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Sterling Law supports Startup Pitching Competition at the University of Westminster

We are delighted to be an official partner of the Startup Pitch Competition held on 25 October 2018 at the University of Westminster. The event is organised by the Marylebone Entrepreneurial Club whose members will be pitching their businesses to a panel of investors, aiming to raise a total of £1,000,000.

Programme:

Pitch day – 25 October 2018 

Time: 12.00 – 18.00 at Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, Marylebone, London, W1B 2UW

Up to 15 startups will be pitching this day with investment needs from £50K to £1M in e-commerce, AI, machine learning, blockchain, big data and other areas.

  • 12.00  – 1.00 pm: Registration, networking
  • 1.00 – 2.00 pm: Organisers and partners speech
  • 2.00 – 5.00 pm: Pitch Session
  • 5.00 – 6.00 pm: Networking session

Full details of the event and list of participating start-ups. 

Tickets & registration:

To book your place please visit this web-page.

Competition

The panel of judges will include Stepan Galaev, Investment Director at Galaev & Co whose firm manages angel portfolios for Dragons Den’s investors, amongst others.

Professor Malcolm Kirkup, Head of College at Westminster Business School will open the event with an opening address.

The Marylebone Entrepreneurial Club was founded by two University of Westminster graduates, Dennis G. Lucan and Slava Baranoskiy to create a startup community to bridge academic knowledge and practical application, from business concept to market.

Vacancy: Chief Technology Officer (CTO) – Russian/Ukrainian speaker, London

Sterling Law Group is looking for a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to provide technical leadership in all aspects of our business.

Strategic thinking and strong IT knowledge are essential in this role. We expect a candidate to be well-versed in current technological trends and familiar with a variety of business concepts.

Responsibilities:

  • Knowing the legal tech market, keeping up with emerging trends
  • Responsible for ensuring high level of usability and positive user experiences
  • Provide deskside technical support to all staff of the firm including troubleshooting hardware and software issues
  • Install software applications and perform system upgrades to desktop and laptop computers
  • Coordinate the day to day operational IT activities including new hire set up, audio and video conference presentations, office moves, departures
  • Work with the management and other departments of the firm to handle confidential matters, personal data and cyber security issues; Build quality assurance and data protection processes
  • Work with the management and other departments to use new technologies to streamline company policies and rules
  • Uses technological assets to help ease use for employees and clients
  • Implement and monitor security measures for communication systems, networks, and provide advice that systems and personnel adhere to established security standards and Governmental requirements for security on these systems
  • Conduct research to improve the technological assets of a company, evaluate new technology and makes recommendations on technological solutions
  • Identifies competitive advantages and technological trends for the benefit of a company
  • Directs the development and possible implementation of policies in instances of a breach, also known as disaster recovery plans
  • Managing 3rd party suppliers
  • Help departments use technology profitably
  • Supervise system infrastructure to ensure functionality and efficiency
  • Monitor KPIs and IT budgets to assess technological performance

Required skills & qualifications:

  • BSc/BA in Computer Science, Engineering or a related field
  • At least 2 years of related work experience
  • Must have knowledge of legal technology, ideally from law firm; legal tech consultancy; or legal software supplier
  • Advanced IT Knowledge
  • Must have a good understanding of computer network development and maintenance, technology and products, solutions and architecture
  • Ability to conduct technological analyses and research
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Leadership and organizational abilities
  • Strategic thinking
  • Problem-solving aptitude
  • Strong motivational and leadership skills
  • Industry Knowledge
  • Knowledge of Russian and/or Ukrainian language will be an advantage

Salary:

Competitive

Applications

In order to apply for this role please send your CV by email: michael.iatsukha@sterlinglawyers.co.uk

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

About us

Sterling Law Group is based in London, United Kingdom.

Our practice areas cover a large variety of fields including immigration, employment law, all civil disputes, commercial, family and criminal law cases. We provide full-scope assistance to corporates and individuals safeguarding their legal rights and access to justice. Our clients are based both in London and internationally.

Sterling Law Group is comprised of Sterling & Law Associates LLP, Sterling Lawyers Ltd., Sterling and Beanland Limited and Sterling AI Solutions Ltd .

More details: sterling-law.co.uk

Our address: Fleet House, 8-12 New Bridge Street, London, EC4V 6AL, United Kingdom.

Vacancy: Office Administrator and Receptionist (Ukrainian – Russian Speaker) – London

Sterling & Law Associates LLP are currently looking for a Ukrainian-Russian Speaking Speaking Office Administrator and Receptionist available to start immediately.

