The UK is opening up – so what’s next?

What’s the Government policy on major infrastructure projects?
Labour supply challenges presented by IR35 and post-Brexit Immigration rules.
Wednesday 28 April, 2:00 PM

Now that the country is beginning to open up, we look at the important issues facing businesses in these testing times.

We are delighted to be joined by Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE, member of the House of Lords and Associate Editor and Political Columnist for The Times, together with James Butcher, Head of Policy and Research at the National Federation of Builders, alongside our own team from The Guild of Chris Methley, Cristian Ley and Peter Smallwood.

As former adviser to Prime Ministers John Major, David Cameron and Theresa May, Lord Finkelstein will offer his thoughts on current Government policy on a range of important issues, ranging from the Government’s building programme to the new immigration rules and how they affect the workforce required to complete these projects.

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Speakers
Lord Daniel Finkelstein
Lord Daniel Finkelstein
OBE
Cristian-Ley
Cristian Ley
Head of Legal Department
The Guild
Chris-Methley
Chris Methley
Head of Finance
The Guild
Peter
Peter Smallwood
Public Affairs Manager
The Guild
james-m-butcher
James Butcher
Head of Policy
National Federation of Builders
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Lord Daniel Finkelstein

Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE

Daniel Finkelstein is Associate Editor of The Times and a weekly columnist for the newspaper. He has previously been its Executive Editor and Chief Leader Writer.

His writing is mainly on political and social affairs, although he is also well known for his football column, the Fink Tank, which ran for 17 years. He has won multiple awards, including being named political commentator of the year four times. He is well known to viewers of programmes like Newsnight and Politics Live and to listeners of Radio 4’s News Quiz.

During his career he has provided political advice to prime ministers John Major, David Cameron and Theresa May and, as director of policy, to William Hague as opposition leader. He has been on the inside of many budgets and prime ministers questions, attended meetings of Cabinet and has been secretary to the Shadow Cabinet.

In August 2020 he published Everything in Moderation, a collection of his writing.

He was awarded the OBE for services to the prime minister in 1997 and made a member of the House of Lords in 2013.

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Cristian Ley

Cristian joined The Guild in 2010 having been in private practice with Eversheds and then Thrings. He is The Guild’s In-house Solicitor and runs the legal department. Cristian has 13 years’ experience in employment law, with a recent focus on tax and employment status.

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Chris Methley

Chris qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young.
He has worked at the Guild for 15 years during which time he has supported clients in responding to various legislative and compliance challenges.
Before the Guild he worked in senior finance roles at BT plc, Sedgwick plc and Fuji Photo Film (UK) Ltd.

Peter

Peter Smallwood

Peter has worked with The Guild since 2010 and is the Public Affairs Manager. He uses his extensive network of contacts across the political spectrum in order to stand up for the self-employed workforce in the UK and lobby on their behalf.

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James Butcher

Head of Policy and Research at the National Federation of Builders, leading on the association’s public affairs and industrial relations activities.

He is a member of the Construction Leadership Council and oversees the NFB’s participation in and representation to all industry bodies, from the Construction Industry Joint Council to the Joint Contracts Tribunal to the Construction Industry Training Board.