On 24th March 2020, the Home Office published guidance for visa applicants in the UK, visa applicants outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with the coronavirus.
The key points include:
Applicants is in the UK with leave expiring between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020
The visa will be extended to 31 May 2020 if the applicant is unable to leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation relating to COVID-19.
The applicant will be required to update their records with the Coronavirus immigration team in the event the visa is expiring and there were no plans for them to stay in the UK.
Applying to stay in the UK long-term
Applications can be made from the UK to switch to a long-term UK visa until 31 May 2020. This includes applications that would usually be made for a visa from the home country of the applicant.
The applicant will need to meet the requirements of the route they are applying for and pay the UK application fee. This includes those whose leave has already been automatically extended to 31 March 2020.
The terms of the leave will remain the same until the application is decided.
Application and Service Centres in the UK
UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres (UKVCAS) and Service and Support Centres (SSCs) are temporarily closed because of COVID-19.
Applicants cannot book an appointment.
If an appointment has already been made
The applicant will be contacted to be informed that it has been cancelled. The applicant will be advised when they can book a new appointment.
The applicant’s immigration status in the UK will not change as a result of the appointment being re-arranged/cancelled.
Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa and the business
There is no longer a requirement to employ at least 2 people for 12 consecutive months each. The 12 month period that is required to employ someone can be made up of multiple employees across different months.
The period of the employees being furloughed will not count towards the 12 month period.
If the staff have not been employed for 12 months in total by the time the visa expires, a temporary extension to stay will be provided to meet the requirement.
Doctor, nurses or paramedics working for the NHS
The visa will be automatically extended by one year if it is due to expire before 1 October 2020. Family members with a visa due to expire before 1 October 2020 will also have their visa extended.
The extension is free and the applicant will not have to pay the immigration health surcharge.
The applicant does not need to apply, the Home Office will contact NHS employers to identify the staff that are eligible for this extension.
Changes to the current restrictions on the number of hours of work or volunteering
There is no longer a limit on the number of hours of work or volunteering each week if the applicant works for the NHS as a doctor, nurse or a paramedic and the applicant is a:
- tier 4 student
- tier 2 worker and the NHS job is a second job
- visiting academic researcher
- holder of a short-term visa and are permitted to volunteer
Pre-registration nurse in the UK
The deadline to sit the Occupational Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) has been extended to 31 December 2020.
Applicants outside the UK
All UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) are closed.
If the applicant has an appointment and the VAC is now closed, the applicant will be contacted with cancellation confirmation.
English Testing Centres are also affected.
For updates to the status of VACs in your country please contact the Toller’s immigration team.
Documents of the applicants
Due to worldwide border, travel and public health restrictions it may not be possible for the return of the passports at this time.
Should the applicant require the return of the passport, they must contact the visa application centre where the application was logged, to see if courier return is available in their location.
British nationals abroad who need to apply for a passport
If VAC is closed in the area, then an application for a British passport cannot be made. For urgent matters an application for an emergency travel document can be made.
Global Talent, Start-up or Innovator visa
If the endorsement from an endorsing body has expired because the applicant has not been able to travel to the UK, they may still be eligible for a visa. The application should be made as planned and the Home Office will consider all applications on a case by case basis.
If you require any specific advice or support regarding Visa’s, temporary UK Residency or on any other immigration matter …Talk to Tollers on 01604 258558 to arrange an initial telephone or video consultation with Tollers Immigration Expert Minara Hannan or email email@example.com
Get On Your Bike Kettering: Tollers have teamed up with KLM taxis to be headline sponsors for the Cycle for Cransley Sportive that will take place on June 28th 2020.
The sportive raises much-needed funds for Cransley hospice in Kettering.
This event grows in popularity each year and offers routes to cater for all abilities;
- Cransley family fun spin – 10 miles £10
- Cransley Cruise – 25miles £15
- Fun filled fifty -50 miles £20
- Cransley Grand Fondo – 63miles £25
- And even a 30mile off-road route – £20
The sportive starts from Kettering Rugby club which will also host fun activities and attractions for all the family.
