Brexit Forum for Publishers announced

AcademicConsumerEducationPress Release

An urgent programme of work to support the publishing industry with the core legal and logistical challenges of a No Deal Brexit has been convened by the Publishers Association, with a free industry-wide event being held on Thursday 10th October at the Barbican Centre in London.

The Brexit Forum for Publishers will focus on three core priorities for the industry: movement of goods, intellectual property and cross-border data flows. A range of experts will speak and take questions at the free event, which will be open to all – including businesses that are not members of the Publishers Association. It will be live-streamed so that publishers around the UK can access it.

Crucially, publishers will also be able to apply to access free legal advice clinics as part of the programme of work, which has been convened after a successful funding application to the Business Readiness Fund managed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Stephen Lotinga, Chief Executive of the Publishers Association, said: 

“We know just how concerned publishers are about the potential impact of a No Deal Brexit on their businesses. We are pleased to be able to expand on our previous member-focused advice in this area by offering this urgent government-funded programme of work to the entire industry.

“We have homed in on the three areas where publishers would most benefit from accessible sector-specific advice on the ramifications of no deal and built this work around those topics, drawing on a host of legal and practical expert advice. Beyond the Brexit Forum itself, free legal one-to-one advice clinics and a downloadable toolkit will be made available. I encourage any publishers with Brexit-related concerns and questions to attend the Forum and register their interest for the legal clinics.”

Event details:
  • Brexit Forum for Publishers 
  • Thursday 10th October, 8:30am-1pm (Breakfast and mid-morning refreshments provided) 
  • Barbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS
  • Register online
Legal advice clinics:

Applications for free private Brexit legal clinics are now open:

These clinics will be provided by senior lawyers at Fieldfisher who will give you practical and specific advice on how to prepare your business for a No Deal Brexit.

Clinics are open to all publishing houses on a first-come, first-served basis. Each clinic will last up to an hour and can take place in person or over the phone.