Brexit dominates the agenda for many businesses based in the City. I'm hugely optomistic that the UK will find a positive trading arrangement with the EU and find a new lease of opportunity in the wider world. However, as one of your Councilmen I need to do all I can to assist us in getting a good deal as we leave the EU.

So I set out here some of the priorities I'm working on:

Support for Professional and Financial services - ensuring the needs of the insurance, finance and professions are considered to maximise their opportunities post Brexit.

With my particular legal skills I'm working mainly on -

Legal Services - Ensuring rights of appearance in EU courts for UK lawyers, and addressing the needs in intellectual property which are unique due to the pan Europen nature of trade marks designs and patents.

UK patent and trade mark attorneys need to be able to continue to practice on a fair basis against the rest of Europe.

Unified Patent Court - working with the UK Government to clarify the UK's strategy for patents beyond 2019 and what the UK relationship with the pan-European Patent Court should be.

I'm also working with my City of London colleagues on these matters, and utilising our relationships with the City UK and the IRSG – a body jointly sponsored by TheCityUK and the City of London Corporation – it comprises senior practitioners from across the financial and related professional services industry and focuses on the promotion of regulation that encourages open and competitive markets across Europe.