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Brexit Director


Joined HSF in 2001, became Brexit Director in 2017




Law Society of England and Wales


Master of Arts (Oxon) PPE

London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP appointed Paul Butcher as its Brexit director in July 2017 to coordinate the firm's Brexit coverage and represent the firm externally. Butcher is a prominent figure in the firm's engagements with UK government departments, as well as City and industry stakeholders (such as TheCityUK and the City of London Corporation). The firm also works closely with designated Brexit partners, such as consulting and advisory firms The Boston Consulting Group, Global Counsel and Hanbury Strategy. A major pillar of the Brexit offering at the firm is the 20 years-old EU and international trade practice, which is led by Brussels-based Lode Van Den Hende ,  and advises clients on supply chain management, commercial contracts, the application of EU regulatory regimes post-Brexit and market access options, among other areas. Consultant Eric White is another key figure in the trade team. Clients from a wide range of industries turn to the firm for support on Brexit, including financial services, TMT, manufacturing, consumer and industrial. In the energy sector, Butcher and Silke Goldberg  are advising a number of energy clients on Brexit (including Euratom) issues. Goldberg also twice gave evidence to the House of Lords Brexit Committee on the impact of Brexit in the energy sector. Geoffrey Maddock, Barnaby Hinnigan and consultant Alison Matthews undertake Brexit-driven mandates in the insurance sector. Gavin Williams, consultant Dorothy Livingston  and senior partner James Palmer are other key figures in the Brexit team.

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