Business Immigration

Business visitors

You need to apply for a ‘Standard Visitor’ visa if you intend to visit the UK for business-related activities and you are a ‘visa national’...

Visa refusals

Refusal rates for UK visas are high, and as an example approximately 50% of Tier 1 Entrepreneur initial and extension applications are refused...

Meet the team

Registered European Lawyer - Commercial

Aleksandra is a Registered European Lawyer in the Commercial team. She joined the firm in April 2017 with 10 years’ experience working in law firms, advocates’ offices and non-governmental organisations in Poland and in the UK.

Her practice is highly varied and she is experienced in matters including immigration, criminal, civil and cross-jurisdictional cases.

Aleksandra regularly advises companies and high net worth individuals on Tier 1 Investor, Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Tier 2 visa applications, and advises EEA nationals on permanent residence, naturalisation, and EEA family permit applications.

Her practice has also involved representing Polish and international companies establishing businesses in Poland and in the UK, drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on suitable business entities and company formation.

Aleksandra graduated from the University of Gdansk with a master’s degree in Law, before qualifying as an advocate and has also achieved degrees in EU law and American law. Away from the office, Aleksandra enjoys tennis, classical music and Italian language and culture.

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

020 7406 1000 - AleksandraKowalska@cartercamerons.com
Partner - Employment

Andrew Firman is a partner in our corporate & commercial team. His employment practice covers both contentious and non-contentious work for both employers and employees. His corporate and banking practice concentrates on contractual and advice work given mainly to SMEs and charities.

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In his work, Andrew looks for proactive and pragmatic solutions derived from a proper understanding of the client’s perspective and against the background of the commercial constraints.

Career highlights include

  • running a David v Goliath style battle for a former employee of a US based bank related to the late vesting of share options following that employee’s termination at a time when the US markets were in freefall
  • negotiating, finalising and drawing down for an off-shore SPV borrower at £310M facility to buy a group of companies which owned, as an investment, the London HQ of a multinational corporation

More recently, Andrew has advised upon

  • the sale of a leading clinician–led healthcare consulting and IT services group to a global technology and services company specialising in the healthcare field
  • the restructuring and relocation of a nutritional supplements business within the UK
  • settlement of a long running shareholders dispute concerning a company running a niche members’ gym in a close knit area of London
  • finalisation of the UK legal aspects to a cross border merger with an Italian company
  • the negotiation of departure terms for the CEO of a leading interdealer broker

Andrew has over the years enjoyed advising many owner-managed SMEs on the range of their needs for commercial, employment and dispute related legal advice.  He is delighted that the firm has recently received recognition through the award by Acquisitions International of “UK Most Trusted Law Firm of the Year to SMEs 2013” because it goes to the depth of the relationships the firm has with its clients and its target market in terms of size of business clients.

Andrew was educated at Nailsea School and holds degrees in law from Manchester and Leicester Universities.  He qualified as a solicitor in 1995. He is a co-author of a Practical Guide to Drone Law.

Away from the office Andrew, married to a local GP and of occasional use to his three teenage children, runs and is heavily involved in his local church.

020 7406 1000 - AndrewFirman@cartercamerons.com
Senior Associate - Immigration

Kasia qualified as a Solicitor in 2009 and has been practising in the field of immigration since 2011.

She is experienced in advising large corporate clients, SMEs and private individuals in all aspects of UK Immigration. Her expertise covers Tier 2 sponsor licences and Tier 2 visas (initial applications, renewals and compliance), Sole Representative visas, Tier 1 (Entrepreneur, Investor and Exceptional Talent), Turkish Business Person and Worker visas, Visitor visas, EEA applications, Family applications, Indefinite Leave to Remain, Nationality applications and Administrative Reviews. Her clients come from all parts of the world, including North America, UAE, Australia, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago,Turkey, Hong Kong, India, China, Pakistan, Singapore, Egypt, Japan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Africa and Europe.

Kasia enjoys unravelling the immigration rules and is passionate about achieving successful outcomes for her clients. Kasia’s clients particularly value her attention to detail and caring approach to cases.

In her spare time Kasia enjoys skiing, theatre, cinema and volunteers for a charity.

Testimonials from previous clients:

Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension: Kasia is just amazing, hands-on, and proactive. As accountant, one of my clients needed help with extension, paperwork was not near ready, and she took control over the situation and in very short time submitted the once impossible application! Results were as expected, therefore I won’t hesitate to recommend Kasia for any immigration mater.

Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa applicant: I worked with Kasia on my Tier 1 visa application, which, thanks to her was approved. Her attention to detail and persistence to make sure everything was done exactly right really impressed me. She was also available every time I reached out, even after regular business hours. Her work ethic is really amazing!

Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa applicant: I was looking for a legal representative in my case of obtaining a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa (I am Russian). She did an excellent job – I got my visa, and the service was excellent. I would recommend Kasia’s services for anyone who is search in for a similar service.

Sole Representative (Overseas Business Representative) visa: Kasia J was extremely helpful in obtaining a Sole Rep visa on an expedited time frame. Went through the first time and we were very satisfied with the results.

Tier 2 sponsor licence and Tier 2 visas: Kasia assisted with our employees’ UK work visa application. She is very knowledgeable, resourceful and organized. Having the time zone difference between Canada and the UK is not always the easiest to navigate but Kasia is always flexible and responsive. Thoroughly enjoyed working with Kasia.

Tier 2 sponsor licence and Tier 2 visas: I commissioned Kasia to procure work visas for several US citizens to work in the UK. She is very diligent and professional, and really understands immigration law and the requirements necessary to secure a successful outcome. We had to work to a very tight timeframe and would not have made it without Kasia’s guidance through the process.

Tier 2 visas and compliance: I have worked with Kasia for a number of years. During this period Ihave found her immigration knowledge to be second to none. Her responsiveness to address all requirements were super fast. Great person to work with and to have as a business partner. I hope we will get the chance to work as a team again soon.

Spouse visa: Kasia helped my partner out with a visa last year. She was extremely helpful and professional and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her services to anyone.

EEA residence card applicant: Kasia was a fantastic solicitor, guiding me through the whole process of application, with high attention to details and professionalism.

Indefinite Leave to Remain (Settlement) applicant: Successfully applied for ILR with the help of Kasia Janucik. Very grateful to her for the professional service, attention to details, and great advice.

Tier 2 General visa applicant (switching from Tier 4 student visa): Kasia is a consummate professional and I had an excellent experience working with her for my Tier 2 visa. It was my first switch from Tier 4 to Tier 2 and I had to navigate through many issues; Kasia is very knowledgeable solicitor who answered all my questions and was happy to explain every step of the process. Most importantly, Kasia broke down every legal term in the Tier 2 process which is very lengthy and complicated, so that I would understand what we were doing.

Tier 2 sponsor licence application: Our Company just got Tier-2 License yesterday & I must say a big Thank You to Ms Kasia Janucik who really helped me to prepare all the paper work and instructed me throughout all the process. She is very helpful and I must advise, if you want to apply for Tier-2 License, arrange a consultation with her. Previously we have been refused by Home office to avail Tier-2 license when we prepared all work by our own.

020 7406 1000 - KasiaJanucik@cartercamerons.com
Partner - Corporate

Katarzyna (Kate) Boguslawska is a Partner in our corporate and commercial department.

Kate’s clients range from start-up owners through to SMEs and some global main-players who need advice on business-related matters. These range from advice on employment and company matters to contract drafting and disputes. Kate understands her clients, their needs and goals. Her clients often praise her pragmatic approach and tailored practical advice.

Employment

In her employment practice Kate:

  • drafts contracts, handbooks and company policies
  • provides regular Employment/HR Advice
  • negotiates contracts
  • drafts and negotiate settlement agreements
  • helps to navigate through TUPE, restructure and redundancies
  • advises and represents in claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination, breach of contract, unlawful deduction from wages, etc
  • advises on injunctive relief and restrictive covenants

Notable employment work included:

  • advising a well-known English designer in company restructure and redundancies;
  • advising employers and high net worth individuals on settlement agreements and severance packages;
  • regular HR advice to a number of company clients;
  • advising media company on contracts and issues relating to confidentiality, IP and restrictive covenants;
  • representing high earning claimants in ‘Stress at Work’ personal injury matters.

Commercial

In her commercial and company practice Kate:

  • advises on suitable business entities and company formation;
  • advises on company and directors’ duties;
  • drafts necessary company documents including amended articles and resolutions;
  • drafts and negotiates contracts and shareholders’ agreements;
  • advises on shareholders disputes.

Notable commercial work included:

  • advising and representing foreign companies establishing business in the UK;
  • advising companies on matters involving directors’ duties and shareholders’ disputes;
  • advising a Polish PLC on contract matters and negotiating on its behalf with an English PLC;
  • representing an international cosmetics company in injunctive relief and restraint of trade matters;
  • representing hauliers in representations against Border Force and HMRC in excise duty matters;
  • advising EU nationals on immigration issues, residency and citizenship applications in the UK.

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Kate has strong links in the Polish community and is recommended by the Polish Embassy in London, having co-written a Guide for Polish Investors in the UK that was published by the Embassy. She has a broad network of international connections and has been instructed by law firms in Poland to assist their clients in matters involving English jurisdiction.

020 7406 1000 - katarzynaboguslawska@cartercamerons.com

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