In today’s webinar Paul Butcher, Brexit Director at Herbert Smith Freehills, was joined by Sarah Hawes, Head of Corporate Knowledge, Miriam Everett, Consultant, Head of Data Protection and Privacy, Anna Henderson, Professional Support Consultant, and Rachel Montagnon, Professional Support Consultant, to reflect on some of the key issues businesses are facing in the fields of contracts, data protection, employment and intellectual property and discuss the steps that they should be taking to prepare for a “no-deal” Brexit at this late stage.

During the webinar, we conducted our latest poll which concluded:

  • Of a sample of over 200 respondents, 48.4% believe there won’t be a deal on 29 March 2019 which has increased considerably since our last webinar at the end of November 2018 (14%). 31.9% think that the negotiating parties will not ratify a withdrawal agreement by 29 March 2019 and that there will be an extension of the negotiations (compared to 71% in November) and only 19.7% see exiting the European Union with transition period starting on 30 March 2019 as the likely outcome.
  • Over 80% (compared to 48.4% in November) expect Theresa May to be the Prime Minister on exit day with significant drop in the number of those envisaging another Tory leader to head the country (15.3% versus 45.9%) and Jeremy Corbyn remaining on the low end of the spectrum (1.8%).
  • More than 97% of our listeners have started their Brexit planning process, with 46% already implementing their strategies.

On 23 January 2019 we are also hosting a webinar with experts from our international trade and EU teams to look into the issues arising in a no-deal scenario specific to trade.

To listen to today’s webinar recording or register for our webinar on 23 January 2019, please contact Jane Webber.