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18/08/17
Current proposals

Theresa May has recently published a policy paper which proposes the way in which the government intends to protect the rights of EU nationals residing in the UK after Britain leaves the European Union. The paper confirms the following five proposals. Firstly, a new 'settled status' for EU citizens will be created, which will be granted to EU citizens who arrive before a cut-off date. This date is to be decided during the ongoing Brexit negotiations and will be confirmed at a later point. The benefits of this status are that citizens would be treated in a similar fashion to a UK national.
Secondly, those EU citizens who already have 5 years of continued residence in the UK will be immediately granted 'settled status'. Thirdly, citizens who arrived before the cut-off date who have yet to reside in the UK for 5 years can remain in the UK until this threshold is met, in order to be eligible for settled status. Fourthly, even those citizens who arrived after the cut-off date will be allowed a grace period of up to 2 years, during which they would be allowed to regularise their status to stay in the UK. Fifthly, provisions for family members will also be made. These stipulate that family dependents who join an eligible EU citizen before Brexit can apply for settled status after 5 years.

Next steps

Since the UK currently still remains in the EU, it is not necessary for EU nationals to take any action presently. However, when the UK does inevitably leave the EU, EU citizens would have to apply for the new settled status to protect their rights and residence in the UK. Whether you would like any assistance in applying now, or require advice as to whether you would be eligible under the government's new scheme, please do not hesitate to contact EA Law Solicitors by telephone or email and we will be happy to advise you on your situation immediately. Alternatively, if you would like to attend a webinar which will provide general guidance about the application process, completing the form and eligibility criteria, please register your interest by emailing info@ealaw-solicitors.com.
16/06/17
A welcome change of law means within the 28 countries of the European Union, there are no longer roaming charges. This change is referred to as 'Roam Like at Home'. This means wherever you are in the EU, you will be treated as though you are in your home country. The mobile phone operator simply charges you domestic rates for data, calls and texts, as they do at home, or takes your roaming consumption from the allowances in your domestic mobile tariff.

Travellers must remember though that calling a foreign phone number from a UK mobile could rack up high charges, even if you're only down the road from the hotel or restaurant you're dialling. This is because you are still calling a 'foreign number' even though they may be temporarily 'local'. The Roam Like at Home is great for calling people in the UK (assuming you have a British contract) and other people/friends you are travelling with in Europe. But remember there is no protection against being charged when using 'local' numbers.

The Roam Like at Home applies to 28 countries of the European Union. According to Brussels, the three non-EU countries in the European Economic Area — Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein will introduce Roam Like at Home “shortly after 15 June”.

Other key exclusions include Switzerland, Andorra, Serbia and Albania, as well as the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Some operators are applying the same basic European rules to those destinations, others are not. When travelling anywhere outside the EEA, you should check exactly what your operator plans to charge you, particularly if you are not travelling to any of the '28 countries of the European Union.'
30/05/17
A bank holiday weekend of delays and cancellations could cost British Airways £100m in compensation payments to passengers.

Around 800 flights a day were affected by the IT crash causing planes to be grounded.
Passengers will be entitled to amounts ranging from 125 euros to 600 euros because flights were cancelled within seven days of the departure date. The specific criteria for amounts and delay lengths depend on whether alternate flights were offered or not and how long the delay ultimately lasted for.

BA can’t get away with refunding passengers and hoping that’s the end of the matter- they are obliged to provide compensation under Regulation 261/2004 and we’re preparing to help passengers recover their compensation.

BA chief executive Alex Cruz said today ‘We are absolutely committed to making sure we fulfil our obligations, particularly from a passenger compensation point of view.’

Please contact us today to start your claim on a no win no fee basis. No initial fee to pay
flightclaims@ealaw-solicitors.com
30/04/16
Please note we have relocated to the road parallel to our old office.

Our new office address is-

​6 Bevis Marks, London, EC3A 7BA.

We have also changed our telephone number to +44(0) 20 3786 1165. We look forward to seeing you at our new office.
06/04/16
EA Law is very pleased to announce that we are the winner of the Global Awards 2016 in the category 'Relocation'. We would like to share this award with our loyal clients' and business friends who all played an instrumental part in helping us achieve this exciting award. This is what Corporate Livewire says about the 2016 Awards-

The 2016 Corporate LiveWire Global Awards celebrates firms, individuals and businesses who have demonstrated excellence in the world of corporate finance. After much in-depth analysis Corporate LiveWire chose an elite group to be honoured and acknowledged for their impressive performance over the past 12 months.

The Global Awards 2016 champions those who are leading from the front. With more categories and an even greater international spectrum, these awards honour those who standout as consistently showing best practice in every aspect of their work.
23/03/16

EA Law's Easter Opening Hours

Our opening times over the Easter Period will be:

Good Friday 25th March - Closed

Saturday 26th March - Closed. Telephone lines open as usual

Sunday 27th March - Closed. Telephone lines open as usual

Easter Monday 28th March - Closed

Business will return to normal working hours on Tuesday 29th March.
21/03/16
Last week, an opinion given by Advocate General Maciej Szpunar indicated that the owners of shops, hotels or bars providing free Wi-Fi for the public should not be liable for copyright infringements committed by users on their premises.

The opinion was given following a claim brought by Sony against Tobias McFadden, owner of a business selling and renting sound systems, and which also offers public Wi-Fi access. In 2010, a musical work was unlawfully downloaded on the network provided by the internet connection owned by Tobias McFadden.

The Advocate General stated that a limitation of liability applies to people who, adjunct to their principal economic activity, operate a Wi-Fi network with an internet connection that is accessible to the public free of charge. That limitation of liability would prevent the ordering of damages orders against such shop owners as well as costs pertaining to copyright infringements incurred by third parties.

However, that limitation of liability could not be use as a safeguard against injunctions, provided those are effective, aimed at bringing a specific infringement to an end, and fairly balance between rights of freedom of expression and freedom to conduct business with intellectual property rights.

While not binding, the opinion, is likely to be in line with the stance taken by the ECJ in its ruling on the matter. The EU Court of Justice is yet to issue a final opinion in the case.

In this day and age, such a statement is expected to have great consequences for shop owners which provide free access to Wi-Fi. Do you think that the Advocate General’s opinion is reasonable? Or do you believe that it may open the door for further infringement? Do not hesitate to share your thoughts on the matter on our Facebook page.
17/03/16
Cuba are expecting a major influx of flights from the United States after travel restrictions to the island were relaxed last year. As a result, Cuba recently experienced a tourist boom, however it is unknown how the country will cope with the increasing amount of tourists due to their dated infrastructure. Approximately a hundred and ten flights are expected to arrive in Cuba with twenty of these destined for Havana, the capital, therefore many US airlines are now keen to begin this service.
15/03/16
As of the 18 March 2016, the Home Office will be increasing their fees for most UK visa applications. Most application fees will be increasing by 2% however some applications will see increased fees of 25% and 33%. A table of the fee increases can be found by clicking the link below. However, for more detailed information about how the new fees may affect you, please contact us today.
Tel: +44 (0) 203 402 6095
Email: info@ealaw-solicitors.com

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/503658/Fees_table_18_March_2016_PDF.pdf