People: Howes Percival; Forward Solutions

Bilal Ehsan and Paula Bailey

Howes Percival, a law firm, has welcomed Bilal Ehsan as a director specialising in corporate immigration law.

Bilal Ehsan, who held the role of associate director at Deloitte, focuses on helping startups, SMEs, and multinational corporations with a range of business immigration matters.

He regularly assists businesses with sponsor licenses, work visa sponsorships, permanent residency, and right-to-work matters. He’s particularly invested in offering operational and strategic guidance to companies on immigration policies, compliance, and issues tied to corporate restructuring

Howes Percival partner and head of employment & HR law, Paula Bailey said “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Bilal to Howes Percival and to be able to add corporate immigration expertise to our list of services.  Bilal brings extensive experience and a strong track record in advising clients on all aspects of business immigration.

“We want to be seen as one of the best UK immigration service providers in the country and an extension of our client’s HR/global mobility teams.  We know from talking to our clients that employers are keen to ensure their new hires have a seamless onboarding process and our aim is to help employers transform their immigration programs so that they can provide a best-in-class service.”




Tom Donnelly

Software firm Forward Solutions have expanded their leadership team by welcoming Tony Eley and Tom Donnelly.

Tom Donnelly becomes manager of operations, while Tony Eley has re-joined Forward Solutions as development manager.

Tom has worked at the Nottingham-headquartered firm for 19 years, working his way up to his newly assigned position. His time at Forward Solutions has seen him work as both a software support engineer and a product specialist.

With over 30 years of experience, Tony rejoins Forward after working with organizations like ITV and Manchester City FC. Tony was previously a senior developer at Forward under its previous name, Forward Computers.

Richard Litchfield, Forward Solutions’ managing director said: “Tom and Tony are the future management team of Forward Solutions, and I have great confidence in both of them to do a fantastic job in their new positions.

“For us, these moves are about consolidating our high levels of customer service and delivering of our products, which truly do make a difference to our customers. Tom and Tony will help ensure that the Forward Solutions customer experience is as smooth as possible, which is what enables us to stand out, in a hugely competitive market.”


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