This is a full-time position to assist with the front-desk work and provide professional administrative and secretarial support to the partners and caseworkers.

The duties will include management and control of the office / admin work by legal assistants/interns; meeting and greeting clients, receiving calls, managing the office’s workflow including travel planning, expenses, diary management, correspondence and legal documentation.

Applicants must have excellent communication and phone skills, have the ability to multi-task, have the initiative, commercial awareness, strong ethical standards and the ability to work to tight deadlines, and good organisation skills.

We are looking for a person with a “can do” attitude who enjoys working in a highly demanding environment. Fluency in Ukrainian, Russian and English is essential, knowledge of other languages is an advantage. You must have good IT skills and an exceptional phone manner.

The ideal candidate will be able to work well as part of a team, and will have excellent communication and people skills.

Salary: Competitive

Please send us your CV via email with a covering letter, details of your current immigration status, current and expected salary to: contact@sterling-law.co.uk

Application deadline: 10 October 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

About us

Sterling & Law Associates LLP is an immigration law firm based in the City of London.

Sterling & Law Associates LLP is regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). The firm has a level 3 registration allowing to work on the most complex immigration and visa cases. The firm assists corporates and individuals on all immigration law cases, including visa refusals, appeals and bail hearings.

Law Student Internship (Tagalog Speaker) – London

We are offering an unpaid internship for undergraduate and postgraduate law students with the interest in immigration law. The internship will 2-3 months.

Sterling & Law Associates LLP is a London-based immigration law firm accredited by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) at the highest qualification level 3. This level allows us to work on the most complex immigration and visa cases. The firm assists corporate and individual clients in all types of applications, as well as refusals and appeals.

Responsibilities and Duties

During the internship we try to expose interns as much as possible to the working practices of the firm in the area of immigration law and human rights. This will include administrative assignments, filing, contacting clients, legal research, and assisting immigration lawyers and partners of the firm with their casework.

A full-time job offer may result from a successfully completed internship. References will be provided at the end of internship.

Law Student Internship Applications

In order to apply for internship please send your CV by email contact@sterling-law.co.uk

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Vacancy: Experienced Immigration Solicitor (3 PQE) – IAAS Level 2, Supervisor level (Part-time)

We are looking for an experienced immigration solicitor (3 PQE) for a part-time position.

The successful candidate must be accredited to at least IAAS level 2 and IAAS Supervisor level.

The candidate will be expected to manage a heavy workload involving practical advice to individual  clients. This solicitor role will require you to handle a full range of immigration and asylum matters. The candidate will be required to handle own caseload without supervision.

  • Work schedule: 15 hours per week / flexible
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
  • Experience: PQE: 3 years (Required)
  • Accreditation: IAAS level 2 or above and Supervisor level (Required)
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree (Required)

About the employer:

Sterling Lawyers Ltd. is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (No.630147). The firm specialises in immigration, criminal and family law cases and assists corporate and individual clients.

How to apply:

For more details and to apply for this position “Experienced Immigration Solicitor (3 PQE)” please send your CV and cover letter indicating your expected salary and/or fee share, and availability by e-mail to ruslan@sterlinglawyers.co.uk

Law Society Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Achieved

We are delighted to announce that several members of Sterling Law team successfully completed assessment under the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS) which covers all immigration and asylum advice and services work.

Our lawyers Josephine Smith, Jelena Ivanova, Nozima Rakhimjonova, Inna Semeniuk and Solomiya Boyar received their successful exam results from Central Law Training in August 2018 and now are in process of completing their membership registrations with the Law Society.

 

What is the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation?

This accreditation was introduced by the Law Society and is a mandatory requirement for immigration practitioners who wish to undertake publicly funded advice and receive payment under a Legal Aid Agency (LAA) contract in the immigration and asylum category.

The immigration and asylum law accreditation provides recognised quality standards for asylum practitioners. It is designed to cover all aspects of asylum law. Accreditation covers all practitioners providing advice under a legal aid contract and can be used as a quality mark for privately funded work.

By completing the assessment, the practitioners showed that they have achieved the required level of competence and knowledge in this area of law as defined by the Law Society.

Please follow our further updates on the immigration and asylum practice on our web-site and Facebook page.

Law Commission starts Major Smart Contract Scoping Study

The Law Commission has recently been aiding authorities in dealing with regulating technological innovations. The Law Commission is a legal advisory body, inaugurated in 1965 by the British government, and is currently dealing with significant matters concerning technology and its anticipated influence on the economic transformations arising as a result.

