Clients appreciate Yuichi's practical advice on complex business immigration issues. 

Yuichi is our Head of Business Immigration in the UK. He is a member of Bird & Bird’s International HR Services group.

He is a dual-qualified UK/US lawyer whose extensive experience offers a unique blend of immigration strategy, compliance advice and bespoke solutions for clients who are hiring non-EU nationals. Yuichi has advised FTSE 100 companies, SMEs and start-ups in the pharmaceutical, financial, energy, TMT and creative sectors. 

Yuichi regularly advises corporate clients and specialises in all areas of Business Immigration, including work visas, business visitors, indefinite leave to remain, European applications, legal right to work checks, audits, company reorganisations, and sponsor licence/compliance. 

Clients often commend Yuichi's practical advice in the face of complex Home Office Rules and the need to manage risks associated with inconsistent application of Home Office rules by case workers.

With the prospect of changes for employers following Brexit, it is anticipated that clients will have more and different rules to get to grips with.

Immediately prior to joining Bird & Bird, Yuichi worked as a solicitor at a top tier Chambers-ranked immigration firm in London. He spent a year on full-time secondment at Barclays Bank in Canary Wharf, advising key stakeholders at all levels on UK immigration law.

Yuichi is a native speaker, reader and writer of Japanese. Whilst at Deloitte LLP in London between 2010-2013, he was instrumental in driving the revenue growth of the team by expanding the scope of immigration service offered to Japanese corporate clients. He presented periodic training sessions and immigration updates to new assignees, HR professionals and industry executives.

Before he left California (where he lived for 29 years) for London in 2010, Yuichi practiced law as a business litigation lawyer for 10 years at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in Los Angeles.

He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1997 and to the roll of solicitors of England and Wales in 2015.

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