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WEB 1045 Sponsor License Conference (WEBINAR)

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What does the future hold for sponsorship?

The next couple of years may very well bring about bigger changes to the UK's work-related immigration routes than we witnessed in 2008, when the Points Based System was introduced. 

UKVI's George Shirley, Head of PBS, Citizenship and the Windrush Taskforce, has agreed to be our guest speaker. 

In addition, we have an excellent array of speakers from a number of leading UK immigration law firms and the conference is being chaired by Nichola Carter of Carter Thomas and Joe Middleton of Doughty Street Chambers. 

Topics will range from practical tips on sponsor licence law to in-depth analysis of complex legal issues. There will be a detailed examination of the current system of sponsorship for businesses, primarily relating to Tier 2 (General and ICT) and Tier 5, and a look at what the future may hold. The speakers will provide highly practical insight and tips from their extensive experience. 

This annual conference provides a space for immigration experts across the UK to share experiences and tips on dealing with this complex area of law. 

09:45 – 10:00 Registration 

10:00 – 10:05 Chair's Welcome
Nichola Carter, Carter Thomas Solicitors

10:05 – 11:00 Keynote Speaker & Q&A
George Shirley, Head of PBS, Citizenship and the Windrush Taskforce at UKVI

11:00 – 11:15 Break 

11:15 – 12:15 Session 1: Complex Sponsor Licence Applications and Renewals
Natasha Gya Williams, Gya Williams Immigration and Simon Kenny, Eversheds Sutherland

12:15 – 13:15 Session 2: Expert Tips: Tier 2 Sponsor non-compliance and migrant applications
Natasha Chell and Nicolette Bostock, Laura Devine Immigration

13:15 – 14:00 Lunch 

14:00 – 15:00 Session 3a: The Interplay between the Rules for sponsored workers and the sponsor duties, plus recent cases.
Jonathan Kingham, Lexis Nexis
Session 3b: Tier 4 Sponsorship – how complex can it be? 
Tom Brett Young, Veale Wasbrough Vizard

15:00 – 15:15 Break 

15:15 – 16:00 Session 4: Keep Calm and have a Strategy: suspension, revocations, challenges and case law
Joe Middleton, Doughty Street Chambers

16: 00 – 16:30 Session 5: Panel with all speakers, Q&A and general knowledge sharing
All panellists

16:30 End 


9th September 2020
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Tutor details:
Chairs: Nichola Carter, Carter Thomas and Joe Middleton, Doughty Street Chambers. Keynote Speakers: George Shirley, Head of PBS, Citizenship and the Windrush Taskforce Panel: Jonathan Kingham, Lexis Nexis, Natasha Chell and Nicolette Bostock, Laura Devine Immigration, Tom Brett Young, Veale Wasbrough Vizard, Natasha Gya Williams, Gya Williams Immigration, Simon Kenny, Eversheds Sutherland
Tutor biographies:

Nichola Carter is the founder of Carter Thomas Solicitors and has practised immigration law for two decades. Ranked consistently in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 since 2006, she is described as being 'highlighted for her expertise in dealing with visa compliance issues involving the Home Office'. 

Joe Middleton is a leader in the field of immigration law at Doughty Street Chambers. In addition to undertaking cases raising extradition and international human rights law, he has developed a niche in sponsor licensing law. The Legal 500 refers to Joe as 'Approachable, clever and inspires confidence'. 

Nichola and Joe worked on the London Metropolitan University case and have worked together on numerous case since then. 

Concessionary Training Prices: £90
Member Training Prices: £180
Non Member Training Prices: £360
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Aim of Course:

By the end of the session attendees will be informed about up to date issues in sponsor licensing law and policy and future policy. They will also take away practical ideas about how to deal effectively with complex sponsorship cases in day to day practice. The day will cover issues relating primarily to sponsorship under Tier 2 & 5 (with some reference to Tier 4). 

Spaces Left:
Intermediate, Advanced
This session will be of interest to immigration lawyers advising businesses and other organisations on sponsorship and related issues. Experience in advising sponsors would be useful.
Online Conference with Q&A