Laura Darnley

Partner at Ward Hadaway

Laura is a Partner at Ward Hadaway. Laura is an experienced employment and business immigration lawyer who has practised for nearly two decades.

She acts for a wide range of clients from individuals, SMEs and owner-managed businesses to national and multinational organisations. She is particularly experienced in acting for clients within the recruitment, manufacturing, life sciences and technology sectors.

Laura regularly advises on employer sponsorship, Skilled Worker visas, the prevention of illegal working, the immigration implications of mergers and acquisitions and other global business mobility issues inbound to the UK such as the business visitor rules. Laura often advises on complicated overlapping employment and immigration law issues which arise during recruitment, during the employment relationship or at the point of termination such as dismissing sponsored employees.

Laura also delivers in-house training on employment and business immigration law to clients

Laura's Upcoming Training


Thursday 18 Feb 2021, 10:00 – 13:00, 3.0 CPD Hours (Beginner – Intermediate)

Tutors: Shara Pledger, Latitude Law and Laura Darnley, Brabners

A basic to intermediate level course aimed at those who do not yet feel confident with sponsorship and business immigration. We will take a closer look at the requirements for employers and workers, and how the sponsorship system impacts them now and in the new post-Brexit system.


• Skilled Worker vs Tier 2 sponsorship, and the requirements for employers and workers;
• specific issues such as advertising, new overseas hires, salary points scoring, and applications to the Home Office (eg priority for licences and Defined CoS allocations);
• the impact of the new rules – what’s simpler, and what hidden issues may arise, and;
• alternative immigration routes for those avoiding the sponsorship scheme.