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Cavendish Advocacy has appointed to its Advisory Council the leading analyst and former trade negotiator David Henig.

He will offer specialist senior counsel to clients on trade issues and intergovernmental decision making.

The implementation of the EU/UK trade deal has thrown into sharp relief the impact that border processes, tariffs and non-tariff barriers can have on industry costs and the ability to access markets. Add to this the Government’s ambitious commitments to striking new Free Trade Agreements and business is aware of potentially significant changes in the trade environment to come.

This appointment is a move by Cavendish Advocacy to ensure that its client base has access to genuine expertise on a new area of competency and is complemented by strategic alliances with public affairs agencies in the EU and USA.

David Henig is Director of the UK Trade Project and had a 10 year career in the civil service that included being a negotiator on the EU/USA Trade Deal, developing policy on sensitive international investment into the UK, working on G8/G7 meetings and establishing the Department for International Trade after the referendum. He co-founded the UK Trade Forum and is a leading commentator on trade issues across UK and International media.

Managing Director of Cavendish Advocacy, Alex Challoner, said:

“For the first time in almost 50 years decisions on trade are being made in Westminster and Whitehall and businesses need to have the ability to shape these. To do that they need genuine insight into how decisions are made, who is important and when the windows of opportunity will arise.

We are absolutely delighted to be able to appoint David to our Advisory Council to help meet this demand. He has been “in the room” with trade negotiations and so offers unique expertise that our clients will find invaluable in developing their trade advocacy strategies going forward.

David is the initial appointment to our Advisory Council which we will be building on in coming months. The fact that trade is the initial focus for us tells its own story.”

David Henig said:

“I’m thrilled to be supporting Cavendish Advocacy’s trade offer at such a critical time for business.

Trade deals involve a hugely complex interplay of international processes and national politics with processes that can seem arcane to the uninitiated. Government and industry are experiencing the reality of trading outside of the EU and attempting to secure deals with economies like the USA, India and China.

I look forward to helping Cavendish Advocacy’s clients understand how these deals develop and where they can shape their content.”