Statement of Changes: I am a lawyer visiting the UK – which activities am I permitted to undertake?

23 Jan 2024, 54 mins ago

In the ever-changing world of immigration, legal professionals find themselves at the forefront of assisting individuals and businesses in navigating the complexities of visa regulations.

As new visit visa rules come into effect, questions arise regarding the extent to which legal professionals can provide their expertise in facilitating smoother processes for their clients. In this blog post, we explore the intersection of legal services and the latest visit visa rules.

Currently, foreign solicitors are restricted to providing advice on specific international disputes and/or international transactions to clients based in the United Kingdom.

The revised Rules greatly broaden the scope of permitted activities by foreign solicitors to encompass the rendering of legal services, such as:

  • Giving advice, participating in arbitrations, serving as a mediator or arbitrator, testifying as an expert and appearing in court in places that permit short-term calls if eligible to do so; and
  • Conferences, teaching, advocacy at a tribunal or court hearing, litigation and transactional legal services, such as contract drafting, are all included.

There is no longer a need for the services to be provided to a client located in the UK. This is a practical adjustment that acknowledges the intricacy of the clientele and the customs that are frequently present in legal job.

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