International Trade Live: Ask the experts #4

International Trade L!ve focuses on the areas that matter most. Providing information and advice to help you keep trading successfully through 2021 and beyond.

The landscape of working in international trade has changed. New rules and procedures have been introduced and more changes will continue into the future.   

At Sheffield International Trade Centre (SITC) we are on the front-line supporting businesses in navigating these changes, as and when they happen.    

Introducing International Trade L!ve. An opportunity for your business to discover, discuss and gain insight to the topics that are impacting global business, direct from leading industry experts. Join us to keep abreast of the changes your business needs to be aware of, to gain answers to questions or concerns your business is facing and to access support and resource to ensure your business keeps trading successfully.  

Hot Topic

This event’s hot topics will focus on two important areas that businesses need to know:

Hot topic 1: Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property is important for every business, particularly if you trade internationally. Following Brexit, the law relating to some IP rights (e.g. trademarks and designs) changed dramatically.

Another big change was the law relating to the exhaustion of IP rights, which governs the resale of products once they are placed on the single market with the IP owner’s consent. We will discuss the key IP rights you need to know about and the current legal position in the UK, so you will understand how to protect your products, services and brands going forward.

Hot topic 2: Product Safety legislation and when UK exporters need to appoint a representative in the EU

Now that UK manufacturers are based outside the EU, the Single Market product safety legislation has become more complex.

We will discuss who is actually responsible for doing what between the various parties (manufacturers, importers, distributors and any authorised representatives appointed in the EU) to help your business ensure that it's CE marked and other products are properly represented in the EU Single Market. 

Join us, leading experts Kerry Russell and Carys Thompson, from Shakespeare Martineau, to find out more and understand what your business needs to do. Kerry and Carys are leading specialists in their fields and will be available to answer your questions.


Nick Patrick  
Head of International Trade at Sheffield International Trade Centre.

Nick started out working in manufacturing in the chemical industry. After graduating at university, he moved to Cape Town, South Africa to take up a position as technical production manager in a large factory.

Moving to Johannesburg he became the technical and commercial agent for a
UK chemical company, who subsequently asked him to return to the UK to help develop their global trade. The brief, to expand existing global business and develop new markets. With his team of technical/commercial staff, they supported and expanded their global agents and distributor network to all of the high growth manufacturing countries in the world. 

In the mid 1990’s he set up his own factory in the middle east eventually developing sales in SE Asia, South America, Africa and Europe.

After spending so much time on the production, technical and commercial aspects of industry with the focus on global market development, Nick has a good understanding of what businesses need to trade successfully overseas. 'One of the most fundamental requirements is knowing people you can trust and call on in each market’, which is why he knows the British Chambers of Commerce Global business Network is vital to international business success and global market development.

Nick joined the Sheffield Chambers international trade team in May 2013. Having spent many years in international trade in general, his knowledge and experience is extensive. He has been extensively involved with global customs compliance and the movement of goods around the world through the different customs regimes.

Kerry Russell
Legal Director at Shakespeare Martineau, Sheffield.

Kerry specialises in intellectual property infringement disputes, non-contentious intellectual property exploitation and advertising law, working with both private and public sector clients.

Kerry advises on the full spectrum of intellectual property rights, and is passionate about the technology her clients’ businesses rely on; from mechanical products to innovative software solutions. Kerry aims to provide practical, intelligent and strategic advice, based her client’s critical business priorities.

Carys Thompson

Partner at Shakespeare Martineau, Sheffield

Carys has been a qualified commercial lawyer for over 16 years, advising all kinds of businesses, large and small, helping with their trading contracts and legal obligations. Carys undertakes a comprehensive range of commercial work providing high quality and commercially focussed advice to clients across a variety of sectors. She has spent time in private practice law firms and working in-house at a leading international engineering and manufacturing plc in the region.

Carys has extensive experience in delivering training and seminars on international trade, commercial contracts, compliance and data protection.

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