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    MedComms Networking - 19 November 2019


    I admit I'm currently fascinated by changes to IR35 tax rules, possibly coming in the UK in April 2020. Anyone else? It's about medium and large companies working with independent contractors. And whether contractors are disguised employees and should be taxed accordingly.

    We've all seen over recent years the massive shift in MedComms towards more flexible working and different business models. Lots more individuals now work on a freelance contract basis.

    What, if any, effect will the proposed changes have in MedComms? What about unintended consequences? Beyond the UK, as well as within.

    Partly I'm curious about how such changes might play out in practice, in MedComms. It's hardly like the big banks and their announcements about how they'll simply stop working directly with contractors. Or is it?

    And partly I'm genuinely intrigued by how companies and individuals react to environmental business factors like tax changes over which we have, frankly, little control.

    Do we bury our heads and assume it'll all be OK? Or that someone else will sort it? Do we pro-actively try to plan accordingly?

    I've been trying to stimulate some discussion about these changes with commissioners of freelancers from various client companies. Mostly I've heard nothing back.

    Yesterday, I ran a webinar for the Freelance subscribers to the MedComms Workbook with Matt Tyson and Nina Lasota-Long of WORKR GROUP. It was fascinating. And a tad uncomfortable, I think, for some. It is after all their future incomes we're talking about. Many questions can only be answered between individual freelance contractors and their own client. But there was certainly plenty to consider. I still believe in many cases it should have little effect on many. But some people are going to be affected big time and I do wonder about those unintended consequences.

    If anyone from a client company would come online and share thoughts with some freelancers, then it's easily arranged. Let me know.

    Meanwhile, what else?

    In last week's MedComms webinar, Phil Hall, Recruitment Manager at McCann Health Medical Communications talked about the company, what MedComms means for them and the different roles within their teams. Watch the video now.

    Tomorrow Lauri Arnstein, Patient Partnership Liaison at Envision Pharma Group will talk about patient involvement in scientific communications. Please join us.

    Next week, Jenny Plant (Owner, Account Management Skills) will talk about how agency account managers can add value to their client's business. Please join us.

    These webinars are great fun, but face-to-face is best.

    Importantly, we've now posted the programme for our end-of-year meeting in London on 10 December, hosted by Stgilesmedical. Involving patients in research and medical writing features some impressive speakers and is already gathering a crowd. After last year's packed house we've moved into the church next door, so we've plenty of room. Please, everyone, join us.

    Remember, details of all our activities are kept bang up-to-date at or give me a shout at any time if you've any questions, comments or suggestions.


    Peter Llewellyn
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