For more information and details of how to enter please head to https://www.cransleyhospice.org.uk/event/cycle-cransley-2020/
Get On Your Bike Kettering
Tollers also sponsor Kettering Cycling Club’s adult leagues and pictured below are the winners receiving their trophies from Tollers’ managing partner, Duncan Nicholson. The winners receive a trophy, a winner’s jersey and gift vouchers.
Tony has been the person to beat for some time but in 2020 swept up all the club’s male senior titles.
The highlight of his year apart from winning the Tollers trophy was taking part in the Tour of Cambridgeshire this year where he came 3rd in his age group and this qualified him to represent Great Britain in the World amateur championships. Tony came home 4th in his age group IN THE WORLD! And 1st GB rider in his age group.
Remarkably the year started with Sue struggling to find fitness but it all started coming together in the May day 10TT on the B10/43 when she came home as Joint winner with a time of 24.31 and that gave her 6 months of holding The Jane Travers Memorial trophy.
Then June saw her first PB of the year and the new KCC 15 mile TT Club record of 34:33 on the summer flying fifteen event in Hampshire.
In July she secured another PB securing the KCC 10 mile TT Club record with a 21:49 in the VTTA London & Home counties event and coming first lady on the day.
Also in July she secured a new PB for a 50 crossing the line at 2:00:58, slicing almost 6 minutes off her previous time and secured the KCC 50 mile TT Club ladies record for a female.
The RTTC National 25 mile championship event was next in her sights and sure enough, she crossed the line in 56:44, giving her an all-time PB and slicing a tad more time off the KCC 25 mile TT Club record.
Although her sights were set on the 30 mile distance there were no further races in the season. Sadly that will have to wait till this season.
On the spur of the moment she entered her first ever 100 mile (AS YOU DO!) in the first week of September on the A100/4, the B.D.C.A. event brought the biggest smile of the season with a fantastic first ride of 04:09:43.
Being her first ride it was a PB, and also secured the KCC 100 mile TT Club record
This ride also set a new Veteran Women’s Record for 100 miles for 56 year olds breaking a long-standing record held by Carol Gandy.
Sue also received a certificate from the Best British All-Rounder Competition to certify that she was placed 12th in the 2019 women’s competition after competing in road time trials over 25,50 and 100 miles the average speed of her performance being 25.089miles per hour.
On Monday 2nd December, Tollers marked the beginning of Christmas festivities with the annual Christmas Bake Off in aid of our Charity of the Year, Secondary 1st. Secondary 1st is a charity, based in London, which funds research into the prevention, diagnosis and causes of secondary breast cancer.
To raise money for this brilliant cause, staff in our Northampton, Milton Keynes and Corby offices took to their kitchens, lined their baking tins, and created some festive tasty treats. This year came with a fantastic turnout and fierce competition, with chocolate brownies, ginger cupcakes and snowball cheesecakes being amongst the bakes!
Once all the bakes were lined up (and a few hours had passed for those who did not fancy cake for breakfast), the judging began with the bakes being scored on several different categories, including creativity, taste and festiveness. Once the judging was complete, there was a bake sale where staff could enjoy the festive treats, with all donations going to Secondary 1st. Needless to say, there were some pretty full plates coming out of the kitchen that day so that everyone could try as many different bakes as possible.
Tollers Christmas Bake Off 2019
That afternoon, the first round of winners were announced. In our Northampton Office, conveyancing assistant Alex Gill took the crown by a measly half a point! In Milton Keynes, personal assistant Claire Davies won with her delicious brownies, and one of our newest trainee solicitors Emma Blacow satisfied the judge’s chocolate cravings with her chocoholic crispy cakes in Corby.
The scoresheets and photos were then compared by our independent committee, who were delighted to announce today that our Bake Off 2019 winner is Alex Gill! She now takes the coveted Bake Off trophy and is already making plans for next year in an attempt to retain her title.
We hope you enjoy the wonderful photos of the bakes from this year and cannot wait to see our bakers’ creations next December!
As a leading regional law practice operating throughout the South and East Midlands, we first opened our doors for business in the Hertfordshire town of Stevenage in 2014. While over the last 5 years the Tollers brand has gradually grown in prominence throughout Hertfordshire, we have always been mindful of expansion opportunities that might arise. In line with that, Duncan Nicholson, our Managing Partner, is delighted to announce that the Partners and staff of former Hertfordshire practice BBW Law LLP joined Tollers LLP on 1st August 2019!
