Post-Brexit updates – Ask the VAT experts for advice

Start Date:
Tuesday 12th January 2021 - 10:00 am
End Date:
Saturday 12th December 2020 - 11:00 am

Avalara are reuniting their Brexit triumvirate of Sam Lowe (Trade), Anna Jerzewska (Customs) and Richard Asquith (VAT) to give you a live Post-Brexit autopsy from the other side of the 31st of December 2020. The focus will be on the conclusion of the Free Trade Agreement negotiations, and what you should be doing to keep your goods flowing, customers happy and tax authorities satisfied.

  • What is the post-Brexit fall out of the Free Trade Agreement now we are in 2021? How are tariffs, services, data exchange and other concerns affected?
  • Where any simplifications reached on customs processes between the United Kingdom and European Union? What is the final position on Northern Ireland to Great Britain and to EU trade?
  • What basic steps should you take now on VAT and import taxes to minimise cash flow risks and losses?

Post-Brexit updates

Session 1: Brexit, VAT update – what you need to now right now

Speakers: Richard Asquith & Ruby Buckland – Avalara
Breaking through the noise, Richard and Ruby will be highlighting the key VAT changes you need to be aware of post Brexit.

Session 2: Brexit and customs – navigating the minefield ahead

Speaker: Anna Jerzewska – Trade and Borders
Leaving the customs union means big changes to the rules on importing and exporting goods. Anna will map out the key impacts and how to navigate.;

Session 3: Trade Deal Implications of Brexit

Speaker: Sam Lowe – Centre for European Reform
What trade deal or not did we end up with, and what does it mean for businesses?


Richard Asquith

VP Global Indirect Tax, Avalara

Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.

Sam Lowe

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform

Sam Lowe is a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform. He works on trade issues, with a focus on Brexit, customs and regulatory barriers. Prior to joining the CER, he led work on trade, Brexit and environmental issues for Friends of the Earth and is a co-founder of the UK Trade Forum.

Anna Jerzewska

CEO and founder, Trade and Borders

Dr Anna Jerzewska is the founder and CEO of Trade and Borders, a London and Geneva based customs and international trade consultancy. She has a combination of private sector, policy and academic experience. In recent years her main clients have included the United Nations’ International Trade Centre, British Chambers of Commerce, and assorted private sector firms and governments. She is an Associate Fellow of The UK Trade Policy Observatory (UKTP).

Patrick Frith

Global Trade, Avalara

Patrick is a Supply Chain expert who has spent over 20 years managed global trade and customs compliance operations for SME to Global customers with DHL Express and SF Express, based in Europe, Asia, Middle East, North and Central America. Patrick is a global trade enthusiast on a mission to use his “global logistics” background to eliminate cross-border bureaucracy for companies of all sizes.

Ianthe Spillemaeckers

Regional Sales Manager, Avalara

Ianthe is a member of Avalara’s EMEA VAT sales team, helping businesses understand their VAT liabilities and how Avalara’s solutions can support compliance. She has multiple years experience as a VAT consultant, working as part of the Avalara team as well as with Deloitte in Belgium.

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