Latest News about Litigation, Courts and Tribunals

It is always sad to hear that a law firm has closed and today we heard that national law firm, Kingly solicitors, who had sixteen offices across the UK, has been closed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The firm had offices in Berkley Square London, just a short distance from our own OTS Solicitors offices in London.

Friday, 14 August, 2020

For landlord and tenant solicitors the next important date in the diary is the 23 August 2020. That’s when the new practice direction 55C comes into force. The practice direction means the end of the current stay on possession proceedings. The practice direction 55C also effects possession proceedings that are currently stayed and the commencement of new possession proceedings. In this blog we look at what the new practice direction 55C will mean for landlord and tenants and possession proceedings.

Monday, 03 August, 2020

When it comes to disputes between landlords and tenants one of the most common types of disagreement is whether a tenant should get their deposit back at the end of the tenancy and what deductions a landlord can make from the deposit. In this blog we look at the topic of what a landlord can deduct from a tenant’s deposit.

Landlord and tenant deposit dispute solicitors

Monday, 27 July, 2020

From handmade signs to professional notices and protective screens, everyone is trying to get back to the business of work so that the damage to the UK economy isn’t as devastating as feared. In this blog we look at the obligations of commercial landlords and tenants in getting commercial premises ready to welcome back employees, customers and clients.

Landlord and tenant solicitors

Monday, 29 June, 2020

It was a case that was being followed closely by Landlord and tenant solicitors and yesterday the court of appeal ruled in the case of Trecarrell House Limited and Patricia Rouncefield [2020] EWCA Civ 760. The appeal court judges found in favour of the landlord and held that a landlord can serve a Section 21 eviction notice on a tenant when a Gas Safety Certificate has been served after the tenancy has begun. In this blog we look at the case and the implications for landlord and tenants.

Friday, 19 June, 2020

Landlords never cease to be amazed by how some tenants will go through their entire tenancy without calling them or the letting agent to sort out repairs whilst other tenants manage to find a repair that needs to be carried out on an almost weekly basis. Even experienced landlords say that you can't accurately vet your prospective tenants to try and find the right tenant as landlords want to keep their properties in a good state of repair they prefer to avoid tenants who make repeat minor call outs.

Friday, 01 May, 2020

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

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

By Stephen Slater, Senior Caseworker & In-House Advocate at OTS Solicitors

Tuesday, 14 April, 2020

As a tenant renting a private residential property, you’ll probably have to pay a deposit to your landlord or their letting agent prior to your renting the house. It can be hard to find the equivalent of four or five weeks rent as a deposit and equally worrying to think that your deposit money is no longer under your control. In this blog we look at tenant rights on deposits and deposit protection.

Landlord and tenant solicitors

Tuesday, 11 February, 2020

Are you the landlord of a Home in Multiple Occupation (HMO)? You may have set out with the intention of purchasing a HMO or renovated a property to create a HMO or accidentally fallen into becoming a landlord of a HMO. Many landlords became accidental HMO owners after the change in HMO regulations that said the definition of HMOs was extended to property of less than three storeys high if the other conditions for a HMO were met. However, you ended up becoming a landlord of a HMO, in this blog we answer your frequently asked questions about Homes in Multiple Occupation.


Tuesday, 28 January, 2020

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

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

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
Personal Injury Claim Dispute

“There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts”.

Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, 22 January, 2018
Judge gavel with logo

OTS Solicitors is highly ranked in the Legal 500 and one of the most respected, successful niche law firms in London, specialising in Immigration, commercial, civil litigation, Employment, and family law.  We also provide

Friday, 17 November, 2017
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
Employees walking to show access to justice

Earlier this week, in R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor, the Supreme Court ruled the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013, (the Fees Order), which came into force in 2013, was unlawful and discriminatory.

Monday, 31 July, 2017
Immigration law book to show the grounds for Judicial Review

For many migrants on the receiving end of an Immigration refusal by UK Visas and Immigration, the only recourse is by way of judicial review.  Thanks to the Home Office ending almost all rights of appeal for points-based system applications, except for those on Human Rights grounds,

Monday, 26 June, 2017
Paul Gulbenkian's profile

Earlier this year we interviewed Mr Paul Gulbenkian, a retired Immigration tribunal judge and consultant at OTS Solicitors.

Monday, 16 January, 2017
Judge Gavel

As 2016 draws to a close, we take a look at some of the most important cases decided in the latter half of 2016 and what they mean for migrants in the UK.

Deportation cases decided by the Supreme Court

Makhlouf v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Northern Ireland) [2016] All ER (D) 93 (Nov) (16 November 2016)

Thursday, 22 December, 2016
Stamp saying Visa Refused

For the citizens of many countries, the only way they can enter the UK is by obtaining a UK Standard Visitor Visa.

To be eligible to enter the UK on the Standard Visitor Visa route you must satisfy the Entry Clearance Officers (ECO) that you:

Friday, 09 December, 2016
Close up hand holding clear ball with learn english and other words written on it

One of the strictest requirements for obtaining a UK spouse visa is that the applicant must have knowledge of the English language and prove this by passing an approved English language test or have a qualification recognised by the NARIC that was taught in English.

Monday, 05 December, 2016
Scales of Justice to demonstrate Judicial Review

Unreasonableness.  Irrationality.  The Wednesbury principle.  Proportionality.  These terms are often bandied about by Immigration solicitors, often bamboozling even the best law students.

Thursday, 01 December, 2016

Our client, KK, a national of Lebanon arrived to the UK in 2007 with his wife and two young children. He came as a work permit holder. During his stay in the UK, the employer became insolvent and the business was continued under different company. Our client was not correctly advised at the time of his obligations to inform the Home Office of his change of employer and carried on with his activities.

Monday, 22 August, 2016

Our client, RS, planned a flight with a European airline to Armenia by flying from London to Vienna, and then from Vienna to Zvartnots, Armenia, of which her return route would be the opposite. Upon returning home, our client’s flight to Vienna was delayed at Zvartnots airport and because of the time lost our client missed her connecting flight from Vienna International airport to London. Our client’s flight was rebooked onto another flight back to London which was over three hour later.

Monday, 22 August, 2016
Immigration Appeals against Home Office Decisions

By Oshin Shahiean of OTS Solicitors

Wednesday, 18 May, 2016

Yesterday the Government published a consultation paper proposing new fees for proceedings in the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)

Friday, 22 April, 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

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

One of the most important principles of English justice is that everyone, no matter how rich, how poor, irrespective of religion, race or creed, is entitled to a fair hearing in a court of law.

It has long been recognised as essential for the rule of law that people believe they will be fairly heard and judged in court. This principle was first documented in the Magna Carta which, in 1215, set out in the name of the king that, ‘to no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay, right or justice’. 

Sunday, 17 January, 2016
Your boss has the right to monitor your private messages, following a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights.
The Court made the decision following an appeal from a Romanian national, who brought a case against his employer after being fired from his position as an engineer.

Business Email, Personal Correspondence

Wednesday, 13 January, 2016

By Teni Shahiean, of OTS Solicitors

A Guide for Employers

Wednesday, 16 December, 2015

Thirty-six hours after suggesting all Muslims should be banned from entering the United States, Republican Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump, is still suffering the ramifications.

And his latest Tweet suggests he has no intention of backing down.

Thursday, 10 December, 2015

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
eea question mark EU

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