In this "Brexit Musings" episode, Gavin Jones and Vinciane Rysselink from Osborne Clarke – the international law firm, discuss Brexit and how that impacts UK/EU nationals and US firms with UK/EU offices. Brexit is the "undoing" of 40 years of free-trade and freedom of movement and is scheduled to come into effect from January 1st 2021. Focusing on immigration/mobility, they discuss what can and should UK/EU nationals do now to secure their residence – and why that is important. They look at what the practical impact of Brexit means to servicing clients across the region and also what should employees/employers be looking to prepare for in the months to come.
Gavin Jones, Head of Immigration at OSBORNE CLARKE, has over 20 years’ experience advising on both business and personal immigration issues. He leads the firm’s immigration practice and has a well-regarded reputation in the industry. His legal expertise comprises all areas of UK business immigration acting for multi-nationals through to start-up companies and he has advised on the full extent of entry clearance applications, as well as personal applications for UK residency and nationality, settlements and citizenship and student applications.
Gavin has a particular specialism for inward investment and helping international companies set up in the UK and has helped a number of household names with their immigration strategic planning as they set up and grew.
Gavin worked previously as Special Counsel at Taylor Wessing (where he was ranked by legal directories as a leading individual) and then as a Senior Manager at Fragomen before joining Blake Lapthorn to build and lead its immigration practice. Gavin is also a member of the Immigration Law Practitioner’s Association and has been a contributing editor for Immigration for The Investors Guide to the UK.
Vinciane Rysselinck is a Senior Counsel at OSBORNE CLARKE in Brussels. She is recognised as a ‘very efficient and commercial’ lawyer by Legal 500. She specialises in the labour implications of company takeovers and business downsizings, as well as cross-border employment and social security matters. Her expertise is particularly valued by Belgian, US and Indian clients in the real estate, retail and tech, media and comms sectors.
Vinciane also assists companies with various kinds of labour disputes before the Belgian labour courts, and with senior executive appointments and dismissals. In that regard, she regularly coordinates cross-service and multi-jurisdictional projects.
She was one of the founding team members of Osborne Clarke Belgium in 2013. She is also a member of the European Employment Lawyers' Association and the Belgian Employment Lawyers' Association.