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What do you think when you hear or read anything about the ongoing Brexit negotiations? Challenge? Uncertainty? Panic? As the 31 January looms but uncertainty continues, it is time to cut through the noise and chaos and focus on where you can adapt your business for change. It’s about preparation. It’s about making informed decisions so you are best placed to deal with the changing regulatory landscape. 

We’ll help you to navigate the processes, outcomes and contingencies. And most of all we’ll help you to ensure that your business is Brexit-ready.

To read a summary of what Brexit could mean for your business please download our Brexit guidance document.

Brexit Guidance Document

To examine the potential impact of Brexit, Burness Paull has commissioned a series of industry expert interviews.

With changes to regulations likely to impact sectors in different ways, these interviews with respected specialists offer an in-depth look at key industries within Scotland and the UK.

Experts on Brexit video series - click on the links below to hear from industry leaders on how they see Brexit impacting on their business centre.



Put simply, trade is the economic mechanism that involves the transfer of goods or services from one person or entity to another.

Trade has been one of the key issues throughout the Brexit process, both in the pre-referendum debate and during the subsequent withdrawal negotiations.

Global geopolitics and everyday business practicalities all impact on how trade is carried out between nations and specific markets, and the impact of Brexit on both the UK and European economies remains to be seen.

In order to shed a light on the complexities of trade we asked Andrew Lang, Professor of Law and Chair in International Law and Global Governance at the University of Edinburgh, to explain how Brexit may affect different sectors and analyse the legal implications.



Financial Services

Financial services is one of the most important sectors to Scotland’s economy, employing 161,000 people and providing £12bn of GVA.

Brexit means different things to different companies in Scotland’s financial sector, but irrespective of what happens, how do we ensure we continue to be successful in the global market? What are this risks and what can be done to mitigate them? Graeme Jones, CEO of Scottish Financial Enterprise discusses this as part of our Experts on Brexit series.



Food & Drink

Brexit preparations are taking place in businesses across all sectors of the Scottish economy, and those in the food & drink sector are no different. In fact, with issues such as exports, the future workforce, protection for geographical indicators and grants for farming & agriculture to be finalised, the effects could be widely felt.

However, food and drink is Scotland’s best performing domestic and export sector, with a strong growth objective in Scotland Food & Drink’s ‘Ambition 2030’ plan. We asked James Withers, CEO of Scotland Food & Drink, to share some of his views on what Brexit could mean for the sector and how it can be future-proofed.



Oil & Gas

As part of our ‘Experts on Brexit’ series Paul De Leeuw, Director of Robert Gordon University's (RGU) Oil and Gas Institute, brings his years of industry experience to bear - weighing up the threats and opportunities Brexit presents for the Oil & Gas sector.