Labour Mobility Update – A New Immigration Framework

Protectionism or open borders – what does the new immigration framework need to look like in order for the UK economy to flourish in a post-Brexit environment?


The December general election has fixed the Brexit timetable for 2020 and the new Government has reinforced its commitment to completing the UK’s transition to an independent nation state by 1 January 2021. The transition will include ending the free movement of people and the introduction of new systems and controls for attracting the skills, investment and labour that the country will need in order to main its competitiveness in a global economy.

Meanwhile, the prospect of a UK-US trade agreement presents an opportunity to strengthen what is already one of the world’s leading bilateral trade and investment partnerships by further deepening cooperation in labour mobility, making it easier for UK professionals to do business in the US, and vice-versa.

Our panel will consider:

  • Who does the UK need to attract in the new economy?
  • What are the best mechanisms for attracting and selecting the people the country needs?
  • How to maintain public confidence in the immigration system
  • The UK’s revamped immigration system and the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendations
  • Is the “Australian-style” scheme fit for purpose in the UK?
  • A view from America – is Brexit an opportunity for transatlantic movement of talent and investment?

Event Details


2 March


8:00am – 10:00am



130 Wood St

London, EC2V 6DL

Meet our Speakers

Ben Sheldrick, Managing Partner and Head of Business Immigration, Magrath Sheldrick LLP

Ben is a Managing Partner and Head of Business Immigration at Magrath Sheldrick LLP, one of the UK’s leading commercial immigration practices. Ben is also Director of Magrath Global, Singapore which caters to a significant corporate client base in the Asia Pacific region. He is recognised as a leading UK immigration expert by the legal community and is noted by all of the major legal directories for his expertise in immigration law.

Ben is immigration counsel to many household-name multinational companies and he has extensive experience in strategic planning of global mobility programmes for large organisations, assisting global mobility departments and HR professionals in developing compliance and legal right to work policies and procedures. His team also advises individuals of all nationalities seeking entry to the UK as workers, investors, entrepreneurs, artists, performers or for family reunion.

Ben works with the International Bar Association (IBA), the Immigration Law Practitioner’s Association (ILPA), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), British American Business (BAB), the Investment Migration Council (IMC) and many other groups in disseminating information in respect of global immigration policy and legal developments. He is a technical partner of Expat-Academy. Ben advises and speaks to many organisations in respect of the immigration law implications of the British decision to leave the European Union. He is recognised by Who’s Who Legal as a thought leader on Brexit.

Madeleine Sumption, Director of the Migration Observatory


Madeleine Sumption is the Director of the Migration Observatory, which provides evidence-based analysis of migration in the UK. Madeleine is a policy specialist focusing on the impacts of migration policies and the role of migrants in the labour market.

Madeleine’s research interests include labour migration, the economic and social impacts of migration policies, and immigrant integration. She has also done comparative research on government policies towards immigrant investors, immigration in trade agreements, and the recognition of foreign qualifications. Before joining Oxford, Madeleine was Director of Research for the international program at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) in Washington, DC. She remains a Non-resident Fellow with Migration Policy Institute Europe.

Madeleine is a member of the Migration Advisory Committee, an independent panel that advises the UK Government on migration issues. She is also Chair of Migration Statistics User Forum, which brings together producers and users of migration data. In 2017, she received an MBE for services to social science.

Madeleine is available for collaboration with early-career researchers working on immigration policy and its impacts in the UK and overseas.


Violeta Petrova, Senior Counsel, Immigration Group, Gibney


Violeta Petrova is a Senior Counsel in Gibney’s Immigration Group. She represents large-cap, mid-cap and small-cap clients in U.S. business immigration , including nonimmigrant and permanent residence matters.  She has also assisted individual clients with family-based and employment-based visas.

Violeta provides a customized, solutions-based approach based on the comprehensive assessment of each client’s profile, preferences, risk tolerance and specific case facts. Her experience ranges across multiple sectors, including financial services, engineering, IT, biotech and pharmaceuticals and graphic/digital design.  She has also contributed to program management and company policy development for frequent business travelers, rotational programs, summer intern programs and PERM programs.


Andrei Cazacu, Policy Manager, BritishAmerican Business


As the Policy Manager, Andrei handles BAB’s policy content development, including its annual Policy Agenda, and coordinates policy engagements. Before BAB, Andrei worked in Brussels as an EU public affairs consultant, specialized in telecoms & IP. He has also worked with a Swiss startup focused on digital civic participation and has served as an advisor for diplomatic missions in Romania, focused on digital diplomacy.

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