Management Consulting after Brexit

The representative industry bodies for management consulting firms in European countries have united to call for open trade and easy movement of consultants between the EU and the UK after Brexit. They all put their names to a joint statement at a special meeting of their European federation that was held in Paris on Monday 16 October.

The consulting industry leaders specifically urge all governments across the EU, including the UK, to agree to:

  • maintain at least the current levels of free and open trade in consulting services;
  • maximise the ability of UK and EU27 nationals who are consultants to travel, live and work freely within the EU27 and UK;
  • enable all European and British consulting firms to invest easily and establish offices throughout the UK and EU.

In their statement the associations argue that Europe’s position as a global centre and powerhouse for consulting services is an important source of economic strength and innovation. The statement says: “A vibrant and expert consulting sector is a key component of a strong economy and healthy society.”

The industry associations also agree that the “ease of trade in consulting services throughout the EU and the free movement of people across our borders” have underpinned the industry’s ability to deliver the highest quality services for clients in recent decades. They say: “Where possible, we should reduce trade and tariff barriers, not add to them.”


Supported by:

Austria - WKO - Alfred Harl and Philip Graf

Denmark - Association of Danish Management Consulting Firms (ADMCF) Henrietta Soltoft

FEACO - Ezio Lattanzio

France – Consult'in France - Remi Legrand

Germany - BDU - Matthias Loebich

Greece - SESMA - Pantelis Koukos 

Hungary - VTMSZ - Peter Csakvari

Italy - Assoconsult - Giovanni Benedetto

Portugal - APPC - Jose Pinho

Romania - AMCOR

Slovenia - AMCOS - Majda Dobravc and Viljenka Godina

Spain - AEC - Jordan Casals and Manuel Giralt

UK – Management Consultancies Association - Alan Leaman