Politicians and academics debate the EU Referendum at Shoosmiths event

Politicians and academics debate the EU Referendum at Shoosmiths event

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Author: Kara Shadbolt

Shoosmiths hosted an EU Referendum debate last night to offer clients and contacts different insights into one of the most important decisions the electorate will make in recent times, from esteemed panellists from the world of politics and academia.

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EU Referendum panellists

Head of office, partner Sanjeev Sharma, welcomed more than 80 clients and contacts through the doors of Shoosmiths' Milton Keynes office to participate in the Question Time-style debate.

The panellists included former home secretary Rt. Hon Ann Widdecombe, former leader of Milton Keynes Council, Coun. Andrew Geary, director of Cranfield University's Centre for Customised Executive Development Dr John Glen, and Dr Leslie Budd of The Open University's Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise. The event was chaired by Ron Reid, Shoosmiths' former regulatory partner until his retirement in April.

Shoosmiths' Sanjeev Sharma, said: 'It's our view at Shoosmiths that it is really important for businesses like ours to generate the conversation around the Referendum, so the facts become clear and people can make an informed choice about how to vote.

We have been discussing the impact of the Referendum with clients - whether that is staying in or leaving the EU - so hosting an event such as this with esteemed panellists made a lot of sense.'

'It was a real pleasure for us to welcome our panellists and guests, who have taken the time out of their busy schedules to attend this event.'

Panellist and former Conservative minister, Rt Hon. Ann Widdecombe said: 'There is so much over-blown rhetoric around this debate and especially its economic aspect that we need as many opportunities as possible to argue sensibly, so congratulations to Shoosmiths for arranging this debate.'

Shoosmiths LLP is a national law firm with more than 10 offices across the United Kingdom with 146 partners and more than 1400 lawyers and support staff. The firm was most recently named 'UK Law Firm of the Year' at Legal Week's British Legal Awards and last year announced a turnover in excess of £102.7m.