Alan Kennedy, Associate and Corporate Immigration expert at Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD), was amongst the key speakers at the Symposium Brexit & HR Summit 2018.
The event was held in London on the 5 July and was organised by Symposium, the UK’s leading independent producer of conferences for the HR profession. With over 70 attendees, the Summit focused on the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, looking at the current progress of the Brexit negotiations, the challenges employers are facing and what UK businesses can start to do now to mitigate the risks and get ready ahead of 29 March 2019, when we officially leave the EU.
Alan Kennedy led the discussion on legal implications and what impact Brexit will have on employment law. He gave an overview of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and its effect on EU as well as domestic and employment legislation; he explained the practical implications of Brexit from an HR perspective and gave insight into right to work checks and discrimination in the workplace.
Other questions raised at the Summit also included skills shortages and which skills are the Government classing as important; recruitment from the EU; the changes that will be made to overseas work permits; and rights of employees setting up EU operations.
Alan Kennedy works in WBD's employment team. He advises clients from a broad range of sectors including in Education, Charity, Transport and Public Sector on complex employment matters and provides corporate immigration advice, acting for both UK and overseas clients on immigration issues.
He also has a strong track record of dealing with complex tribunal claims and has successfully defended claims on behalf of employers involving allegations of unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing.
Alan regularly presents seminars and workshops to clients on all areas of Employment law and also provides bespoke in-house training to HR advisors, directors and senior managers.