Stephen Musgrave - Employment law


From the conduct of full and effective early due diligence through to post-completion integration strategies I enable corporates fully and effectively to quantify and manage their workplace liabilities on the sale and purchase of businesses.

I have extensive and wide-ranging experience in advising on all HR and employment issues associated with all forms of corporate and commercial transactions – share sale and purchase, asset sale and purchase, outsourcing, insourcing, offshoring, and contracting-out arrangements.

This includes advising on the application of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (“TUPE”) and all of the workforce consultation and notification obligations arising from TUPE.

I understand all of the people issues facing overseas companies starting up, acquiring or carrying on business in the UK and have a proven track record in assisting them at all levels to align their local policies with their global requirements. I understand the need for a co-ordinated cross-border approach which observes local law requirements whilst retaining sight of an overall corporate strategy.

I have very extensive experience in advising both UK and overseas management teams jointly on how best to approach workplace issues in the UK I have a wide and long-standing client base of UK employers who are part of large multinationals who I advise on all of their UK employment and business immigration needs.

I advise on all of the legal and regulatory issues associated with migrant workers coming to the UK. Typically this begins with entry to the UK by a foreign national as a sole representative in order to establish a UK branch or subsidiary. Subsequently the UK business applies for and obtains a Sponsor Licence from UK Visas & Immigration, and then uses the Points-Based System to recruit and transfer migrant talent to the UK, who are then managed through the Sponsor Management System (“SMS”).

Holders of Sponsor Licences require advice with ongoing compliance under the SMS, over and above assistance with the issue of Certificates of Sponsorship, and applications for visas and Biometric Residence Permits.

The process for recruiting and managing migrant workers in the UK is continually evolving and presents ongoing challenges to businesses to ensure that they comply fully with all regulatory requirements whilst remaining able to attract and retain the best talent available.


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