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Implications of Brexit on Employment and Immigration Law Practice

(289 reviews)

Produced on November 15, 2016

$ 59 Immigration, International, and Labor & Employment In Stock

Course Information

Time 63 minutes
Difficulty Advanced

Course Description

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union sent shock waves that have been felt not just within Europe but across the globe. It is clear that Brexit will not happen quickly and is likely to be a complex and highly negotiated process.

In the meantime, companies need to think about the impact Brexit will have on their European operations and, in particular, the impact on their workforce. This course focuses on the short, medium and long-term impacts Brexit may have on workforce planning, mobility of workers, and local employment laws.

Join attorneys Sarah Henchoz and Louise Skinner as they examine what steps global companies should be taking now in preparation for the eventual Brexit, and what messages should be given to staff who will undoubtedly be feeling anxious about their future.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Recognize the potential short, medium, and long-term impacts of Brexit on your company’s European operations and workforce
  2. Understand how Brexit will affect the mobility of workers between the UK and Europe as well as local employment laws
  3. Identify what specific steps companies should be taking to prepare for Brexit, including communications to staff


Sarah Henchoz

Allen & Overy LLP

Sarah Henchoz is a partner in Allen & Overy’s London office. She has considerable experience advising clients on the full range of both contentious and non-contentious employment matters. She regularly advises clients on the complex and sensitive issues arising out of the acquisition of a business and the harmonization of that business into the wider corporate structure both locally and cross border. This involves advising on implementing new service agreements and benefit packages for senior executives, employee and trade union consultation, and post-completion integration. Sarah also regularly appears in and advises clients on Employment Tribunal matters, particularly in the areas of discrimination and whistleblowing, and in respect of bonus claims. She also has significant experience of managing cross-border projects.

Sarah is a regular contributor to employment journals such as Practical Law, and is frequently quoted in the press. Prior to working at Allen & Overy, Sarah spent two years as an in-house employment lawyer where she developed a practical and commercial approach to problem solving in a unionised workforce.

Sarah has recently worked with:

  • Thomas Cook on the employment issues arising out of its sale of the Neilson business.
  • Deepmind Technologies on their sale to Google and, in particular, the senior executive remuneration arrangements.
  • ENI on its acquisition of Liverpool Bay from BHP Biliton which involved significant employee consultation in respect of the harmonisation of terms and conditions of employment post-completion.
  • Boursorama on the employment issues arising out if its sale of Selftrade to Equiniti.
  • An international financial institution on its review of employment contacts in 52 countries in order to implement one universal contract across all of its operations.
  • A financial institution on a whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claim raising complex regulatory and legal issues.
  • A global bank on a race and disability discrimination claim brought by an existing employee.

Sarah Henchoz regularly posts on subjects such as discrimination and atypical working for Allen & Overy’s Employment Talk blog.

Louise Skinner

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Louise is a highly pragmatic and responsive lawyer who provides practical, commercial advice on all aspects of employment law. 

Experienced in Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation, Louise has acted for high profile clients across the board in claims including unfair and constructive dismissal, whistleblowing, discrimination and contractual disputes. Louise's key strength is developing close client relationships and an in-depth commercial understanding of their challenges, ensuring she is well placed to assist on any employment related issue, whether litigious, advisory or transactional.

Louise has extensive experience in the financial services sector, frequently advising on the employment aspects of cross-border regulatory investigations and connected litigation. In doing so, Louise advises across the full ambit of clients' regulatory personnel issues, including disciplinary proceedings, complex issues of privilege, and addressing employee compensation issues including the with-holding and/or forfeiture of bonus payments and deferred compensation.

Louise has a particular interest in advising on equality and diversity, and is called upon to give both strategic and specific advice on issues that feed into the gender pay gap such as equal pay, parental rights, quotas and positive action in both recruitment and promotion. 

Louise was described as "truly exceptional and insightful" in the latest UK Legal 500.

Louise Skinner regularly posts Allen & Overy’s Employment Talk blog.


Laura V.

extremely informative

john p.

Good Presenters.

Richard R.

Outstanding! Thank you

Gary M.


Maria D.

Great presenters! Great presentation and materials, very practical.

Gregory S.

They both knew what they were talking about.

Brad N.

Very good.

Zelma R.

very informative

Michael T.

Enormously complicated issue still unfolding, succinctly presented & compelling. Enjoyed the talk.

Richard m.

The speaker was both knowledgeable and east from undestand

Evan K.

Very nice ladies!

James M.

Great work! Interesting insights into the Brexit situation.

Tatjana E.

excellent, covered a lot

Andrew B.

Excellent and timely presentation. Thank you for making it available.

Julie A. B.

Timely topic.

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