Dibbs unveils immigration service

Dibb Lupton Alsop is setting up a dedicated service designed to help its clients move their staff across international borders.

The firm has recruited Ann Symonds, a non-lawyer specialist in the field who once headed the business immigration department at Field Fisher Waterhouse, and later led the executive immigration services team at accountancy firm Arthur Anderson.

Symonds said that although she was currently running the Dibbs service alone, she hoped to have about three assistants by the end of the year.

Her work involves liaising with the Home Office, the Overseas Labour Service, the Foreign Office and immigration officials at airports.

'It's very easy when people are organising to move anywhere in the world to think about all the things like schools for their kids but not whether they are allowed to work in the country,' she said.

Symonds will be part of the human resources department at Dibbs. Its head, David Bradley, said increased globalisation had boosted the growth in demand for immigration services.

'There's no doubt that we are getting more and more of this type of work and have identified an increase in demand for our existing multi-national clients,' he said.