UK Government sets first annual limit for non-European workers

23 November 2010

A raft of new measures will strictly control the numbers that can come to the UK and work from outside Europe, the Home Secretary announced today.

As well as limiting the number of skilled non-European workers that businesses can bring into the country, the Home Office is tightening the intra-company transfer route (which will sit outside the annual limit) and restricting Tier 1 of the points-based system – the ‘highly skilled’ tier – to all but entrepreneurs, investors and people of exceptional talent.

The introduction of an annual limit was a coalition government pledge and will allow Britain to remain competitive in the international jobs market, while ensuring that migrant labour is not used as a substitute for those already looking for work in the UK.

To control those coming here, the government has committed to:

  • introducing an annual limit of 21,700 for those coming into the UK under the skilled and highly skilled routes – 20,700 under Tier 2 (General) and 1,000 under the new ‘exceptional talent’ route;
  • raising to £40,000 the minimum salary for those coming under the Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) route for more than 12 months;
  • restricting Tier 1 to all but entrepreneurs, investors and the exceptionally talented; and
  • requiring occupations in Tier 2 (General) to be at graduate level. Read More

Mistrial for Schizophrenic in Killing of Psychologist

A Manhattan judge declared a mistrial Monday in the case of David Tarloff, a schizophrenic man accused of hacking a psychologist to death in her Upper East Side office, after court-appointed doctors found him mentally unfit to stand trial.

The mistrial, declared by Justice Edward J. McLaughlin of State Supreme Court in Manhattan, came before a full jury was even selected. It brought yet another delay in the trial of Mr. Tarloff, who was arrested more than two years ago on charges that he fatally slashed the psychologist, Dr. Kathryn Faughey.

This was the second time Mr. Tarloff, who has a history of psychosis, was declared unfit for trial since his arrest. But last year, doctors determined that Mr. Tarloff was in a good enough mental state to stand trial, and so the case proceeded and opening statements were expected Monday. Read More

The Liverpool Saga

I chose not to blog about this issue but changed my mind when I realised not only was it an interesting topic from a sporting angle but also, it raises a lot of legal issues that lawyers, especially international lawyers, should take notice of. Also, most importantly, I believe patrons of my blog will find it interesting.

What makes this very interesting is the fact that it involves American owners (Hicks and Gillett) of a British entity (Liverpool) who sought an injunction in a different jurisdiction (Texas) to prevent a sale from taking place between an entity (Liverpool) based in England and an entity (NESV) based in Massachusetts.

Hicks and Gillett purchased Liverpool in 2007. Earlier this year they decided to put Liverpool up for sale and therefore brought in Martin Broughton to chair the board and lead the sale. A sale was necessary because of the debt (GBP237 million) owed to RBS by Liverpool. Hicks and Gillett initially wanted GBP600 million for Liverpool. However, NESV offered GBP300 million. It is estimated that Hicks and Gillett lost about GBP143 million as a result of this transaction. Read More

Ex-Car Czar Said to Settle With S.E.C. in Pension Case

Steven Rattner, the former car czar, has agreed to a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over kickback claims involving the New York State pension fund, a person with knowledge of the negotiation said Wednesday.

Mr. Rattner will accept a multiyear ban from the securities industry and pay a fine of more than $5 million, the person said. He is still in negotiations over a similar settlement with the office of the New York attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo.

The settlement, which is expected to be announced on Thursday, caps a multiyear investigation by the government into kickbacks paid to officials with New York’s pension fund. Earlier this month, Alan G. Hevesi, the state’s former comptroller, pleaded guilty to a corruption charge involving the state fund.

The Quadrangle Group, the private equity firm co-founded by Mr. Rattner, settled with the S.E.C. and Mr. Cuomo’s office in the spring and disavowed Mr. Rattner’s conduct in a statement. The firm agreed to pay $7 million to the pension fund and $5 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Read More