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Carly Hayle

Senior Associate
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Carly Hayle

Senior Associate

Carly is a Senior Associate in the Immigration team.

Carly advises both corporate and private clients on the Immigration Rules, applications under the Points Based System and applications based on family relationships. Carly has assisted many clients with obtaining a Sponsor Licence, complex PBS matters and provides ongoing support for clients in relation to compliance and their duties as a sponsor. Her expertise for businesses include providing strategic advice to multinational businesses across a variety of sectors and advising on retaining staff following Brexit.

Following Brexit, Carly handles British Citizenship applications for foreign workers and their families who have been based in the UK for a sufficiently long period of time.  She also facilitates in-house training for companies who wish to better understand their immigration obligations and the rules around sponsorship licences and following Brexit advises EEA nationals and family members on registration under the EU Settlement scheme as well as advising businesses on Brexit planning to ensure they retain key talent.

Recent examples of how Carly has helped clients include:

  • advising a large Real Estate Investment client on establishing a presence in the UK and subsequently acquiring the UK assets of a global property fund involving the transfer of sponsored Tier 2 migrants
  • providing advice to a large steel manufacturer on the immigration requirements following the sale of part of their business including Sponsor Licence compliance
  • advising on outbound visits to India and USA for a headquartered business for senior staff.
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Asli Akoya

Associate
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Asli Akoya

Associate

Asli Akoya is an Associate in the Immigration team.

Asli advises on personal and business immigration applications, complex human rights cases, nationality law, appeals and all applications under the European law and Brexit related enquiries.

Asli acts for private clients in all categories of entry clearance, leave to remain, settlement and British nationality applications, including applications under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Asli advises business clients and their dependents mainly under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) categories of the UK points-based system on extension applications and subsequent indefinite leave to remain applications following qualifying periods.  Bilingual, she regularly deals with Turkish business clients under the EC Association Agreement (Ankara Agreement) and acts for UK-employed Turkish nationals.

Asli has experience of challenging Home Office decisions at the First-tier and Upper Tribunals of the Immigration and Asylum Chambers; Judicial Review claims for unlawful detention and refusal of Article 8 ECHR family and private life applications, as well as fresh claim challenges, unlawful denial of appeal rights and unlawful delays in processing applications.

Some examples of how Asli has helped clients include:

  • acting for an international (investor/entrepreneur) business client and his dependents to successfully obtain leave to remain under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category (PBS) and providing ongoing advice on the requirements of the Immigration rules (i.e. business activities, compliance, job creation, right to work checks etc.) enabling him and his dependents to obtain settlement in the UK at the end of his qualifying period; and
  • enabling a Turkish client to establish her business in the UK by assisting in her Businessperson visa application under EUAA (Ankara Agreement) providing ongoing support towards her extension application under the same category;
  • assisting many clients in their successful Indefinite Leave to Remain (settlement) applications, based on 10 years of continuous lawful residence (in various categories), by carefully assessing their immigration history and advising on requirements, evidence and application process to the Home Office; and
  • successfully obtaining legal status for UK-born children who have lived here without legal status for seven years continuously on private life grounds and, under ECHR right to private life, assisting family members in regularising their own immigration status.