Julia Onslow-Cole is a partner, legal markets leader and head of global immigration at PwC Legal. Julia leads the largest immigration network of its kind, comprising of more than 1200 experts in PwC offices in over 154 countries.
The rapidly expanding practice caters to global corporates across a range of industries, private individuals and education establishments, as well as distinct projects including crisis management and innovative technology-based pre-travel assessments. Supported by a first-class multinational team of lawyers, as well as global mobility, tax and employment experts, Julia truly understands the issues clients face in an increasingly complex geopolitical landscape. This is illustrated by the unique immigration services that Julia led during the Arab Spring and Algeria hostage crises.
As a prominent media commentator on global immigration issues, Julia leads the immigration debate representing businesses concerns. She represented business at the prime minister’s immigration stocktake meeting and acted as an adviser to the Home Office on business, investment and growth. Most recently Julia led the joint PwC report on the economic benefits of overseas students to the British economy, and is one of PwC’s panel of experts on geopolitical impacts on clients especially in Europe.
Julia regularly speaks at conferences across the globe regarding the impact of the refugee crisis and geopolitical instability on global mobility, including most recently speaking with Kofi Annan in Monaco. Julia also liaises with Governments overseas and during the past year has had meetings with Governments in Australia, Europe and the Caribbean.
With over 25 years’ experience, Julia is regarded as the UK’s “Experts Expert” (Legal Business) and has been the recipient of several nominations and awards, including most recently Woman of the year: Business Growth at the Citywealth Power Women Awards 2016.
Julia is also chair of London First’s working party on immigration representing business and the education sector. She is chair of the IBA’s human rights institute charitable trust and former director of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association. Julia is vice chair of the IBA’s global employment institute.
Julia is a member of the UK Association for European Law; a fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies; an expert to the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner; an associate member of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association; and a former member of the government’s advisory board on naturalisation and integration. Julia is also a board member of the Permits Foundation and an expert to the World Bank’s Immigration Project. Julia sits on the advisory boards of COMPAS, the University of Oxford and the Migration Matters Trust.
She is contributing co-editor to several leading textbooks on immigration law, including Butterworths’ Handbook on Immigration Law, Butterworths’ Immigration Law Service, Immigration Law and Practice, Jackson's Immigration Law and Practice and Getting the Deal Through: Corporate Immigration 2016.
Julia has an LLB (Hons, 1981). She took the Law Society exams (1982), and also studied on the Leading Professional Services Firms course as Harvard Business School (2007).
WWL says: Julia Onslow-Cole is a "prominent figure" in the global immigration market, and is recognised for her "impressive and focused" practice