Julia Onslow-Cole is a Partner, Legal Markets Leader and Head of Global Immigration at PwC. Julia has recently been appointed to the board of Council for Global Immigration in Washington and sits on the Mayor of London's Brexit Advisory Group and newly established Home Office Standing Group on EU Exit.
In March 2017 Julia was appointed to the Global Leadership Team for PwC's worldwide legal practice covering all lines of service and is a key expert in PwC's Brexit Taskforce. She has represented business at the Prime Minister's immigration stock take meeting and acted as an adviser to the Home Office on business, investment and growth. She has been liaising with Government and Business on immigration outcomes subsequent to the EU Referendum. Julia is co signatory of the groundbreaking PwC / London First report on the impact of migrant workers in London released in March 2017 and a co signatory of the report on Regional Visas by PwC commissioned by the City of London Corporation.
Julia is Chair of London First's Working Party on Immigration and sits on the Advisory Board of Migration Matters Trust, the Permits Foundation and the Migration Museum.
Julia is responsible for clients and markets within the Legal network and leads the largest global immigration network of its kind, with more than 1600 experts in PwC offices in over 174 countries. Supported by a first -class multinational team of immigration, global mobility, tax and employment experts, Julia understands the issues clients face in an increasingly complex geopolitical landscape; she was the leader of the unique crisis management services that PwC rendered during the Arab Spring and Algeria hostage crisis. She regularly speaks at conferences across the globe on the impact of the refugee crisis including, most recently, speaking with Kofi Annan in Monaco. Julia also chaired the first of a series of meetings organised by The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on refugee employment on which she spoke at the United Nations meetings in New York. She is a member of Concordia and the Chatham House Refugee Forum.
Julia has advised several governments, particularly on citizenship by investment programmes and on general immigration policy.
She is contributing co-editor to several leading textbooks on Immigration law, a member of the UK Association for European Law, Fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, and Expert to the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner, Associate Member of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association, a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and former member of the Government's Advisory Board on Naturalisation and Integration.
She was voted the UK's " Expert Expert" by Legal Business and has been the recipient of several nominations and awards including Corporate Immigration Lawyer of the year by Lawyer Monthly and Woman of the Year; Business Growth at the Citywealth Power Women Awards and the Law Society Excellence Awards, Solicitor of the Year Private Practice Award and Leading Corporate Immigration Advisor of the Year 2016.
Julia is the Chair of the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute Charitable Trust and a member of the Advisory Committee of COMPASS, at the University of Oxford.