Rebecca Bridges is a senior associate in the Labour & Employment Practice Group, specialising in business immigration. Rebecca has specialised in UK immigration for nearly 10 years, having found a passion for the subject as a trainee in 2008. She has built a strong immigration reputation, having worked in two “Top 200” law firms.

    Rebecca is experienced in dealing with complex and time critical immigration matters for both businesses and private individuals. She is trusted by several leading global businesses and is experienced in a variety of sectors, including education, technology, manufacturing, engineering, construction, travel and media.

    Through the course of her career, Rebecca has accumulated extensive experience advising on a broad range of matters, including licensed sponsor issues and compliance (applications, renewals, suspensions and training); Points Based System visa applications under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur and Investor), Tier 2 (General and ICT), Tier 4 (Students) and Tier 5; sole representative applications; Brexit and EU free movement rights; British citizenship and nationality; right to work (including dismissals and civil penalty fines) and modern slavery statements.

    Rebecca’s clients and delegates describe her as “approachable”, “responsive, proactive, sympathetic” and able to “make a difficult subject easy to understand”, “her insurmountable knowledge should alone make you feel that you are in good hands; likeable, professional, and enthusiastic, could not ask for more".

    Rebecca is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association.

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    • Advising a major publishing business on several immigration issues including an application for indefinite leave to remain (settlement) for the Chief Executive Officer.
    • Advising businesses on immigration audits, right to work support and policies and procedures.
    • Advising businesses on multiple Tier 2 (General) cases and related employment matters.
    • Acting as a level 1 SMS user and key contact, assisting with licence renewals and requesting allocation of and assigning certificates of sponsorship.
    • Providing ongoing support and training regarding general licensed sponsor duties and responsibilities (including assistance with making appropriate reports to UKVI).
    • Advising a technology business on sponsoring a Tier 2 migrant worker, including support with satisfying the resident labour market test (RLMT) and drafting employment documentation (contracts, recoupment terms and job description).
    • Advising a travel agency business on international secondments and assignments, including drafting appropriate letters and contracts.
    • Advising EU nationals working in the UK and UK nationals working in the EU and assisting with migration documents anticipating a “hard” Brexit.
    • Advising independent schools and universities on various visa matters, including assigning Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), and obtaining visas for fellows, senior teachers, management leaders, researchers and development officers, sport coaches, Hanban and youth mobility teachers.
    • Advising a global manufacturer on how to avoid negative publicity and a civil penalty fine for illegal workers, including reviewing the use of agencies.
    • Delivering multiple bespoke right to work seminars on-site for more than 100 senior managers.
    • Advising on general licensed sponsor duties and responsibilities, including suggesting amendments to policies and procedures to ensure compliance.

    Education

    • Nottingham Law School, L.P.C., Distinction
    • University of Warwick, LL.B., Honours

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2010

    Languages

    • English
    • Recognised in The Legal 500 UK every year since 2012.

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