Having for some time wielded its axe among education providers holding Tier 4 sponsor licences, UK Visas and Immigration has recently started to crack down on commercial businesses holding licences under Tier 2.

In Raj And Knoll Ltd v Secretary of State for the Home Department, the High Court upheld UKVI’s decision to strip a sponsor of its licence because of a number of mainly administrative failings, such as not keeping shortlists or interview records following the advertising of vacancies.

A high number of law firms hold a sponsor licence in order to be able to attract global talent.

With a Conservative government intent on an even tougher approach to immigration, now would be a very good time to ensure all the paperwork is in order.

It is evident that a more hostile environment is developing here.

Nichola Carter, Carter Thomas, London WC2