Although BBW Law LLP has ceased to trade, the former clients of the Firm have all been offered the opportunity to transfer their legal affairs to Tollers. Not only does this provide assurances to clients in relation to the ongoing service of their legal matters, it will also ensure that the former clients of
BBW Law LLP are able to benefit from the wider breadth of services that Tollers are able to offer in relation to both business and personal legal services. As part of the transaction, it has been agreed that the expanded Tollers LLP Hertfordshire practice will trade as “Tollers BBW” and will operate from the former BBW offices in Letchworth, Stevenage and Biggleswade for the foreseeable future.
Tollers has exciting plans for investment and growth in the Hertfordshire area. The joining of the former BBW teams is the first step in that process. Additionally, Tollers are actively searching for a new flagship office for its expanded Hertfordshire team. An announcement on the new flagship office is due very soon with a view to it opening its doors in early 2020.
Tollers was founded in 1877, has 175 members of staff, with offices and a geographic footprint throughout Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. The Firm provides a ‘full service’ offering in terms of its legal provision. Whether it is a commercial issue that requires Tollers ‘For Business’ teams or a personal matter being dealt with by the ‘For You’ teams, clients can expect genuine client focus and high quality legal advice. As a Firm, Tollers is aware of the importance of maintaining strong and lasting relationships with its clients.
From left to right: Tollers Managing Partner, Duncan Nicholson. Head of Corporate Law and Hertfordshire Office Head, Craig Harrison and Head of Private Client Services for Hertfordshire, Sharon Brown.
Tollers ‘For Business’ services include:
- Corporate Law
- Commercial Law
- Commercial Property
- Dispute Resolution
- Employment Law
- Insolvency and Corporate Recovery.
Craig Harrison, Tollers’ Head of Corporate Law and Regional Office Head in Hertfordshire says “As a team we recognise that in such a fast-moving legal environment, clients often want much more than traditional legal advice. Commerciality in approach is what many clients demand and at Tollers we can deliver a seamless service with a commitment to providing solutions and ensuring that our clients make the most of their opportunities. We are conscious that investing in legal services is an important decision for business owners and at Tollers we strive to always consider the value that we are adding with the services we provide. The expansion of the practice in Hertfordshire will bring significant benefits to our clients who will have access to all of the commercial and private client teams within the Firm”.
Tollers ‘For You’ services include:
- Wills, Trusts and Probate
- Family Law
- Buying and Selling a Home – Residential Conveyancing
- Elderly and Vulnerable Client Services
- Contesting a Will
- Personal Injury.
Sharon Brown, Head of Tollers’ Private Client Services in Hertfordshire says “Tollers private client teams provide sensitive, clear, tailored solutions for our clients whilst stripping away the jargon and using plain English to ensure that our advice and documentation is easy to understand and delivered efficiently and with care. We help individuals and families solve all manner of legal issues ranging in complexity, providing support and guidance along the way. We are delighted to be able to offer a more complete service to our clients in the Hertfordshire area and look forward to building long lasting relationships with the local communities we serve”.
The former practice of BBW Law LLP has been practicing in Hertfordshire since 2001, following the merger of two practices formerly known as Brignalls of Stevenage and Knebworth; and Balderston Warren of Letchworth, Baldock and Biggleswade. Brignalls was founded in 1912, whilst Balderston Warren could trace its history back to 1765.
Managing Partner Duncan Nicholson says “This is an exciting development for Tollers LLP. As a Firm we are committed to expanding our practice in Hertfordshire and providing the highest levels of service to the clients and the communities we serve as a whole. The support and feedback that we have had from the former clients and staff of BBW has been extremely positive and this is very gratifying. We are working hard on the task of bringing clients and staff alike together in our new venture. The message from me to the market is a simple one. At Tollers we believe in Exceptional people, Exceptional Service, Exceptional delivery. We look forward to serving Hertfordshire as successfully as we have done our traditional markets for over a century.”
THEY DID IT!!!
