IR35 Briefing – London

    04 March 2020
    13:30-17:00 followed by networking drinks
  • Venue:
    Grant Thornton LLP
  • Location:
    30 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG
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ABTA’s afternoon briefing will explain the changes that are being implemented in April 2020 to the off-payroll working rules (IR35), and how these changes will affect your travel business.

About the event

From 6 April 2020, it is important that you comply with the new IR35 legislation. These new rules will shift the responsibility of assessing tax and national insurance obligations from the off-payroll workers, such as contractors, homeworkers and consultants, to the end user client and require the organisation paying the contractor’s limited company to deduct income tax and NICs. If two or more of the following criteria are met, the rules will apply to you – an annual turnover of more than £10.2 million, a balance sheet total of more than £5.1 million or having more than 50 employees. Take an in-depth look at this legislation, why it is being implemented, and how the changes will affect your business. 

Best practice guidance from IR35 experts will be provided on how to assess the IR35 status of your off-payroll workers and what information is needed to complete the required Status Determination Statements (SDS). Take away top tips on what you need to do as an end user client including how to communicate your SDS decision and the importance of having a process in place to resolve any SDS disputes. 

Listen to legal, tax and recruitment experts who will give specialist knowledge and advice. Hear a travel industry case study and get the opportunity to put your questions to the experts.


  • Knowing your legal obligations around off-payroll working rules (IR35)
  • The impact of the new April 2020 legislation on your business and the contractors you use 
  • Perspectives from legal, financial and recruitment experts 
  • Ensure you have the relevant warranties and indemnities within your commercial agreements
  • Best practice guidance on how to complete the SDS and HMRC’s CEST test 
  • Put your questions to the experts during an interactive Q&A session


Moderator: Rebecca Thornley-Gibson, Partner, DMH Stallard

Rebecca’s work covers all areas of employment law including support on contract and policy frameworks, Employment Tribunal representation, developing and delivering in-house training modules, employee relations issues and senior executive termination arrangements. She works extensively in the travel sector with tour operators, membership organisations and travel technology providers and is recognised as a Leading Individual in Travel in the Legal 500 Directory.  She contributes to ABTA’s Travel Law Today bulletin and is a regular speaker at industry events. Rebecca acts for senior executives across all business areas and regularly advises individuals in the luxury retail, media and aviation sectors. She builds close relationships with her clients to ensure an in-depth understanding of their business ensuring employee potential is maximised and employment related risks are minimised.

  • Debbie Venn, Partner, DMH Stallard
  • Justin Rix, Partner, Grant Thornton
  • Bethan Gill, Associate Director, Grant Thornton

Benefits of attending

  • Receive specialist knowledge from expert speakers on how you should prepare for these changes 
  • Understand how to determine the status of your workers and whether the agreements you have in place are fit for purpose for the April 2020 changes
  • Ensure you are confident on how to correctly assess your current workers and use the CEST test
  • Leave with detailed advice on what information you will need to provide to HMRC
  • Network and discuss best practice with industry peers

Who should attend?

This event is ideal for medium and large companies within the travel industry who meet two or more of the following criteria - an annual turnover of more than £10.2 million, a balance sheet total of more than £5.1 million or having more than 50 employees.    

This event is also suitable for recruitment organisations and contractors providing their services through a limited company.

The event will be of interest to individuals with roles in the following areas:

  • HR teams
  • CEOs and directors 
  • Legal teams
  • Finance directors, financial controllers and finance managers
  • Tax and commercial teams.

Event prices

ABTA Member/ABTA Partner* rate – £195 plus VAT 
Non-Member rate – £295 plus VAT 

This includes all delegate materials, presentations and an attendee certificate. 

Make payment by credit or debit card. ABTA Members and Partners can request an invoice.

View our booking terms and conditions here.


  • 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. For information about becoming a Member click here.

Event sponsorship

Venue partner

Grant Thornton in the UK is part of a global organisation and is a leading business advisor to more than 40,000 clients. We sit at the heart of the growth agenda with a bold purpose to shape a vibrant economy by building trust and integrity in markets, unlocking growth in dynamic organisations, and creating environments where businesses and people thrive. Grant Thornton is committed to working with the leisure, travel and tourism sector to ensure its future productivity, growth and sustainable long-term future.


DMH Stallard is a full service, award winning law firm stretching across five locations throughout the South East. We are passionate about winning and passionate about client care. Our mission is to provide a compelling and cost effective alternative to ‘Big Law’ for larger corporate organisations; to be a natural partner for ambitious entrepreneurial businesses; and to provide the very highest level of legal services to our private clients.

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"A great event as usual great networking opportunities to sense check our interpretation among other similar minded colleagues."
Rich Simpson
The Midcounties Coop
A very good update on what can be a complex area.
Anthony Moore
Fred Olsen
Very well organised, time keeping, structure, clear agenda, good slides, good clear interesting speakers.
Teresa Schofield
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