Linklaters Workshop Series – Session 3: The multilateral system in crisis: the rise of free trade agreements and the new unilateralism


This third and final training session will explore New FTAs and other hot issues on the international trade agenda, including unilateral tariffs, sensitivity of agricultural trade and global direction of international trade agreements.

The workshop will help understand why we should negotiate and FTA and where the UK sits in a world of competing FTA’s as well as looking beyond trade agreements and the new unilateralism and market access.

Meet the Panel

Dr Lorand Bartels, Senior Trade Councel. Linklaters

Dr Lorand Bartels is a Reader in International Law in the Faculty of Law and a Fellow of Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge, where he teaches WTO law, public international law and EU law. He is a recognised authority in trade law and in 2016-17 was appointed Specialist Advisor to the UK House of Commons International Trade Committee. He is on the editorial boards of the main academic journals in this field, and is a General Editor of the Cambridge International Trade and Economic Law monographs series.

In addition to his academic work, Lorand has extensive practical experience advising on trade law and public international law.


Sam Coldicutt, Trade Associate, Linklaters

Samuel is an associate in Linklaters’ Trade Practice and has advised both private sector and public-sector clients, including numerous UK government departments, on a wide range of trade matters.

Samuel had a core role in developing and delivering the expert Deep Dives in trade law topics for the FCO Diplomatic Academy.

More broadly, Samuel has worked with private clients in the automotive, banking, healthcare, retail, software and telecommunications sectors on the implications of the UK-EU trading relationship being governed solely by WTO law.

He is an author and editor of the Linklaters trade blog “TradeLinks” and in 2017 he drafted the report The Architecture for Regulating Finance after Brexit for the International Regulatory Strategy Group, a body sponsored by the City of London Corporation and TheCityUK.


Imogen Ormerod, Trade Associate, Linklaters

Imogen is a Trade associate in London and has been involved in the Linklaters trade practice since joining the firm, using her deep understanding of government policy and operations to contribute to the development of trade training materials for the FCO Diplomatic Academy.

Imogen has been involved in developing and delivering training that focuses on horizontal provisions in services, technical barriers to trade, use of public policy exceptions in WTO-compliant manner, and customs and trade facilitation.

Imogen also has extensive Government experience having worked for the Civil Service for over 12 years. During this time, Imogen worked in both operational and policy roles focused on customs and border-related matters.




 Monday 14th September


2:30 pm – 4:00 pm BST