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Davenport Solicitors is a niche employment and business immigration law firm, based in London. We offer commercial employment law and business immigration advice, as well as HR support, to international businesses looking to expand and establish themselves in the UK.

Your customer base is now global and, in order to meet their expectations, international expansion is high on the agenda for a lot of businesses. With an increased global footprint, you also open your business up to a more diverse talent pool you would have previously not had access to.

Having a legal advisor with local knowledge and international experience is key to a successful expansion. We provide a dedicated and personal service which goes far beyond that of just legal advice.

We advise on all manner of business immigration matters, including UK immigration visas and can assist with:

We also assist individuals, with at least £2million in available funds to invest in active and trading UK businesses, wanting to apply for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa.

Once you have set up your UK operations and wish to recruit talent from overseas, we can assist you in obtaining a sponsorship licence so that you can employ overseas individuals under the Tier 2 and Tier 5 visas.

We are also on hand to advise you on your specific employment law matters, including:

Our specific expertise, coupled with our experience, expertly places us to advise international businesses expanding into the UK. You need to know you have a team on your side that can advise you from the beginning, on market-entry into the UK, and remain by your side throughout your expansion, advising where required.

Memberships and associations

Davenport Solicitors is a founding member of the UK Advisory Services (UKAS) , an end-to-end advisory service for overseas investors and companies looking to set up and establish themselves in the UK.

Davenport Solicitors is also a member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA) and a member of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry , giving us access to a broad and diverse network of other professionals.

Understanding UK employment law

A brief summary

Setting up a business in a different country can be a daunting process. It is important to note that there are several types of employment relationships in the UK. However, if you are engaging people to work for you they are very likely to be ‘workers’ or ’employees’ unless they are very clearly self-employed.

Employer’s Liability Insurance

As soon as you become an employer, it is advisable to have Employers Liability Insurance from an authorised insurer. This insurance will help you should need to pay compensation if an employee is injured or becomes ill because of the work they do for you.

In the event that an employer is unable to produce a valid certificate upon request, they may be liable to significant fines.

Right to Work in the UK and Other Checks

All workers must show that they have the legal right to work in the UK, regardless of their background. The Government provides a checklist of documents that must be produced by a prospective employee in order to show that they are eligible to work in the UK. As an employer, you must ensure that you have seen the original documents of the prospective employee and have checked their validity.

Written Statement of Employment Particulars (The Contract of Employment)

New employees must be given a Written Statement of Terms and Conditions of Employment within two months of their start date although good practice is to give this information before the start of employment.

Holiday and Working Hours

Almost all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday per year (known as statutory leave entitlement or annual leave). An employer can include bank holidays as part of statutory annual leave. You may provide more holiday than this if you wish.

Employees must not work more than 48 hours per week over an average period of 17 weeks unless they agree in writing to do so. Minimum rest breaks also apply and there are additional rules applying to night work and young employees.

National Minimum Wage

The Government sets a minimum wage for all workers in the UK, which is increased every year.

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