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If you need legal advice about any aspect of landlord and tenant law or personal immigration law then the landlord and tenant and personal immigration law teams at OTS Solicitors can help you.

Monday, 27 April, 2020

It is with great anticipation and pleasure that we can let you know that due to our rapid growth and expansion we have now taken further offices in Chancery Lane.  Please note that from the 12th of March 2018 we will see all of our clients at our new offices located at 25 Southampton Buildings WC2A 1AL.

Your loyal business and support is one of the main reasons why we have grown so rapidly over the years. We look forward to seeing you at our new address.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have concerning the new location or our services.

Thursday, 08 March, 2018
OTS Solicitors Ranked In The Legal 500

OTS Solicitors is proud to announce it has been ranked in the Legal 500.

It is almost unprecedented that a firm established only two and half years ago has made it into this prestigious publication.

Thursday, 12 October, 2017
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The Supreme Court has unanimously backed the government’s £18,600 minimum income threshold for UK Spouse Visas ‘in principle’.

The judges did however acknowledge the hardship that the minimum income threshold for some UK family visas could cause, whilst specifically criticising the lack of focus on children’s welfare and the ability of Home Office staff to consider alternative assets when assessing the earning ability of the British spouse.

Wednesday, 22 February, 2017
ECJ Ruling and EU Migrants

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has thrown out the European Commission’s challenge to the UK Government’s right to restrict EEA nationals access to child tax credits and the child benefit stating it was justified by the need to protect Britain’s public finances.

Right to reside

Tuesday, 14 June, 2016
Immigration Judicial Review Justice

Since April 2015, an increasing number of applicants have been denied a right of appeal from Points-Based immigration decisions to Adult Dependant, Spouse Visas, ILR applicants, and various visitor visas applicants.

Tuesday, 03 May, 2016
Employers Liability

Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their Employees whilst they are at work and a claim can be brought against them if you have been injured at work and believe your employers are responsible.

Wednesday, 30 March, 2016

After talks lasting 12 hours on Monday evening, the EU and Turkey managed to hammer out a deal to try and stem the unending flow of migrants crossing the Aegean Sea to reach Greece and begin their new life in Europe.

Friday, 11 March, 2016

The Senior President of Tribunals’ Annual Report has just been published and it raises a number of substantial points which we will cover in-depth in an article next week.

In the meantime, here are some of the highlights contained in the report.

£700 million Funding to Reform courts and Tribunals

Monday, 29 February, 2016

- By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

The Court of Appeal has recently addressed the complex meaning of ‘totally without merit’ in the case of Samia Wasif and another v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 82.  The principle was introduced in 2013 in an attempt to curb the rise in Judicial Review and oral renewals.  In theory, the procedural change makes sense; however, on close examination, it proves to be a complex situation.

Friday, 26 February, 2016

In a decision that has outraged the country and launched a petition being widely circulated on social media, the British Government has ordered that a frail 92-year-old must pack her bags and return to her native South Africa on Tuesday.

Myrtle Cothill, who has heart problems, who is losing her eyesight and cannot walk unaided, is looked after by her only daughter, Mary Wills, in Poole, Dorset.

Friday, 19 February, 2016

Part 2 – False imprisonment and Delay

Immigration applicants who are the victim of false imprisonment and/or delay may be able to claim damages from the Home Office.  Following on from our previous blog discussing the general principles of claiming compensation, this article will cover how the courts deal with these specific offences.

False Imprisonment

Monday, 15 February, 2016

Part 1 – General Principles

Clients often ask us during judicial review proceedings or immigration appeal if it is worth pursuing a claim for compensation against the Home Office for financial losses which have occurred due to a Home Office mistake or failure.

This is an interesting question, and unfortunately not that can be easily answered.
Monday, 15 February, 2016

Yesterday morning, David Cameron announced that Muslim women who failed to learn English could be refused leave to remain in the UK.

Tuesday, 19 January, 2016

Acting for Kenyan national in a Court of Appeal case in relation to a human rights Application on both Article 3 and Article 8 of the European Convention on human rights.

Friday, 06 November, 2015

Last week Sweden dropped a bombshell on the European community by formally asking fellow EU members to relocate some of the thousands of migrants entering the country.  This move starkly illustrates how much pressure Europe is under to cope with the biggest migration of fellow human beings since the end of the Second World War.  Sweden has always been exceptionally generous with its migration policies, but it is now clear that even it cannot cope with the mass influx of humanity, desperately seeking safety and shelter from war and starvation.

Friday, 06 November, 2015
OTS Immigration Solicitors Immigration Advice

For migrants wishing to rent property in the United Kingdom, 2016 will be a pivotal year for change and it is imperative that current and prospective migrants be fully aware of the storm that is coming in the form of Right to Rent checks.

