Jane Biddlecombe

Associate - Employment and Immigration

Jane Biddlecombe

Associate - Employment and Immigration


   

 

I am an employment law specialist with over 18 years of experience dealing with:

  • disciplinary issues and dismissals;
  • performance management; absence management and capability issues;
  • handling grievances;
  • Discrimination;
  • redundancies and business re-organisations;
  • post-termination restrictions;
  • employment issues relating to acquisitions and disposals including TUPE;
  • drafting employment contracts and policies/procedures;
  • settlement agreements, including Director exits; and
  • tribunal claims, including representation at hearings.

I am also an immigration specialist advising on all aspects of immigration law.

Business:

  • right to work checks and penalties;
  • obtaining a sponsor licence and advising on compliance with sponsor duties;
  • visas for employees (e.g. Tier 2 (General) and (Intra-company transfer) visas, Skilled Worker visas and Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) visas);
  • advice on the rights of EU nationals to work in the UK and settled status;
  • advice on the transition to the new post-Brexit immigration system for employing skilled overseas staff from January 2021.

Personal:

  • joining family in the UK;
  • British citizenship;
  • settled status applications for EU nationals;
  • settlement/indefinite leave to remain;
  • working or studying under the Points Based System (e.g. Skilled Worker, Tier 2, Tier 4 (students) or Tier 5 (temporary workers)); and
  • advice on Tier 1 (start up) and (Innovator) visas.

I am a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association.

Whether they are small owner managed businesses or large national companies, I have an excellent reputation in partnering with my clients to achieve practical and commercial solutions to their problems.  I work with my clients to pro-actively manage their day-to-day employee issues and, where possible, avoid protracted disputes.

I work closely with each of my clients, tailoring my support to the needs of the business and the company’s attitude to risk.

In relation to immigration advice, it is often daunting for both individuals and businesses to navigate the Immigration Rules and Home Office guidance documents.  I support my clients by providing clear and concise advice in this complex area and regularly updating clients in this ever changing field of law.  

It is vital for clients to keep up to date in the fast moving areas of employment and immigration law. I provide training to HR teams and managers (either at our offices or at the client’s premises) as well as presenting at our seminars (ranging from small group case studies to large seminars with over 150 attendees).  

Just wanted to let you know that Jane Biddlecombe has now finalised a settlement agreement with my employers and their income protection insurers and we are very pleased with the result. Jane managed to secure a tax free payment due to my disability and also improved my employer's offer in respect of notice and holiday entitlement. None of these things would have been possible without Jane's sure and steady handling of the case. She had a lot to do in correcting my employer's mistakes on the agreement and it was very much appreciated. We wouldn't hesitate to use your firm again and we will be recommending you to others.

Employee - Insurance company

We recently engaged Paris Smith to assist us to obtain a Sponsor Licence and subsequent Tier 2 visas required for our staff members to relocate from our China office to our recently opened UK office. Throughout the process we found the service provided by Jane to be timely, detailed and concise with checks, explanations and cross checks carried out at all stages. The end result was a successful application which led to the Tier 2 visas being issued on time, which from a company owner's point of view was a fantastic result. We also came in around 12% under the allotted budget for the process which has added to our overall satisfaction with the service and advice provided.

Chris Anderson, Managing Director - Sunvast International
Sunvast International

Just a quick note to say thank you for the advice you gave us back in October last year. The visa was approved today - as evidenced by the celebrations happening in Dusseldorf! We received zero queries on our application - I’m attributing this to your good advice and us doing the things you said to do six months before the application was made. With many thanks.

Individual obtaining a spousal visa

The advice received from Paris Smith in respect of immigration matters has been extremely valuable, in particular with the support provided from the team around Tier 2 Sponsorships which was a subject that, as a business, we had little exposure to at the time we were required to apply for this licence; Jane and the team have always provided sound and detailed advice in respect of immigration matters that has ultimately led to issues being resolved in a timely and efficient manner for us as a business.

Sam Ginger, HR Manager - Millbrook Healthcare Ltd

Jane Biddlecombe was a great help in my application for EU Settled Status. My own attempt to complete the process was rejected. It is harder than it looks. Jane's detailed knowledge of the rules was a great help in selecting documents for a new application and she ensured that I replied within the unknown-to-me time limits. The new application was successful. I highly recommend Jane for anyone navigating UK residence and immigration issues."

Carl Rosenberg
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