Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) took part in an event hosted by NEPIC yesterday (11 November). NEPIC is the not-for-profit organisation that supports the needs and interests of the chemical industry and the wider processing sector in the North East of England.

The event, which is usually held as a conference, but this year was held virtually, saw a number of experts from the industry discussing the chemical sector and the effects of issues such as Brexit, employment and trade.

Peter Snaith, Partner and Head of Chemicals at WBD, and Jayne Flint, Associate at WBD, covered two sessions. Peter Snaith (alongside Managing Director of Barbourne Brook) held a discussion on trade tariffs and the UK customs landscape post-Brexit, highlighting the financial and practical challenges associated with imports and exports in the chemicals sector; and Jayne Flint offered a session on the impact of home and agile working on the chemical industry.

Peter Snaith commented:

"It was a pleasure to take part in the NEPIC event this year and Jayne and I were pleased to be among such a great range of speakers. At WBD we pride ourselves on our expertise in the chemical sector, and being able to apply that expertise to issues the industry currently is facing such as the disruption to trade and supply chains linked with Brexit and the covid-19 pandemic. We can cover the area in both a legal and practical sense and help the industry to share best practice. It is great to see NEPIC hosting these events in this challenging time, and continuing to do its part for the chemical sector in the North East. The virtual platform and the organisation of the event was very impressive."

WBD has deep roots in the North East and its largest UK office of over 200 qualified advisors is based in Newcastle. It is committed to playing its part in the future prosperity of the North East and Cumbria by using its local, national and international reach and expertise to benefit the region's leading sectors, businesses, people and organisations.