CIPFA Local Government Conference 2019. The Day after Brexit: What it all means for your authority?

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Event summary

As the UK heads towards 29 March and our expected departure from the EU, public sector practitioners will need to make sure their organisation is ready for what this exit will mean. But how prepared are councils currently? And are they fully aware and ready for the financial, legal, staffing and service delivery outcomes that Brexit is likely to bring?


26 March 2019
Starts: 09:00
Ends: 17:00


CIPFA Mansell Street
77 Mansell Street
Greater London
E1 8AN
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Standard price

£195.00 excl VAT

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About this event

Who should attend?

This event is aimed at the local government sector. It is specifically aimed at all senior staff, heads of service and those tasked with ensuring that their authority is suitably prepared for life after Brexit. The event will cover both high-level strategic considerations for a council, including finance, staffing and legal issues resulting from the result of Brexit, down to the more granular impact that Brexit will have at a more operational level across key service departments and professional services. 

The event is also appropriate for council members who will be involved in an oversight and who will sign off their council’s preparedness for Brexit.

How will I benefit?

This is probably one of the few Brexit events/updates anywhere that will focus on what leaving the EU will actually mean for councils in a non-jargon way. Delegates will be given clear advice, updates and guidance on what all aspects of Brexit will mean for this country and, by extension, for their council as laws and finances are passed through legislation and DELs.


  • We will look at the impact of Brexit on local government (as an unprotected part of the public sector) at a finance, operational and service delivery (impact assessment) level.
  • Delegates will also be told where councils have prepared well for Brexit (and the process engaged by those councils in doing so) and how these lessons from the best can now help the rest, specifically in finance and operational areas (PWC session) as well as legal and likely new employment/immigration law (Bevin Brittan session). 
  • A round table session after lunch will then allow CIPFA’s lead network advisors to share their experiences of working directly with practitioners (across their network specialities) and will offer practical options to address and overcome the risks and challenges of Brexit, as well as looking at the positives that may come from our move away from the EU.


  • Accounting
  • / Audit
  • / Brexit
  • / Housing
  • / Treasury management

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Speaker - Judith Barnes, Partner, Bevan Brittan

Judith Barnes

Judith is an experienced public sector lawyer and manager who provides strategic advice and consultancy support for local authorities and other public sector bodies as well as legal advice and assistance, usually at the highest levels, requiring political awareness and sensitivity.

She is a team player and worked in-house for over 15 years before joining the private sector. Her last role in local government was as Borough Secretary and Solicitor for Greenwich Council managing a team of 150 staff across a dozen functions including contracts standards and monitoring, equalities, community safety and emergency planning, democratic services, elections and legal. Before that Judith was Head of Legal services for Lewisham Council and prior to that was assistant head of legal and principal economic development solicitor for Kirklees Council, where she was involved in innovative projects including Kirklees Stadium, Kirklees Henry Boot Partnership, Kirklees Community Association and Kirklees Theatre.