Last week saw 3 of our Legal Eagles swap their wings for wheels. Roger Reed, Tristan Benson and Duncan Nicholson rode from London to Paris to raise funds for Cransley Hospice Trust. Giving back to those that support us, whether through volunteering, fundraising or providing support is very important to Tollers. If you follow our Social Media accounts you will already be aware of the journey, we received a tremendous amount of support and encouragement, the riders felt like the whole community was behind them!
Duncan Nicholson, the Firm’s Managing Partner said “At Tollers we take our corporate responsibility very seriously, we work hard to ensure we are engaged with and working in partnership with the local communities we serve and one of the ways we do this is by working with a number of locally based charities across our geographies”.
With this in mind on Wednesday 10 July 2019, three solicitors from Tollers Solicitors set off to ride from London to Paris, a distance of 300 miles, with the aim of completing the challenge in less than 48 hours in order to raise much needed funds for local Northamptonshire based charity Cransley Hospice.
It is not common to ride the route in 48 hours. Ordinarily organisers of London to Paris cycle challenges plan for them to take place over 3 or even 4 days, but the Tollers trio where determined to cover the combined 900 miles in this timeframe.
The Three intrepid cyclists Roger Reed (from the Personal Injury Department), Duncan Nicholson (Managing Partner of the firm) and Tristan Benson (Head of the Dispute Resolution Team) were more than up for the challenge having trained hard over the last few months, with many lunchtime rides, cycling events and sportifs under their belts.
All Funds Raised Go To Cransley Hospice
The ride was 100% funded and planned by the firm, so that every single penny raised will go to Cransley Hospice. The local hospice, based in Kettering, provides specialist care for patients with life limiting illnesses and as with many charities of this nature Cransley simply could not operate without the help of donations from the public.
The team where up bright and early on the first morning to start the ‘Tour De Tollers’ and set off from London’s O2 arena at 5am. They made good progress, with only a small Garmin problem at the beginning resulting in a few minor delays negotiating their way out of London. They arrived in Dover at 12.30, where they loaded their bikes onto their support vehicle and boarded the ferry. During the crossing they had the opportunity to refuel and review the French route, as well as have a well-deserved break. On arrival in Calais they jumped back on their bikes to continue their journey to Hesdin, in Northern France, and arrived at their overnight stop at 9.45pm. Following some refreshments they retired for the night for a well-earned rest after the first day of their mammoth trek, having covered 150 miles.
The following morning the cycling trio were up early to embark on the final 150 mile leg of their journey to Paris. After a hearty breakfast to fuel them on their way, they left Hesdin at 8.10am. The weather on the day was a blistering 31 degrees and despite some issues ensuring they stayed hydrated in the heat, the team made good progress finally arriving at the iconic Arc De Triomphe at 9.30pm.
Tour De Tollers Cycling Trio Raise Vital Funds For Local Charity
Having shattered their 48 hour target, riding the 300 miles in around 39 hours, the team are now taking a well-earned rest before they get back in the saddle. To date they have raised over £4000 against their original target of £3000, with donations continuing to come in. The team are delighted that their efforts will make such a significant contribution to the hospice and the vital support they provide.
Roger Reed, said of their effort “We made it to Paris and beat our target! At times when our muscles ached we put things back in perspective and reminded ourselves of the reason why we were doing the ride. Cransley Hospice provides an invaluable service to the community and the sponsorship we received will help them maintain the highest levels of care and treatment for their patients and their families. We have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and so grateful for all the support we received. We would like to express our thanks to everyone who followed our progress, sponsored us and supported us on our journey’.
The Firm are extremely proud of the team’s achievement and can’t wait to see what this intrepid trio plan next…
If you would like to show your support, donations can be made via the teams Just Giving Page.
Sharon Brown, Trusts and Estates Solicitor based at our Stevenage office and her partner Harry Johnson were delighted to go home with the Glitter Ball following Garden House Hospice’s first Strictly Jive & Swing event.
The judging panel featured John Procter, Chair of Trustees at the Hospice, Stevenage Mayor Margaret Notley, Nick Gill Editor of The Comet and Miss Hertfordshire Kate Gee-Finch. The event was hosted by Joseph Sewell of JiveSwing, who provided the contestants with 6 weeks of tuition as part of the event. Other contestants included Dr Sarah Bell who is the medical director at the Hospice and her husband Reverend Terrance Bell, Jessica Carter and Harry Folgate who is as a fundraiser for the Hospice and local business people Katie Simmons, Claire Harding, Patricia Ling and Simon Lloyd, and Caroline Mayo who is a patient of the Hospice with her dance partner Graham from JiveSwing.
