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Welcome to Sultan Lloyd Solicitors' latest news section. This section provides you with the latest news and developments in the field of Immigration Law, Family Law and Human Rights and Asylum Law. Also, you can download our newsletter bulletin from the sub-menu on the right hand side of this page. It keeps you up to date with the latest legal news and developments throughout the UK.
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A Complete Guide to UK Spouse Visas

Love conquers all; except the UK visa system. Every year, many couples endure forced separation because one party cannot obtain a UK Spouse visa. During her time in as Home Secretary, Theresa May towed a hard line on family members who wished to join their loved ones in the UK; ruthlessly tightening eligibility requirements and introducing the loathed £18,600 income threshold (more about this later).

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My Wife Won’t Let Me See My Children!

When a couple divorce, emotions can run rampant. Even if both parties vow to be as ‘amicable as possible’ and ‘get on for the sake of the children’, anger, frustration and bitterness can spill over.

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Sultan Lloyd Offers Advice to EU Citizens in the Light of Brexit

EU citizens residing in the UK are worried. They are right to be so. The referendum result is an emotional upheaval. But politics is one thing and law another. At Sultan Lloyd we understand the fears making good people turn to law. Hard working families, couples and young people want our expert legal advice. We can give you this assurance: the Leave Vote has not changed your EU rights of residence. For the present, the UK has not left the EU.

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Everything You Need To Know About Permanent Residence Cards and Registration Certificates

Everything You Need To Know About Permanent Residence Cards and Registration Certificates

Regardless of the outcome of the EU Referendum vote, the debate had at times been vicious. According to Professor Michael Dougan, the University of Liverpool Law Lecturer and EU expert, whose speech heavily criticised the information being given to the public by campaigners from both sides; many of the Leave campaigns arguments were at worst, dishonest and at best, often greatly mistaken.

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Divorce is Devastating For A Mother’s Financial Future

There is a common misconception that a woman is the one to profit when a marriage falls apart.  That they take everything, from the house, to their husband’s present and future earnings, and anything else that is not nailed down, leaving their ex-spouse picking up their hair and beautician bills for eternity.
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Administrative Removal and Deportation – The Essentials

Part One – Introduction

What would you do if you were told you must leave your home, family, friends and community to return to a country where you had no ties and no prospects?  As we approach the second half of 2016, two cases involving removal of migrants have caught the publics’ attention, both in the UK and overseas.
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VACANCY FOR LEVEL 2 IMMIGRATION SUPERVISOR SOLICITOR/CASE-WORKER

Sultan Lloyd Solicitors are seeking a specialist, ambitious Immigration Solicitor /Caseworker to be part of our Asylum and private immigration department at our Birmingham office. Your will be managing a busy caseload covering the full remit of immigration matters to include Asylum applications and appeals with a particular emphasis on minor work. Experience in Judicial Review and Court of Appeal work is a strong advantage.

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The First Three Steps You Should Take To Protect Yourself In A Divorce

If you have decided to end your marriage, either independently or in joint agreement with your spouse, there are a number of steps you need to take immediately to protect your best interests.
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R (on the application of MM (Lebanon)) (AP) v Secretary of State for the Home Department– A Summary of the Case So Far

The Supreme Court decision in MM and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department is expected to be released in the next few months.  One of the most important immigration cases in years, the case will decide the fate of many so-called ‘Skype’ families and those residing in Britain who are living in fear that they will never be reunited with their loved ones.
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Spousal Maintenance – The Essentials

The term spousal maintenance conjures up images of super-rich celebrities or entrepreneurs being forced to hand over thousands of pounds per week to support their wife’s shopping addiction.
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Judicial Review 101

Since 6th April 2015, migrants no longer have a right to appeal under the Points Based System (PBS) except on human rights’ grounds or by relying on the Refugee Convention.  The only means an applicant can challenge a Home Office decision is via Administrative or Judicial Review.
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The Right of Dependents to Work in the UK

Last month we reported on the Government’s planned reforms of the Tier 2 Skilled Worker visa, which include an increase in the minimum salary threshold for experienced workers using Tier 2 and the introduction of an immigration skills charge for each non-EEA worker an employer wants to bring to the UK.

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The First Three Steps You Should Take To Protect Yourself in a Divorce

If you have decided to end your marriage, either independently or in joint agreement with your spouse, there are a number of steps you need to take immediately to protect your best interests.

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How a Brexit Could Affect EU Nationals Living in the UK

As the date for the referendum on whether or not Britain should remain in the EU edges ever closer, the Home Office is experiencing a flood of enquiries from worried EU nationals residing in the UK.  Will they be thrown out of the country if Britain leaves the EU?  Must they apply for some type of visa to remain living in the UK?  These are the types of questions being directed to the Home Office and our solicitors every day.
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Why the Rich Divorce Differently

Before Easter, Asos co-founder Nick Robertson, the 298th richest man in the world, found himself £70 million poorer after a High Court Judge awarded his wife £70million, a third of his fortune.  In making the award, Mr Justice Holman reiterated the point that marriage is a partnership of equals.

