Automotive lawyers conference - 2 July 2019

Automotive lawyers conference - 2 July 2019

It’s difficult to remember a time in automotive when there has been so much uncertainty.

With Brexit on the horizon, seismic shifts in regulation, changing mobility/fuel technologies, new retail formats and large group action litigation underway it’s difficult to predict how the sector will develop in the next 10 years.

There will be losers, but for those with the right judgement calls, there will be winners.

Industry lawyers have a crucial voice to help guide their businesses to success.  Join peers and industry experts at our 2019 annual Automotive Lawyers conference to network, share experiences and debate opinion to help you navigate the future with confidence.

The day will also include a guided tour of the Eminox production facilities - not to be missed!

Places are limited.  Please book by emailing

Date and time: 02 July 2019, 9am - 5pm

Location: Eminox Limited, Miller Road, Corringham Road Industrial Estate, Gainsborough, United Kingdom, DN21 1QB


09:00 - Arrivals and coffee

09:45 - Welcome and introductions

10:00 - Automotive Law round-up: Iain Larkins, Director, Radius Law 

10:45 - Tier 1 supply to the automotive sector: Eminox

11:30 - BREAK

11:45 - The FCA Motor finance Report: Adrian Daily, Head of Motor Finance, Finance and Leasing Association

12:30 - Lunch and guided tour of Eminox facility 

13:20 - Employment Law in the Automotive sector: Sandra Martins, Senior Lawyer and Head of Employment, Radius Law

14:15 - Preparing Automotive businesses for the year ahead and key learnings from the automotive industry around the world: Paul Burrows, Director, Grant Thornton

15:00 - BREAK

15:15 - Changing the culture to embed an effective compliance programme: Dr William Holden, Owner, Sewells

16:00 - Trends in consumer law, evolution of ADR and the work of the Motor Ombudsman: Bill Fennell, Managing Director and Chief Ombudsman, Motor Ombudsman

16:05 - Panel discussion: electric vehicles 

16:45 - Q&A, Departure

17:00 - Conference closes

Places are limited.  Please book by emailing

About the speakers

Iain Larkins, Director, Radius Law

Iain is the founder and director of Radius Law; an automotive specialist law firm that is obsessed about delivering pragmatic and commercial legal advice.  

Prior to establishing Radius, Iain was the Chief Legal and Compliance Officer for the Mercedes-Benz UK Group.  In this role, he had responsibility for all aspects of the business and managed many high-profile projects including: the reorganisation of the franchise network; the establishment of the own retail business and regulatory investigations.

Adrian Dally, Head of Motor Finance, Finance & Leasing Association.

Adrian studied Linguistics and Philosophy at the University of Essex. After graduating in 1988, he held a number of key civil service and diplomatic roles, including the UK’s Agriculture and Food Attaché in Brussels and policy lead at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food during the BSE crisis.

He was Head of Policy at the Financial Ombudsman Service before joining the Finance & Leasing Association as Head of Motor Finance in February 2015.

Paul Burrows, Director, Grant Thornton

Paul works full-time in our automotive sector, advising automotive manufacturers and retailers on their M&A activity and helping with their strategic planning.

Paul has advised on a management buy-out of a top 100 UK motor retail group; provided strategic planning for a top 25 dealer group, including assisting with new management structure; given European acquisition advice for a Far Eastern corporate; and helped a manufacturer with its European footprint through an assisted finance programme.
Paul regularly presents at Grant Thornton, Automotive Management, Sewells, Motor Trader, Automotive Fellowship seminars and conferences. Paul is also co-author of the ICAEW's guide to auditing motor retailers and author of the first Grant Thornton industry group audit programme (for motor retail).
Sandra Martins, Senior Lawyer and head of Employment, Radius Law Sandra qualified in 2001 and joined Radius in 2015 and during this time has advised automotive clients on all aspects of employment law.  Prior to Radius Law Sandra worked mostly for London firms and has particular expertise in TUPE matters.
Dr William Holden, Owner, SewellsDr William Holden is Chairman of Sewells, the world’s premier business and people development organisation. He has appeared as a motivational and business development expert on TV, BBC Radio 5 Live and in the press, including The Times and The Sunday Times.

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