Preparing for Brexit - Theatre Industry Briefings - PAST EVENTS

Preparing for Brexit - Theatre Industry Briefings

In addition to our broad range of support to help the theatre sector to prepare for Brexit, we successfully applied for a Government Brexit Business Readiness Grant. We are able to use this specifically to help the theatre sector prepare for a possible No-Deal Brexit scenario.       

All sessions took place between now and 31 October and were free to attend.  

General Sessions           

This series of general regional Brexit briefings were aimed at helping the theatre industry prepare for a possible No-Deal Brexit.      

They covered topics such as:

  • Movement of people (short term and longer term, including immigration)
  • Movement of freight (sets, equipment etc)    
  • IP (copyright and trademarks)
  • Data

There was also an opportunity for a Q&A with the panel of experts. We have since collated some FAQs from the sessions. These and the presentations can also be found on the Preparing For Brexit website. 

The dates and sessions were: 

  • London - Thursday 26  September (SPECIALIST SESSION)
  • Manchester - Monday 30 September (GENERAL SESSION)
  • London - Wednesday 2 October (GENERAL SESSION)
  • London - Monday 7 October (GENERAL SESSION)
  • London - Wednesday 9 October (SPECIALIST SESSION*)
  • Bristol - Thursday 10 October (GENERAL SESSION)
  • Newcastle - Tuesday 15 October (GENERAL SESSION)
  • Edinburgh - Wednesday 16 October (GENERAL SESSION)
  • Birmingham - Monday 21 October (GENERAL SESSION)
  • Cardiff - Wednesday 23 October (GENERAL SESSION)
* Specialist Sessions

The specialist sessions were focused on companies whose business focus is to tour, both importing and exporting work and workforce, to and from the EU. 

Further Support

These briefings were part of UK Theatre’s wider support for the industry on Brexit. UK Theatre members can see more about the wider programme in the Members Area here.

Expert Speakers


Martin Corr, Managing Director

Martin left school with little or no qualifications and quickly development his knowledge of freight forwarding by learning his trade working for a general freight forwarding company. He soon moved into the specialised business of moving rock groups and their equipment and started Sound Moves in 1996 with two colleagues. In that same year Sound Moves inaugural tour was the Voodoo Lounge Tour for The Rolling Stones.

They have since continued to deliver extraordinary events around the world and accomplish remarkable achievements such as holding the biggest Rock and Roll airlift for Beyoncé and being the principle on U2 360 tour the biggest grossing act until Ed Sheeran came along! 

Other clients include: Madonna, Artic Monkeys, Radiohead, Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5

Recent theatrical productions include: Mary Poppins, War Horse, King and I, Swan Lake and The Hugh Jackman Live Tour

Martin may have exceptional knowledge when it comes to live entertainment movement but openly admits he can’t hold a tune and can’t dance. (He is freight-forwarder through and through) He is also a very keen cyclist and passionate supporter of Transaid Charity.

Travis Medland, Business Relations and Development, Sound Moves

Travis has been directly involved in the movement of cargo for over 18 years. His freight forwarding experience has seen him have hands on knowledge with all aspects of international logistics with a particular emphasis in ocean freight movements both direct and cross trade. He is currently putting his development and marketing skills to the service of Sound Moves and working closely with the operations team, dedicated solely to serving the theatrical production sector.

“Our touring theatre division have an unrivalled knowledge of Theatrical tours throughout Europe, Asia and The Middle East along with an intimate understanding of the demands of Broadway and West End productions. I'm very approachable, customer service-oriented and enjoy meeting new people”.

Colin Bell:

Colin is an experienced commercial lawyer who specialises in intellectual property law. He handles issues including patents, trade marks, copyright, passing-off and domain names, as well as database, image and design rights.

He also advises on commercial matters including contracts, licensing, franchising, collaborations, joint ventures, sponsorship, broadcasting, as well as host city and venue agreements.

Colin has a strong background in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property work and is highly experienced in brand strategy, clearance advice, and filing, prosecuting and managing UK, EU and International trade mark applications and portfolios.

Will Eggleston:

Will is a commercial and technology lawyer who handles issues such as regulatory compliance, drafting and negotiating commercial and consumer agreements as well as addressing challenges facing organisations working with innovative technology.

Will specialises in data protection law and assists his clients with matters ranging from proactive compliance to subject access requests (SARs), security breaches and ICO investigations.

He has broad experience in related matters such as e-privacy and cybersecurity and also advises on payment services regulations, intellectual property and consumer rights.

Ben Sheldrick, Managing Partner 

Ben is a Managing Partner and Head of Business Immigration at Magrath Sheldrick LLP, one of the UK's leading commercial immigration practices. He is recognised as a leading UK immigration expert by the legal community and is noted by all of the major legal directories for his expertise in immigration law. 

Ben is immigration counsel to many household-name multinational companies and he has extensive experience in strategic planning of global mobility programmes for large organisations, assisting global mobility departments and HR professionals in developing compliance and legal right to work policies and procedures. His team also advises individuals of all nationalities seeking entry to the UK as workers, investors, entrepreneurs, artists, performers or for family reunion.

