Immigration Update (afternoon workshop)

(All levels)

Theme: Immigration

19 December 2018, 1.30pm – 3pm Browne Jacobson Nottingham, (with Video Conferencing Equipment to Browne Jacobson’s offices in Birmingham and London)

Please note we offer the option to attend this course via video conference at another of our offices to make it accessible to as many EM Lawshare members as possible. We do our best to deliver the best experience we can with the technology we have, but inevitably it may not be as effective as attending the course in person. We always appreciate your feedback and make improvements if we can.

Presented by Freeths and Browne Jacobson

Course overview

• Sponsoring overseas nationals – navigating the Tier 2 visa system
• Brexit update for employers – employing European nationals pre and post Brexit
• Recruitment – how to meet the right to work requirements
• Supporting children in local authority care by resolving immigration issues

Suitable audience:

The sessions will be suitable for all members and would be most suitable for those involved in the recruitment and retention of employees, senior strategy makers and legal teams. The sessions will also be suitable for front line local authority teams who support children in care, or any members with an interest in immigration related issues and precarious status. We anticipate that HR teams from all organisations would benefit from attending.

Overview and topics to be covered include:

Workshop 1 – Recruitment – how to meet the right to work requirements

This session will be in a workshop format. Helen Taylor from Browne Jacobson and Tom Bradford of Freeths LLP will facilitate discussion around right to work compliance, the checks which must be carried out for all new starters and the common pitfalls and challenges faced by HR teams.

You will be able to test your knowledge with a traffic light quiz.

Workshop 2 – Supporting children in local authority care by resolving immigration issues

This training session will run as a discussion forum and will consider the complex issues faced by local authorities when children come into their care without secure immigration status. Ros Taylor of Browne Jacobson and Emma Brooksbank of Freeths LLP will put their first-hand experience to the group and will raise questions around how best to support children’s best interests, how to protect them from harm and how to persuade the Home Office to grant status.

There will be the opportunity to discuss wider issues around precarious status, and the hostile environment for immigration non-compliance and how this impacts children’s safety and welfare protection. This session will be suitable for anyone with an interest in immigration policy, including but not limited to, front line local authority employees and social workers.

During this session you will have the opportunity to work through a real life scenario with three siblings in local authority care who have been brought to the UK illegally and abandoned by their parents. You will have the opportunity to speak to the social worker on the case, the headteacher of the children’s school, their immigration advisor, a Home Office caseworker and the children themselves (you may be asked to play these roles but no prior acting experience is required!). You will consider where the local authority’s duty of care lies and together devise a strategy to best support the children and secure immigration status for them.

Interactive elements

Delegates will be split into two groups with a choice of two discussion led workshops.

Duration: Half a day (3 training hours) including lunch


This course will cover:

A Ethics professionalism and judgement
B Technical legal practice
B2 Legal research
B5 Advocacy
B6 Negotiation
C Working with other people
C1 Communicate clearly and effectively
D Managing themselves and their own work

Presenter profiles:

Emma Brooksbank at Freeths has worked as a specialist immigration solicitor for over 11 years, most recently heading a national immigration team. Emma specialises in advising and assisting higher education institutions and local authorities with clients including the University of Leeds and Darlington Borough Council. Chambers reports that Emma “focuses on commercial immigration matters and regularly undertakes Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 5 related work. “Emma is knowledgeable, extremely competent and displays an excellent attitude towards her clients”.

Tom Bradford is a partner at Freeths and brings over 10 years’ experience as a barrister to his practice. He led a team of immigration lawyers at UKVI before entering private practice. Tom was rated as a leading individual in business immigration in Chambers UK 2016 He has acted for global and multinational companies as well as high profile and HNW private clients in various sectors including financial services, IT, media, recruitment and education. Chambers describes Tom as the “ideal choice for contentious business immigration matters”

Ros Foster has been a partner at Browne Jacobson since May 2013. She trained in local government and spent 11 years working in house dealing with a wide range of local government and both contentious and non-contentious public law matters.

Ros has acted on a variety of threatened judicial reviews against the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and the Local Government Ombudsman and advises NHS England in relation to vires and judicial review. Ros continues to lead a team that provides legal support to Hackney London Borough Council in relation to its Overstaying Families Intervention Team project.

Chambers 2018 found Ros to be ‘a very hard-working and competent litigation lawyer: good at managing big cases but also good at working on the detail.’ Clients comment: ‘She has outstanding knowledge of the subject, provides sound advice and understands what the main issues are

Helen Taylor leads Browne Jacobson’s immigration team, having a particular focus on the Points Based System and UK Visas and Immigration compliance. Helen is also an employment specialist enabling her to provide added-value advice on connected HR matters.

In relation to employment matters, Helen advises on TUPE, restructures, disciplinary and grievance hearings, employment tribunal claims and executive terminations. She specialises in providing advice to commercial organisations. egal 500 describe Helen as ‘very knowledgeable’ and confirm she is a key figure in Browne Jacobson’s immigration practice.

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If you would like to send a list of registrants, please email Julie.Scheller@freeths.co.uk.