Meet Nathan Campbell, Associate Director in our Employment & Immigration Team

Associate Director in our Employment & Immigration team, Nathan Campbell, discusses his career journey at Cleaver Fulton Rankin; the main opportunities and challenges concerning business immigration in Northern Ireland; and why flexibility and an ability to adapt is key in the legal profession.

Tell us about your career journey at Cleaver Fulton Rankin.

I joined Cleaver Fulton Rankin as a Trainee Solicitor in 2014. During my training contract I had the opportunity to learn about and practice different areas of law. I initially split my time between the Corporate (with a particular focus on charity law) and Employment & Immigration Departments. I have probably sat in most parts of the building at some point over the last 10 years but I now sit with the Employment & Immigration Department full time. Currently, I spend most of my time on business immigration law work. This started as a small part of my practice but over the years has grown to the point now where it takes up most of my time. However, I do still work on a number of employment and charity law matters and feel that it is important to be flexible.

What made you want to choose a career in law?

I had always planned to pursue a legal career since I was in school. I have family members in the field, though they mostly tried to discourage me from pursuing a career in law! I chose to study law at Durham University and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Now that I am a qualified solicitor, thankfully I enjoy practising it as well. I particularly enjoy helping my clients meet their business and career objectives.

Can you tell us about some of the main challenges and opportunities concerning business immigration currently?

Since Brexit, business immigration work has grown exponentially. This is due to the Government relaxing some of the immigration rules in a post-Brexit world where businesses have a greater need than ever to sponsor highly skilled migrants for visas. Due to the complexity of immigration rules, clients can greatly benefit from legal advice and this has led to the majority of my time being spent on this area. I find that employers in many sectors are still struggling to meet their recruitment needs from within the resident labour market. However, recent increased visa costs and salary requirements have made it more difficult for many businesses to sponsor visas.

Immigration is an area which is very linked to politics and changes to the law happen at a remarkable pace. This is both a challenge and an opportunity as it can be difficult to keep up with the changes even when you work in the area daily. Now more than ever clients need legal advice to remain compliant with the law concerning business immigration.

What has been the most important lesson you have learned in your career so far?

I have found that it is important to be flexible and be willing to adapt. I have gained experience in a number of areas of law and I have seen that clients’ needs and expectations can change over time. It is important to keep up-to-date with changes in your area of expertise in order to meet your clients’ needs. Often opportunities arise unexpectedly and it is important to embrace the change and adapt to the new environment.

How do you spend your time outside of work?

I enjoy spending time with my family, including my two dogs Ollie (Yorkie) and Rosie (Labrador). I exercise regularly by running, playing football and going to the gym. I love to travel and explore the world. I also enjoy reading and attending the monthly meetings of our office book club.

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