Magrath In The Media

Chris Magrath interviewed by ITV’s Good Morning Britain

Senior Partner, Chris Magrath, was interviewed by the programme on Tuesday 31st May 2016 in relation to the immigration debates ahead of the EU Referendum, specifically the suggestion by campaigners for Vote Leave that the UK could introduce an Australian Points Based Immigration system for EU nationals.

Home Office Announce Changes to Tier 2 Immigration Route following MAC Review

Article written by Yuichi Sekine & Lucy Garrett following the changes to the Tier 2 Immigration route after the Migration Advisory Committee published their report on the 19th January 2016 – Full Article

Chris Magrath interviewed on BBC Radio Wiltshire

Chris Magrath being interviewed by Ben Prater on BBC Wiltshire’s Breakfast Show 14 January 2015. The full interview can be heard here.

Chris was commenting on the plight of Andrew Hall from Calne and his Australian wife Kim who is having to fly back to Cairnes because Andrew does not earn the requisite £18,600 required in order to sponsor his wife’s visa.”

Super Lawyer – 8 Magrath Lawyers named

We are delighted that 8 of our lawyers are named in this year’s Super Lawyers list.  The annual list, published with the Telegraph newspaper in December, names our lawyers in 4 different categories.

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Chris Magrath quoted in the Times regarding the current issues with the UK immigration system

There is a fascinating article in The Times written by Edward Fennell commenting on the state of the UK immigration system – Chris Magrath is extensively quoted and makes some very good points.

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Football Focus

The failure to recognise the status of people carrying out work for sports clubs can be disastrous – Magrath’s article in December’s Football Focus explores employment and immigration issues relevant to football clubs – Employment Status – The Rights Issue!

ITV Daybreak Video

Chris Magrath appears on ITV’s Daybreak


Professor Alexis Grower – Head of Media

Reading University has appointed Alexis Grower, head of Magrath’s Media and Entertainment team, as Visiting Professor in the Henley Business School.

Alexis is well known in the media and entertainment world, dealing with recording and publishing contracts,  branding, sponsorship, management and agency contracts.  He frequently advises on trademark and copyright infringement and in addition to working closely with corporate clients, Alexis is particularly well thought of for his work with talent, including the history making chart topping Calvin Harris.

Congratulations Alexis.


Senior Partner – Chris Magrath appears on Daybreak

Chris Magrath recently appeared on ITV’s Daybreak programme to discuss the circumstances surrounding Justin Tutt’s and his families immigration status, following the death of his wife.   It addresses the attempts by the Home Office to send them back to an uncertain future in their native South Africa.


Former whistle blower’s claim dismissed by Employment Tribunal Judge Hilary Norris – The Times – 8 January 2013

Martin Woods, a former police officer and money laundering expert, launched a claim for unspecified damages against Coutts & Co when the bank reneged on an offer of employment. Coutts, the private banking arm of the Royal Bank of Scotland, had offered Mr Woods a three month job in a compliance role. However they reneged this once they discovered that Mr Woods had reported his former employer, Wachovia Bank, to regulators for having allowed billions of dollars of Mexican drug money to pass through its accounts. Wachovia Bank subsequently paid penalties of $160 million dollars, in part due to Mr Woods’ disclosures. Mr Woods claimed that Coutts actions amounted to a detriment based on his whistleblowing and that he was therefore entitled to bring a claim.

Coutts disputed this, claiming that the contract governing Mr Woods’ offer had not been finalised as far as the bank was concerned. Mr Woods was to be hired through a recruitment agency, Hermes Forensic Solutions, and although Mr Woods had signed the contract, which was with the recruitment agency at the time Coutts reneged, Coutts maintained that the final contract had not been agreed. Mr Woods was never, therefore, a ‘worker’ within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act 1996 and so did not have the requisite standing to bring a claim.

Judge Hilary Norris, a consultant at Magrath LLP, agreed with the bank, remarking that she was unable to go beyond what was plainly written in statute and that as Mr Woods was not a worker the Employment Tribunal did not have jurisdiction to consider Mr Woods’ complaint. His case was struck out.


Magrath LLP acts in Okoro v Taylor Woodrow Construction Ltd – The Lawyer – 14 January 2013

The Lawyer has this week reported on the case of Okoro v Taylor Woodrow Construction Limited in the Court of Appeal. Magrath LLP, led by partner Susan Thompson, acted for the first defendant, Taylor Woodrow Construction Limited, in successfully defending this landmark case which has been widely reported in the legal press.

The Court of Appeal agreed that Mr Okoro’s ban from working on any of Taylor Woodrow’s sites was a ‘one off act’ and could not be seen to be a continuing act. Counsel for Mr Okoro had argued that for so long as the ban remained in place, it should be construed as a continuing act for the purposes of the Race Relations Act 1976 and that accordingly Mr Okoro’s claim had not been brought outside of the three month time limit. The Court of Appeal disagreed, finding that the ban could not be considered to be anything other than a one off act, which terminated the relationship between the Claimant and the Respondents. Mr Okoro’s claim had therefore been brought out of time and his appeal was dismissed.

To read the full judgment in this case, please click here.


Chris Magrath, Senior Partner at Magrath LLP talks to the voice of Russia

Please click on the link to hear the full discussion on the Voice of Russia – London. This discussion is based upon visa’s in exchange for talent.