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Wednesday 22 February 2017

Recruiter’s Brexit Summits


Concerned about the potential impact of Brexit on your recruitment business? Get the latest expert advice and insight on the ins and outs of Brexit – and what they mean to you – at our upcoming summits. 


London - sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs

Date: Friday 23 September 2016

Time: 09.30 – 14.30

Delegate fee: FREE

Venue: Squire Patton Boggs, 7 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4YH - Venue map

What the event will cover: What does Britain’s vote to leave the EU mean from an employment and immigration perspective?

Businesses are facing up to the brave new world of Brexit.  Withdrawing from Europe is unprecedented and is likely to be a hugely complicated and lengthy process.  Despite this uncertainty there are a number of steps that can be taken to reassure staff and to manage their organisation’s expectations about running a business outside the EU.

We will discuss what Brexit means for UK employment law and the impact of the leave vote on the immigration status of non-UK EU nationals living and working in the UK.

Topics covered will include
· How the withdrawal of the UK from the EU will be managed and the timescales          involved;
· Whether businesses must continue to follow all employment laws which derive from he EU;
· The employment laws which might be repealed;
· Whether you can continue to recruit and retain non-UK nationals.



09.30 – Registration

10.00 – Welcome
Chair – DeeDee Doke, editor, Recruiter
Olivia Mardon, director of global edge, Squire Patton Boggs

10.00 – Session one
Speaker: Phillippa Canavan, senior associate, Squire Patton Boggs
Supinder Sian, partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Phillippa will be discussing the possible Employment Law implications of Brexit for recruiters. In particular, the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 and the Working Time Regulations 1998 (i.e. working time and holiday pay calculations).
Supinder will be discussing immigration implications for recruiters; specifically, the current position for EEA candidates – whether EEA candidates can take any protective steps now – and predictions for immigration policy post-Brexit.

10.45 – Session two
Speaker: Adrian Marlowe, chairman, association of recruitment consultancies (ARC)
Brexit – the opportunity to modernise will bring rewards.
Discussing the issues needed to strengthen the appeal of recruitment business and flexible working Adrian explains how simplification, modernisation and joined up thinking can bring significant rewards, enhancing the appeal of post Brexit UK.

11.30 – 12.00 – Refreshment break

12.00 – Recruiters and Brexit: impact and opportunity in a brave new world
Leading recruiters will explore the potential challenges and opportunities for their businesses, the recruitment industry and the practice of recruiting in the post-Brexit UK. They will also discuss their preparations for change, and how they will focus their energies and resources as Brexit measures take shape. Our panel will be joined later for discussion with our expert speakers and a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The Panel:
Mark Bull, CEO, Randstad UK

Guy Day, chief executive, Eames Consulting  
Hetal Panchal, ACMA, finance director, Gemini People
Gethin Roberts, managing director, Drivers Direct

12.45 – Experts join panel for Q&A

13.15 – 14.30 – Lunch


Register your place now at the Recruiter's Brexit Summit by clicking on the relevant link below and completing the required booking form.

London, 23 September 2016 - The Recruiter's Brexit Summit for London is now full, please contact rhianna.fitzgerald@redactive.co.uk to add your name to the waiting list.        

*Please note that this event is only open to recruitment agency and in-house recruitment professionals.

Speaker Biographies - London


Phillippa Canavan, Senior Associate, Squire Patton Boggs

Phillippa is a Labour & Employment lawyer based at the London office of Squire Patton Boggs. Phillippa advises clients on contentious and non-contentious employment law.

Phillippa has particular expertise within the agency sector, and was seconded in-house to Hudson Global Recruitment Company for an 8-month period. During her training contract, Phillippa has also worked in our Birmingham office and our associated office in Turin, Italy.


Supinder Sian, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

Supinder is a Labour & Employment partner specialising in business immigration based at the London office of Squire Patton Boggs. Supinder has over six years' experience in business immigration.

Supinder has a wealth of experience and has extensive knowledge of both immigration and compliance issues. He advises on applications for entry clearance, extensions of stay, switching visa categories, indefinite leave to remain and naturalisation as a British citizen. He also advises on business and commercial immigration matters under the points based system and has made numerous licence applications for both start up and existing companies and regularly carries out compliance audits for clients.

In addition to in-bound UK immigration, Supinder has experience in advising on and co-ordinating immigration applications globally.

Supinder has excellent contacts at the Home Office at director level, which often leads to a speedy resolution of complex issues. Supinder has also participated in the Home Office’s working groups on key immigration issues.


Guy Day, Chief Executive, Eames Consulting

Guy started his recruitment career in the UK in 1995 before moving to Asia for an extended period from 1997. During this time he was responsible for establishing, growing and managing international specialist recruitment businesses across Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and the UK. He joined Eames Consulting in November 2014, initially as COO with operational responsibility for Asia. In July 2016 he was promoted to Chief Executive.


Mark Bull, CEO, Randstad UK

Mark Bull is a recruitment industry leader with over 20 years’ experience. Mark started in recruitment in 1993 and joined Hill McGlynn in 1994, as a consultant, rapidly rising through the ranks to become Operations Manager in 2001, before being promoted to Managing Director of Hill McGlynn in 2005. 

Since being named as CEO for Randstad in the UK and Middle East in 2011, Mark has led the company through significant improvements in financial performance, delivering €910m revenue in 2015. Randstad employs 29,750 staff across more than 4,000 locations in 38 countries.


Gethin Roberts, Managing Director, Drivers Direct

Gethin Roberts is managing director of Drivers Direct, a company he founded in 2002.  He retains responsibility for Drivers Direct’s strategy and continued growth, which in the last year alone has increased turnover by more than 20% to £20m. 

Gethin began his career as a driver for the RAF where he first achieved his Certificate of Professional Competence in National and International Road Haulage and Bus and Coach Operations. On leaving the forces, he held senior roles with the Royal Mail before moving to Blue Arrow, one of the UK’s leading recruitment agencies, where he headed their driving division. 

Gethin is on the Driver Executive for the REC (Recruitment & Employment Confederation) and contributes to the Institute of Logistics’s Transport Managers Forum, he is also a Fellow of the Institute.


Hetal Panchal, ACMA, Finance Director, Gemini People

After qualifying as an accountant with Carphone Warehouse Hetal entered the recruitment industry in 2006. He joined Gemini People in 2014 as Finance Director with the remit to enable the business to complete an MBO. During his ongoing tenure at Gemini People he has seen the business through high growth and the acquisition of award-winning recruitment agency Purple Consultancy.

He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in private equity backed ventures and honed his skills and expertise working for a variety of SMEs within recruitment and RPO sectors.


Adrian Marlowe, Chairman of The Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC)

Recognised as one of the UK’s leading lawyers specialising in the recruitment industry. Founder and MD of Lawspeed, Chairman of the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) and founder and director of Standards in Recruitment.

Adrian qualified as a Solicitor in 1978 gaining wide ranging litigation and commercial experience as partner in three firms. In 1997 he set up Lawspeed as a specialist legal and compliance adviser to the recruitment industry, devising new forms of commercial contracts and support for agencies and umbrella companies. Adrian’s work includes the first IR35 friendly contracts, and he is architect of the limited company opt out. Set up the ARC in 2009 to provide a membership service for lobbying and support information/services for recruitment businesses, track record of success on changing the Agency Worker Regulations, Employment Tribunal rules. Following a 3 year gestation period with a hirer/agency stakeholder group, set up Standards in Recruitment (SiR) in 2015 as a universally applicable independent accreditation to identify and promote quality recruitment businesses.

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