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Policy Event

Navigating Brexit: What Services Businesses Need to Know

09 Oct 2019
Institute of Directors, London

Navigating Brexit: What Services Businesses Need to Know

The IoD’s hugely popular Navigating Brexit event series is returning for a final set of instalments in the run-up to the 31st October, when the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a deal could turn from risk into reality.

As the countdown begins (again), the IoD is committed to bringing together a panoply of experts in their field who can cut through the political noise to bring directors clear, factual information about what changes may be in the offing and how to prepare one’s organisation as best as possible.

Kicking this off will be an event focused exclusively on Brexit planning for business in the services sectors, drawing together a number of overlapping themes and areas to isolate how change may be coming for firms. Unlike with regulation of and trade in goods, unpicking this change is a more difficult task, as the rules for services are treated as more a patchwork not only in WTO terms but also within the EU itself. This can make understanding the full extent of where change may occur and how to anticipate it more difficult, particularly as the implications can change radically from service sector to service sector.

Joining the first panel will be a number of highly-regarded trade professionals with extensive experience in trade negotiations, EU policy and lawmaking, and sectoral experts to discuss how, where and why these changes differ. Financial and business services, legal and procurement services will be among the key areas for discussion. This will then be followed by a second panel to work through and take questions on cross-cutting areas for Brexit preparation for businesses in the services sector – from managing contracts and data flows to VAT changes and wider director responsibilities.

This is a must-attend event for those looking to distil Brexit noise down to practical help and understanding, and with potentially only weeks to go until deadline day, one of the last opportunities to put beyond doubt what is needed for your organisation to prepare!


Allie Renison - Head of EU & Trade Policy, IoD 

Allie Renison is Head of EU and Trade Policy, and leads on devising recommendations and representing the voice of members on EU policy matters both to Westminster and Whitehall and with European institutions. She provides the link between business and Government on increasing international trade and has authored a number of reports on trends in both trade and trade policy, as well as running a number of trade missions for IoD members around the world every year. She also routinely provides advocacy for the IoD on a range of regulatory issues in Brussels.

Allie joined the IoD in April 2014. Prior to this, she was Research Director at Business for Britain, the campaign focused on renegotiating the UK's relationship with the EU. Allie has previously advised a number of parliamentarians in both Houses on EU legislative issues, with particular focus on trade and employment policy areas. She holds a Masters Degree in the political economy of emerging economies in the post-Soviet space.

Dan Neidle - Partner, Clifford Chance

Dan Neidle specialises in UK finance and corporate tax, with a particular interest in international tax, supranational taxation and tax policy, and has been advising on Brexit since 2015. His clients include leading financial institutions and corporates, as well as regulators, governments and industry bodies.
Dan also advises financial institutions, corporates, industry bodies and campaigning groups on UK electoral law.

Dmitry Grozoubinski - Founder at and former WTO diplomat 

Dmitry Grozoubinski is the founder at, where he teaches negotiations and trade policy, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde's Faculty of Law. Previously he was a diplomat and trade negotiator with the Australian Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization, a Policy Officer at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and taught at the Monash Graduate School of Business.

Paul Butcher - Brexit Director at Herbert Smith Freehills

Since the EU referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Paul has been part of the HSF core Brexit team.
More recently Paul was made Brexit Director with responsibility for co-ordinating the firm's coverage of Brexit for clients.  He works closely with client, sector and practice teams across the firm's global network in relation to the challenges and opportunities of Brexit for clients.
He has a prominent role representing the firm externally in relation to Brexit including with Government, the firm's Brexit partners – such as consulting and advisory firms The Boston Consulting Group, Global Counsel and Hanbury Strategy - and with other key City and industry stakeholders.

Sally Jones - International Trade Policy Director at Deloitte

Sally is Deloitte UK’s director for International Trade Policy, and a subject matter expert on trade in the context of Brexit. She is responsible for Deloitte’s UK Global Brexit Insight.
Sally sits on TheCityUK’s Liberalisation of Trade In Services committee and has participated in trade missions. Sally has been called to give expert evidence to the House of Lords’ EU Internal Market Sub Committee, twice, and the House of Commons’ Exiting the EU and International Trade Select Committees, on the impact of Brexit on services and UK trade policy. 
Sally is also involved in liaising with the Departments for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and International Trade (DIT) to represent the views of Deloitte UK and the wider Professional & Business Services sector. In this role she chairs a Trade Technical Group (on behalf of BEIS, the Department for Exiting the EU, DIT, and the Ministry of Justice) and is the business-side secretariat to the UK government’s Professional & Business Services Council.
Sally’s Brexit clients span multiple industries, including FTSE 100, Fortune 500, and privately held companies.

Dr Lorand Bartels - Senior Trade Counsel in Linklaters Trade Law Practice and a Reader in International Law in the Faculty of Law and Fellow of Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge

Lorand is a recognised authority in trade law and was previously appointed Specialist Advisor to the UK House of Commons International Trade Committee.
In addition to his academic work, Lorand has extensive practical experience in trade law and public international law. In his role at Linklaters he has been working closely with the UK Government on a number of trade mandates and advising private sector clients in a range of industries on trade-related matters. Prior to that Lorand was engaged as principal legal advisor to the South African Government in relation to its EU FTA negotiations and he regularly advises the European Parliament, the Commonwealth Secretariat and developing countries on international law and trade law issues.

Neil Ross - Brexit Lead, techUK

Neil joined techUK in 2019 as Policy Manager for Digital Economy where he leads on techUK’s Brexit policy and no deal preparedness work. Neil also supports techUK’s work on the UK’s future relationship with the EU, economic policy on competition and innovation and techUK’s international trade policy.
Before joining techUK Neil worked in both junior and senior positions in Westminster providing research and political support to Labour MPs, he also previously worked at the research consultancy and political polling firm IPSOS Mori.

As part of his work on techUK’s Brexit, economic and international trade policy Neil regularly attends UK Government advisory groups at DCMS, BEIS, DExEU and DiT. He also sits on a number of external advisory groups such as with the CBI and City of London Corporation.
Neil holds a 1st Class Hons Degree from City University London in International Politics and received a Carnegie Cameron Award for study at the University of Edinburgh on their MSc program in Comparative Public Policy.

To confirm your place at this event, please complete the registration process through the 'Book Tickets' button below. 

On 9th October, please make your way to 116 Pall Mall, London for registration at 9am ready for a prompt 9:30am start. The event will take place in the Waterloo Room, on the second floor. Light refreshments will be served. 

We look forward to welcoming you. 

Key details

Date & time: 09 Oct 2019 09:00 - 12:00
Location: Institute of Directors, London
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Event manager:
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  • Institute of Directors
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  • London
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