Brexit - the Final Deal

5 January 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM GMT

This 5 January 2021 complimentary webinar succinctly summarises the impact on all aspects of business operations of the European Union (EU)-United Kingdom (UK) Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), decided on 24 December 2020.


Richard Bonnar, Brexit Committee Chairperson, DLA Piper

Richard chairs DLA Piper's Brexit advisory practice, coordinating the firm's approach to the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union (EU).

A former Board Member of DLA Piper, Richard is a commercial lawyer of over 30 years' experience and leads complex IT and transformation projects for many of the firm's key clients, including UK and overseas governments. A recognised authority on EU law, Richard also heads up the firm's UK public sector practice.

Panellist Biographies

Paul Hardy, Barrister, Brexit Director and UK Head of Government Affairs, DLA Piper

Paul has over 25 years' experience working as a lawyer and policy adviser, including working in the European Commission in Brussels and as the senior EU Legal Adviser to the UK Houses of Parliament.

Paul joined DLA Piper from the House of Lords in April 2017 as the firm’s Brexit Director, advising businesses, public sector organisations and States on the implications of Brexit and how best to manage them. He works with our sector specialists worldwide, and his professional background makes him uniquely placed to navigate clients through the complexities of the post-Brexit domestic and cross-border regulatory environment, and to understand the new opportunities and risks that will arise for clients under trade agreements.

In April 2020, Paul took over as UK Head of Government Affairs from Lord Clement-Jones CBE. He provides clients with strategic policy advice and strategies for influencing outcomes in Whitehall and Westminster, combining his and the wider government affairs team’s political insights and networks with the regulatory expertise of the firm’s sector specialists. The UK government affairs team is part of an inter-connected global government affairs offering within DLA Piper, with centres in Brussels and Washington DC. Paul holds the qualification of practicing barrister, and also remains a “door tenant” at specialist EU and administrative law barristers' chambers in London, Francis Taylor Building, where he last practiced as a self-employed member of the Bar.

Lord Tyrie, Political Consultant, DLA Piper

The Rt Hon Lord Andrew Tyrie joined DLA Piper as political consultant, advising clients across a wide range of financial, public policy and corporate governance issues.

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Lord Tyrie was chair of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) between June 2018 and September 2020. He is also a Crossbench Member of the House of Lords.

Lisa Roberts, Senior Associate, DLA Piper

Lisa is a senior associate specialising in immigration law and sits within DLA Piper’s employment practice. She has extensive experience advising corporate clients on all aspect of the UK immigration system including compliance and internal immigration policies. She also assists clients with their Brexit and post-Brexit strategy, ensuring they are best equipped with the knowledge on how Brexit may impact their business.

Sam Szlezinger, Partner, DLA Piper

Sam advises on all aspects on European Union (EU) and United Kingdom (UK) competition law and has 20 years' experience in advising leading corporates in relation to EU, UK and international merger control and behavioural competition law cases, including cartels, as well as State aid investigations. Sam represents clients before both the European Commission and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and advises on both contentious and non-contentious competition law.

Andrew Dyson, Partner, DLA Piper

Andrew is Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper’s Data Protection, Privacy and Security Group. With 20 years' experience, he advises leading UK and global businesses on legal issues relating to data, cyber security and information technology matters, including compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation and related privacy and cyber laws, including data breach preparedness and response.

Richard Sterneberg, Head of Global Government Relations, DLA Piper

Richard leads DLA Piper’s government affairs EU team. He has considerable experience in the technology and telecommunications sector, international sustainability and environmental issues, as well as working alongside many Asian governments and NGOs. Richard focuses on international projects across the Tech, FMCG, Healthcare, Agriculture and Fisheries sectors.

Richard is also an experienced advisor in crisis communications and litigation, where he has worked with high-profile companies and non-EU governments to guide their strategy and support senior executives.

David Carthy, Ireland Managing Partner, DLA Piper

David is the Country Managing Partner for DLA Piper’s Ireland business. He focuses on corporate legal work (both public and private) and on multinational/foreign direct investment in particular, and has extensive international experience in the Technology, Life Sciences, Healthcare and Financial Services sectors particularly.

David is the immediate past President of the Irish Exporters Association and is experienced in trade and Brexit related planning.