The competition was very close throughout the evening, but Sharon and Harry were awarded four 10’s from the judges with particular praise for the number of lifts they managed to squeeze into their routine. Sharon even managed to lift Harry at one point! It was then the turn of the audience to vote for their favourite acts, and the two sets of scores combined led to Sharon and Harry being crowned the winners.
Sharon said: “Every performer on the night was worthy of winning and we were so surprised when the announcement was made. There was a real sense of camaraderie between the dancers all the way through, and the audience were on great form on the night, clapping along and showing support. We have managed to raise nearly £2,000 in sponsorship and ticket sales, and the event overall looks to have already raised over £7,000 which is a fantastic achievement.”
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Tollers are long-standing supporters of Garden House Hospice, who provide an important role to the local community. Not only do they provide palliative care, they also offer a number of complimentary therapies to patients and counselling and support for the relatives of patients. You can find out more about Garden House Hospice by clicking here.
At Tollers solicitors we are inordinately proud of the talented team of ‘legal eagles’ we have in our firm. Every team member whether they are in a support role, are a Trainee all the way to Partner level are highly valued. In this instance one individual has far exceeded all expectations, we have the distinct pleasure to celebrate the achievements and hard work of Lauren Hamper.
Lauren has recently graduated with a first-class honours degree in LLB Law and in recognition of all her hard work has been awarded The Northamptonshire Law Society Prize for Outstanding Academic Excellence. The Northamptonshire Law Society look after the administration of justice in Northamptonshire. The award will be presented formally to Lauren in March 2019 at the annual Northamptonshire Law Society Dinner. Lauren obtained the highest marks in her third year compared to everybody else in her cohort. She obtained over 90% in two of her modules and the other 4 modules were all a minimum of 78%, a middle first class. Lauren received the highest marks in Law across the county, an amazing achievement!
But Lauren is no stranger to recognition for all the hard work she applies. This month she has also been awarded The Max Engel Memorial Fund Scholarship. This was awarded to Lauren by the Max Engel award board at Max Engel & Co LLP solicitors. It was an award of £1500 to the most deserving law student in third year, which goes towards post graduate studies. For this, Lauren had to show how she had contributed to university life. Lauren volunteered for over 100 hours in her Second Year as the President of the CoppaFeel! ‘University Boob Team’, which fundraised and raised awareness of breast cancer to students. Raising £1300 within one academic year.
In October 2017 Lauren received The Neuberger Prize from the Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn. This was in recognition of her academic achievements in her second year. The University ran an article on it which can be viewed here.
And in her second year Lauren won The Shoosmiths Academic Excellence Award (Awarded July 2017) as Lauren received the highest marks in her year group whilst in the second year of university, obtaining over 90% in one module.
All in all we are sure Lauren has a very bright future ahead of her and we can’t wait to see just how high she flies. Congratulations Lauren!
Regional Law firm Tollers Solicitors were delighted to host the recent ‘After Hours’ Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce event on the 31st January. There were over 50 businesses represented at the event and it proved to be an informative evening enjoyed by all.
The Chamber’s After Hours events are very informal and are an opportunity for local business owners and representatives to come together to network and chat, as well as learn a little more about their fellow Chamber members.
Tollers Managing Partner, Duncan Nicholson kicked off proceedings with an introduction to Tollers new flagship Northampton Head office, as well as a brief history of the firm and how it was established 140 years ago this year. He also took the time to explain how Tollers are a full service Firm offering services both ‘For Business’ and ‘For You’.
Duncan said “It was great to have the opportunity to show so many representatives from prominent local businesses our new offices – we are extremely proud of the environment that we have created both for our staff and our clients and it was a pleasure to welcome our fellow Chamber members to such a relaxed and informal event”
The second guest speaker was Felice Santoriello of FS Training – who provide a wide variety of first aid training courses across Northamptonshire. Felice discussed first aid training and also gave an insightful demonstration of how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator. More information on the courses FS Training provide can be found by clicking here..
