Global Immigration and Employment Law Services

International relocation is a key challenge for both multinationals and domestic UK employers. Kingsley Napley provides top quality joined up legal advice, helping people move between countries for work.

Our specialist immigration team has been advising businesses and individuals on all aspects of UK immigration and nationality law for over 20 years and is top ranked in Chambers and Legal 500.

Our employment law service  covers inbound and outbound assignments, and those that do not involve the UK at all. We advise both multinational and domestic employers, as well as senior executives, on the legal aspects of global mobility.   

Global immigration

As a recognised leader and one of the largest teams of immigration lawyers in the UK, we have an established reputation for delivering exceptional client service combined with clear strategic immigration advice. Whether you are an entrepreneur starting a business in the UK, a global corporation  transferring staff here or a family moving to the UK, our full-service immigration team can assist you from the simplest to the most complex of matters.

We act for a wide variety of corporate clients including asset managers, global law firms, technology businesses, banks, private equity firms, consulting businesses, pharmaceutical manufacturers, architects and technology businesses. Our dedicated client teams assist with strategic planning, end-to-end sponsorship and visa support and provide comprehensive support with UK immigration compliance. Our service model is based on flexibility, enabling us to provide outstanding service to clients ranging from the smallest start-up to global businesses. We support HR teams in managing their UK and global immigration needs, providing business intelligence on global trends and through sharing our know-how with clients through our regular alerts, workshops, webinars and client-centred training.

For our private clients, we provide a dedicated service to support investors, entrepreneurs and families moving to the UK, advising on the best solution and providing a high level service to help our client relocate, obtain permanent residence and British Citizenship. We are recognised experts in dealing with complex UK and EU immigration issues and have extensive experience of litigating judicial review cases and appeals. We work closely with our tax, private client, real estate, corporate, employment and family teams who can advise on all related issues of moving to and living in the UK.

We regularly engage with Home Office policy makers and actively lobby for our clients’ interests. In addition, our day-to-day contacts across the Home Office enable us to resolve issues, obtain pre-clearance in complex applications and ensure timely resolution of even the most complex cases.


global mobility and employment law

Our global mobility services were not developed in response to Brexit.    Our practical experience is long and our relationships with public authorities, and specialists across the globe are second to none.

With over 20 years’ experience, employment partner, Juliet Carp, is recognised as the leading UK authority on the employment law aspects of global mobility.  Author of the definitive textbook for employment lawyers and global mobility professionals ‘Drafting Employment Documents for Expatriates’, Juliet frequently offers training to clients and other employment lawyers wishing to learn more about this complex area.

We advise both multinational and domestic employers, as well as senior executives, on the legal aspects of global mobility.   Advice covers inbound and outbound assignments, and those that do not involve the UK at all. 

We work closely with in house and external global mobility advisers in a wide variety of specialisms, including, for example, HR, reward, share plans, expatriate tax and social security, corporation tax, VAT, pensions, regulatory and other specialist areas.  We are happy to assist as required by clients, from ‘cross-border beginners’ requiring full project management to specialists needing quick legal input to supplement their own advice. 

Typically, we are initially asked to prepare framework employment documents for use by in house HR teams within multinationals.   These might include short and long term assignment letters, business visitor and international commuter documents, inter-company agreements or policy documents. 

We may subsequently assist in adapting those documents for use in specific locations, introduce appropriate specialists in home and host countries as required and follow up by giving legal insight on day-to-day cross-border management issues. This might include advice on sickness, family policies, change to terms and conditions, localisation, or re-assignment.   We are frequently asked to negotiate international severance terms.   


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