Friday, 30 October, 2015

New regulations The British Nationality (General) (Amendment No.3) Regulations 2015 which come into force on the 12th November 2015 make amendments to applying for naturalisation after Permanent Residence in the UK to the effect that:

• Naturalisation applicants must now have passed a Home Office-approved English language test

Monday, 26 October, 2015

In a press release dated 22nd October 2015, the Government announced that from 1st February 2016, all UK landlords will be required to check that prospective tenants have a legal right to be in the UK or face a fine of up to £3,000 per tenant.

Thursday, 22 October, 2015

In what many will see as a blow for the principle of free movement; the European Court of Justice (ECJ) effectively stated via a non-binding opinion last week that the UK Government has a right to place controls over its distribution of public funds.  It did this by saying the ECJ should dismiss the European Commission's challenge to UK welfare restrictions for EU migrants.

Friday, 16 October, 2015
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At the Conservative Party Conference on the 6th October, Home Secretary, Teresa May, used her speech to launch a blistering attack on the impact of immigrants on British society.  In her address, she said immigration makes society less cohesive and it is driving down wages and taking away jobs from British people.

Wednesday, 07 October, 2015

There is a new term being used to describe families separated due to the income threshold required for a British national to bring his or her non-EEA resident family into the country – Skype Families.  Although the term may sound trendy and modern, for the parents and children living with the reality of residing in a separate county from their loved ones, every day is full of sadness.

The Cause of ‘Skype Families.'

Wednesday, 07 October, 2015

'It is no surprise that, when a system is unbalanced and dysfunctional, everything gets blocked when the pressure mounts. This is a defining moment for the European Union, and it now has no other choice but to mobilize full force around this crisis' - António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees
4 September 2015

Monday, 07 September, 2015

What is the number one city in the world for high net worth inhabitants?

If you are worth $US30 million or more, the top city to buy property, educate your children and invest your wealth in 2015 is London, according to the Knight Frank Wealth Report 2015.

Ranked the second most economically powerful city in the world, London offers high net worth individual’s exceptional opportunities in investment opportunities, housing, private education, and cultural and leisure activities.

The Importance of Professional Advice

Saturday, 22 August, 2015

The fast track detention system has been temporarily suspended after the Court of Appeal ordered the Government to suspend the process after the high court ruled the system was unlawful and contained structural unfairness.

What Does This Mean In Practice?

Monday, 20 July, 2015

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Earlier this week the Royal College of Nursing sounded out an alarming warning to the UK Government that the new immigration rules due to come into force in April 2016 could cause chaos for the NHS.

Friday, 26 June, 2015

As a legal professional I consider it my duty to speak in opposition of everything that disrespects the rule of law. Few days ago the Xue v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 825 (Admin) (31 March 2015) case came to my attention. I do not plan to examine or comment on this particular case, neither do I intend to make an observation on the immigration policies currently in place in the United Kingdom. What I seek to do, is speak about a direction in the public policy that can have treacherous results.

Thursday, 23 April, 2015

As anticipated Advocate General Szpunar leaves no doubt in his EEA immigration legal advice and opinion published on 21 May 2014 which deals with the scope of the UK’s power to control it’s borders and the powers granted to it by Article 1 of Protocol 20 (on Application of Article 26 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union to the UK and to Ireland) and Article 35 of the Citizenship

Monday, 09 February, 2015

‘In some parts of the world national security has on occasions been used as an excuse for all sorts of infringements of individual liberty. But not in England.’ 

– Lord Denning in  R v. SSHD ex p Hosenball [1977] 1 WLR 766

Saturday, 07 February, 2015

The politics of EU migration 

Original news 

Concerns raised over Cameron's migrant plans, LNB News 17/10/2014 42 

Daily Telegraph, 17 October 2014: Senior EU diplomats have cast doubts over the Prime Minister's plans to limit the number of migrants entering the UK. David Cameron is said to be looking for an 'emergency brake' to be built into EU migration rules on that would allow Downing Street to block new arrivals if numbers had reached a set level.

Saturday, 07 February, 2015

This article was first published on Lexis®Library on 12 December 2014. Click here to read the article: The politics of EU migration

Friday, 12 December, 2014

‘In some parts of the world national security has on occasions been used as an excuse for all sorts of infringements of individual liberty. But not in England.’

– Lord Denning in R v. SSHD ex p Hosenball [1977] 1 WLR 766

Wednesday, 28 May, 2014

In this section of our website we would like to introduce you to who we are, what this section of our website aims to provide, and how it will benefit you, your organisation, and the legal community as a whole.

Monday, 26 May, 2014