Leading business lawyer criticises Queen's Speech immigration reforms

Leading business lawyer criticises Queen's Speech immigration reforms - immigration reforms set out by the Prime Minister and Home Secretary today will place extra burdens on employers

"If the Immigration Bill reflects Conservative pledges from the election, it will go much further than today's statement indicates, and will include measures that place further burdens on businesses, on the individuals they would like to hire, and on their families." says Laura Devine, leading business immigration lawyer.

Devine, whose top-ranked immigration practice has offices in London and New York, said:

"Today's proposals are the latest in a long line of measures that rely on employers bearing the burden of policing a complex system.

"Illegal immigration is not good for the migrants or the economy and the stated aim is to create a hostile environment for illegal workers, but government needs to understand that the steps it takes to do that create a bureaucratic and hostile environment for legitimate workers and employers. Small and medium sized businesses continue to be hardest hit by immigration reforms in this vein".