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Stephen OFlaherty

Stephen O'FlahertySenior Associate

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I am a Senior Associate at Lewis Silkin.

I am an Immigration Lawyer working in the Sport, Fashion & Entertainment and Tech Sectors.

I advise on the recruitment and transfer of players & coaches in the Sports industry and the recruitment & mobility of talent in the Fashion and Tech sectors.

I advise sports clubs, international federations, agencies and brands on the transfer of their talent globally and their compliance and regulatory responsibilities. Due to the fast pace of these industries the challenge isobtaining a successful outcome whilst ensuring compliance with tight transfers.

I also provide commercial immigration advice for professional services firms where there is a strong focus on compliance. I advise on the HR and recruitment process, visa applications and ensure record keeping and reporting are in place.

I predominantly work with football clubs to advise on all aspects of player transfer from talent recognition to initial recruitment and options to transfer to the UK.

I also advise on the visa application process for players and their families.

I also have experience in assisting clubs and international federations with preparations for international travel for Champions League and Europa League, pre and post season tours and international tournaments and exhibitions games.

My recent work includes:

  • Advising a Football Club on the recruitment and hire of a management team.
  • Acted for clubs on 8 GBE Appeals in Summer 2018, all successful.
  • Acted on transfer of 12 playerrs in Premier League and Championship in Summer 2018.
  • Advised clubs on issues relating to 'Professional Sports person' and their recruitment at Academy level.

Immigration & Global Mobility

My work is divided between the transfer of players and coaches in the sports industry and transfer of talent in the fashion and entertainment industry. I advise sports clubs, international federations, agencies and brands on the transfer of their talent globally and their compliance and regulatory responsibilities. Due to the fast pace of these industries the challenge is ensuring compliance within tight timeframes.

I also provide commercial immigration advice for international law firms and other professional services firms where there is a strong focus on compliance. I advise on the HR and recruitment process, visa applications and ensure record keeping and reporting are in place.

Sports Business

I predominantly work with football clubs to advise on all aspects of player transfer from talent recognition to initial recruitment and options to transfer to the UK.

I also advise on the visa application process for players and their families.

Fashion & Entertainment

I advise a number of top model agencies and retailers on the mobility and transfer of their talent.

 

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