Last Friday Lumina spent a very enjoyable lunchtime at Berry Bros and Rudd hosting a networking event with our friends at Lewis Silkin, inviting HR Directors from media companies such as Discovery, Sony Pictures and Endemol Shine to a working lunch.
The 300 year old wine merchant in Mayfair has been supplying wine to the Royal Family since the reign of King George III, and decorated for Christmas it was certainly a very special and historic venue to kick off the festive season. We heard some fascinating stories about the history of the shop building and its accompanying Townhouse. For instance, Henry VIII acquired the land, demolishing the convent hospital that stood before to build a hunting lodge as a hideaway for him and Anne Boleyn.
After trying English Sparkling Wine worthy enough to rival champagne, we gathered in the Townhouse dining room to discuss the latest HR talking points in the wake of the Brexit referendum result and the ensuing economic and political uncertainty in Britain and Europe. Possible changes in employment law, trade deals and immigration law were high on the agenda. Overall though, spirits were high and Russell Brimelow and Hannah Price from Lewis Silkin reassured us that the media industry is well equipped to deal with any changes that could arise during Brexit challenges and negotiations, and so British expats and European employees in Britain can rest assured. Companies may be able to cover costs of obtaining British Residency or Citizenship status for their employees, if so needed. Otherwise, there are unlikely to be any major changes to the laws employees are currently protected by.
It was a very sociable afternoon with many new connections made and business relationships cemented. Our gratitude goes to Lewis Silkin and Berry Bros & Rudd for coordinating the event with us. We’re looking forward to the next one already.