our solicitors to work remotely. We’ve also offered a digital consultation option for several years via our online platform, skype or telephone conferencing.

Wednesday, 18 March, 2020

We have written about Right to Work checks before, but as Immigration solicitors in London with top employment solicitors making up part of our team, the importance of getting right to work checks right is something that we’re very much aware of.

Friday, 22 February, 2019

It is one thing to expect employers and co-workers to understand the needs of a disabled employee or work colleague in a wheel chair and to make adjustments for them, but it is often much harder for work places to cater for the needs of employees with what are nowadays classed as “invisible disabilities”.  Likewise, some employees do not want to draw attention to t

Wednesday, 09 January, 2019

By Teni Shahiean, CEO at OTS Solicitors 

From the news last week, London employment law solicitors learnt that last year the gender pay gap at Transport for London grew to 21.5 per cent. That is a reported increase of 1.8 per cent from the previous year. 

That is not great headline news for Sadiq Khan who chairs TFL.  Perhaps we should all look to Iceland for the answer on what to do about the gender pay gap. 

Monday, 07 January, 2019

In the news this week is the 88 year old secretary who was employed by a National Health Service trust until she was sacked. The employee asserts that her dismissal was down to age discrimination whereas her employer maintains that she was sacked on the grounds of culpability for the failure to add the names of patients to a database of those awaiting reconstruction surgery. 

Wednesday, 02 January, 2019

By Teni Shahiean, CEO at OTS Solicitors 

Wednesday, 02 January, 2019

You may question what on earth employment law has got to do with religious and philosophical beliefs, but an Employment Tribunal is considering whether veganism should be classed as a philosophical or religious belief. “Why?” you may ask.

Friday, 28 December, 2018

Most employers and employees struggle with what is meant by bullying in the workplace. After all it can be a fine dividing line between robust staff and performance management and perceptions of bullying or a team member’s jokes turning from good work camaraderie into one staff member feeling singled out and bullied.

Friday, 28 December, 2018

By Teni Shahiean, CEO at OTS Solicitors 

In a period of turbulent politics and confusion over Home Office conflicting announcements over Investor Visas, I am delighted to announce some good news emanating from the Home Office.  

Online right to work checks

Friday, 28 December, 2018

By Teni Shahiean, CEO at OTS Solicitors 

With the #metoo movement it seems that every day there is someone making allegations of sexual harassment against a celebrity. 

These high profile cases generate publicity. However, what about the average employee? To whom do they turn to if they experiences sexual harassment in the workplace? 

Thursday, 27 December, 2018

By Teni Shahiean, CEO at OTS Solicitors

At first glance, the EU settlement scheme fees do not sound that much. The fee is £65 per adult and £32.50 per child. However, for a family of two adults and two children that is £260 to find. Not a small amount if you are a low paid EU migrant worker.

Friday, 21 December, 2018

By Teni Shahiean, solicitor and CEO at OTS Solicitors 

It is Christmas time! It is also the season for people to catch bugs and colds. Many employers think that if you book time off work and you are ill then it is just bad luck. Maybe some employers, who do not have the Christmas spirit, think it is better that an employee is sick in their own time, rather than at work.

Friday, 21 December, 2018

By Oshin Shahiean, managing partner at OTS Solicitors in London

top London immigration solicitors have been waiting 18 months for the release of the government white paper on Immigration. It was finally released on Wednesday the 19th of December. 

Thursday, 20 December, 2018

After a very hectic couple of days at the London Business Show 2018 we are now back at the offices of OTS Solicitors looking back on a very busy few days.  We never realised that talking business could be such fun but with OTS Solicitors attending, exhibiting and speaking at the UK’s biggest business show with its 25,000 visitors we all thoroughly enjoyed the event. We will be booking our tickets and stand for the London Business Show 2019.

Thursday, 29 November, 2018

Nowadays not one day seems to go by without the press reporting on a business man receiving adverse publicity resulting from allegations of harassment of employees or a company falling foul of campaigns to avoid gender stereotyping of people in the work environment. The new culture and high profile campaigns make some business owners feel as if they are walking a tightrope between:

Thursday, 22 November, 2018

The one job that most London employment lawyers know that they have not got the skill set to carry out is Employment as a human resources manager.

Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Caroline Nokes recently told members of parliament that employers will have to check their EU employee’s eligibility to work in the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Despite the looming Brexit deadline Ms Nokes did not reveal how right to work checks for EU nationals would work. 

Friday, 09 November, 2018

As the best Immigration lawyers in London know, Immigration law and employment law do not always sit easily together. Indeed, for any employer in the UK, working with top employment solicitors who also have an in-depth knowledge of the Immigration rules is a must.

Tuesday, 30 October, 2018

When people decide to set up their own company they often do not appreciate the vast array of roles they will end up undertaking in the early days of their business enterprise; from ordering the stationary , sorting out routine repairs and trying to cover  the company’s marketing , technology and human resource requirements.

Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

As every UK Employment lawyer knows, the validity of most Employment Tribunal claims is dependant on the claimant complying with clear and strict time limits. In most cases, this is 3 months from the behaviour of the employer (or the latest incident of the particular behaviour).

Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

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Monday, 15 October, 2018

While none of the best employment lawyers in London would ever suggest or sanction the provision of false references by a prospective job applicant, one has to have a certain amount of admiration (whether misplaced or otherwise) for the would-be Captain of a commercial freight airline who gave false references, effectively asking his prospective employer to contact Jabba the Hutt to verify his experience.

Thursday, 11 October, 2018

Although Brexit is fast approaching, top employment solicitors remain only too aware of the need to pay attention to decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

Wednesday, 10 October, 2018

TUPE – the Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment) Regulations – the nemesis of many UK employment lawyers and HR practitioners – makes it clear that in the case where the regulations apply, and an employee is transferred to a new employer, there should be no changes to the contract in connection with the transfer.

Friday, 05 October, 2018

The Conservative Party conference has been about more than Brexit, and London employment solicitors were interested to see the announcement that legislation is to be introduced relating to tips – more specifically to make sure that tips left for workers in bars, restaurants and other establishment

Friday, 05 October, 2018

redundancy is a word that’s never far from conversations, particularly when a UK Employment lawyer is on hand, in these uncertain times fuelled by Brexit and the concerns over the economy when the U

Friday, 05 October, 2018

OTS Solicitors are delighted to announce that Teni Shahiean, co-founder and recommended Legal 500 lawyer, will be taking part in a panel discussion on equality in the legal industry at the Royal courts of Justice. The event will feature a number of inspirational women lawyers and OTS are proud to be involved. 

Monday, 01 October, 2018