The increased adoption of the Blockchain technologies into the international trading platform is consequently requiring essential legal frameworks to govern its use worldwide. The UK is one of the developed countries where technology is widely accepted and adopted. The use of Smart Contract is utilised within the public and private sectors due to its attractive opportunities and has therefore triggered the attention of the authorities.

Law on Smart Contracts

There has not been a clear inclusion of Smart Contracting in the legal frameworks in the UK. It is apparent that the legislation processes for Blockchain adoption are long overdue and something needs to be done in order to bring it up to speed with the new technological developments. However, there are some firms that are already utilising the use of Smart Contracts in engaging their clients.

Smart Contracts have greatly revolutionised the role of Lawyers in authenticating contracts. It offers a great computerised transaction protocol through which the terms of a contract are executed. All users or stakeholders to the contract are able to view its contents from remote locations and can negotiate them in real-time. Ultimately, the parties reach an agreement and the contract is sealed and started. However, lack of legal frameworks has seen the abuse of security loopholes since there has not been any legal protection.

The presence of thriving business in the UK private sector and beyond, triggers the necessity to review Smart Contracts applicability in the regional market. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has been regulating financial undertakings, ensuring that all engagements are subjected to the legal system. Unfortunately, the legislation of Blockchain technology has not entered the legal letters.

Application of Smart Contract

Since the magical launch of Bitcoin and subsequent rise of cryptocurrencies, the use of Blockchain technology has proved inevitable in the financial system. Moreover, great companies such as Oracle and IBM have now brought about the use of ‘Blockchain-as-a-service’. This changes the way Blockchain will be operating. The platforms forming now differentiate the use of crypto currencies and the application of Blockchain technology for other purposes.

In the USA, the use of Propy, a Blockchain based company, is seen as a great real estate undertaking.  The organisation has been able to capture the market, with one of the landmark achievements being the sale of a home worth $60,000. The success of that transaction helped place the organisation on the global distributed ledger map. This is an example of numerous industries that are pioneering the use of Smart Contracting, others include sectors such as assets holdings, proof of identity, insurance, private consulting and handling general contractual engagements.

Law Commission Scoping Study

Retaining a mandate from the UK government, the UK Law Commission has a task to evaluate the essential elements in formulating a legal framework for adoption and use of Blockchain technologies in the market.

The scoping study was launched in July 2018, whereby the commission is expected to explore the use of Smart Contracts.

The Commission is expected to review what needs to the done to intake flexible legislation into current law so as to allow the adoption of digital contexts influencing the global financial industry.

One of the greatest tasks that the Commission is expected to undertake is a review of the current application of Smart Contracting. The scoping study will look at how the use of Smart Contracts came into play in the regional and global markets. This will be simulated and evaluated on the UK’s framework.

Expected Outcomes in Scoping Study by UK Law Commission

Ultimately, the Commission will then check the essential frameworks that would be used in ensuring authentic implementation of the Blockchain platform as a trading platform in the UK. The UK will be one of the few countries undertaking legislation of Blockchain technology. This will help the economy in moving to a new level of trading.

The Blockchain platform is more expansive than it appeared initially. The use of Ethereum based distributed ledger technology is now becoming a great changer in business. The ability to access a shared platform where everyone has the ability to connect to the same ledger from across the globe, has eased the processes of having to engage brokerage firms.

After the scoping study, the Law Commission will work closely with the Financial Conduct Authority in ensuring that the legal elements noted get embedded in UK Financial law. The Bill will then be evaluated in UK Parliament, firstly in the House of Commons and then the House of Lords for further legislation review.

Once there is a set framework, the UK residents and non-residents stand to benefit from an expansive investment market. They will be able to invest more in Blockchain technology investments. Others will be able to innovate in Blockchain technology and help place the UK on the Blockchain map.

Written by: Michael Iatsukha (e-mail: michael.iatsukha@sterlinglawyers.co.uk)

An Employment Law Victory – Substantial Compensation Achieved for Our Client

Sterling Law’s Employment Solicitor, Kuldeep Clair, dealt with a case over the past six months this year which resulted in a significant victory for our client.

Our British-born client had been working remotely in Latvia for a northern English company for almost 10 years. He resigned in December 2017 after serious allegations of negligence and incompetence were made, and his pay was cut by 25%.

We represented our client since after the resignation, and suspected that other motives were at play in the business’s very heavy-handed approach. The employer held out against any offer of compromise, and refused to take part in ACAS conciliation, both before and after tribunal proceedings were eventually issued.

