Three years ago, on 23 June 2016, the electorate of the UK was asked a seemingly simple question: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”. The response from 51.9% of this electorate was that the country should leave – ushering in what is viewed by many as the most tumultuous period in British politics since 1945.

For businesses and organisations of all types the most pressing question has been, and continues to be, what shape will this departure take? If a managed separation agreement (a ‘deal’) with the EU is agreed then the UK’s most pertinent trading and regulatory agreements should stay in place until the future relationship negotiations are concluded. But if such a deal is not agreed then we are into territory not charted since the country’s entry to the then European Communities (EC) on 1 January 1973 – a very different world.

It is against this backdrop that our next thought leadership event will focus exclusively on the types of disruption that either of these alternatives, and various shades inbetween, could bring for businesses and organisations of all types. We will not attempt to look at or judge the rights and wrongs of any particular political outcome, that is for others. Instead, we will explore the political realities that could lead to deal or no deal. We will explore the preparations that have already been established at a governmental level for either scenario. And, most importantly, we will explore the preparations that should be put in place by your own organisations to mitigate disruption, mild or severe, depending on where the political roulette wheel stops. In short, we will focus on the forward planning that is required to build resilience for any plausible outcome – a prime duty for any organisation looking to thrive during uncertainty.

Those who will be guiding us through this are:

Kathrine Meloni, Special Advisor, Slaughter and May will explain the possible final agreements between the UK and the EU, given the history to date and the positions that both parties find themselves in. How did we get here and what are the plausible alternative outcomes vis à vis the business operating environment.

Sally Jones, Director of International Trade Policy and Global Brexit Insight Lead, Deloitte will pick up with Kathrine’s conclusions and will guide us through the on-the-ground preparations that could and should be made in light of these. Effective preparation requires time and resources, and must therefore be focused carefully.

Finally, Zandra Kellert from Control Risks will explore the broader question as to whether Brexit was a trigger point for the rise of similar sentiment across Europe and beyond and, if so, what are the potential longer-term implications for businesses of all types.

When and Where

The event runs from 10:00am to 12:00pm on Tuesday 30 July, 2019, followed by networking and light buffet for those able to stay on. The venue is:

Continuity Logic
Floor 24
The Shard
London Bridge Street

Full details and directions will be sent out on registration.

Kathrine MeloniKathrine Meloni
Special Advisor | Slaughter and May  Kathrine co-ordinates Slaughter and May’s Brexit advisory practice and sits on the Firm’s Brexit Steering Committee. She joined Slaughter and May in 1994 and spent her first ten years in practice advising on a variety of cross-border financing and M&A transactions. Since 2004 she has primarily advised the firm and its clients on technical issues affecting banking and finance transactions including legal and regulatory developments. She has published numerous articles on banking and related legal topics and is a regular speaker at LMA, ACT and other industry events. Recent areas of focus include LIBOR discontinuance and the legal and regulatory risks of Brexit.

Sally JonesSally Jones
Director of International Trade Policy and Global Brexit Insight Lead | 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 and has twice been called to give expert evidence to the House of Lords inquiry into the impact of Brexit on trade in non-financial services. Her Brexit clients span multiple industries, including FTSE 100, Fortune 500, and privately held companies.
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.

Zandra KellertZandra Kellert
Analyst, Western Europe | Control Risks Zandra works in Control Risks’ Global Risk Analysis team, providing security, political and operational risk analysis on countries in Western Europe and on the institutions of the European Union. She takes the lead on Control Risks’ Brexit analysis while her other areas of expertise include EU regulatory affairs, organised criminal groups in Italy, terrorism patterns in Western Europe, and electoral politics. Zandra produces regular updates for Control Risks’ online subscription services, as well as providing clients with tailored reports and consultations in response to specific questions or concerns.

Start Time Item Description
9:20am Registration and Coffee
10:00am Kathrine Meloni, Special Advisor, Slaughter and May
The plausible separation agreements between the UK and the EU. Where would they leave us?
10:30am Sally Jones, Global Brexit Insight Lead, Deloitte UK
Effective preparation requires time and resources. How should you focus your efforts?
11:00am Zandra Kellert, Analyst (Western Europe), Control Risks
The broader implications of Brexit for global politics. Where might this lead?
11:30am Question the Panel
12:00pm Networking – drinks and light buffet
01:00pm END OF EVENT
About Continuity Logic
Continuity Logic has been at the forefront of business continuity management (BCM) software since 2006. The company’s software is deployed with some of the world’s largest corporations and leading brands, supporting often highly sophisticated requirements. It is also deployed with a wide range of mid-sized organisations who want a more immediate ‘out-of-the-box’ solution for their needs. Both see our software as a way to future-proof their investment of both time and money through delivering not only capability for today’s requirements but also for tomorrow’s possibilities.
There are three central capabilities that we seek to fulfil with our solution. These capabilities act as an important starting point for understanding the power that our software may have to offer your own organisation and your role within it.
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An effective business continuity program gathers and has access to a trove of corporate data, all of which taken together has the potential to offer an array of insights into risk and operational management. Leading practitioners have started to embrace this and, by delivering on the potential of this data-driven approach, have accelerated their value to their organisations. Continuity Logic provides a core structure and the analytical tools with which to maximise this capability. On-demand reports, drill down dashboards, geo-data and what-if analysis all contribute to an unrivalled ability to deliver value to the business.
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Most BCM solutions have failed to deliver on this and end up as a centralised repository used by a select few. Continuity Logic addresses this through two primary mechanisms. First, we have implemented our GuideMe approach which literally takes the user step-by-step through the items they need to complete. Second, we provide a level of customisability (see Customisation on Demand) which means that every aspect of the solution can reflect your own organisation’s processes where required. So the solution looks familiar while fitting with the business flow and structures of even the most complex organisations. This provides an unmatched level of usability with which to deliver a step change around resilience.
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Clients who want a quick return on investment tend to start with one of our out-of-the-box templates. These provide different approaches to a BCM program and allow the user to select that which most closely matches their needs. But the key is that these clients are not then constrained by their initial decisions. As they learn over time and wish to add further data items, or maybe adjust the plan layout, the process is simple. On the other hand, users who have precise and exacting requirements are equally well catered for. These are typically larger, more complex organisations that have learned over time, and often extensive experience, that one specific BCM program structure is essential for their success. Continuity Logic can deliver exactly what they want and, as importantly, without any software code amendments or additions.

Further Information

If you have any further questions about this event please contact Paul Gant on or +44 (0)20 7770 6522