Shabana has extensive experience of advising clients in a wide range of sectors including retail, education, insurance, hospitality and the public sector. She has worked for large household names since the beginning of her career, and this, combined with extended secondments to the in-house legal team of a major retail client, has given her a sound understanding of the commercial drivers behind many of the employment law challenges clients face. She has experience of advising on a comprehensive range of employment law issues, including senior hires, termination of employment, discrimination, redundancy and reorganisation, TUPE and restrictive covenants.
Shabana is also head of the Walker Morris Business Immigration Team and has over 10 years’ experience of advising clients on the complex process of hiring talent from outside the UK. She assists clients with sponsor licence applications and Home Office compliance, as well as visa applications for migrant workers and their dependants under the points based system and visitor route. Shabana regularly advises international clients on the appropriate route of entry into the UK for new or existing staff to meet operational demands. Her immigration clients include:
- Chipotle Mexican Grill Limited, the UK subsidiary of a US Mexican restaurant chain;
- A major US supplemental insurance provider, for whom she successfully obtained a sole representative visa which enabled the establishment of their initial commercial presence in the UK (now a thriving UK subsidiary); and
- A German international news agency.
More recently Shabana has advised a number of European clients on the post-Brexit immigration requirements applicable to UK-based projects. She has spoken at numerous events and has been published in various industry publications discussing the impact of Brexit on the recruitment of EU nationals in different sectors.
Shabana has also lectured on the undergraduate LLB and postgraduate LPC courses at BPP Law School.
In their words
Working as a team with my clients to achieve outcomes that deliver their commercial objectives is my primary aim. Whether it's successfully negotiating a service agreement with, or sensitively managing the exit of, a senior member of staff, or assisting a business through the complex process of sponsoring a non-UK national in order to make a strategic appointment, I always endeavour to make my clients feel they can rely on me to deliver the best results for their business. The end of free movement for EU nationals following Brexit, and the introduction of a new points based immigration system, have meant that the way clients can recruit from outside the UK has fundamentally changed, and I am excited by the prospect of helping clients navigate the new regime.