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Meet The Speaker - Kirsty Cooke

10th August 2018

Meet The Speaker - Kirsty Cooke

Name and Job Title?

Kirsty Cooke, Senior Associate (Employment and Business Immigration)

 How do you spend a typical working day?

I usually get into the office at 7am – I work best in the morning! What happens from that point onwards is an unknown! As an employment solicitor and business immigration specialist with clients across the world, no two days ever seem to be the same. I advise businesses of all sizes from one man bands and start-ups to public sector organisations and global companies on all aspects of employment law and business related immigration issues. Some days I spend advising on a number of different issues, from corporate transactions to grievance and disciplinary issues and visa applications, whilst others are focused on one piece of work, such as working on witness statements for a complex Employment Tribunal claim.

 What do you enjoy most about your work?

Clients often come to me with tricky problems and it is really rewarding to help a client navigate through the problem and come up with a pragmatic solution. I also love the unpredictably – just when I think that I have seen it all, my clients will contact me for advice on the most bizarre scenarios.

 What do you think is the biggest challenge facing workplaces at the moment?

In the wake of Brexit there is a lot of uncertainty for business. Many of our clients have diverse work forces and, particularly in certain industries (such as hospitality, care, construction and the restaurant business) employers rely heavily on an EU workforce. Uncertainty for individuals has led to greater numbers of EU workers leaving the UK, leaving employers with skills shortages and recruitment issues. I have worked with a number of clients to help them plan for the future, implement strategies now and reduce the detrimental effect of Brexit on their workforce. 

What can attendees expect from your talk at the HR Club?

Practical advice rather than theory or legal jargon. 





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