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In or Out? The implications for businesses in Kent of staying or leaving the EU

Peter Hawkes

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What would Brexit mean for your business?

The potential impact of Brexit on businesses in Kent will be put under the microscope at a high profile event being organised by Locate in Kent partner and leading law firm Furley Page and accountancy and financial services firm Kreston Reeves.

The organisers are promising a clear and considered focus on key issues of interest to businesses, including commerce, competition regulation, agriculture and employment law. Joining the line-up of commercial, financial and legal experts is Phil Eckersley from the Bank of England, who will provide invaluable insight into the economy, focusing on matters affecting businesses within the South East.

The event provides an opportunity to meet members of the business community and listen to specialist advisers as they share their views on what a break with the EU could mean for your company. It takes place at Bridgewood Manor Hotel, Chatham on Wednesday 8 June.

Clive Stevens, Chairman and Head of Taxation at Kreston Reeves, says organisers will be ‘taking the temperature’ with their own EU poll during the event.

“Now is the time to settle the European question in British politics. Post referendum the business landscape will undergo significant change, whatever the outcome. It is vital that business leaders stay informed to be able to make the most of this once in a generation opportunity – we look forward to supporting South East business to do just that,” adds Clive.

Peter Hawkes, Senior Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution at Furley Page, says: “As we draw closer to the 23 June referendum, both sides in the debate are turning up the volume on their arguments, attempting to drown out their opponents. Our event will avoid the spin and take a calm and measured look at what Brexit really means for businesses.”

The topics placed under the spotlight by the expert speakers includes:

  • Commerce by Rodney Sutton, Advisory and Assurance Partner and Head of Manufacturing at Kreston Reeves, who will examine the potential changes to the commercial context for business.
  • UK Law by Peter Hawkes, who will discuss what would Brexit mean to the UK legal system under which businesses currently operate? What changes could there be to our law in areas such as contract, competition regulation and IP. How would our court system have to change?
  • Employment Law by Andrew Masters, Partner and Head of Employment at Furley Page.  The UK’s employment law framework is heavily influenced by EU sourced law. Andrew will discuss how any decision to leave the EU will potentially have very significant implications in the workplace. What would be the likely impact of Brexit on EU-derived rights in employment?
  • Implications for the rural economy by Sarah Bell, an agriculture specialist at Kreston Reeves. UK agriculture and related business is intricately linked with the EU particularly when it comes to regulation, labour, subsidy and trade. What is this sector likely to look like in the case of Brexit?

Following the four short presentations, attendees will be invited to join a discussion on the implications for business with Phil Eckersley, Bank of England Agent for the South East and East Anglia, Clive Stevens of Kreston Reeves, Furley Page’s Peter Hawkes and the panel of speakers.

How to book

The event takes place at Bridgewood Manor Hotel, Chatham on Wednesday 8 June. Registration is from 4.30pm, with presentations by the specialist advisers between 5pm and 6pm, followed by a 30 minute panel discussion.

Refreshments and networking is scheduled between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. The event is free to attend. To reserve your place email Kreston Reeves at or call Rachel Pritchard on 0330 124 1399.

You can find out more by visiting the event pages of Furley Page and Kreston Reeves at and

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