Chet­cuti Cauchi Ad­vo­cates hosts Euro­pean im­mi­gra­tion lawyers an­nual con­fer­ence

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On 1 June, im­mi­gra­tion prac­ti­tion­ers from five EU states gath­ered in Malta to share per­spec­tives and hold dis­cus­sions on post-Brexit res­i­dency and cit­i­zen­ship rights.

Hosted by Chet­cuti Cauchi Ad­vo­cates at its head­quar­ters in Valletta and mod­er­ated by its manag­ing part­ner Dr Jean-Philippe Chet­cuti, the con­fer­ence brought to­gether lawyers, aca­demics and pol­i­cy­mak­ers to re­flect on the con­se­quences of Brexit for EU cit­i­zens in the UK and Bri­tish na­tion­als in the EU.

The event was opened by a key­note speech from Dr Ivan Sam­mut, head and se­nior lec­turer of Euro­pean & Com­par­a­tive Law at the Fac­ulty of Law at the Univer­sity of Malta. Shortly af­ter, Dr An­toine Sal­iba Haig, le­gal as­so­ciate at Chet­cuti Cauchi Ad­vo­cates, shared Malta’s post-Brexit per­spec­tive, while Spain's stance was de­liv­ered by An­dreas de Ce­bal­los, part­ner at Ce­bal­los Abo­ga­dos.

Other speak­ers at the event in­cluded the Bri­tish High Com­mis­sioner to Malta, Stu­art Gill, who gave an over­view of the cur­rent stand of the UK on the sta­tus of EU na­tion­als liv­ing in or com­ing to the EU af­ter the UK’s with­drawal from the EU. View­points from this per­spec­tive were also of­fered by El­speth Guild, Jean Mon­net Pro­fes­sor ad per­sonam at Queen Mary Univer­sity of Lon­don.

Mar­ley Mor­ris, lead re­searcher on Brexit at the In­sti­tute for Pub­lic Pol­icy Re­view, a pro­gres­sive think-tank based in Lon­don, dis­cussed the free move­ment of work­ers and the con­tin­ued abil­ity of EU na­tion­als to en­ter, re­side and work in the EU af­ter Brexit and any tran­si­tional pe­riod. Nick Rol­la­son, part­ner at Kings­ley Nap­ley LLP, con­tin­ued the dis­cus­sion by de­liv­er­ing op­tions that are cur­rently un­der con­sid­er­a­tion, for ex­am­ple, whether EU stu­dents wish­ing to study in the UK will be sub­ject to UK visa rules and higher tuition fees.

The event was held as part of the 17th an­nual meet­ing of the EILN, a net­work of Euro­pean im­mi­gra­tion law firms, es­tab­lished back in 2000 as a plat­form for ex­chang­ing in­for­ma­tion and shar­ing best prac­tices on cit­i­zen­ship and res­i­dency law. Apart from the dis­cus­sion it­self, in­ter­na­tional guests were also guided around the ar­chi­tec­tural and his­tor­i­cal gems of Valletta, the Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Cul­ture 2018. Chet­cuti Cauchi Ad­vo­cates is a Euro­pean law and pro­fes­sional ser­vices firm, with of­fices in Malta, Cyprus, Lon­don, Zurich and Hong Kong, ad­vis­ing high net worth in­ter­na­tional fam­i­lies and their busi­nesses on res­i­dency and cit­i­zen­ship, wealth man­age­ment, ac­qui­si­tion of prop­erty, fin­tech and more.

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