The final speaker on the evening was Mark Zok of Barton Telecom Services Ltd – Barton are a long standing family run business that supply telecom services to Northamptonshire and the surrounding counties. Mark gave an insightful talk on his history in telecoms. More information on the services Barton Telecom provide can be found by clicking here.
Tollers host Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce After Hours Event
The feedback from the attendees was excellent with several commenting on the professionalism of the firm, the excellent environment, the great hospitality and the informative and interesting presentations.
The team at Tollers would like to take this opportunity to thank the Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce for allowing them to host such an interesting and informative evening and we look forward to hosting more events with the Chamber in the future.
Tollers Dynamos take coveted crown…
Tollers are delighted to have been crowned the ‘Fastest Law Firm in Northamptonshire’ after their speedy team of drivers comprising Managing Partner Duncan Nicholson, Simon Bagshaw, David Ralley-Davies and Michael Moyers competed in the Law Society heat of the Third annual Nene Valley Ro Kart Challenge (2018) which was held at the Northampton Indoor Karting Centre on Tuesday, 6 February.
They beat off serious completion from the likes of Borneo Martell Turner Coulston, DFA Law, Hawsons, Wilson Browne and Shoomiths (who entered 5 teams), as well as Friday Legal who competed in an earlier heat and were claiming the title for themselves until the Dynamos beat them by over 11 laps yesterday evening.
The evening started with a safety briefing and kit allocation, followed by a practice session for drivers to determine the team’s grid positions. Having secured pole position the Tollers team where off competing in a two hour endurance race, with each team member taking their turn to clock up as many laps within their allocated time frame as they could. The race was continuous with regular pit stops for the drivers to quickly swap over.
Team Dynamo ended the evening completing 235 laps in a race with more red flag incidents than the last 2 heats held combined, which the organisers said was an amazingly good performance.
The team also achieved the very fast ‘fastest’ lap of the night of 25.64 secs.
The Northampton Law Society 2018 karting trophy was presented by vice president Oliver Spicer
The event, which is organised by Nene Valley Rotary, is growing in popularity and this year there are 12 heats comprising 10 teams taking place between January and March. The winners of each heat go through to the Grand Final which will be held on Tuesday 10th April, where each heat winner will compete for the coveted title of ‘Fastest Business in Northamptonshire’.
The event also raises vital funds for the Rotary Nene Valley, which hope to use the funds raised to achieve their aim of buying a boat for Sailability – a Northamptonshire charity who’s aim is to enable people of all abilities to experience the joys of sailing in a safe, friendly environment.
Good luck in the final to Tollers Dynamos, here is hoping you bring back the silverware!!
On Thursday 12th October 2017, the flagship Milton Keynes Hobbs store was the venue for another fabulous Tollers ladies event. Clients and friends of the Firm were invited to enjoy an exclusive shopping evening at the store.
A selection of delicious food provided by Jamie Oliver was accompanied by plenty of fizz. Those attending were provided with free pamper treatments by Debenhams’ Clarins’ team who had brought along their specialist massage chair for the evening along with the Kiehls’ team who dished out expert skincare advice. All in all, guests were truly pampered.
In addition, each guest received a goodie bag which contained product samples, a magazine, chocolates and a few essentials from Tollers. Also, one lucky guest received a £100 gift card courtesy of Hobbs. The store also provided each guest with a generous 20% discount and everyone took the opportunity to check out Hobbs’ new winter collection and make a few necessary purchases, as well as a few unnecessary, but much needed purchases as well!!!
Tollers would like to thank the teams from Hobbs, Clarins, Kiehl and Jamie Oliver for their contribution to a fantastic event that was enjoyed by all. Our guests had a lovely evening, as you can see from the pictures. We’ll be hosting another event of this nature in the future.
The Hobbs’ event was hosted by Tollers Milton Keynes office, which provides a wide variety of legal services ‘For Business’ and ‘For You’, to find out more about what the Milton Keynes team can assist you with please contact 01908 396230.
If you are interested in attending any of Tollers future events please contact our Marketing Manager Karen Nicholson on karen.nicholson@Tollers.co.uk.