The talent you need is out there, but the marketplace is now global. Are you equipped to compete? We bring together the disparate expertise and strategic insight needed to tackle any immigration and employment issues you’re likely to encounter — whether through international assignments, business travel, international relocations or the recruitment and retention of a global workforce.

If you’re a corporate or organisational employer in a dynamic sector such as technology, life sciences or brands, recruiting and retaining talent will be a strategic priority with global dimensions.

We’re unusual in that we specialise in immigration as well as employment. This dual expertise means we’re able to deal with the overlap of issues that arise with an international and globally mobile workforce.  Our market-leading strengths in IP and technology make us the ideal employment partner for multinationals, fast-growing companies and other organisations in these fields.

Global mobility is a complex topic spanning many disciplines, with laws, tax regimes, regulatory requirements and best practice varying from country to country. We manage the complexities on your behalf, handling the administrative, legal and regulatory detail so you can develop an internationally mobile workforce in an efficient and cost-effective way.

We’ll work closely with you to develop a global talent strategy for the skills and the people you need.  We can cover everything from structuring and documenting international assignments, to advice on local employment practices and remuneration and benefit arrangements. 

We support well-established global entities, and regularly help growth companies set up in new territories and deliver their recruitment and mobility agendas.  We have extensive cross-jurisdictional HR experience and a network of specialist advisers from independent law firms around the world. Unlike many global firms, our network enables us to choose the best adviser for you in each case, rather than being tied to one office in each jurisdiction.

We advise businesses and other organisations on all aspects of business immigration, including end-to-end support through the life-cycle of a visa application, sponsor licence applications, sponsor management and compliance (including mock compliance audits), in-house training and advice on the immigration issues arising from corporate transactions and outsourcing arrangements. We also advise entities on right-to-work compliance, including audits, training and policies, and advice on the employment and immigration issues arising from breaches of the immigration rules.

Our immigration experts are ready to help with practical, forward-thinking advice, giving dynamic and innovative organisations clarity on complex immigration legislation, rules and guidelines. 

With our pro-active approach we’ll help you prepare your talent strategy for evolving conditions while maximising opportunities.

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“Full involvement and very well coordinated team advising us on different legal areas.”

Legal 500 2022

Bristows LLP has a well-established presence advising on outsourcing; it advised new client Munich Re on an application outsourcing deal with NTT Data. Senior associates Lidia Poczok and Justin Costley assisted Capgemini on a public sector outsourcing contract.”

Legal 500 2015

Bristows LLP ‘has a particular focus on transactions with an outsourcing element’ and often advises on global outsourcing projects; the team is assisting multinational outsourcing company Capgemini on employment and TUPE issues. Department includes senior associates Lidia Poczok (who is ‘a delight’) and ‘all-round rock star’ Justin Costley.”

Legal 500 2016