RBK Invitation: Brexit, One Year On – What have we learned? Irish & UK VAT and Customs – Common Pitfalls and Practical Solutions

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Brexit, One Year On – What have we learned?
Irish & UK VAT and Customs – Common Pitfalls and Practical Solutions
Monday, 25th April 2022, 12.30pm – 2.00pm


RBK Chartered Accountants are delighted to continue our series of monthly in-person / hybrid events which will be held in the UCD University Club in Dublin and on-line. Over the course of the series, we will be discussing a variety of topical issues that are relevant to our clients. We will be bringing in other leading professional services firms and industry specialists to provide our clients with industry and sector specific knowledge.

The Second event will take place on Monday, 25th April.  Since 1 January 2021, all goods passing between Great Britain and Ireland need to pass through customs checks. There is new paperwork and other regulatory issues to consider such as the need for inspections and potential customs duty charges depending on the origin of the goods. Deciding which of the parties to the transaction will be responsible for importation also requires careful consideration of contracts. For many businesses the last year has been about keeping goods moving and reviewing and reconfiguring supply chains.

Join RBK Chartered Accountants, together with Nigel Roberts, Director of VAT & Indirect Taxes at Scotland’s largest independent firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, Johnston Carmichael Brian McNamara, Managing Director of customs clearance experts, Swiftfile and RBK’s Ronan McGivern, International Tax & Business Advisory Partner as we share practical insights and provide guidance in relation to Irish VAT, UK VAT and Customs considerations.

Who should attend? 
This event is of interest to businesses involved in goods transactions between the UK and Ireland, including goods moving to and from Northern Ireland.


Register to attend In-Person:

Date:       Monday, 25th April 2022
Venue:    UCD University Club, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4.
Time:      Registration and light lunch 12.30pm
Presentations 1.00pm – 2.00pm


Attending in person click here 

Register to attend online:

Date:       Monday, 25th April 2022
Time:      Presentations 1.00pm – 2.00pm

To Register to attended online click here



Ronan McGivern, 
International Tax & Business Advisory Partner, RBK
Ronan is a tax partner based in our Dublin office and has over 20 years’ experience advising clients on international tax matters. Ronan advises clients on international VAT transactions, including cross border supplies of goods and services. Ronan has been working closely with clients advising on their structures post Brexit and in assisting with managing the VAT implications of cross border supplies of goods.



Nigel Roberts
Director VAT & Indirect Taxes, Johnston CarmichaelNigel heads Johnston Carmichael’s VAT and indirect taxes team in the UK. With almost 35 years tax experience, Nigel started his career with HMRC, was a Partner in a “Big 4” advisory firm and had a spell as Head of VAT and operational taxes at a global financial services group. Nigel has advised clients from many sectors helping them manage the impact of Brexit on international trade from both a VAT and Customs standpoint in the UK and the EU.


Brian McNamara,
Managing Director, SwiftFile
Brian McNamara is MD of SwiftFile, a full-service customs clearance and advisory firm. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, and has extensive experience across businesses with an international focus. As well as filing declarations, SwiftFile also assists clients with customs set up, advises on risk and the benefits of customs special procedures.  Brian’s goal is to help companies minimise the impact of the re-emergence of customs, while remaining compliant.


Moderated By:


Brian Feeney
Audit & Business Advisory Partner, RBK

Brian specialises in assurance and business advisory services for large indigenous and international companies. Brian has carried out due diligence for multinational companies across multiple jurisdictions including the BRIC and EMEA countries and has worked on significant corporate structures and restructures. A founding member of RBK’s International Desk, he has significant experience in assisting foreign direct investment companies setting up operations in Ireland.