Brexit immigration podcast – a view from Europe

Benjamin Sookia

A significant consequence of Brexit is the changing position and rights of UK nationals who reside in the European Union. Our podcast series focuses on what British citizens living in the EU need to know now. 

Benjamin Sookia speaks to immigration lawyers in several European countries to clarify the steps that UK nationals living in Europe should be taking in advance of Brexit, and to offer insight on plans that authorities have put in place for after the UK’s planned withdrawal from the EU on 31 October 2019.  


In this episode Benjamin Sookia, Global Immigration Manager at Kingsley Napley chats to Jesica Bianchi Stilman, Corporate Immigration Lawyer at Sagardoy Abogados in Madrid. 

Jesica Bianchi Stilman - profile

Jesica is an immigration attorney-at-law at Sagardoy Abogados, a leading immigration and employment law firm in Spain. Having graduated in law from the Universidad de Oviedo, and with a master’s in international law from ISDE (the Higher Institute of Law and Economics), Jesica specialises in Spanish immigration law, providing a full service to both corporate and private clients. She has been a member of the Bar since 2010 and previously worked in global mobility at the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce in New York.



In this episode Benjamin Sookia, Global Immigration Manager at Kingsley Napley chats to Dieter Kohlfürst, Attorney at Kohlfürst Färber in Munich.

Dieter Kohlfürst - profile

Dieter is the founding partner at German law firm Kohlfürst & Färber based near Munich. As a German business immigration lawyer he focuses on providing immigration solutions to individual and corporate clients. He specialises in business visas, German work permits, German residence permits, setting up companies, family visas and German citizenship, as well as aspects of employment and corporate law. He has been listed several times in Who’s Who Legal as a leading corporate immigration lawyer. 



In this episode, Benjamin Sookia, Global Immigration Manager at Kingsley Napley, chats to Costanza Petreni, Senior Immigration Consultant at Mazzzeschi SRL in Florence.

Costanza Petreni - profile

Costanza is a senior immigration consultant at Mazzeschi SRL, a leading immigration consultancy in Italy.  With over 10 years’ experience in Italian immigration law, Costanza is responsible for handling large corporate accounts, advising on complex immigration matters and acting for individual investors and entrepreneurs. Costanza gained a degree in applied psychology at Durham University before specialising in immigration law and global mobility.



In this episode, Benjamin Sookia, Global Immigration Manager at Kingsley Napley, chats to Camille Merveilleux, Manager at Karl Waheed Avocats in Paris.

Camille Merveilleux - profile

Camille is a manager at Karl Waheed Avocats, a French firm of international mobility lawyers and consultants. She previously worked as a mobility expert at a French-Japanese company, having graduated with a master’s degree in English studies and international relationships from the Sorbonne. Her fields of expertise are immigration, EU mobility and French nationality law.



In this episode, Benjamin Sookia, Global Immigration Manager at Kingsley Napley, chats to Bram van Melle, Partner at Everaert Advocaten Immigration Lawyers in Amsterdam.

Bram van Melle - profile

Bram is a Partner at Everaert Advocaten Immigration Lawyers in Amsterdam specialising in corporate immigration and citizenship law. Bram provides strategic immigration planning to multinational companies doing business in the Netherlands. He works closely with clients to help them achieve and maintain compliance with immigration laws and regulations. Bram also advises and litigates in cases where the Social Affairs and Employment Inspectorate has fined employers for the illegal employment of foreign nationals or the breach of other obligations that apply to the employment of foreign nationals. He currently heads the employer sanctions department of the firm.


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Brexit immigration podcast - a view from Europe

We chat to immigration specialists in Spain, Germany, France and Italy on what British citizens in those countries should be doing now. August/September 2019

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Brexit - What EU citizens living in the UK need to know

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Could Brexit send Geraint Thomas into a spin?

30 July 2018 - Hanging over this year’s Tour de France, at least for this British cycling fan, was the realisation that this is probably the last Tour pre-Brexit, and so there is an additional level of uncertainty about what the 2019 post-Brexit edition will look like.

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Holiday home/Retirement planning: will Brexit wreck it?

16 July 2018 - A question you may ponder as you relax on that sunlounger in the weeks ahead is whether you need to review your arrangements for any EU based property in light of Brexit.

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#Brexit: Further clarification on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK:

18 June 2018

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11 July 2018

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A change of course? Pondering the future of golf in Brexit Britain

29 March 2018 - As avid golfers focus their attention on the US Masters in Augusta Georgia next month, many at the 19th Hole will be pondering the impact of Brexit on their beloved game.

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Post-Brexit language testing for EEA qualified healthcare professionals

22 March 2018 - The House of Commons Library published a Briefing Paper on 7 March 2018 outlining the language testing requirements imposed upon healthcare professionals who qualified outside of the UK.

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Brexit & Horse Racing

5 March 2018 - The UK is home to a myriad of sports employing foreign nationals and receiving investments from overseas companies. Learn how Brexit will impact horse racing and all who are part of it.

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Brexit & Motor Racing

21 March 2018 - The UK is home to a myriad of sports employing foreign nationals and receiving investments from overseas companies. Learn how Brexit will impact motor racing and all who are part of it.

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UK-EU security cooperation post #Brexit - ringing the alarm bell! | Part II of a two-part guest blog by EU Criminal Law expert Dr Debbie Sayers | #CriminalLaw

17 April 2018

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19 March 2018

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Beyond #Brexit: new anti-money laundering regime agreed

10 July 2018 - No sooner are we one year into the new regime under the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 than a further EU instrument has been adopted.

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What Brexit means for EU employees living in the UK and their families

27 June 2016

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