Immigration Update

(All levels)

Theme: Immigration

19 December 2018, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 12.30pm (followed by lunch) 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:

Session 1 – Sponsoring overseas nationals – navigating the Tier 2 visa system

This session will investigate the Tier 2 process for recruiting and retaining overseas nationals. This session is particularly topical as recruitment from the European Union is becoming more challenging with Brexodus in full swing and employers considering Tier 2 as a viable alternative. Emma Brooksbank from Freeths LLP and Helen Taylor from Browne Jacobson will talk you through the Tier 2 system; from securing and maintaining a Tier 2 licence to securing a visa for a potential new employee. They will identify some of the challenges faced by Tier 2 employers and will pose strategy solutions for these.

You will then be invited to become decision makers for a Tier 2 licence holder and navigate the process yourself, delving into immigration law as you go.

Session 2 – Brexit update for employers – employing European nationals pre and post Brexit

We will bring you right up to date with the current position for European nationals residing and working in the UK, pre and post Brexit. Tom Bradford of Freeths LLP and Ros Foster of Browne Jacobson will unravel the Withdrawal Agreement and government policy announcements to give you an insight into the new immigration system for EU nationals. They will particularly focus on European workers and will identify the issues that employers need to be alert to at this stage.

In this session you will be asked to consider a number of scenarios for European employees and will need to identify the right immigration routes. To keep you on your toes, we will also run a round of Brexit Bingo; dabbers at the ready.

Interactive elements

The two morning sessions will follow a format of a mini lecture followed by the opportunity to put new knowledge into practice and conclude with questions and answers.

Duration: Half a day (2.5 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.
Legal 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.