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Construction firms warned to plan for potential shocks from no deal Brexit

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The region’s construction sector has been urged to have robust plans in place after a warning about the impact a no deal Brexit could have on its workforce. At a construction and development briefing hosted by Ellisons Solicitors, immigration partner Sohan Sidhu warned of potential shocks in the sector if the new short-term work visa comes into place in 2021. Around 16 per cent of construction workers in the East of England are from outside the UK, the highest of any region outside London. He said: “Immigration law is changing quickly. Things are happening on an almost daily basis and it will have a huge impact on the construction industry in the region. If the Government’s proposed reforms are introduced as anticipated in 2021, then a new visa route for temporary lower skilled, short-term workers will come into play which will only enable them to work in the country for a maximum period of 12 months at a time.  There will be a 12 month cooling off period once their visa expires in order to prevent people effectively working in the UK permanently. This could result in very little consistency for construction businesses and make strategic planning incredibly difficult.” Held at Weston Homes Community Stadium in Colchester, Ellisons’ third Construction and Development Briefing was chaired by Ian Seeley, senior associate at Ellisons. Other speakers also included Tim Bacon, partner at Ellisons and Adrian Fisher from insurance brokers JW Lear.

Separately, Ellisons Solicitors has appointed Naomi Ogo as an immigration law specialist, joining the firm’s immigration team based in Bury St Edmunds. An experienced solicitor, she has been nominated in the Legal 500 list between 2015 and 2018 and is well versed in dealing with the Home Office for clients which have included blue chip corporations, high net worth individuals and renowned entrepreneurs.

Photo (l-r):Ian Seeley, Tim Bacon, Adrian Fisher and Sohan Sidhu.