NPTW Consultants assists clients to navigate the complex challenges of trading goods in highly competitive international markets.  We help companies, policymakers and investors across a wide range of industry sectors to anticipate the ways regulations and public policy developments present risks and opportunities.  We help our clients to develop and implement strategies to meet these challenges.


NPTW Consultants can provide analysis, advice and on-going support in specific policy areas, provide training and build teams to embed alongside strategic decision makers for projects or transactions. 


Our work is backed up by trade policy expertise and high-quality analysis that is politically and economically relevant and translates quickly into executable strategy.

Tim Ward

Nada Pavlak



Tim is a former Australian diplomat and trade negotiator for the Australian Government and advisor to the British Government with over 20 years’ experience, specialising in free trade agreements, rules of origin and technical barriers to trade in the WTO as well as regional and bilateral trade negotiations.

Nada Pavlak is a former Australian civil servant.  She writes about International Law and Public Health.  She has three decades of experience working on public policy, including international trade in resources, and Public Health Policy.


Latest data on new motor vehicle registrations in the United Kingdom highlights the challenges facing the car industry as it seeks to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic whilst dealing with associated supply chain issues and the administrative challenges of post-Brexit trade. It underlines the importance of the industry being at the forefront in determining the shape of the UK's developing trade policy.


As the UK Government continues to work towards agreeing its future trade arrangements with the EU while pursuing new free trade agreements with key partners outside Europe, we need to condsider the extent to which these agreements can fill any gaps in the changed relationship with the EU - and whether trade under free trade agreements is ever really "free".



As new technologies present opportunities, they also unleash competitive threats to incumbents and eventually reshape the future.  So is the promise of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. But what do we know about them? Could they be used in international trade to make the movement of goods across country borders more efficient?  Some commentators seem to be very clued up on what this technology is and how it will revolutionise the world, whereas others are struggling to understand the basics.  This paper offers a description of the technology and how it could be applied to international trade and lists some challenges to its implementation.


We recently joined with fellow trade expert, Namali Mackay in preparing a report for Best for Britain examining the issues to be faced by the United Kingdom in assessing the outcomes and quality of a free trade agreement with the European Union.  That report can be explored here.