Ben works with the International Bar Association (IBA), the Immigration Law Practitioner’s Association (ILPA), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), British American Business (BAB), the Investment Migration Council (IMC), Expat-Academy and many other groups in disseminating information in respect of global immigration policy and legal developments. Ben advises and speaks to many organisations in respect of the immigration law implications of the British decision to leave the European Union. He is recognised by Who’s Who Legal as a thought leader on Brexit.

Joanne Taylor, Partner 

Joanne is a Partner in the UK Immigration department of Magrath Sheldrick LLP and she has assisted clients in relation to Brexit planning since the referendum in 2016.

Joanne works closely with large and medium sized corporate clients assisting with their day to day HR issues and in the recruitment of both EEA and non-EEA nationals. Joanne has extensive experience in guiding employers through their record keeping and reporting obligations and of the Home Office auditing process, providing strategic solutions to businesses to ensure compliance with strict Home Office requirements, whilst ensuring the business needs can be met, often exploring alternative immigration categories. Joanne assists high-level corporate employees in obtaining leave to enter and remain in the UK.

Joanne has links with the EU Exit Engagement Team at the Home Office and attends the Immigration Lawyers roundtable discussions to ensure regular contact and feedback is maintained with the Home Office. Joanne also liaises with UK Visas and Immigration on policy matters, challenging them where there are discrepancies in their guidance and lobbying for positive change in the current regulatory system.

Joanne has experience in strategic immigration planning for large organisations and she assists international assignment departments and human resource managers in developing compliance and Legal Right to Work (“LRTW”) policies.  This work has become increasingly important given the emphasis on devolved responsibility within current UK Tier 2 sponsorship policy. She has significant experience in all aspects of the Points Based System, advises on compliance and regulatory issues and carries out regular onsite training and audits.

Kerry Hough, Global Immigration Manager

Kerry joined Magrath Sheldrick LLP Solicitors in February 2012 as a global immigration specialist. Kerry specialises in the provision of bespoke global immigration advice to corporate and private clients. 

Kerry has worked for over 17 years in all aspects of global immigration, be it visit related immigration matters, business travel matters or work and residence immigration advice. Kerry is also proficient with the gathering of and the preparation of immigration application packages for submission to the relevant global authority or government department. 

Antonia Gold is an Associate in the Technology and Digital Media Groups.

Antonia advises clients on all aspects of IT law, data protection law and commercial law. She advises mature companies as well as start-ups and challenger brands largely in the media, technology, advertising and creative industries. A key focus of Antonia’s practice is on data and innovative technologies, cyber risk and data strategy. 

As a native German speaker, Antonia advises international companies with business interests in Germany as well as German companies.

Colin Sawdy, Partner

Colin is a Partner in Intellectual Property, specialising in trade marks, copyright and designs.

Colin’s practice focuses on trade marks, copyright and designs. As a dual-qualified US/UK lawyer, Colin advises clients on the clearance, prosecution and enforcement of trade marks and designs, as well as the protection and enforcement of copyright internationally.

Colin is highly experienced in trade mark registration procedures and handling opposition and cancellation actions in many jurisdictions. Colin also advises clients with respect to intellectual property dispute resolution and commercial agreements relating to intellectual property rights. Colin also has extensive experience in anti-counterfeiting matters throughout the European Union as well as in handling the intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions.

As a fluent Japanese speaker, Colin represents many Japanese companies in connection with trade mark, design and copyright matters in both the European Union and the United States. 

Dan Meadon-Bower, Partner, Commercial, Technology & Innovation

Dan is a partner in the Commercial team at Royds Withy King and leads on general commercial maters, data privacy and emerging technologies.  Dan supported a large-scale GDPR implementation project at TSB Bank, as well as supporting on the Bank’s Pride of Britain campaign including content creation and TV and print media arrangements

Hayley Lewis, Head of Knowledge Management 

An experienced commercial solicitor, Hayley is currently a professional support lawyer in our Commercial Services team. Her role includes providing support to the team on all aspects of commercial law, keeping the team and clients informed about legal developments in the commercial field and providing training across the firm on a wide variety of commercial law topics.

Hayley trained with the firm, qualifying into the Commercial Services team in 1996. She has advised on a broad range of commercial law transactions, including IT procurements, agreements for the exploitation of intellectual property, competition law, agency and distribution agreements, data protection and the sale and purchase of goods and services.

Hayley’s experience in the field of commercial law means that she is able to see the “bigger picture” and provide pragmatic and informed support to her colleagues. She is an old hand at presentations and seminars and frequently trains other lawyers on the intricacies of commercial law!

Muneeb Gill, Associate at Dentons

Muneeb advises across the full spectrum of data privacy and cybersecurity matters, including in relation to GDPR compliance and implementation projects, audit and gap analysis, privacy and internal policies, cookies, data processor engagement, data breach incidents, e-privacy and direct marketing. He also regularly advises on the data protection aspects of corporate transactions as well as on commercial and technology contracts. His clients span a number of sectors including retail, technology, financial services and transport.

In particular, Muneeb is experienced in advising on international data transfers and cross-jurisdictional GDPR compliance, including applications for Binding Corporate Rules

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