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Are you prepared for Brexit?

Now that Brexit is getting real, it is vital for you to stay informed about what happens next and how it affects your business.

Below you are able to download our FBCMB regional tube maps, where you can find your sector line and see the issues that will affect you on each stop. You will travel through zones covering international standards, EU rules, opportunities, people and trade. On each step of this journey you will need advice and our team are on hand to provide it.



Your big question is how you will do business in the short term in the event of no deal, in the medium term during any transitional period between Brexit and the entry into force of a new UK-EU trade agreement, and in the long term under the new trade agreement?

It is already clear, however, that you or those you supply are not going to enjoy the same access to the EU's Single Market under a trade agreement as you do while the UK is a member of the EU.

The main threat you face is uncertainty about the outcome. Nonetheless, you need to assess the impact of a worst-case-scenario Brexit now, in other words without any withdrawal agreement in place, and have in place contingency plans which are flexible enough to respond to developments in the negotiations.

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Our team can help you with all that you need in four steps:

  1. Information - You need to have procedures in place to ensure you are well-informed about the Brexit process. Relying on press reports won’t be enough. Understanding and forecasting the likely impacts are fundamental to your Brexit strategy to gaining early competitive advantage. FBC Manby Bowdler will give you with a tailored service which monitors progress, analyses published documents, and identifies the impacts for your business the moment they become clear.
  2. Preparation - Prepare for Brexit with and without a deal. To do so, businesses should carry out a Brexit legal impact assessment followed by a Brexit commercial impact assessment. These will form the baseline of any contingency measures. To be Brexitproof, FBC Manby Bowdler’s online survey can help you legally and commercially. Sign up here.
  3. Action - Based on this survey, you should decide what contingency plans you need and when they should be activated. You might be marginally or massively impacted. Contingency measures could include setting up alternative supply chains, identifying new customer markets, or re-skilling employees. FBC Manby Bowdler has been at the forefront of advising clients on the commercial implications of Brexit. We have the experience to help you devise and implement contingency measures for your business, and stress-test them against a range of Brexit scenarios, whatever industry you operate in.
  4. Influencing - The best way to avoid a Brexit that damages your business is to influence the outcome yourself. Brexit provides an opportunity to do that, which businesses should exploit more. FBC Manby Bowdler has the benefit of advisers in Brussels and London. We can devise and implement policy advocacy strategies to influence the course of further Brexit negotiations, the negotiations on a new trade agreement and build long-term regulatory compliance strategies, including relationship-building with key influencers and government authorities.

Our team of experienced sector specialists has examined the potential impact of the Brexit in your sector. Peter Wilding, our Brexit Director, is able to provide in-depth analysis on the political, policy and legal implications of Brexit, and translate what they mean for manufacturing, agricultural and hospitality clients. He has an expert understanding of how each piece of the jigsaw of EU policy and legislation fits together, an insider’s knowledge of the political and administrative processes of the negotiations, and considerable experience of how UK legislation is enacted. Few other lawyers have a background so suited to giving Brexit advice.


Labour Shortage “Biggest Challenge” Facing Rural Businesses

A shortage of labour provided by EU nationals is one of the biggest challenges facing rural businesses, an employment specialist has warned. 

Partner at FBC Manby Bowdler, Julia Fitzsimmons said farmers and other employers in the agricultural sector are set to face problems with recruiting enough people for their business as the number of foreign nationals returning to their country of origin has already increased.

Rural organisations that rely on an international workforce to put British produce on the tables face up to the issues or deal with the consequences.

“There is always annual movement of the workforce, especially at the end of the farming season when work starts to dry up but this year, the numbers are considerably up on what you would normally expect,” she said.

“It appears that many foreign workers are heading back home, fuelled by the uncertainty of their rights in the UK.

“The Government has already indicated that visa restrictions will start to get considerably tougher next year and that could put off immigrant workers. It will make it harder for farmers in the UK to drum up a workforce, and recruitment agencies specialising in seasonal workers won’t have that pool of labour to draw from.”

The increasing costs of visas, new employment legislation that requires a job to be advertised first in the UK before it can be given an EU citizen, and moves to limit the ability of EU workers to bring family members, married or unmarried partners, and children with them are all likely to have an impact on rural businesses, said Julia.

“At the moment, Tier 2 visa applications cost from £437-£1,151, depending on the length of stay and the sector the applicant will be working in. For farmers, every increase in cost is a reduction in their already slim profits. 

“The Resident Labour Market Test, brought in off the back of Brexit, means employers will have to advertise a vacancy within the UK before giving the job to an EU or foreign national worker. UK workers who have the skills and ability can apply for the role first. But how effective will that be in unskilled, and notoriously hard, jobs in the farming sector?

Julia added: “The possibility of a massive shortage of labour could be one of the biggest challenges facing the rural industry in a generation. The possibility of a massive shortage of labour could be one of the biggest challenges facing the industry in a generation. For farmers worried about their position, and the legal implications of the changes to employment and immigration law currently in the pipeline, taking advice from a legal expert sooner rather than later could prevent even bigger problems further down the line.”

If you have any concerns relating to this article, contact Julia on 01952 208420 or

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