The Judge acknowledged that Mr Robertson was the “moneymaker” in the marriage, but pointed out that Mrs Robertson had been “an excellent homemaker and an excellent mother”.

This is not the only high-profile divorce in the papers this month. A High Court has also ordered the Chairman of Laura Ashley, Dr Khoo Kay Peng, to offer his estranged wife settlement of their divorce after running up legal bills of £6.1 million.  The 21-day ultimatum is the first time a British Court has exercised its powers to order an ‘open offer of settlement’ to avoid further escalating legal costs.

Divorce is a traumatic, stressful experience for everyone involved. Divorce among high-net-worth individuals can provide extra challenges in the form of negotiating spousal and child maintenance, uncovering and dividing assets (including those held off-shore), and sorting out tax liabilities and pensions.

Spousal Maintenance and Child Support

Settlements for spousal maintenance and child support can reach eye-watering amounts when wealthy spouses decide to part company. In cases involving middle-income parents, the approach to child support payments is more formulaic.  However, high-net-worth couples tend to have children in fee-paying schools, receiving extra tuition and participating in expensive hobbies. This means the child support payments tend to be based on the ‘needs’ of the child, which is a subjective test and can lead to battles amongst parents where top up payments are sought.

The sum of spousal maintenance sometimes awarded to the more financially vulnerable spouse (usually the wife) in high-net-worth divorces can seem excessive; however, it has to be remembered that in many cases one party gives up their career and future earning potential to support the spouse who is working.

The Court will take into account the following when deciding on the amount of spousal maintenance to be awarded:

  • each partner's needs, assets and ability to earn income;

  • the standard of living before the break-up of the marriage;

  • how long you have been married and how old you are;

  • any special needs such as a disability;

  • the contributions each spouse made to the marriage (this can be financial contribution but can also be contribution by looking after the home and bringing up children).

Uncovering Assets

Often wealthy individuals going through a divorce argue over substantial businesses involving shares, and domestic and off-shore assets. This can lead to complications when negotiating financial settlements.  It is imperative that both parties seek an accurate valuation of any businesses, assets and pensions involved in the financial settlement to ensure each receives a fair settlement.

In 2015, the Supreme Court delivered a landmark victory to spouses who claim that marital assets have been hidden from the Court during divorce proceedings.

The case involved two women, Alison Sharland, and Varsha Gohil, who both said their ex-husbands misled judges about how much they were worth.  The Court held that spouses have a duty to make full and frank disclosure of all relevant information to one another and the Court.

The women’s divorce settlements were subsequently re-opened.

The case has been seen as a stark warning to those who seek to hide or misrepresent assets during a divorce case.

In Summary

If you are involved in a high-net-worth divorce it is vital to seek legal advice from a Solicitor who is not only experienced in the legal aspects involved in the settlement but has connections to financial advisors and wealth managers who can help uncover assets and unpick complicated corporate structures to ensure you receive a fair and just settlement.

Sultan Lloyd Solicitors have the experience and expertise required to successfully advise clients on high-net-worth divorce.  To find out how we can help you, please call our Birmingham office on 0121 222 7643 to make an appointment with one of our family law team.



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Child Abduction - Prevention and Recovery of International Children

Under UK law, if one parent moves a child across an international border without the consent of the other parent or despite a court order forbidding the removal of the child from the UK, they are abducting the child.

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Government Announces Changes to Skilled Worker Visa

The Government has recently given details of planned reforms to the skilled worker visa that it says will protect job opportunities for UK residents and reduce UK businesses’ reliance on foreign workers.
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Britain Needs Talent – Applying for the Tier One (Exceptional Talent) Visa

When you read the media reports on the UK Conservative Government’s policy regarding immigration, it is not unreasonable to suppose that Britain does not want any more migrants entering the country, no matter what they have to offer in terms of skills.
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Changes to Indefinite Leave to Remain Policy – Will I be affected?

From 6th April 2016, non-EU migrants earning less than £35,000 may be forced to leave. The new policy comes into force next month and applies to all overseas workers who have been in the UK for five years on a Tier 2 visa. 

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Five Top Tips For Obtaining An Entrepreneur Visa

Despite the gloomy, global economic outlook for 2016, the UK markets are predicted to perform well. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research expects the economy to grow by 2.3 percent this year, unchanged from its previous forecast which was made in November and picking up a bit of speed from growth of 2.2 percent in 2015.

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Love conquers all; except the UK visa system. Every year, many couples endure forced separation because one party cannot obtain a UK Spouse visa. During her time in as Home Secretary, Theresa May to...
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'My friends, the Patel family, were referred to Harminder Meht of Sultan Lloyd in September 2013.  We met Harminder when circumstances were very challenging and Harminder explained the available options very clearly, helpfully and with evident empathy and understanding.  Thereafter she and her colleagues helped us at every step including securing legal aid despite the fact that a previous solicitor had not identified that this was possible. Harminder was instrumental in securing the release from detention of one member of the family and following a difficult judicial review process she obtained a Home Office decision that allows the family leave to remain in the UK, to work and study here for the next 30 months. We are all delighted with Harminder and Sultan Lloyd and we are very happy to recommend Harminder and Sultan Lloyd to future users of their services.'

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