The retail industry and its supply chains rely on the talent and experience of EEA nationals in all parts of the industry. From distribution to head office roles, colleagues from the EEA make a vital contribution to the retail industry. As the UK prepares to exit the EU, retailers will need to consider the post Brexit labour market and how new immigration controls may impact them.

Join this meeting to understand how the proposed future system will work, the potential challenges for retailers and how to prepare for working with it.


Places are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. This meeting is for HR community members only and is free to attend.


  • Understand the new immigration system and challenges under the implementation period
  • Learn how to prepare for working with the new immigration system
  • Discover how to manage recruitment of EU nationals during the system’s implementation period



  Arrival and complimentary breakfast, teas and coffee


  Welcome and scene setting
  • Fionnuala Horrocks-Burns // Employment and Skills Policy Advisor, BRC


  Partner presentation
  • Louise Shaw // Solicitor, Pinsent Masons


  Roundtable discussion


  Final thoughts and takeaways


  HR community AOB




 Louise Shaw   Louise Shaw //
Pinsent Masons

Louise is an employment and immigration specialist based in Glasgow. She advises UK and multi-national employers, including large retail organisations. She advises her clients on Tier 2 sponsorship, guiding them through the process from sponsor licence application to employee visa application. Louise has also worked with a number of large organisations in restructuring their sponsor licences to better reflect their corporate set up.

Louise advises employer clients on alternatives to Tier 2 including family applications, Tier 5 and ancestry visas. Most recently she has been delivering seminars and workshops on Brexit to HR teams and to European employees personally impacted by Brexit

Louise provides immigration input into outsourcing deals. This ranges from right to work checking advice post-transfer, to the applicability of TUPE to sponsored migrants and the Home Office reporting obligations pre- and post-transfer.
Due to her crossover between employment and immigration law, Louise also regularly advises on Right to Work issues and the tension between Employment and Immigration law. She manages complex unfair dismissal and discrimination claims, which have a right to work element.

  Fionnuala Horrocks-Burns //
Employment and Skills Policy Advisor

Fionnuala leads the BRC employment and skills policy work, ensuring the interests of the retail industry are represented effectively to government.
Fionnuala is currently coordinating the BRC’s workforce campaign, designed to support the development of better jobs as the industry continues to transform in the face of social, financial and technological pressures. Fionnuala is also responsible for the workforce aspects of the BRC’s Brexit work including immigration and EU employment law.
Before joining the BRC, Fionnuala was a senior policy adviser at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) where she worked across the employment brief covering employment law, immigration, industrial relations and EU social policy.


This event is for retailers only and is free to attend.


If you would like more information please contact


Covent Garden Hotel, 10 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9HB