Mark Phillips, a partner at Tyndallwoods Solicitors, has been appointed to chair the Law Society’s immigration committee.

The committee advises the Law Society on policy matters and plays an important role in responding to consultation by government and other agencies such as the Legal Services Commission who administer the legal aid scheme.

Mr Phillips has specialised in immigration law for 25 years and last year established ‘Migration for Business’ to help employers address the issues raised by the new points-based system of immigration introduced by the Government in the last two years.

After the appointment was announced, Mr Phillips said: "Simplicity is not a word commonly associated with immigration, but in my new position I hope to contribute to efforts to make immigration and nationality more fair and transparent to those, who ultimately comprise all of us, who are affected by it."

The committee has also announced that it will be hosting an event for solicitors working in the immigration field to discuss the future of immigration practice."