The employer was represented by a large northern law firm; one of the most reputable and well-regarded commercial law firms in the country, and the tribunal hearing was set for today at Manchester Employment Tribunal. The employer resisted our claim with every argument possible, including the suggestion that English law did not apply to the employment contract, as our client was based abroad. This was legally nonsensical.

Eventually, we managed to obtain the five-figure sum satisfactory settlement that we were holding out for, at, would you believe, 5.55pm, two days before the hearing date. So the hearing did not prove to be necessary.

Our client was delighted with the outcome, although it was a pity that he had already made the journey all the way to Manchester from Latvia, and we had allocated our time for the hearing, and made our travel plans, bought our train tickets etc, by then.

It shows the value of tough negotiations where you have a good claim, which is presented and argued well by your lawyer, both in the documentation and the witness statements.

If you have any employment disputes and require a top quality legal advice on any employment matter, whether you are an employer or employee, please contact Kuldeep S. Clair, Consultant Solicitor and Advocate, directly:

Email: Kuldeep@sterlinglawyers.co.uk

Mobile: 07484 614090

Tel. 020 7822 8599

Spouse Visa

Sterling Law Influence Home Office’s Investor Visa Policy Change

On 15 June 2018, the Home Office announced introduction of the new changes to the Immigration Rules which will affect a number of categories including Tier 1 Investor Visa.

The changes address our previous requests for clarification of the Immigration Rules. Owing to our persistence on getting the Home Office’s business helpdesk to clarify whether invested bonds from a bank loan can be used to score points as collateral for a further loan for a Tier 1 investor, the Home Office has now incorporated this into the new statement of changes.

It is, perhaps, not exactly the results that we hoped for when making a request on such a clarification, but the Home Office has been prompted due to our team’s unyielding actions to ensure that the scope of the Immigration Rules have everything covered.

Now, the answer to whether invested bonds from a bank loan can be used to score points as collateral is that it is not permissible for a migrant to use funds invested in bonds as collateral for further loans. The Home Office makes reference to paragraph 61A with the requirement of the money to be under the migrant’s control and therefore, excludes money that a loan has been secured against.

Thus, the following changes are introduced to the Tier 1 Investor Visa rules:

  • Applicants are required to maintain their investments. While the investors (applicants) may withdraw interest and dividend payments generated by their qualifying investments from their portfolios, they may not do so if these were generated before the applicant purchased the portfolio.
  • As evidence of their investment, applicants must currently submit portfolio reports signed off by a financial institution regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. A technical change is being made to require institutions to confirm that the funds have only been invested in qualifying investments, and that no loan has been secured against those funds.
  • This change will put a further obligation on financial firms to scrutinise the suitability of applicants’ investments, in addition to their own due diligence.

Aliya Rimshelis, Corporate Immigration Adviser, raised this issue before the Home Office on behalf of Sterling Law and assisted in filling a gap which previously existed.

These changes to the Immigration Rules will come into effect on 6 July 2018.

More information is available in the statement of changes.

For more details, please feel free contact our please contact our immigration lawyers on Tel. +44(0)20 7822 8535, Mobile / Viber: +447463382838, by e-mail: contact@sterling-law.co.uk or via our online appointment booking form.

New UK start-up visa introduced by the Home Office

The new visa route was announced by the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, during London Tech Week on 13 June 2018. According to the statement, the UK start-up visa route will widen the applicant pool of talented entrepreneurs and make the visa process faster and smoother for entrepreneurs coming to the UK. It will replace a visa route which was exclusively for graduates, opening it up to a wider pool of talented business founders.

People who want to start a business in the UK will be able to apply for a new “start-up” visa, the Home Secretary has announced. 

According to the Home Secretary, new start-up visa will help to ensure that the UK continues to attract the best global talent and maintain the UK’s position as a world-leading destination for innovation and entrepreneurs.

It will require applicants to have acquired an endorsement from a university or approved business sponsor, including accelerators. This start-up visa has been designed following advice from the Migration Advisory Committee and feedback from the tech sector and other stakeholders.

This initiative builds on other recent reforms to the visa system – including doubling the number of visas available on the Exceptional Talent route to 2,000 per year – and shows the government’s commitment to making the UK a dynamic, open, globally-trading nation.

The expanded UK start-up visa route will launch in Spring 2019, further details will be announced in due course.

Immigration Assistance

For expert advice and assistance in relation to your particular immigration case, please contact our immigration lawyers on Tel. +44(0)20 7822 8535, Mobile / Viber: +447463382838, by e-mail: contact@sterling-law.co.uk or via our online appointment booking form.