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Speakers confirmed for the half-day event on 19 January 2017 include Kim McDonald, a long-time expert on CITES and founder of Taxidermy Law; Victoria Borwick MP; Mark Dodgson, BADA Secretary General and Laura Bordignon, Bordignon Antiques.

The event will take place in Central London, from 12 noon to 5pm and will have both joint sessions and separate talks for dealers and auctioneers.

“This seminar, featuring talks and workshops with leading legal and CITES experts, is timed to help the antiques business trade objects with CITES-protected materials with confidence in advance of planned changes in UK regulations,” said Matt Ball, ATG’s publishing director. 

Noelle McElhatton, ATG editor, added: "Last week's government ruling on proof of age marks a sea-change in the fortunes of this area of collecting. We know from recent cases, first reported by ATG, that ignorance of the law is no defence against prosecution or action by authorities around the world.

"This seminar will provide delegates with the essentials of that law – here in the UK and overseas.” 

Register for the early bird delegate rate – but hurry as places are limited. 

CITES - the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – dates from 1975 and currently allows for trade in antique ivory that pre-dates March 1947.

News of the seminar launch comes as action against modern elephant poaching is being debated at today’s session of the UN’s CITES ‘Conference of the Parties’ in Johannesburg, South Africa.