ThinkHouse Autumn Seminar - London

4 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2AU T: +44 (0)370 903 1000 View in Google Maps

26 September 2019
09:00 - 13:30 BST

Questions? Please feel free to contact Susan Barnes.

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Our Autumn ThinkHouse Seminar offers an opportunity for GCs, Heads of Leagal and senior in-house counsel to network with peers and receive some valuable business insight and training on current hot-topics. If your skill-set places you in an intermediate or advanced level within your in-house legal role, then this seminar is for you.

We will be joined by five experts from across our firm to discuss the following topics:

A New Era for Environmental Liability and Compliance

Speakers - Lee McBride & Ben Stansfield

Following unprecedented interest in environmental issues in the media and amongst consumers, this session will consider how businesses need to respond to environmental issues. We will firstly cover the recent Vedanta Supreme Court decision examining the potential for companies to be responsible for their group's environmental activities; and will then look at how the Government's push for greater 'producer responsibility' is impacting business in terms of changes to issues such as packaging and waste, and finally we will offer a horizon scan of what's next for environmental compliance.

The corporate governance tide keeps coming

Speaker - Sharon Ayres

Corporate governance was once the preserve of listed companies. But the UK government is driving for improved corporate governance for private companies. Sharon will identify the recent initiatives (such as the Wates Corporate Governance principles and new reporting regulations) and explain what that means and how it should be integrated into compliance more generally.

Understanding and managing legal risks of trade controls

Speaker - Ursula Johnston

In this session we will explore trade control measures which restrict the movement of goods, assets and finance and attract steep penalties for those businesses which knowingly or unknowingly fail to comply. In many commercial scenarios, across a range of sectors, businesses are facing the possibility of breaching EU rules which aim to temper the effect of far reaching US secondary sanctions. Meanwhile the control on the physical movement on sensitive goods and technologies presents its own set of challenges. Understanding the export controls regimes and licensing environment in the UK and beyond is a commercial and legal challenge which if not understood and addressed can leave businesses exposed to blocked shipments, fines and reputational damage.

We will provide a view on the key legal risks posed and how they can be effectively managed.

IR35 reform - how to prepare

Speaker - Zoe Fatchen

In April 2020, the government will be rolling out reform to the IR35 regime in the private sector, following changes already made in the public sector. Government consultation has recently closed and there is still time to plan for the changes. Our employment tax team will provide an update on what the changes are likely to involve and what you can do now to prepare.

Event contact

Susan Barnes
Events and Corporate Communications Executive
T: +44 (0)121 393 0146

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