Leeds-based law firm Blacks Solicitors LLP has launched a new service with the appointment of immigration legal expert Louis MacWilliam.
Louis joins Blacks as an Associate Solicitor from leading London law firm Bindmans LLP, and brings over nine years of immigration law experience with him. He is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association and has represented clients at various levels, including the high profile and successful case of Brian White.
With high numbers of EU nationals living and working in Leeds1 and Brexit just around the corner, Louis will be offering a range of specialist immigration advice to both businesses and individuals. This will include advising on hiring non-EU workers (including applying for and managing a Sponsor License), securing the rights of EU employees and planning for life after Brexit, as well as Home Office compliance and mock-audits.
Louis will also provide assistance for individuals in relation to applications for skilled workers, investors, entrepreneurs, family members, EU nationals and challenges to visa refusals.
Commenting on his new role, Louis said: “Immigration is an extremely important area of law for many employers, and employees, in Yorkshire and I’m looking forward to helping with any issues they may have.
“With new data showing Leeds as having the highest number of EU nationals living and working here in comparison with other towns and cities across the Yorkshire region, it’s great to be able to offer a completely new service to help and support local businesses, should they need it post Brexit.”
Managing Partner at Blacks Solicitors, Chris Allen, is excited to welcome Louis and his experience to the firm. He added: “This is a really dynamic time for Blacks with unprecedented growth in all our teams. With uncertainty around Brexit it seems the perfect time to expand with a brand new service. I’m looking forward to seeing how our immigration offering takes off and what Louis achieves.”