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New Faces at Growing Nottingham Law Firm

New Faces at Growing Nottingham Law Firm

A Nottingham law firm is welcoming two new faces to the team, as it continues to expand its services.


Lydia Watkinson has joined specialist immigration law firm OTB Legal, in the role of associate solicitor, and Rachel Whickman takes up the position of immigration advisor.


The pair will be working alongside director Mark Lilley-Tams in the private and family department of the business, which has seen a huge surge in enquiries over the past few months.


Rachel has experience in applications under the EU Settlement Scheme and Lydia will focus on supporting clients when the new immigration route for British National (Overseas) citizens in Hong Kong, comes into force in January 2021.


This new visa route is expected to generate significant interest when it opens next year, and Lydia will be on hand to advise clients on what they can do to maximise their prospects of being granted entry to the UK and how they can start preparing their applications now.


Director Mark Lilley-Tams said: “We are absolutely delighted Lydia and Rachel are joining the family and private life team at OTB Legal, where we have seen the number of enquiries skyrocket over recent months.


“Lydia’s experience and passionate approach to immigration law fits in perfectly with our ethos and Rachel has a strong track record of representing clients with highly complex family and private life matters and getting positive outcomes.


“Together, they will allow us to increase our capacity and continue delivering a very high-quality service to our clients.”


Lydia qualified as a solicitor over ten years ago and has worked in immigration law since 2016.


She said: “I chose immigration because it’s a challenging and fast-changing area of law. I’m looking forward to working with the team at OTB, as they are highly specialist and have a huge wealth of experience in this area.”


Rachel, who was inspired to follow a legal career after working for the charity Migrant Help, said: “I supported those in emergency accommodation helping new asylum seekers to access government support.


“I loved that job and it was through the work I did there that I saw how big a difference good legal advice can make to a person’s immigration journey. At OTB Legal the top priority is to deliver the best results for clients, and they are always looking for ways to do things better.”


Alongside its growing private and family division, OTB Legal also operates a successful corporate division, supporting businesses with everything from the changes Brexit will bring to Sponsor Licence applications.


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