Immigration services for business people

On 29 March 2019 the Home Office introduced the Innovator route aimed at more experienced business people. We have significant expertise in preparing visa applications for entrepreneurs and start-ups in the UK, and can provide advice and assistance to applicants in this route. Further information about the route is available here


We assist those looking to remain in the UK as Tier 1 (Entrepreneurs). We have significant experience in this route, having successfully represented dozens of overseas nationals in applications to come to the UK and set up businesses under the immigration rules.  Check out our reviews for feedback from satisfied clients.  

There are a limited number of places available for entry under the Exceptional Talent route, for those already established as leaders in their fields, and the Exceptional Promise route, for those who show potential to become such leaders in the future. Further information on the route can be found here

Representative of overseas business

Turkish workers/business people

The Star-Up visa is intended for those looking to set up a business in the UK for the first time. Having represented many individuals in the predecessor graduate entrepreneur route, we are well-placed to assist candidates under this visa route. 
We assist sole representatives of overseas companies seeking to expand their operations in the UK. This route also covers journalists working for foreign media outlets who are posted to the UK. Further basic information about the route is available here .
Turkish nationals have certain rights to work and set up businesses in the UK deriving from the Ankara Agreement. Details of the current route are available here . The future status of the agreement is unclear in light of Brexit, and we are happy to sit down with clients to discuss options.

Services for companies

Employer sponsorship licenses

Preventing Illegal working


Edgewater Legal provides a suite of services designed to assist companies wishing to hire workers from overseas, including advice and assistance with Tier 2 sponsorship license applications and renewals and applications for both restricted and unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship.

As a part of our service we also offer mock compliance audits of a company's HR systems and processes prior to an application being made, as well as advice and training to staff members responsible for operating the Sponsor Management System (SMS).

It is currently unclear what type of system will be put in place to deal with employers wishing to employ EEA natonals after Brexit. Some analysis of this question, as well as the outline requirements of the current sponsorship is available here .

Employers are encouraged to get in touch to discuss their needs. 

The penalties for companies employing workers who do not have the correct immigration status have been toughened recently, and now include criminal sanctions in addition to substantial fines. 

We are able to assist companies undertake the necessary right to work checks, and advise on the documents and records which need to be kept by employers.

While prevention is better than cure, in the event that a company is subject to a civil penalty for employing workers without the right to work in the UK, Edgewater Legal is able to provide advice and assistance on how to challenge any such penalty.

Start-ups and SMEs


Clients who have entered the UK on a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), Tier 1 (Investor) and/or Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa often require follow-through corporate and commercial services. This is both to ensure compliance with the terms of their visa (e.g. job creation for Tier 1 (Entrepreneurs)), and also to help grow their business when in the UK.

This includes assistance with

  • filings at Companies House to set up a company, registering directorships, and drafting Articles of Association and/or Shareholder Agreements 
  • creating the company's first employment relationships in the UK, mindful of the job-creation criteria set out in the immigration rules, but also ensuring that any employee or contractor validly assigns IP rights to the company and that the relationship is otherwise commercially beneficial. 
  • the introduction of an Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) schemes, helping entrepreneurs and small businesses recruit and retain staff by granting tax efficient share options   
  • undertaking EIS and/or SEIS seed investment rounds