Sponsored Employees

The Immigration Rules can be a minefield, both for the employer and their foreign national employees. We are here to guide you through every stage of the process. We provide comprehensive advice on the requirements of applying for a sponsor licence and will compile and submit the application for you, minimising the chance of a refusal. We will advise you on the duties of sponsorship and will assist you to ensure that you continue to comply with the duties of sponsorship. If we are named as your representatives on the licence we can deal with UKVI on your behalf in most cases.

We advise foreign employees and their employers on the eligibility and evidential requirements of applications for leave to enter and leave to remain in the UK. Again we will guide you through all stages of the process. Linked to our role as representatives on the sponsor licence we will deal with UKVI in relation to obtaining certificates of sponsorship to assign to employees and expediting applications to enable them to start working for you in the UK more quickly.

Our immigration team also work alongside and as part of our Employment department and this crossover of knowledge means we are able to advise on the employment aspects of employing foreign employees, including drafting employment contracts and advising on the requirements of the prevention of illegal working legislation. We also advise individuals on the specific conditions of their leave and their ability to undertake additional employment.

We have a very strong track record in obtaining approvals in a cost effective manner and in line with our clients’ individual time frames. We are proactive when dealing with UKVI and our experience in these areas means we can often anticipate any additional information UKVI may require in relation to a specific application and provide it in advance, reducing instances of applications being delayed.

Representative Sponsored Employees Work

Examples of our sponsored employees work include:

  • Advised several major restaurant chains on securing sponsor licences to enable them to employ foreign nationals.
  • Advised a major exporter of steel and metals on the requirements of bringing in a new managing director from overseas.
  • Advised a software licence company on securing a sponsor licence for a foreign national who was assuming a lead role on a major new project.
  • Advised a London hotel chain on the requirements of sponsoring a number of key employees.
  • Advised a labelling and packaging company on securing a sponsor licence to enable it to transfer key employees to the UK from China

Key contacts:

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Danielle Ramdel

Partner Employment and Immigration
Work 37-41 Bedford Row London WC1R 4JH United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 20 7611 2388


Danielle heads our Immigration practice. She also advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious Employment law.

Danielle is listed in the Legal 500 2021 rankings as a recommended lawyer. The employment team is also listed in the rankings.


Danielle advises a wide range of corporate and individual clients on immigration and nationality law including sponsor licence applications, highly skilled (Tier 1) and skilled (Tier 2) migrant applications under the point based system and European free movement applications.

Danielle has written a number of articles for the Law Society Gazette and Tottel’s Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality and is an active member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association.


Danielle’s employment experience includes advising employers with challenging employment situations; providing creative and practical advice to reflect their priorities and appetite for risk.
Danielle handles the complete range of advice necessary to support the firm’s senior executive practice and regularly advises employees facing issues relating to maternity leave and discrimination law as well as redundancy, whistleblowing and potentially unfair dismissal. Danielle advises a European stock exchange on day to day employment issues as well as complex disputes with senior employees.

Danielle acts for many of our restaurant clients in relation to their contentious and non-contentious advice. She also advises individuals accused of misconduct by banks in cases involving alleged financial misconduct and market manipulation.

Danielle has particular experience in employment tribunal litigation, acting for both employers defending claims and employees bringing them. Clients benefit from her ability to see the opponent’s litigation strategy from the other perspective. Highlights include acting for an individual in successfully bringing a claim for constructive unfair dismissal against a major multinational consumer goods business and acting for a senior individual in an unfair dismissal claim against a global bank.

Danielle’s experience in employment and immigration law enables her to advise employers on issues that concern both areas of the law such as recruitment programmes including foreign migrants and termination of employment when an employees’ status is uncertain.

Career History

Partner, Teacher Stern

Solicitor, Teacher Stern

Legal Assistant, Laura Devine Solicitors

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