Latitude – the First 10 Years
On 7th December 2007 Latitude Law opened its first file and got cracking. More than ten years later we are still going strong, now boasting one of the largest (if not the largest) specialist immigration law team in the north of England.
A lot has changed in that time, Brexit being the biggest shake-up we’ve seen to date. The uncertainty created for EU citizens living in the UK and for British citizens living across Europe is unprecedented, and the government’s stuttering attempts to get its Withdrawal Bill through Parliament further illustrate the huge challenge the country faces as we seek to exit Europe.
Many of our corporate clients have genuine and well-founded concerns about how the eventual outcomes of Brexit will pan out for their businesses. Enterprises that rely upon seasonal workers are noting the drop in incoming migrants, whilst rising starting wages have also now been reported across the press due to the resulting employee shortage. Businesses that rely upon highly skilled individuals also have concerns about the attractiveness of the UK as a working destination, and their ability to continue to bring in the best.
Of course, although Brexit is a major worry, there are so many exciting things happening at the same time that it’s impossible not to be enthusiastic and excited about the future. Working first from Manchester’s Northern Quarter and now in Ancoats, the world’s first industrial suburb, we are experiencing first-hand the rise of a whole range of exciting businesses, and the coming of age of a new generation of entrepreneurs. Manchester, the home of the computer, is host to a wide range of digital enterprises, including wearables innovation and the Graphene institute.
We look forward to working with existing and new clients over the next 10 years.