The Business Travel Law Seminar – London

    27 March 2019
  • Venue:
    ABTA Ltd
  • Location:
    30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ
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ABTA’s second annual Business Travel Law seminar will provide a comprehensive update on legal issues for the business travel sector including Brexit, the relevance of the new Package Travel Regulations and GDPR. 

Attend for an essential update on the key regulatory changes impacting business travel. Hear from and network with representatives from TMCs, discuss common concerns and learn how industry colleagues have adapted to the changes in the regulatory landscape.

About the event

As Brexit continues to dominate the political and business agenda, a recent survey has found that travel buyers now rate Brexit as the number one challenge for business travel next year, with many expecting problems as far as 2022*. Hear insightful discussions on the withdrawal arrangements and steps you should be taking to prepare.

Gain clarity on the legal issues associated with fulfilling the duty of care to travellers and understand how bleisure impacts the business travel exemption under the new PTRs. Understand the legal considerations of safely incorporating shared economy services into travel programmes.

Get an update on your obligations beyond GDPR and hear practical advice on preparing for and managing a data breach. 


*Business Travel Show survey, 10 December 2018


  • Brexit preparation and understanding the changes that may impact business travel
  • Legal update including the implications of the PTRs, credit card charges and PSD2 and the ATOL reform 
  • The duty of care to keep customers and employees safe 
  • Data management and protection and implications for business travel 
  • Employment law and impact for the business travel sector
  • VAT-TOMS in business travel and Brexit implications


  • Moderator: Susan Deer, Senior Solicitor, ABTA
  • Joanna Kolatsis, Director, Themis Advisory Ltd
  • Christel Cao-Delebarre, Global Privacy Officer, Legal & Compliance, Carlson Wagonlit Travel 
  • Martin Ferguson, Senior Director, Public Affairs, American Express Global Business Travel
  • Mark Smith, Head of Business Development, Simplexity Travel Management
  • Martyne Pearson, VAT Director, BDO
  • Luke Petherbridge, Head of Public Affairs, ABTA
  • Abigail Maino, Senior Associate, DMH Stallard LLP
  • Debbie Venn, Partner, DMH Stallard LLP
  • Amy Clark, Manager, Corporate Security and Mobility, PwC

Additional speakers will be confirmed in due course.

Benefits of attending

  • Hear regulatory and compliance guidance tailored specifically for business travel 
  • Hear perspectives on the current Brexit negotiations and discuss steps you can take to prepare for the changes
  • Understand your duty of care and liabilities including the challenges of bleisure and shared economy services
  • Get an update on the ePrivacy Directive and understand how to maintain GDPR compliance 
  • Network and discuss with industry colleagues on how they are adapting to the regulatory changes
  • Put your questions to legal experts, TMCs, corporate travel managers and ABTA representatives 

Who should attend?

This event is aimed at Travel Management Companies, corporate travel managers and organisations who have an interest in business travel including:  

  • Directors and senior managers
  • Legal teams
  • Travel managers
  • Finance teams
  • Human resources teams
  • Risk management teams
  • Operational teams.

Event prices

ABTA Member/ABTA Partner rate* – £229 plus VAT 
Non-Member rate –  £349 plus VAT


Group booking discounts:

Book three places and get 50% off the third place.
(This discount will be automatically applied when you book online.)

If you are looking to book for a larger group please contact for a bespoke discount.


*To qualify for the ABTA Member/Partner discount you must have a current ABTA Member/Partner number or your application must be in progress when the event takes place.

Non-Members are welcome to attend ABTA Conferences and Events. For information about becoming a Member click here.

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