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Louisa A. Cole

Senior Associate
Fax +44.(0)20.7648.9001
Ms. Cole is a senior associate in the firm’s global labor, employment and workplace safety practice area, helping international businesses to manage employment law issues in the UK and the EU. She has extensive experience advising on UK immigration law and has represented some of the world’s largest companies, specifically in the engineering, media and the financial services industries. Ms. Cole provides strategic advice to businesses and individuals on navigating the UK immigration framework for establishing a business in the UK, operating a compliant and functioning immigration programme and advising on immigration options for businesses and individuals in light of Brexit. She also regularly works with international businesses, particularly US-headquartered businesses, in relation to the management of cross-border employment projects and the associated immigration aspects of this.

Ms. Cole also assists SME’s and global organisations with the structure and maintenance of their UK sponsor licences, the development and documentation of their internal mobility policies and the immigration implications of corporate restructuring.

She has significant experience advising clients with UK sponsor license related issues, including audits and issues relating to mergers and acquisitions.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Cole served as a senior associate at an international immigration law firm. She managed a team advising multinational clients on all aspects of sponsorship and visa applications including international transfers and hires under the Points Based System (PBS), applications under the UK immigration rules for high net worth individuals and sponsorship for companies seeking to establish themselves in the UK. She also assisted with corporate Brexit planning and European visas and residence, alongside applications for British citizenship and settlement.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member, Immigration Law Practitioners' Association
  • Speaking at a notable travel organisation event advising on Brexit and changes in Immigration Law
  • Advised the UK’s third largest energy company and employer of approximately 5,200 people in 24 countries in relation to sponsor and migrant status pre and post takeover. The deal, which created Britain’s largest public company, was widely publicised in the media.
  • Advised the UK’s largest tech/ride sharing company on corporate immigration and compliance for over 7 years creating and managing their UK immigration system and mobility programme.
  • Acted for a Japanese tech giant and advised in relation to numerous acquisitions and the implications of TUPE as a result of their global corporate transactions.
  • Advised and assisted a global media agency on the immigration implications of their global restructure merging several of their UK agencies to create main global media agency networks.
  • Advised and assisted on the immigration aspects of a $405M acquisition of a Data Service Centre company by a global IT solutions company growing its UK presence and increasing its annual revenue to more than $550 million globally.
  • Assisted with numerous premium sponsor licence applications for well known global organisations.
  • Provided corporate immigration advice to a global manufacturing giant following a split from its parent company in late 2017. Advised workers involved in TUPE as a result of the restructuring from an immigration perspective.
  • Successfully launched a series of immigration law seminars within the Media industry.
  • Created and launched a tailored and accessible training library for global client to train their internationally based global mobility team on Immigration Law.
  • Regularly advised key stakeholders within the immigration industry including government officials and parliamentary researchers on key current issues in the sector.
  • Advised in relation to the immigration options for individuals involved in the widely publicised merger of two ride sharing companies following their merger in China.
  • Advised a third party in relation to the applicable provisions for US armed forces personnel seeking entry to the UK under the applicable provision of the Agreement on the Status of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).