Virginia, US

Alex is the Managing Partner of Fragomen’s Zurich office. She is a dual-qualified Solicitor of England and Wales and Australia and has practiced exclusively in the area of immigration law since 1995. During this time, she has provided legal advice and strategic guidance to some of the world’s largest global companies, in addition to numerous start-ups and small to medium-sized enterprises.

Alex advises companies across a wide range of industries, including financial services, information technology and telecommunications, resources (including oil and gas), as well as professional services organisations, fast-moving consumer goods, business consulting and engineering/construction businesses.

Alex has particular skill and experience in developing and implementing regional and global immigration programmes, helping companies navigate immigration requirements and advising on regional compliance risk, immigration audits and enforcement action scenarios. 

In Switzerland, Alex helps companies access the global talent they need to support their business establishment and growth by advising on the most appropriate immigration pathways, ensuring full compliance with immigration law and policy, and supporting the individual employees and their families with all immigration related requirements.

Alex is highly active in engaging with Government and other thought leaders in respect of migration strategies and has held the role of National Trustee for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) on behalf of the Firm until February 2018.  In late 2016, Alex chaired the launch event in Sydney for CEDA’s highly-regarded research report, Migration: The Economic Debate, as well as being a lead speaker at the Perth launch event.

Alex is an active speaker, panel contributor and Chair at several mobility, legal and human resources forums in Australia and internationally. She is also a regular presenter at CPD/CLE sessions. Alex has contributed articles to publications, including The In-House Lawyer and Financier Worldwide.

Prior to her move to the Switzerland, Alex served as Co-Managing Partner of the Australia and New Zealand Practice and Managing Partner of Fragomen’s London office. 

Education


College of Law, Guildford | Law Society Finals, 1992, honours
College of Law, Guildford | CPE/Diploma in Law, 1991
University of Kent at Canterbury | B.A., 1990, honours

Awards

Listed in Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration, 2011 to 2019

Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2011

UK Legal Experts, 2010 and 2011

UK Legal 500 and UK Chambers Legal Directories, 2009, 2010 and 2011

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

 

Immigration Credentials: Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1385851)

Legal Qualifications: Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales; Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Western Australia

National Trustee, Committee for Economic Development of Australia

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Member, Immigration Law Practitioners' Association

Member, International Bar Association

Member, Law Society of New South Wales

Member, Migration Institute of Australia

Advised national and international companies on immigration requirements, category availability, sponsorship requirements and obligations

Assisted companies in establishing and maintaining a global immigration programme

Supported clients with audits and compliance-related matters falling under immigration law and policy

Designed immigration programme policies and procedures including management of business visitors and short-term workers, particularly for companies moving large numbers of employees globally

Conducted training and held immigration and compliance briefings for senior management and boards of directors

Contributed to government lobby initiatives and forums discussing impacts of changes to immigration and related law and policy

Publications and Lectures

Co-author, “Immigration and Employment Law.” In The Corporate Guide to Expatriate Employment, edited by Jonathan Reuvid, 157-164. UK and U.S.: Kogan Page, 2009. Print.