Any remaining hopes for a smooth Brexit were dashed in January with the UK Prime Minister’s failure to secure a parliamentary majority for her EU withdrawal agreement. This means that all possibilities are still open for the future after March. Leaving the EU without a deal will prevent any transition period and require firms to continue to work on their Brexit contingency planning for a wider range of scenarios. This is made all the harder by the lack of clarity about what each of the possible options will mean for a firm’s clients.
In an increasingly globalised world, corporate organisations have business locations across the globe, whether small local branches or international headquarters. These locations have to produce documentation to meet local requirements, be they stipulated by law or simply by commercial demands. You might think, for example, that in financial documents for regulatory purposes, the numbers are the important factor. That is true, of course, but making sure the message from key executives that accompanies the numbers comes across as intended can be just as critical.